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How to set your boundaries

Learn how to set your boundaries to lay down ground rules and command the respect of chat room visitors.

Who is the boss of your chat room? It is YOU! Not those who enter!

A common problem for cam models, especially newbies, is site members trying to take advantage and tell them what to do.

Members can be cheeky, bossy and persistent at times.

When a model is told to do things for no financial reward, including demands for things she is not comfortable with, this is tedious.

Inexperienced models are vulnerable to this nature of exploitation, so gaining awareness of what boundaries are and how to set them is key.

First thing’s first, what are your boundaries? Do you know how to define them? Consider these questions:

  • How do you want to appear to viewers? I advise, keep it classy for the most respectful approaches!
  • What are you prepared to do and show on cam? Think about your comfort levels in live mode versus private mode.
  • Which things are you not willing do on cam? Consider types of actions and shows involving nudity and sexual acts.
  • What level of behaviour do you expect from your viewers? Consider if you are happy to have both interactive and non interactive viewers present, and determine who you will permit to chat/stay in your room.
  • How you would like them to address and communicate with you? For example should they address you by name, by a title or by specific terms. Understand that politeness and common decency is what you deserve.
  • Would there be any rules you would set (your own code of conduct) on top of the site rules? This could relate to financial things like minimums or pretips. It could also relate to things like interaction and behaviour.

It is really important to be clear on your answers. Answer them how you feel most comfortable. Write them down for your reference. This forms the basis of how to set your boundaries and ultimately, how to manage your chat room.

All cam sites have a bio section on the model profiles, where models can write information about themselves. Depending on the site, some also have a chat room rules or chat room notice section.

Wherever there is a free format box to input your own text, is a good place to make your own boundaries and rules clear.

Type your own rules out in short bullet points. Bullet points are easy for people to read and understand. Keep it polite and friendly.

Example of chat room rules:

Work on your own chat room rules using this as a guideline… Then go online and put your rules into action!

When members come into your room, you will find that some are proactive and read the profile information. Many others are not and will not. You can never tell who will and who won’t, so start voicing it!

It is perfectly fine to ask members to read and observe your rules when they enter. It might feel a little awkward to start with! However the more you do this, the more natural it feels.

Doing this is a polite ice-breaker and commands respect as soon as members meet you. It lets people know you have expectations and boundaries… and standards!

Be strong! Stick to your rules and never lose sight of your boundaries.

If these are questioned by any person, inform them that webcamming is your job. You are there to work and operate as a professional.

If they do not wish to comply, they can leave (or you can kick them out)!

You’ll soon be bossing your chat room before you know it! You got this!

Now you know how to set your boundaries, would you like some help with show ideas?

To apply to join us, head over to our website LVE Models

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Wisdom of the LVE cam models

Read on to tap into the wisdom of the LVE cam models. Helpful advice and guidance here for models finding their way in the adult webcam industry.

CAM MODEL MENTOR is owned by LVE Models, an established cam model studio based in the UK. 


We work with some of the world’s elite online performers from the UK, USA, Canada and Europe. 


Proud to have built our reputation on the satisfaction and success of our models, we assist budding and experienced cam stars to thrive in the industry. 


LVE Models provide all the tools and guidance models need to become established. Many go on to make sums of money they never imagined possible!

Word of mouth recommendation is how we grow our business. 
Quite simply, camgirls come to us because they hear of the great things our models achieve and they want to be successful, too.


We have built our studio culture around empowerment. 
Our models are like-minded females who strive to make it big as individuals. 


LVE Models empower each other to rise up and achieve, as a collective. In an industry where competition can be brutal, this is a beautiful thing!


Some of our models have come forward to share their insights and experience with you.


Here is a bunch of wisdom of the LVE cam models!

Tristan Blair

Andrea Nicole

Nova Ramone

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Jillian Mae

Honey Martinezzz

Hanna Orio

Elina

Gigi Tyler

Juicy Lucie

Kitty Star

Not with us yet? Apply to work with LVE Models by completing our online casting form here.

