| submitted by /u/imjenrose
Isa Mazzei’s memoir Camgirl isn’t just a yaas queen tale of female empowerment—it also offers a nuanced look at the unshakeable grip of past trauma. The former sex worker, who graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in comparative literature and dabbled in front-end web design, worked every job she could think of after college hoping one would present itself as “her thing.” This included stripping, masturbating and playing games on camera for tips.
In addition to being a fun and exciting way to spend your time, camming can lead to serious issues such as mental health problems, addictions and extortion. Cam girls have been known to prey on their clients, enticing them with their sexual charms only to lure them in for the sex and then convince them to share their credit card information or send them money through sextortion tactics.
During her time as a cam girl, Mazzei discovered that the best way to prevent such incidents from occurring was by having a topic memo in place before beginning your show. This helps to guide your conversation and ensure you don’t get distracted or run out of topics to talk about. Additionally, it’s important to know how to handle trolls. Essentially, they’re members of your channel who intentionally say odd or disturbing things to cause upset and distract the client.
It’s also a good idea to avoid asking sexual questions or subjects too early on in your show. It’s been proven that men who patronize webcam models enjoy their shows more if they don’t discuss sex for too long.