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"How I Became A Web Model" by Kate/Carolina
Here's the punch line.."I am finishing my thesis, but I am sure I will never work by my university specialization. It is more pleasant and also more secure to be a Video Chat Model."
How I became a Web Model!
Submitted by Kate on 1 May, 2011 - 18:21
My name is Carolina and I decided to share my experience gained in Web Model career.I want to talk about successes and failures I've had since I started. But let's start from the beginning.
I'm 23† years old and I'm about to graduate from university, I became a Web Model two years ago, I started to do this because i needed money but with time I realized wasn't so bad. It was the second year of university, it was the end the study year and† I was already thinking where to find me a job in the summer. I was forced to work because the family financial situation was not good, so mom was unemployed and dad hardly managed to pay bills and upkeep us. I needed money to pay for the next year contract and to support my family. I found an ad on the internet that said they are looking for ladies 18 years minimum age who have at least a basic knowledge of English. Salary offered between 400 and 1000 euros. I didn't think too much and I dial the telephone number indicated there. It was a Web Modeling agency and they were looking for ladies to work in the studio to communicate with clients through webcam. I realized how it works, I had heard earlier about this kind of activity. The situation I was in made me take quick decisions and I agreed to come to an interview. I was sure that they would accept me because I matched their requirements:I know some English, I am 170cm tall, my weight is 52kg, I'm brunette, long hair, brown eyes, so I had no doubt about it.
Just like I expected, the interview went well. All I had to do was to prepare myself for work. I already knew what my job would be because I met a girl at the interview who worked earlier in this field and I was told in a few words what to expect. She told me that there is no way back and I have to move forward. The next day I went to the studio where I met the girls and I saw my working space. The studio was very well arranged villa, each room had a different design, all with lots of light, beds in front of computer and video cameras. Girls seemed to be very friendly to me†and they explained what I should do, how to begin ... gave me some good advice. That's how first working day began. There were still 8 hours till the end of my working day. The first day was terrible. I came home exhausted, I had a shower and I was lying in bed thinking ... what the hell am I doing ?!...
So a week passed, I had already started my new job. I was used with idea that there's nothing wrong with that, could be even worse. After the second week of work I received my first salary, then I thought that it's worth my efforts. For two weeks it had received 300 euros, I calculated the salary made for private sessions, plus the tips. I was supposed to be paid more, but they retained their commission and I got only 40% of the revenue, however I thought the beginning was not bad. The next day I went to the mall and I bought a mascara that I wanted and†that I couldn't afford to buy previously. I went home thinking about my job and my perspectives it brings for my future.
The first two weeks passed, and then it was actually summer, I was getting my salary every two weeks, the salary grew to 600 euros, I could pay my next year of studies and I did not have any financial worries, I continued working even though it was tiring, 8 hours per day, 5 days a week in front of the computer, same thing every day.
It was already late summer, I saved an impressive amount of money that wasn't only to pay my studies, but also to buy clothes I liked, shoes and jewelry. But I had no time to enjoy all of them, I had a very busy work schedule and arrived home tired every day. I went clubbing from time to time, but never spent much time there, as I knew I had to go to the studio the next day and had to look fresh.
I decided to leave the studio for several reasons, I felt tired because of working hours, I was getting only 40% of my income and 60% was swallowed by the studio. Another reason why I left was that the school year was to start soon and I couldn't combine studies with work.
At the beginning of the academic year I sat good on my own two feet, I had enough money to rent an apartment close to the university, helped my family and even put some money aside. However, I knew that the money would end at some point and I needed to seek another job, something part time that could be combined with my studies. I already had several months experience as web model and since I succeed in this area, I didn't want to look for another field of activity. After some time I found a website that was looking for models to work from home, part time or full time. I was in control of my planning, and I could work whenever I want. It was perfect for me. I went to school, then walks with friends, shopping and doing video chat at home in the evening. It was super, working just a few hours per day, much better than the job I had at the studio. I felt good, not tired at all, took breaks whenever I needed. The company offered me 50% of the income, which was much better than my previous job, I got between 600 and 1000 euros a month . It was fine, but there also were some inconveniences, the payments were always late, and the website often had technical problems. After a few months I already knew diverse companies and websites specialized in video chat, I didn't worry about money anymore, I had an account with enough savings to live a few months. I started experimenting, seeking for the most profitable website. In 6 months I changed three video chat websites. They all had the same issues, late transfer of money or even worse, money was recalculated and I received less than expected.
Summer was approaching and wanted to take a break, I decided to travel, passed exams in college, made my baggage and went traveling around Europe. The first location was Paris of course, an old dream of mine. Besides, I had some friends there whom I hadn't seen for a long time. I spent a month in France, after that I went to Madrid, then Barcelona, Amsterdam, Prague, Vienna, Rome, I spent a wonderful time, and took the best from each city. I returned home in early August. It was a perfect vacation! I spent almost all my money but I didn't feel sorry and didn't worry, I knew I could easily earn it back.
I was rested and ready to begin working and start another year of studies.I started working for a US website, the conditions were ok, and even tough the salary was in dollars, I didn't mind it, and I always had my money on time. Working just a few hours a day, I could pay my rent and deposit some money in a bank account. I worked with them from September last year until February this year, and saved enough to buy the car I dreamed of for a long time, I got a Mini Cooper, which I am very proud of. In mid February the website was closed, the owners were accused of having minors working in the video chat, there were models younger than 18 on the website, which is a serious violation of law.
Since February I didn't work, as my college exams started, and I wanted to concentrate on my studies.
At the beginning of April I was contacted in Facebook by Alina, she told me about a new video chat website (WebSuperModels), we began communicating and she explained more details about the conditions of work and other general details. I especially liked the fact that I was contacted by her directly : it wasn't just a spam message. We got each other's contact details, and I soon got a message about WebSuperModels launching their registering site. I registered right away, and soon I was contacted by Kate, and started conversations with her via email. I described my experience in video chats to her, and she insisted that I should write about it on the web site's blog.
Now I'm fine and until the second site is launched (the site where girls will be actually working) in the end of May. I am finishing my thesis, but I am sure I will never work by my university specialization. It is more pleasant and also more secure to be a Video Chat Model.
This year I plan to buy my own apartment, I have ideas and sketches about its design. I think Web Super Models will help me achieve my goal. The atmosphere in this company is very different from what I previously encountered. It looks more like a family-non business where we each model is considered as a valuable and unique part of the team. Although other website made me earn quite a lot of money already, I have never being treated with so much care and honesty by the site representatives. And I'm sure that it is the beginning of a long term and very profitable partnership.
Well, that's it ! Thank you for reading my story. I advise you to take your life in your own hands and don't depend on anyone. Working in Video Chat is not bad at all. It will help you know yourself better, it will teach you to be patient and it will help you take the best from your life!
Photo: "Girls Make Real Money" The mantra of the Romanian Video Chat Industry
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