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Managing mental health on cam

It is challenging, managing mental health on cam. The industry is cut-throat and not everybody is kind, helpful or loyal.

As CAM MODEL MENTOR, I have experienced first hand a number of the industry’s downsides and lived them again through the eyes of my cam model peers.

There are common causes for intermittent low mood or worse still, a downward spiral of mental health. For this reason, managing mental health on cam is something I am not only sensitive too, but continually mindful of.

With poor mental health, be it a temporary or long term infliction; clarity of thought and judgement can be shrouded. Overwhelm can set in.

Many females in the world of cam suffer the same troubles and come to me for advice. I do my best to guide them and help them stay resilient through the bumpy times.

In many cases they are able to push through and continue working on cam. There are also occasions where a week, a fortnight, a month or even more offline is necessary in the name of self care.

I am thankful to my years in the industry, exposing me to the highs and lows of camming. I have personally hit some low points and always bounced back thanks to having great support around me.

Annabelle

At times my self-belief waned and I had to give myself a good talking to; even a shake. Part of the mental battle is putting in the work changing the perception of things.

I can hand on heart say “I’ve been there” with many of the problems cam models suffer. Having this advice to offer them is the reason I am privileged to be in the position I am in today.

As much I want to resolve every cam model’s headaches; certain things will always be outside of my control.

What my experience tells me is this: Where there is high expectation there is always going to be disappointment.

Managing mental health on cam is evidently about identifying what’s causing turmoil, working out solutions and managing expectations.

CAUSE: LOW CONFIDENCE AND/OR SELF ESTEEM

CONFIDENCE is: The feeling of belief that one can have faith or rely on someone/something.

SELF ESTEEM is: Confidence in one’s own worth or abilities.

Annabelle

Confidence and self esteem go hand in hand.

Many cam models suffer lack of confidence or self esteem to some degree. This is especially the case in the early days whilst learning, and very normal.

The common effects of lack of confidence or self esteem are anxiousness, subdued mood, reluctance to speak, flat energy levels and closed body language.

Site users pick up on these and feel inhibited too.

I remember times on cam where I felt self-conscious, doubting myself. During these moments I would struggle to make money.

I realised that this was every bit to do with the vibe I was in. Low mood due to PMT were the worst times, so I was mindful of the need to manage this.

In contrast, the times I was in my most high vibing state of mind, I would always do well online. Members would gravitate to my confident energy and tips would roll in.

SOLUTION: MINDFULNESS AND PREPARATION

Self help for low confidence or low self esteem starts with mindfulness. Try to identify on the cause, be aware of your feelings and how you normally respond or react. Your gut will tell you if something doesn’t feel right.

If there are issues with self-motivation, learn how to self-motivate. Have a read of this article.

If it is lack of understanding, you can gain understanding by doing research. Ask advice from a mentor or experienced cam models.

With camming, preparation is everything. Details like the hair, nails, makeup or outfit not feeling on point can feel like a big deal.

TIP: Always allow enough time to get ready prior to going online. Not doing this can cause the feeling of being unprepared, which is an apprehensive, unconfident state to be in.

Annabelle

Great preparation comes across in positive body language. It presents a more satisfied self-image which translates to increased confidence. This in turn means improved self-esteem, which is constructive to good mental health.

I wrote an article with my tips on how to bring out self-confidence naturally, here. Please have a read of this. I am sure you will find this super helpful.

CAUSE: BURNOUT

While having a high degree of work ethic is paramount to success as a cam model, the issue of burnout in this industry is very real.

Be mindful of the importance of work-life balance, especially if juggling camming with motherhood or another job.

You’ll know if you’ve reached boiling point and need to drop out of camming for a while. This point usually materialises in complete lack of desire to log on.

Never hesitate to take time out from camming when you need to recharge. Your wellbeing always comes first!

