Networking with other Webcam Models and Clip Producers in the Adult Industry:
Networking with other models is not a crucial part of webcam or video production, but it can be quite an added bonus to your library of content/possibility of shows. It is also something that appeals to a different audience and can therefore improve your overall traffic. The problem seems to be – people not in relationships can find more difficulty networking with other people interested in creating content or doing shows with them. A lot of people find it hard to network without coming across as “pushy” or “creepy.”
Here are some tips on how to network for collaboration content:
- First of all, be professional. We are in the “sex industry” but that doesn’t mean we should lose our sense of professionalism or business intelligence. After all, we are doing B2B (business to business) communications, and should continue to do so at that level, especially if it is our first interaction with another performer. Reaching out by saying “hey you’re so hot, let’s screw on camera!” is likely not going to get you as far as “I’ve seen some of your content and was wondering if you’re currently open to trades or collaborations.”
- You can also usually gauge a person’s interest in trade/collab based on their social media accounts. A lot of models will use social media to advertise interest in shooting content with models, some will specifically say what they’re looking for as well. If you’re interested in working with a person, try to do a quick skim of their posts and see if it’s something they’ve already expressed a desire to do. Make sure before reaching out that if they included a list of qualifications that you meet them, wasting a fellow performers time is rude and will generally result in them blocking/ignoring you.
- Trade content and collaboration content networking usually seems to be easier for models who are both female, rather than male models reaching out to females. This is because of the large quantity of “guy with a camera” types who think if they reach out to a model and offer to record a POV for her that they’re suddenly a porn star. If you are a male model looking to reach out to females for content, it is very important to make a good first impression so you don’t appear to be a “guy with a camera.” The best way to do this is to establish a valid and consistent social media presence, a clip or cam site presence which is reliable (don’t reach out to a model expecting them to do all the work for you and bring you all the traffic,) and a list of references. Obviously, creating a list of references will be harder for a first time collaborator, so it is always great to make some adult industry friends even if you aren’t performing trade content, just to have a good reputation and be trust worthy.
- There are also private cam model forums where there are threads for “model meetups” which you may find beneficial. Another great way to network is going to adult industry events, these are safe events which usually offer security and will make models you are reaching out to more comfortable in that setting. Although, approaching them with the idea of creating content right off the bat may not be something they are interested in. Some people do prefer to get to know their content partners beforehand to make sure their values are also similar, so keep that in mind!
It can be harder to get started doing trade/collabs if you’re new, but it’s not impossible:
If it seems nearly impossible to find already established adult industry workers to collaborate with, and you’re looking to build your resume/reference list and break into new genres of work, it is also possible to offer paid positions. Obviously, this will work better if you’re already producing content and have a “name for yourself” (again, don’t be that “guy with a camera.”) Offering hourly pay or a set amount for the content can often entice people to want to work with you, especially those who aren’t interested in trade opportunities. Not everyone is interested in producing trade content, because sometimes the value of hourly/set pay will outweigh the desire for them to shoot trade and market it themselves.
Some important things to keep in mind before shooting trade or collabs:
Model releases are important! You will need this in order to sell the videos, and at any time a site can contact you in order to get a model release for a specific model featured in a video. You will also need a copy of ID from the person, so keep in mind you will be disclosing your legal name and information! Do not work with people you don’t trust with this information! Up to date STD screenings are an important and healthy part of maintaining a clean set, mainstream porn generally tests every 2 weeks but since we are sole proprietors not working under agencies no one is regulating our testing. Do the right thing, and get tested before every shoot. Even if it is someone you’ve shot with before, life happens, and sometimes partners cheat and pass things along, or other models may not keep up to date on their screenings. Do your best to keep up to date on your sexual health! If you’re shooting collab content and are both planning to sell the same copy of the content, agree on prices! It may even be helpful to come up with a “sale price,” the lowest price it could be and an “actual price,” the price you will both list it at. Personally I highly suggest shooting trade, so you will both have your own original pieces of content and this takes away the need to price out, it also creates a better reason to cross promote since your filming partner will be hosting their own original copies of content with you in it.