Most of her viewers right now are her "friends," who seem happy just to hang out, listen to her talk, and reminisce about their shared stories. "People still come into my room asking about the coffee stand," says Eevie."Everyone misses it." Eevie got her start camming by setting up her laptop inside the bikini barista drive-through espresso stand she was working at, which is apparently a novelty to people around the world. Like, 'Holy shit, there's a girl in her underwear in public.'" The rules have changed since then.
Even women with moderately reliable camming incomes, like Bambi, can sometimes earn hundreds of dollars and other times nothing at all.
(The sites that host the rooms take a significant cut of the models' tips; MFC has one of the most generous policies, taking 40 percent.) It's especially hard to calculate income when you consider how infrequently successful cam girls work.
She's wearing a little black dress and drinking merlot from a shatterproof wineglass one of her viewers sent her after she'd broken a real one on camera.
She makes almost $400 in the 45 minutes I'm with her, and she doesn't do much besides talk to me (offscreen) about camming.
It's real, it's live, it's interactive, and it's relationship-based.
A cam session is usually hours long, and most of that is spent talking.
Right now, Eevie's goal topic is taking off her dress, and most of the tips coming in are for her topic of drinking wine.
Neither she nor her viewers seem in a hurry to reach the topic.
We talk, I make jokes, we listen to music, and I smoke weed and they can drink with me or smoke with me, and it's kind of like hanging out.
"The younger guys are people who work too much, like car mechanics and a lot of blue-collar jobs where they just come home and they're exhausted, and they don't want to go out, and they just want someone to talk to," Bambi continued.
It varies wildly, though several models I spoke to said that on MFC, the average is an hour.