Annabelle

SOLUTION: WORK SCHEDULING AND SELF CARE

Plan each weekly schedule to include designated time for self-care activity. Do this every week because an hour each day doing something relaxing is the most effective way to prevent burnout.

Whilst doing longer length sessions on cam is usually the best way to make money, structure these with breaks.

For example, if planning to work a 7-8 hour full day or night on cam, do 3-4 hour bursts. In between take a 40-60 minute break away from your computer, as you would with any other job.

TIP: Take a walk in the fresh air during break. Moving the body outdoors is energising and calming for the mind.

Annabelle

Some models find doing split sessions works well for them. For example, 3-4 hours in the mornings, then spending the afternoons offline to do other things.

They come back online in the evening and work 3-4 hours, showing enough commitment to their camming to earn respectable earnings.

TIP: Split shift models meet different members online at different times of the day. This is a smart way to build the following and capture good traffic across various timezones.

Annabelle

CAUSE: LACK OF EARNING

A chat room that’s slow as hell is thoroughly demotivating. I know, I’ve been there.

Every cam model can relate to being sat for an hour, two, three or even more with hardly anybody in the room. Worse still when there are viewers in the room and nobody is chatting, let alone tipping.

When it feels dead online, it is a real test of resilience and patience. Moreover where there is an apparent lack of motivation on the part of the cam model, the response is generally lacklustre too.

Please never take the slow times personally as they hit every model on every cam site. It is just the nature of the industry.

Annabelle

SOLUTION: ENGAGEMENT AND CREATIVITY

Inevitably, slow times come and go. As tough as it is, maintaining a positive vibe is essential in order to attract positive energy back from any potential spenders.

To help with this, start by staying hungry; focussed on your goals and targets. These are your motives to work.

In a physical sense, it’s all about working to create engagement.

TIP: Throw out some random ideas, mix up the personal style, try some different show types or do a fun cosplay.

Design some offers and flash sale discounts to encourage members to interact and spend their tokens/credits.

Annabelle

Change the perception: Put a positive spin on the slow times by looking upon each one as an opportunity to be creative.

It is amazing how you can turn things around when the imagination comes out to play.

REMEMBER: Cam site members feed off the energy of cam models and respond like for like. If a cam model’s energy is flat, the energy is mirrored by her audience.

Annabelle

I’ve coached models who appear bored in their rooms. They don’t move or speak much, sit down looking at their phone. From a viewer’s perspective this is uninspiring; and it usually turns into a visious cycle.

The moment cam models understand how a dull demeanour does nothing but feed their slow room and make people complacent; is the moment they level up.

With increased effort and interaction the situation is more fruitful, thus creating a more positive sense of mental wellbeing.

TIP: Be assertive! Many members on cam sites do not take the first step interacting with cam models. They will ‘lurk’ if they are not engaged.

Annabelle

I have an article here about how to manage the slow times so please read this for further advice.

CAUSE: UNPLEASANT PEOPLE

Unfortunately not every person using cam sites is a kind and respectful person. Amongst the millions of well-behaved members, the industry has its fair share of trolls and idiots.

I’ve come across members with drink and drug abuse issues and severe mental health problems who have been banned from multiple cam sites.

Such people do not act in a decent or rational manner. When a cam model is targeted, this can be stressful.

SOLUTION: REMOVE

The easiest way to remove another person who is causing harm is to ban / block and report to admins. If they cannot make further contact, they cannot continue to be a nuisance.

Over my years of camming I blocked a few hundred people. I would not say that these were all trolls, the majority were just users I found annoying. Nonetheless, they had to go because I found them draining.

Running a tight ship on cam provides a greater sense of control and sets the standard on how you as a cam model expect people to behave. This in itself is empowering and instrumental to managing mental health on cam.

Read my article here for more guidance on how to deal with internet trolls.

CAUSE: INSECURITY OR EMOTIONAL DEPENDENCY

A common issue causing unhealthy minds in cam models is falling into the trap of depending on regular clients more than they should. Worse still, trying to force them into exclusivity.

