Right now, Eevie's goal topic is taking off her dress, and most of the tips coming in are for her topic of drinking wine.Neither she nor her viewers seem in a hurry to reach the topic."Even when I was camming vigorously almost every day to raise money for my move, I would still only masturbate [on camera] maybe four times a month," said another cam model I met with who goes by the screen name Bambi. Especially if you're a medium-income cam girl, it's a lot more about the community...If you're just interested in hanging out all night because you just got off work and you have no girlfriend or friends, then it's a nice two hours.Most of her viewers right now are her "friends," who seem happy just to hang out, listen to her talk, and reminisce about their shared stories. "People still come into my room asking about the coffee stand," says Eevie."Everyone misses it." Eevie got her start camming by setting up her laptop inside the bikini barista drive-through espresso stand she was working at, which is apparently a novelty to people around the world. Like, 'Holy shit, there's a girl in her underwear in public.'" The rules have changed since then.The history of Eevie's camming career is collective, a mutual memory that builds and changes with the people she's connected to, and the stories Eevie told me were my first exposure to how personal and meaningful camming relationships can become. (Sarah's name has been changed for this article.) Boggers asks if Eevie has told me "their story." He explains over private message: "Eevie has been great, we liked her from the first time we saw her just a real genuine person not fake and all about the tokens and stuff.One person Eevie seems excited to see in her room is Boggers (that's his chat screen name). Which was really nice for us because my wife got sick 13 years ago at age 23.
(The sites that host the rooms take a significant cut of the models' tips; MFC has one of the most generous policies, taking 40 percent.) It's especially hard to calculate income when you consider how infrequently successful cam girls work.
It's real, it's live, it's interactive, and it's relationship-based.
A cam session is usually hours long, and most of that is spent talking.
We get a Snapchat a few minutes later from Boggers—it's a photo of middle-aged couple, the woman in a wheelchair, both smiling into the camera and waving, captioned "hi interviewer." "There's another couple I wound up getting really close to," Eevie tells me after I meet Boggers and Sarah.
"They were a younger couple, they had a 2-year-old boy at the time, and they'd been trying to get pregnant again for like a year, and it wasn't working.