She charges as much as per minute for private shows, and says she’s received individual tips of as much as ,000 as recently as last month.
She says customers typically go the extra mile on Valentine’s Day.“It is that time when guys can show extra attention to the model, spoil her,” Lily says.
million single guys in this country, and many of them will spend Valentine’s Day online with webcam models: sex workers paid to chat – and usually a whole lot more – via the magic of the internet. Valentine’s Day is the big, heart-shaped exception to the rule that holidays are rough on the Internet porn biz.
Although most are women, there are a fair number of male models too. Come February 14, traffic surges, money flies, and models know they can earn thousands of dollars in mere hours.“It is the big money-generating day,” said Natalie Star, a cam model who spent years with Webcam Modeling Association but now works by appointment only.
“They’re getting better and better at connecting.”There was a time when the camming business was like a beauty contest: the prettiest women and men typically had the most fans and biggest incomes.
That’s changing, though, and the models who most deeply engage with customers tend to bring in the most money.“There's a lot of girlfriend experience type customers,” Star says.
None of the sites we talked to would cite hard numbers, but they all said traffic and revenues spike in the days before Valentine’s Day, often by as much as 25 percent.
Most sites charge by the minute for private shows, and the meter tends to run longer on Valentine’s Day.“On Valentine’s, we'll have longer shows, romantic shows,” said Jamie Rodriguez, the channel manager at Flirt4Free. Lest you think this is all about sex, some models insist the best shows involve a meeting of the minds.
Lily says her knack for connecting with customers, rather than simply following their instructions, is vital to success on Valentine’s Day.“I have a gift to read people,” she says.
“If you think about it, there's hundreds of thousands of lonely guys, they don't have wives, they don't have girlfriends.
It's huge, not only for the customers that know you, but for the girls who are trying to build their audiences.”"Camming" has been around since the 1990s, but it’s only taken off in the past five years with the ubiquity of high-speed internet and webcams.