Men using cam sites are there to fulfil their needs, be these physical or mental needs. They will visit a number of different models to feel satisfied.

A cam model’s role is to fulfil whatever they require, at that given moment. She exchanges her services for money online, that is her job.

Members using cam sites will often tell models what they want to hear, including that they will not visit other models.

Annabelle

Some site users can be manipulating in order to seduce models into emotional dependency. Be on guard never to fall victim to this.

Cam sites are all about promiscuity with multiple people. Cam models entertain lots of different men for money and site members know this.

Therefore, expecting exclusivity from a regular client on a cam site where exclusivity does not work both ways, is a false sense of security.

SOLUTION: TURN A BLIND EYE

Cam models should not be concerned by the behaviour of regulars. This includes if they visit other models, and if they do not make an appearance for a while.

I hear of cam models burning their free time watching other chat rooms to see if their regulars are ‘cheating’ on them.

Doing this only sets onself up for (self-infliced) mental harm, as a result, becoming consumed by the negative emotion associated with it.

Cam site members have their own needs, they also have private lives. Wives, girfriends; it is what it is.

Once cam models accept that their “regulars” are not their personal property, the healthier their minds are on cam!

Annabelle

LEARN HOW TO MANAGE EXPECTATIONS

Managing expectations means to seek to prevent disappointment by establishing in advance what can realistically be achieved or delivered.

Annabelle

The adult webcamming industry is dynamic. Sites, including the members and other models within, do not always provide consistency.

There are good days and there are bad days, it is the same for all cam models.

If something has happened in your camming world that’s to pushed you off your game, you need to address this immediately.

Depending on the nature of the issue, raise and discuss it with someone who has experience. Site admins, technical support, a mentor or fellow cam models you trust.

Doing this helps make sense of what’s going on and carve out the action plan.

The second step is to manage the expectations. Whatever the situation, take a realistic view that there may need to be a work around put in place, or a complete change in course to suit you going forward.

Thirdly, no matter how bad things feel, keep the faith. Stay optimistic that things will work out. Think only positive thoughts and positive outcomes will be more likely to occur.

LEARN TO RESPOND, NOT REACT

RESPOND: To say something or take action in return, to show a favourable action. (Positive)

REACT: To exert a reciprocal or counteracting force of influence, usually used against. (Negative)

Know the difference between the two. Try to always respond to anything that’s causing poor mental welfare in camming. This helps more effectively manage the sentiment along with a clear view for dealing with problems.

Avoid reacting, as reaction is often knee-jerk and can produce an undesirable outcome.

TIP: Respond not react will see you acquire a greater sense of control over thoughts and emotions.

Annabelle

To start training the mind to respond rather than react, work on improving the perception of the issue.

Perception is how a person sees, hears or becomes consciously aware of a problem.

In short, the first part is to look for the positives. There will be some positives, as every negative has a positive.

Hold the positive thoughts and the negative ones should become less prominant.

Respond in a positive manner

  • Rule #1: Stay cool.
  • Rule #2: Do not respond immediately. Take time to gather thoughts.
  • Rule #3: Do, say or action whatever is required to fix or manage the problem in a calm manner.

TIP: Responding positively in in place of reacting negatively helps the perceived problem seem far less of a burden.

Annabelle

Where there is a lesser sense burden, there is a healthier mindset and greater encouragement to carry on whilst issues are being dealt with.

NEVER SUFFER IN SILENCE

Please do not ever bottle things up, or they never get resolved. Nobody should feel ashamed to admit when something is not going well.

Camming is a tough job and the industry is challenging. I have lost count of how many uncomfortable predicaments I’ve come up against in camming over the years.

Every single one got sorted. Either resolved completely, or I accepted certain issues were not going away and learnt to manage my expectations.

Having a cam model mentor or support group is priceless. It’s often the differnce between make or break.

