LOS ANGELES — It’s no secret to adult industry insiders that Las Vegas is emerging as one of porn’s most popular production centers, especially for independent operators in the burgeoning live cam business.
Taking a look at this phenomenon today is Vegas Seven magazine, which published a revealing glimpse into the life of an independent cam model, and the infrastructure that is evolving to support the trade, in an article entitled “Selling Intimacy Online,” by Lynn Comella, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas (UNLV).
In the article, Comella highlights the services of the 73 room Sin City Studio in Las Vegas, which operates from a discreet office building in an industrial park near the world famous Vegas Strip. The state-of-the-art location opened in 2009, and features robust Internet, custom tailored rooms, and support services, which it provides to 60-100 models weekly.
The studio is partnered with Streamate to provide performers for its industry-leading live cam platform — some of whom are students at UNLV by day, and models by night, such as 22-year-old cam model Jeze Bell, who pays her tuition camming.
Comella profiles Jeze Bell, her customer’s expectations and work environment at Sin City Studio and the amount of money she makes. For her part, Jeze Bell told Comella that camming allows her the freedom and financial independence to make her life what she wants it to be.
Ron Lee of the Adult Webcam Super Conference and Expo running this week in Las Vegas is interviewed, telling Comella that online dating sites are passé, while cam sites give customers what they want and are willing to pay for, accounting for their growing popularity.
XBIZ’s Stephen Yagielowicz was also interviewed, telling Comella that live cams provide a high level of interactivity and personalization that simply cannot be matched by prerecorded photo or video content — calling it “reality TV at its best.”
Sin City Studio manager and cam performer Sage Montana provided Comella with an insightful tour of the operation, and a look at camming’s revenue potential.
“In our industry,” Montana told Comella, “there’s an ability to make money at any age and any size. It’s the media that makes us think that older women or bigger women aren’t sexy, but there are women in their 60s [at the studio] pulling in $1,000 to $1,500 a week for working 15 to 20 hours.”
Founded in 2010, Vegas Seven is a dynamic weekly magazine that helps local readers not only better understand Las Vegas, from fashion and food to health and sports to politics and education, but how to live their lives better in the city, which it calls “the most interesting place to live in the 21st century.”
The full article can be read here.