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The Immersive Power of VR Camming

The Immersive Power of VR Camming
Ela Darling

Being a cam performer is a life of feast and famine. I’ve had excellent days where I feel like a total boss, which made me eternally grateful to be able to work naked online from home. I have also had days where the silence of the viewers in my room made me feel like an exotic attraction in an online menagerie of sexy humans.

That was until the summer of 2015, when I became the world’s first VR cam model and I co-founded the world’s first VR webcam platform, now known as CAM4VR.

When a viewer watches a traditional cam show, they’re seeing a performance played out on a screen. There is always a degree of removal from the show they’re watching. When a viewer watches a VR cam show, they feel a sense of presence that is impossible to achieve through the 2D analog.

Through my experience of creating and performing in VR, I’ve gained a keen insight into VR performer best practices and first-hand knowledge on execution of those practices. So, when I assembled my elite squad of CAM4VR performers, I knew I needed a training system put in place to foster their success in this emerging field.

CAM4VR coaching has allowed me to train individual performers, as well as entire studios on how to utilize VR camming and establish themselves as first class performers. VR has renewed my passion for camming in ways I never expected. I feel more powerful, more in control, and it’s my hope that other performers have these same feelings after experiencing camming in VR.

There are three key factors to keep in mind if you want to succeed as a VR cam performer:

First of all, understand what your viewers see.

If you want to be the best you can be, invest in a VR headset. If a performer doesn’t have a first-hand understanding of what their viewers are seeing in VR, it’s easy to forget that their show is going to be consumed in an entirely new way. The viewers who watch a live VR performance experience the cam show from a completely different perspective than ever before. They’re not watching a sexy person in a small frame on their computer or phone, they’re transported to a whole new world. Understanding the way viewers experience that world is key to creating a returning fan base. Take time each week to watch other VR cam shows and make note of what other performers do that works and what doesn’t. You’ll see patterns pretty quickly. There is no greater way to excel in VR than first-hand perspective of what the viewers see.

Secondly, the biggest attraction to VR cam shows is intimacy.

The priority here isn’t raising the bar for graphic sexual displays but rather establishing a sense of shared attraction and intimacy. The viewer is a participant, not simply a voyeur. Look directly at the camera. The less you’re engaged with the camera, the less the viewer feels engaged with you. When a viewer watches a traditional cam show, they’re seeing a performance played out on a screen. There is always a degree of removal from the show they’re watching. When a viewer watches a VR cam show, they feel a sense of presence that is impossible to achieve through the 2D analog. The viewer doesn’t just see you, they feel like they’re personally sitting in your bedroom with you. When you get close to the camera, they feel like you’re literally inches away from them. They might even reach out to touch you, so immersed in the experience that they forget that the reality they’re experiencing is only virtual. Don’t just perform for the camera, seduce it.

Thirdly, let your room speak for you.

When a viewer watches your cam show in VR, they’re immersed in a world that you’ve crafted for their consumption. You entirely dominate their attention. When I do a VR cam show, I stage my entire room to communicate aspects of the persona I’ve crafted. My walls are decorated in art that is a reflection of my personality. Everything they see tells them a little bit about me and they gain a reflexive under-standing of who I am. Anywhere they shift their focus to is a new opportunity to share a part of myself with them. You should utilize every bit of your space to keep their attention and to create a fun place for them to escape to.

While there are hundreds of thousands of cam performers in the world, there is only a small handful who have the credit of being a VR cam performer. VR presents an opportunity for performers to distinguish themselves as early pioneers in an emerging industry. If you think you have what it takes to be a superstar in VR camming, check out CAM4 and find out how to join the VR cam revolution.

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