You're still working through, say, My Free Cams, but instead of only giving MFC a cut of your take, the studio owner takes a piece as well. If you don't stick to your mandatory hours, you'll be fired.
You'll also be potentially living with strangers in conditions beneath the grimiest motel.
But the company's custodian of records is one Rena Erotocritou, employed by "Ariel Secretaries Limited", a ghost of a company based out of Cyprus.
We just talk about stripping and streaming sex, her chosen field for the past couple years.
There's not much point in digging, anyway -- Domino is, for my purposes, more a brand and personality than a fragile and finite person like you or me. She describes herself as: "Not your average female.
They invade your peripheral vision; they pop up behind your window.
The women wait for you to start staring, and, just when you're interested, they hit you up for money.
I'm the fabled nerdy, intelligent woman who plays video games, loves all types of movies and music, books, and other women.
I'm hyper, I have a dry, dark, sarcastic sense of humour, and I quote movies. Imagine Wednesday Addams, Daria, Liz Lemon and Darlene Connor having an orgy. Before she started stripping -- both online and off -- Domino was a suit: working at a Fortune 500 company as a graphic designer.
But a recent tax bust against Live Jasmin's Hungarian CEO Gattyán György -- one of the richest men in Hungary -- and his corporation, Dolcer Holdings, shows just how muddled the corporate picture is. My Free Cams, one of the most popular of the cam portals, has a domain registered to a Leo Radvinsky, and a legal contact in the Netherlands. (Click to expand) But if you don't have this luxury -- like a lot of girls across the world -- you'll likely work for a "studio".
If you've got your own hardware and connection, you can essentially be self-employed, putting aside the big chunk each site will take out of your earnings. Here's the cam setup from one Romanian model I spoke with at length. That's basically a euphemism for another person's computer (probably a man), in front of which you'll perform on a tight schedule.
All that's available is a semi-robotic technical support chat, which fields basic questions about how to use the site and credit card processing. You'll get your split -- typically around 35-percent, but sometimes upwards of 70 -- siphoned to you via an innocuous credit card processing site like CCBill, while the site takes the rest of the cut. Some sites, like Streamate, allow actual sex to the point of orgy, while others limit your act to a solo show.
You can do whatever you think will earn cash in the form of dollars-per-minute private shows or instant "tips". You're up against tens of thousands of women (and men, to a lesser degree) offering the same product in varying versions. "There's a lot of burnout in this industry," Domino tells me over the phone from one of the three houses she owns in Wisconsin -- one of them a lakefront property outside of Madison.
You'll need to submit some sort of identification proving your age, but with standards low, laws international, and documents scanned, forging such a thing is a cinch, making underage cam girls a real problem. Trying to find who actually owns it is dizzying: The domain belongs to Flying Crocodile Incorporated, which has a PO box in Seattle.