Annabelle

With mentors and support groups, you have safe environments to unload thoughts and air concerns.

Not every cam site has mentors or support groups and for this reason many cam models sadly feel they are alone.

When women feel unsupported in the industry, they are the most at risk of poor mental health. Usually these are the ones who slip away and never unleash their true potential on cam.

FIND YOUR SISTERHOOD

It is a blessing to find camgirls who are team players, who are helpful to other models and build each other up.

In my experience I have found there to be many such women in the industry.

At LVE Models we have worked very hard to instill a certain mindset and ethos in our models. They pull together as a sisterhood and welcome new models coming into the organisation.

Managing mental health on cam is best done with support, and we do exactly that.

To apply to work with us, head over to LVE Models.

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The ideal camming tech setup

The ideal camming tech setup is the first priority for any cam model joining an adult streaming site.

Here I break down my recommendations in what you’ll need to invest in order to appear professional and well prepared from the outset.

First and foremost, you will require a robust high speed internet connection to work smoothly on any cam site. This is especially the case in respect of the live streaming sites. In cases where there are multiple internet users in the property, the upload speed and bandwidth need to be more than enough to cover yourself and any other occupants in the property who use the internet and may all be using it simultaneously.

Internet bandwidth determines how much data can be uploaded or downloaded from a device and internet speed determines how fast data can be uploaded or downloaded on a device.

Annabelle

Fibre optic broadband is the ideal nature of connection because ot typically produces high upload speeds.

To check how fast your connection is at present, run a speed test by going to Google search. Type ‘speed test,’ click the button ‘run speed test.’

Let Google run the speed test and make a note of the upload speed in Mbps (Megabits per second).

Most live stream sites will be able to present a consistent connection in high defintion if you have around 9/10Mbps. For private sites (non live stream) presenting cams in lower defintion, lower speeds of 4-6Mbps are often enough.

Check with the cam site what their minimum upload speed requirement is. If your upload speed is below their minimum, you will need to contact your internet provider. Ask if they can upgrade your package or switch to another provider who offers better speeds.

Insufficient upload speed or lack of bandwidth will cause lagging and freezing and or even complete disconnection of the stream. Site members can get frustrated if they’re paying for a show and it keeps freezing or cutting out. It usually deters them from spending money so getting the connection right is the number one priority.

Annabelle

Once you have a good connection, it is good practice to run a speed test prior to each cam session. Check there are no network issues. If you see the upload speed is falling short or pitching, you may run into issues. Be prepared to speak to the service provider or get some troubleshooting advice from the cam site’s technical team.

Once you know you are able to work with adequate connection, the next step is to obtain the equipment. The ideal setup is a good quality laptop/desktop computer and plug-in HD cam. You’ll also need an ethernet cable to hardwire directly into the router, professional lighting and microphone.

Most sites have in-house tech teams that are happy to advise on which specific brands of equipment they recommend. They will take into account what a model’s specific budget is when making suggestions. I will also provide my own as I walk through each piece of equipment below.

LAPTOP

Obtain a good quality laptop or desktop computer with a fast processor and ideally less than three years old. You can look at reconditioned laptops if funds are tight. Google search “best laptop for streaming” and check out some recommendations and prices for refurbished models.

A realistic budget for a starter laptop is £300-400. If this is a stretch, a friend of family member might have a spare laptop you can use to get started. It may not be ideal, but if someone comes up trumps it will enable you to start earning money. You can then invest in your own machine once you’ve worked enough to receive your first couple of payouts.

Brands you can look at are HP and Lenovo, or the Asus Chromebook – which is a sufficient budget starter laptop we recommend to models who join us.

If you have a sizable budget to start with, look at laptops designed specifically for streaming and gaming. These machines are usually upwards of £1000 and have highly efficient processors to deliver the webcam upload at lightening speed.

I do not recommend trying to stream using a mobile phone if you want to appear professional. Mobile streams look grainy, are displayed in the wrong orientation and the connection tends to be inconsistent.

