“Within seconds he transforms himself from a self-conscious straight nerd into a gay man’s fantasy.”
That’s a line culled from “How to Be a Cam Boy,” a profile by Angelina Chapin for MEL magazine that takes a long look at the life of “Brett,” a 25-year-old webcam model who, for now at least, is making a very solid living performing various sex acts in front of his Macbook for an ever-growing fanbase of lonely sadsturbators.
To prepare for a session, Brett aggressively washes his tiny militia of dildos in the sink, pouring rubbing alcohol on them “to protect his tools from E.coli and other bacteria.”
Things don’t necessarily get more glamorous from there. Here’s a slice of Brett’s life as a webcam model on Chaturbate, where he’s apparently “one of the most popular male cammers”:
At 7:40 p.m., Brett switches on the camera clipped to his laptop and gets on all fours atop a turquoise yoga mat in the narrow space between the bed and the wall. He shakes his ass in front of the computer as fans begin to populate his channel?—?about 25 at first but quickly growing to 400 strong.
For exhibitionist homebodies, webcam modeling can be surprisingly lucrative. Brett claims he makes roughly $1,500 a week for less than 10 hours of work. That’s a great deal more than he was making at his previous job as a server at T.G.I. Fridays.
One of the most interesting aspects of his story? His mom — who he describes as “open-minded” — is the one who recommended he get into the business.
“She was like, ‘You have a good body,’” he says. “‘You should look into being a stripper.’”
The secret of his success? He artlessly describes his ass as the “golden ticket.”
“I have a big butt for a white guy,” he says, “and that got me popular [fast]. But what kept me popular was having a good personality. I give 100 percent and do a lot in my show.”
Despite his line of work, Brett suffers from crippling social anxiety.
“I didn’t have a lot of friends growing up,” he admits, “and I always thought it had to be because of my looks. I’m a nice guy and I’m generous so I thought people probably didn’t want to be my friend because I must be ugly.”
Here’s how the article describes Brett’s performance:
Brett kneels on the yoga mat with his legs spread apart and alternates bouncing his ass cheeks like they’re being pulled by invisible marionette strings. His ass is big, like two soccer balls, and it turns the color of overripe peaches when he slaps it?—?which he does frequently. He gets on all fours and jiggles his butt like an excited puppy.
The performer has roughly 12 regular customers who tip big, spending between $50 and $500 for a show. Of course, some of his fans can be “creepy.” One unnerving customer throws down $400 to watch Brett spank himself with a paddle.
“He scares me a little bit,” he says. “He found out I live in New Jersey and… wants to tie me up. He does have this whole fantasy I will meet him.”
Sex toys figure prominently into his neo-burlesque:
As soon as 50 fans are in his room, Brett gets down to the main event: performing with a hot pink OhMiBod sex toy that connects to the Chaturbate interface through USB and vibrates with every token. The bigger the tip, the bigger the buzz. One hundred tokens and under feels like an intense tickle; 500 tokens and under feels like a strong wave; more than 1,000 tokens feels like an electric shock.
He says the job makes it difficult to date.
“It’s a rare thing for a girl to appreciate what I do. Even though I say I’m a personal trainer, it’s hard to relate to people who have regular jobs and stuff….I’m more comfortable with the people on Chaturbate than I am with most people in real life. Not much is going to faze them.”
Read the story in its entirety here.