Andreea, you asked us to whom did we ever talk "REALLY" about their work-experiences in this job?
Well, quite a lot of people actually who can be grouped both by studio and by web-site - web-sites that you may know such as Adultworks, CamContacts, Direct Sex, ImLive, MyFreeCams, Peeks, PF and Secret Friends among others.
Firstly I should point out that most of the information and documents available on this site were provided by our collaborators from inside the industry - that includes our members who are either free-lance or studio cam-models, administrators from four studios from four different countries; studio and model agency owners and studio translators... People who have been talking to each other - and to us - for nearly two and half years, and who haven't spared us the "nitty gritty" details of studio work or the frank expression of their anger, boredom, depression, frustration and/or their occasional rages. And for every post here, there have been dozens of private side conversations that occurred on Yahoo or MSN. In short, Andreea, there has been lots of talk about the real "cam-girl experience"...most of it pretty direct and some of it painfully honest.
The main thing that allowed us to do our "homework" on this industry was that some cam models who found their way here, decided to trust each other enough to compare notes on what they had been through....So it wasn't about trusting us so much as it was a matter of trusting each other - not an easy thing when you are on the same web-site or in the same studio and competing for the same client's virtual affections and his hard cash. But Andreea, thanks to these model members and some of their male friends, we have been able to create a "Committee of Correspondence" that allowed us to look inside the restricted Models Areas of several Web-Sites as well as to hear "the inside story" on studio management and cam life in studios in cities like Bratislava, Brno, Brisbane, Bucharest, Constanta, Dneniprotovsk, Iasi, Kyif, Odessa, Ostrava, Petrozavodsk, Poprad, Prague, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Sibiu, and St. Petersburg. This forum began with looking at the studios in Romania, Slovakia and the Ukraine and then broadened out its focus of interest. This exchange with our Australian member Bailey, traces our itinerary... http://camgirlnotes.15.forumer.com/index.php?showtopic=882
I can't tell you who our correspondents were - they must remain anonymous - but they included a few admins and models who worked in your own studio at one time or another. As you can see from our posts on sniper, we also have created a network of informants inside the pirate forums as well. Of course, this industry is a "revolving door" and models come and go.. and that is true for their participation on this web-forum as well. It has it's ups and downs - especially right now..lol But some of our correspondents have stuck with us for several years and regularly check in to catch up on the news or to chat with old colleagues and friends.
Why don't you take a look at the dozen company documents from Peeks, ImLive or Private Feeds that are posted in the "Sexual Tourism - Virtual and Real" area - especially the models rules and handbooks like this one from F4f.
If you poke around you will also find the DHL Models Release Form and their Model Recruitment Advertisements, and a detailed discussion of their hidden legal implications.
There's a Russian article from Gubernya that explains the legal snares that are hidden from the naive new models when they sign English Language contracts they don't understand...
Needless to say, I have heard quite a bit about the contractual commitments that models have made to your studio management in particular - and what it has cost people who dared to break them. But I stand ready to hear more because the accounts on how that plays out are often contradictory. In the meantime, here's one model's story as it was told in a Student Newspaper in Bucharest last Fall:
Why not also take a look at what our model members had to say about their "Cam Experiences" or their exchanges about their different studios, stalkers and web-sites in Models2Models. We have learned a lot from their testimony, and from our involvement in some very sharp exchanges with our model members over what it meant.
Take a look at Giggle's "Hey Guys Over Here" for just one example.
But as a result of this "learning community" where we were all able to teach each other something, I believe that we have made some progress in exposing some of the hard realities that characterize this virtual form of sexual commerce. As one of the PF Benices said on her personal blog last winter, if an outsider to this industry wanted a tour of the "dark side of the cam world," they could find no better guides than Uncle Lewis and Slider. I was flattered but know that however much that reflects our own online research, it mainly reflects the courage, generosity and honesty of all the models who have shared their experiences and studio information with us; who have done their own research on the studios and web-sites they worked for, and who never failed to challenge us when we were arrogant or self-righteous about our assumptions or our opinions. So Delfina, Gabby, Gigges and Sweet October, aour model moderators, have all pinned my ears to the wall countless times in our exchanges.
Do I need to add Andreea that none of these model members would have really trusted us to treat them as equals, if they had thought that the male admins or senior members here were still sneaking off onto web-sites to take other models private and command a sex show for their own viewing pleasure? There are certain requests that open mental doors and others that close them for good. And telling some cam model to get naked and then to "spread4U" is what I call a permanent "deal breaker." You are quite right to say that you really can't treat someone as your personal sex slave and then turn around and expect that model to respect or trust you afterwards - however much she may want your money. So most of us here simply don't do that kind of private session anymore. As one of our male members Wally, observed here long ago, if you want to have a "non-commercial relationship" with a cam model, then the only way to go is never to begin one.
You can read one of our many exchanges on the theme of "Prv'ts Vs Non Priv't" here: http://camgirlnotes.15.forumer.com/index.php?showtopic=794
Just a sample of the endless debates that have gone here about "feeding the system" versus "feeding the model" and you will see that models and members on this forum have been going over this ground for years.. but I think in the final analysis that "you really can't have your cake and eat it too." You have to choose what it is that you really value about the models you meet.
Anyway Andreea, I hope that you will stick with us a little longer and give us another chance....Clearly you have a lot to say about your country, your studio and about this industry. And we are more than ready to listen, because what we value most about our model members is their intelligence, and their common sense and honesty.
Thanks for listening to this long rant.
I enclose a Photo of the Welcome Desk of a Studio in Iasi - this was taken from a studio web-site advertising this job to cam models.
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