Annabelle

WEBCAM

You can purchase a HD cam for well under £100. I personally recommend the Logitech cams, they C920 HD is a good quality reasonable budget webcam for cam models.

The ideal camming tech setup features a high definition webam!

Having a quality HD cam is instrumental to the success of the model.

If the presented view is poor, people are less inclined to spend money than they do where there is a professional quality presentation of the model on cam.

Annabelle

LIGHTING

To stream like a Queen, studio quality lighting is essential. A floor-standing ringlight is perfect, positioned where light is thrown all around the room.

In very dark or large rooms it may be necessary to ‘backlight’ the room with an additional ringlight pointed towards the back wall of the room.

Although it is tempting to keep the lights low, dim lighting is not actually flattering. This is because shadows are cast around the face and neck and mperfections are highlighted. The camera view presented looks low quality.

The brighter and more even the lighting in the room, the higher the definition the model and her surroundings looks.

Brighter lighting also brings out better colour contrast which is more pleasing on the eyes from a viewer perspective.

Annabelle

The ideal righlight to use is a high-powered floor-standing one like this one by Neewer. We have many models using this ringlight and find it excellent.

It comes with a warm filter option and is easy to adjust in terms of its height and position. The added bonus is it has a smartphone holder for making self-styled content.

Some cam models like to add fancy decorative lighting to their rooms, for example neon strip tubes or fairy lights.

If done tastefully these can look fantastic, however overkill is not necessary and they are not essential, it’s just a nice little extra touch if desired.

Check out Amazon for the fancy lighting, there are some ideas here.

AUDIO

In addition to spectacular lighting, the ideal camming tech setup includes crystal clear audio. This element puts the icing on the cake for any pro cammer who wants to rock the world of their audience by showcasing their voice.

Plug-in microphones are far more efficient at delivering quality sound than in-build mics on laptops and webcams. They really enhance the experience for the recipients.

Although not essential for getting started, I advise using a plug-in mic. This can be obtained at a later stage once the sexy cash is rolling in.

When online, do a sound check to make sure viewers can hear. Ask for feedback on how you sound and be prepared to make adjustments.

Annabelle

Check out the review sites to compare some of the best microphones for live chat for your budget (you can also search for ‘podcasting’ mics). One brand I have always loved is Yeti, and I continue to use a Yeti Blue for all my audio content creating. For me, it’s the best option.

ETHERNET CABLE

Hardwire the laptop directly into the broadband router using an ethernet cable. This helps to ensure continuity of stream presentation, bypassing any dips in Wifi that cause lag and freeze issues.

Ethernet cables are obtainable online or from any computer hardware store, category 6 is fine for ADSL/fibre connections and category 7 for gigabit (fibre) connections.

Plug the ethernet cable into a working USB port on your machine. Use with a USB adapter if there are not enough ports on the machine for the ethernet cable, webcam and microphone if you have one.

Test the hardwired ethernet connection by running a speed test, first ensuring you have switched off the WiFi in the WiFi settings on the laptop so it does not conflict with the ethernet connection.

CAMMING TABLE

To complete your ideal camming tech setup you will need a hard surface table, desk, bench or other suitable sturdy stand for the latop, with the webcam placed directly on top if the machine.

The laptop stand will need to be large and strong enough to carry the machine and any additional microphone; situated in a spot you can easily reach to type whilst looking directly into the camera.

Something wooden, such as MDF or hard plastic such as acryllic is fine. These materials do not usually overheat.

Never place the laptop on a soft fabric surface such as a bed or covered chair seat, as this causes the latop to get very hot.

Overheating a laptop cooks its CPU and diminishes its lifespan!

Annabelle

Congratulations! You are now armed with the knowledge of the basics you’ll need in order to present the ideal camming tech setup and stream as a professional cam model!

Want to know what to do on cam? Check out these show ideas for new cam models! Read here.

To apply to work with us, head over to LVE Models.

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