At just 20 years old, Kandie Monaee earns good money, works a few days a week from home and even gets gifts mailed to her by adoring clients.
Adult star Stormy Daniels — yes, the one embroiling a certain president in scandal — is scheduled to appear at the Neon Night Swim Soiree at Hyde Beach.
At XBiz Miami at the Mondrian South Beach hotel, scheduled events include a "Booze-n-Buns" poolside mixer, models-only "speed networking" sessions, and panels about crypto currency, tackling cyber bullies, video editing techniques and lessons on organizing business records and finances.
Hundreds of viewers log onto a free website called Chaturbate and type her messages, awarding her virtual "tokens" as tips that she redeems for money.
On a good day, Monaee — a Tampa mother of one who wanted to be identified only by her web cam name — says she will pull in about 0.
"Of course, people come for the porn, but for the most part, it's people who want to actually get to know you." Offering more personal interaction in the sex business can raise risks for some models — bullying is common, but some customers also can be downright scary.
This month, Miami prosecutors charged a wannabe rapper named Michael Belanger, 39, with stalking after he allegedly terrorized a cam model he met through Chatstar, a service that allows adult entertainers to exchange messages and calls with fans without revealing their real contact info.
"I am also a high heels maniac, I have a lot of them.
I am tall — 5-foot-9 barefoot, 6-foot-3 in my high heels," she said.
She and hundreds of other cam models will be in South Beach this week as the fifth annual Cam Con, and rival XBIZ Miami, both kick off Tuesday in South Beach with an array of industry-only pool parties and soirees.
You're not likely to hear a Florida politician boast about these jobs or a Chamber of Commerce rep tout the web cam industry as one of the state's tech successes.
"So with my long blonde hair I look like a fetish-dressed Barbie doll, and my visitors love it." Other performers work at large professional studios that rent space — there is one in West Miami-Dade, and even one in the heart of Los Angeles' Hollywood district, billed as the world's largest cam studio. "There's a lot of lonely people out there and camming provides a safe outlet for them to be able to interact," said Yagielowicz of XBiz.