- Ainslee Divine (not her real name) is a 46 year old webcam model who lives and works in Scottsdale, Arizona.
- She worked for 15 years as the owner of a property management company and says her new life means more freedom.
- That’s her story, told to freelance writer Jenny Powers.
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It all started when I was 42 years old. I had owned a property management company for 15 years, so I wasn’t looking for a career change, just a little fun.
I had lost a ton of weight and felt pretty good and wanted to show it off so I started a Instagram Account. My husband has always been supportive of me and he basically said to me, “Go ahead, show the rest of the world how beautiful you are”, so I started posting sexy photos. At first, I posted a photo wearing a Malibu Strings bikini and the brand reposted it on their feed.
The next thing I knew, I went from zero to 20,000 subscribers in 45 days.
I ended up meeting a guy through Instagram and we started chatting, and he suggested I start webcam. He said if I wanted to make a name for myself and make money, this was the way to go. I had no idea what the webcam involved, but he gave me the short, condensed version of Reader’s Digest – a rundown of what I needed to get started (laptop, lighting, strong internet connection, camera, toys etc.) He encouraged me to look at the top three cam platforms and look at other models which was invaluable.
We also talked about what I would be willing to do online. The point is, being a webcam model doesn’t always equate to undressing. We also talked about personality, being friendly and not giving my time to trolls. It all piqued my interest – and my husband was open to me exploring this new avenue.
On October 4, 2016, I went live for the first time. The combination of excitement and nervousness on my face must have been priceless, but I was so well received that I was immediately drawn to it. Because of my age, I was suddenly considered a MILF, a term that – as the mother of a 23-year-old woman – I knew, but hadn’t adopted.
Now this is my full time job. I’m at the top of my industry and making more money than I ever imagined.
I am on Streamate From Friday to Monday starting at 8:30 am, and I don’t stop until I have reached my minimum daily goal which ranges from $ 1,000 to $ 1,800. About eight months ago I decided to step up my game and started spending Tuesday through Thursday creating subscriber-only content to post to. Only fans. I bring five figures per month on each platform and get paid by direct deposit every week. In my best month yet, I made less than $ 80,000.
The pandemic has certainly caused an increase in the number of camera models.
Previously there were 1,700 to 2,200 models online, but now with everyone at home it looks more like 3,000 models at one point. There’s an insane amount of content creators now, but since I was on an uptrend before this all started, I’m not really concerned with the influx. Things are good; I just got nominated for the best MILF cam model for the XBiz 2020 Cam Awards is happening this month and I recently had some new 32G boobs and a publicist to help me venture into mainstream projects as well.
My setup is pretty straightforward.
We live in Scottsdale, Arizona and our guesthouse doubles as a studio. There is a bed, and as for the equipment, I have a laptop, a
webcam for the best picture quality, a big screen that I plug everything into, two large lamps to light me up, and a clothes rack and a box of toys that I use for the camera.
Really, I can work from anywhere as long as there is an internet connection. Sometimes if we’re on vacation and I want to earn some money, I’ll go on cam or online for a while. I filmed and interacted with fans while vacationing in Hawaii, Mexico, Florida, California, Oregon – even Bora Bora. We will soon be buying a boat and I can also come from there.
It’s a 365 / 24-7 job, but during the day I take a lot of breaks.
Finding balance is important. I will lie by our pool, play with our French Bulldog, play golf (I have a handicap of 9), do the laundry and go shopping.
I receive over 3,000 direct messages per day on Instagram and selectively reply between 50 and 100 per day. As I speak to people all over the world, 30% of the messages I receive are in a language that I do not know. The messages are extremely complementary. I am very proud that all my followers are organic. I never paid anyone to advertise or buy subscribers. I manage my own accounts and don’t use third-party apps either.
My look, my personality, and my age range is what makes me up, as well as my brand, and most people respond very well to it. However, you must have thick skin in this area because you cannot make everyone happy. Every day a few people will tell me that I am too old or to find a real job. I just deactivated them and the platform allows me to block any abusive person from my room.
The cam is ideal for me because I am a real pleasure for people. I have a lot more freedom than in American companies because now, when I get out of bed, I’m already at work.