By Rich Moreland
Cory Chase is porn veteran whose cam work began last year. In her thirties, this New Jersey girl who now lives in Fort Lauderdale, did her first “homegrown” porn shoot in 2003 and her initial adult film in 2006.
We made ourselves comfortable in the press room for our talk.
Photos are credited to Kevin Sayers.
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Recounting her professional past, Cory mentions that her adult career began with “just pictures” for a site called MyHottestGirlfriend. She won contests on the site and popularity came her way, but the next step needed a little push.
“What really got me into porn was my husband now, boyfriend back then. He liked to videotape us having sex. So, we had this [private] library of our own content,” she says.
Cory mentions that the website she started, SouthernCharms, still contains that original work.
Now that her career is on solid ground, Cory’s goal is to expand her custom videos.
“The fans enjoy knowing that they’ve produced, in a sense, their own porn that other fans are enjoying as well,” she says.
Just Step Away
I bring up the idea that the new cam girl is really the new amateur porn model. Does Cory agree?
“Yes, especially if they’re going nude and inserting objects,” she replies.
In the midst of our discussion, Cory suggests that girls wanting to cam should take their time.
“Work slow. Don’t expose yourself completely if you don’t have to,” she begins.
“You don’t have to show off everything and do everything from day one. If you can talk and express yourself without having to undress, then go for it.”
The heart of camming is “being able to express yourself and tell a story,” she asserts. “So, don’t expose yourself completely unless you want to.” In other words, a girl needs to find her comfort level.
Cory offers the best advice I’ve heard about any girl who wants to begin camming.
“Remember that no matter how much you might feel like you’re being bombarded with commands or requests, they [the fans] are not actually in the room with you in person. You can just turn off your computer. You can just step away from it and that is it.
“So, understand that if you’re feeling overwhelmed, just step away.”
For cam girl success, Cory insists, fetishes are important because they keep the customers coming back. Whatever the fans want creates the marketing trends that dominate cam work.
“Going with those market trends are great for business. But you have to be creative on your own and come up with something that you are passionate about. So, yes, you have to want to expand and grow the things that you do. But yet you still want to go with the flow because if what you’re doing isn’t quite working, you have a fallback and you can do something that is in trend.”
She uses a personal example to explain what she means.
“I started out with footjobs, but the trend depleted. I stopped doing footjobs for videos.”
Cory clarifies that what goes viral establishes market trends and returns to footjobs for a moment to illustrate her point.
For “a couple of celebrities,” she remembers, “footjobs were big twelve, thirteen years ago. It was because celebrities were posting pictures of their feet on social media accounts. Footjobs just went through the roof that year and I jumped on that bandwagon.”
She reminds us, however, that what is hot today, may fade and then return.
“I find [that] trends kind of cycle through. Bondage is coming back in style. With Fifty Shades of Grey, [BDSM] kind of peaked a little bit, but it’s really coming back around [now],” she says.
Cory comments that she personally likes BDSM shoots, but the business world is not always receptive.
“Bondage sex has a tendency to be faux pas, credit card processors don’t really allow when a female is bound completely and not able to give consent [or] walk away. I wish things like that could be changed.”
A veteran of bondage play, Cory still dabbles in it with her husband though “most larger companies, other than Kink, don’t really play with it too much because of the credit card risk.”
Without an Agent
For the most part, cam girls don’t have agents in the traditional porn sense. Is that a good idea?
“It really depends on the mentality [and] the work ethic of the model. Production companies usually don’t talk to a girl if she doesn’t have an agent because there’s no fallback. If she doesn’t show up, they can go back on [the agent] and get funds or get another girl to fill in for the girl that cancelled or no-showed,” Cory says.
Having said that, if a cam girl wants to shoot scenes, an agent is probably a good idea.
However, Cory indicates that camming and porn tend to move in different environments within the porn world. There is a divide.
“A cam girl doesn’t have to be a porn girl. A porn girl doesn’t have to be a cam girl, but you can do both,” she affirms.
Considering that response, does Cory believe established porn stars ought to pick up camming?
“Yes and no,” she says.
“I’m more of an established porn girl who got into camming. I dabbled in a little bit of it when I first started [doing porn, but] it wasn’t for me. It didn’t feel right so I didn’t cam for seven years. I only started camming [again] back in July of last year. So, I really haven’t been camming that long.”
But Cory hits on a serious issue in the adult business that separates cammers from porn girls, but maybe not for long.
“Because of porn and how it’s all over the internet—a lot of times for free,” she says.
In other words, porn girls have a problem: piracy. Cory mentions that some cam fans will be talking with their favorite porn star/cammer “in the public chat while watching them somewhere else.”
The warning? “Established porn girls, you have to go back to making it personalized for that fan that is talking to you,” Cory insists.
That’s the cam girl’s chief advantage, I comment.
“Yeah, and they don’t have the content out there for free,” she quips. Or at least, that is what they think.
Cory offers up a reality check.
“It’s out there. Somebody is recording it, either with a camera, on their computer screen, or they’re capturing it directly from their computer screen. It’s being recorded and posted somewhere.”
That Fourth Leg
Cory has an interesting response to the three-legged stool question of making money. She sees camming as a “virtual strip club that allows a lot more visual display than the typical strip club.’
So yes, camming is the fourth leg, but like a girl’s other options, it’s a personal decision, Cory indicates.
“What makes you happy as a model? Producing content or providing a service. Is it escorting? Is it dancing? Is it camming? Because pretty much everyone can produce porn now.”
In the end, where is the adult business today when it comes to mainstream porn and camming? Cory makes an important observation that deals with the past.
“In the old days when porn started all the way up to the nineties when the internet first came out, fans were dedicated to the girl.
“Nowadays I’m finding fans are more dedicated to a website or a network, or a genre like camming or porn. They’re more dedicated to a style as opposed to the girls themselves.”
“I provide content and I have to post it throughout different websites. I’m getting more eyeballs, different fans, but they’re watching the same thing,” Cory Chase says.
Though technology and innovative platforms are pressuring industry girls to work harder, that’s a positive because eyeballs turn into dollars.