by Rich Moreland, March 2019
Born in Saudi Arabia, Ember Snow is a Filipina who came to the United States as a child. She is a trained actress with mainstream credentials.
Photos are credited to Kevin Sayers.
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Perky and sexy are the best words to describe Ember Snow. And, oh, that smile. It’s a charmer!
To get us started, I bring up Ember’s childhood. She was raised in a strict household, apparently. With sparkles of sneaky merriment in her eyes, she replies, “Oh, you know how Asian culture can be.”
I do and that makes her switch to porn in February 2017 even more fascinating.
We chat about the AVN awards (Ember has one for a group scene in Wicked Pictures’ Carnal) and she asks porn fans to look for her at next year’s awards.
“Remember this smile. This is my trademark,” she says.
Did she begin her adult career as a cammer?
“I started in porn, actually. But even before I got into porn, I was already researching about the adult industry and that includes camming,” she says.
Ember notes that she originally considered a cam girl career because she was “kind of wishy-washy about the whole adult industry.”
“I did more research about the porn industry [and] it turned out that bookings aren’t actually as consistent as I would like [them] to be,” she says. That meant shopping around to find other outlets to make money.
“I thought of camming and that’s how I got into cam modeling. My goal is to give a more intimate experience with the guys because it’s usually one-on-one. It’s kind of different from porn because you’re trying to connect with one person as opposed to porn scenes [where] you’re actually acting.”
Actresses and Shows
Does Ember believe there is a difference between cam girls and porn girls?
“I believe so,” she replies. “Porn girls are more like actresses except they’re doing hardcore sex, but cam girls do shows. There are certain cam girls who do really unique shows that involve something basic, like cooking in the kitchen, that doesn’t involve having to act.
“I think that there’s a little bit of a difference between the two.”
Ember brings up an important cam girl ally: VR. The adult industry is invested in VR, she indicates, and that’s a boon for cammers.
“If you’re a cam girl, you’re going to be better in VR because you’re talking strictly to the camera. Not all guys are going to turn on their cameras and show themselves and half the time, when I see the guys, I just see them from like down here.”
She motions to the lower half of her body. “Yes, like down here.”
In other words, no faces, just the tools?
“That’s how some guys think of it,” Ember says. “I don’t mind, I like it. I love watching.”
Shifting into her cam girl persona, she adds, “So, I encourage you guys, it’s okay. So as long as you show it to me live, I’m fine with that.”
But if it’s just a picture, “who cares,” Ember shrugs amusingly. That could belong to anybody!
As for other distinctions between porn and cam girls, Ember doesn’t see much.
“I have a lot of respect for all the women out there because whether you’re a cam girl or a porn star, we don’t just perform in front of the camera. We also have to produce and direct because cam girls do videos, too. They have to sell those videos even if it’s just a solo, or if it’s with another girl. They have an idea on how to work the camera.”
Ember talks for a moment about improvisation and reinforces that both types of performers need to know how to do that. Cam girls, especially, because “different guys require different desires and fetishes.”
The dark-haired beauty wraps up her thoughts with, “Maybe because I’m also a cam girl and I do porn I kind of see both sides. But then again, I started acting before getting into the industry.”
Reflecting on my comment that camming is a portal into porn, she laughs, “Yeah, it’s kind of like a prerequisite.”
Here are My Prices
My final question is about advice Ember would give to a new girl who wants to enter porn. Should she start as a cammer?
“It depends on the girl because some girls may just be ready for porn,” she replies. “But it is a good idea to try out camming first, if they’re kind of awkward or a little too shy.”
Either way, she says, the model is going to have plenty of viewers. So, be prepared.
Ember references her personal experience and mentions the difference in filming venues.
“For camming, you just have a screen in front of you. Granted there may be more than one guy watching you. You don’t always see them,” she says.
“But it is so much different than being on a porn set. You have people there watching you, too, and sometimes you need to listen to how they’re directing you. In cam you don’t have to worry about any of that ‘cause you’re basically directing [your own show].”
She adds a final piece to the conversation. Some cam shows are group events, though most are one-on-one experiences. For those occasions, some girls are fine with being directed by the fan who is paying for the show.
However, for Ember, there is a difference.
“There are cam girls like me who are like ‘Okay this is what I can do, do you want this and this and this, here are my prices, what do you want?’ . . . because it is a business as well.”
Good point, especially in the competitive world of adult entertainment.
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For Ember’s fans, here she is on the red carpet Awards Night!