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I am very curious about this and I have no idea how to go about learning it.

If there are any women(or men) who do this job on sl, or have used escorts, please feel free to message me.

I'd love to get into this, maybe work just for myself and not with an actual company, but I don't know all of the ins and outs (no pun intended) of working like that in game.


I don't have a webcam or a mic, due to dropping my laptop, so I don't know if that would negate me from being able to be an escort.


A little help could be nice.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this. :)

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IMO escorts are a dime a dozen and unless you have one great looking avi and exceptional RP skills for doing scenes you would do best to find a different line of work. Not even having a Mic is going to be a huge inability to turn tricks cause most Guys are gonna to at least wanna chat a bit.Never knew text based chat escorting to be fruitful

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Well, what in SL can be considered fruitful? Most jobs certainly not, compared to time and outcome. Only very skillfull creators manage to get something more out of it. If someone has fun doing escorting for a while, why talk them out of it?

Also I think you see everything a bit too dark....expectional RP skills...well yes, that can certainly help, but most of the guys aren't even able to rp and so its easy to be better than roughly 60% of the interested avatars. Being good looking...well that certainly depends, right? And I experianced that its more helpfull if you stick out of the crowd, rather than being the 273849505 standart beauty walking around. Especially if your look matches the things you have to offer, guys will pay more attention (for example: A Mistress should look more dominant than the average person).

Whats definitly also important is, to be able to chat, to manage to keep a conversation interesting and ongoing. Many guys a certainly impressed, if an escort shows intellect and is nice to talk with. Some guys even pay for that, because what they seek is company.

Being able to speak on voice is a plus. Makes many guys more comfortable and if your voice sounds cute, they can't resist.

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The girls who usually make bank are women who actually are PSOs, Cam Models, and work in other forms in the sex industry in RL. You can work for yourself or others but it is more profitable to work for yourself in SL. 

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Old school escort and pro domme here. I was on SL a couple years or so, and spent some time away...came back for friends and funsies. This is all just my opinion, and if I sound like a jaded b*tch, sorry about that but I'm the kind of person to tell it the way it is.

Honestly, unless you really like sex and role play, find another way to make your lindens. It ain't worth it.

You're talking about a 2-3000 L$ up-front investment to get your avatar noticeable, let alone marketable. and that's the bare minimum -- high-quality skin, high-quality mesh hair, a couple appropriate mesh outfits, jewelry. Adding in AO's, genital attachments, and various animations and objects that are fetish- or play-appropriate, you're talking in the 5,000+ linden range (but by no means necessary, strictly speaking...just best-case scenario). That stacks up fast, especially keeping up with the Joneses on latest fashions and trends, and puts your break-even point even further down the road.

As to finding a niche and a unique appearance, it's a must. You need to be noticeable, and copypasta Barbie dolls are everywhere. Find a niche, and own it. You're also much more likely to find regular clients, and get repeat business which is just about the very best thing you can have, that way. You definitely need conversational and emoting skills that are way higher than the standard...not that it's a particularly high bar, but it's necessary to stand out and draw clients. Especially since, doing text-only you'll want to skip most of the guys looking for wank fodder since they'll go to the voice or cam girls, and look more for companion/conversational escorting.

Frankly, without voice you'll have a really hard time finding clients. I won't share my opinions on the invasion of the cam girls and PSO's...let's just say appreciation for the sensuality and intimacy of the written word, and the actual labor and creativity that goes into it, could be higher. A lot higher.

As far as where and how to work...it's a matter of how much time and effort you're willing to look into drumming up business. Most of the busier strip and escort clubs force girls to buy (oftentimes, expensive) ad space and take a house cut of earnings, which just boggles my mind, and voice verify which puts you right now anyways. Or put too many girls on stage at once, which splits tips and practically forces the girls to undercut each other for business. Or both. It's steadier that way, if not less money overall with a lot less freedom. Freelancing is freelancing, with all the joys and pratfalls that entails.

One of the very best things you can do for yourself, is make friends with girls who fill different niches than you. Get to know them, and if you find a potential client who doesn't quite match what you offer (but one of your friends does) throw the business their way for a finder's fee, and have them do the same. From whom would you take business -- a friend who wants a 10% finder's fee, or a club that doesn't give a **bleep** about you that takes a 15-20% house cut?

Not to mention you have girlfriends handy if any clients are willing to shell out for two-girl shows. :matte-motes-evil-invert:

 

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  Bailey, I am sorry but you sound bitter and extremely jaded. First of all, who are you to tell tell this young lady that it is not worth becoming an escort unless you like sex and roleplaying? You can make great money without becoming quite jaded.....all you need is a great imagination, love of men, and desire to make money.In addition, I would like to response to your quote: "Frankly, without voice you'll have a really hard time finding clients. I won't share my opinions on the invasion of the cam girls and PSO's...let's just say appreciation for the sensuality and intimacy of the written word, and the actual labor and creativity that goes into it, could be higher. A lot higher." I understand that you being an former escort has made you quite jaded...but you speak for yourself. That seems quite foolish and narrow-minded to me for someone who worked in the sex industry to make that statement. Many of cam models and PSOs make tons of money in SL by providing an enjoyable experience for their clients. But you do not need to treat every customer like he is your bf/husband.  Bailey, you should have learned that while you was an RL escort.

  In addition, your quote "Especially since, doing text-only you'll want to skip most of the guys looking for wank fodder since they'll go to the voice or cam girls, and look more for companion/conversational escorting." is just so wrong. Many customers want something that can blow their minds such as snuff and bondage...plus they will pay top dollar for it. This can either be texting or voice. But I understand that is not your experience coming from your own jaded experiences with clients. Being in the sex industry can turn a fun young lady into a bitter and jaded aging woman who knows nothing about the experience of RL sex workers in SL, huh? Some of the ladies...have a great time here, make friends, and make money.  Have a great day,  But I do think it is cute when an older escort wants to look her nose down at RL sex workers in SL. :matte-motes-big-grin:

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With respect, how is what you're saying terribly different than what I am? The girls who make decent money, have fun, and make friends and contacts, are the ones who actually enjoy it, put extra effort into it for enjoying it, and not just doing it for the lindens. I'm addng that, counting barriers to entry and the downsides of SL sex work, escorting isn't lucrative enough to justify doing just for the lindens.

The common perception is that it's easy work and fast money, it isn't, and anyone looking to do SL sex work really needs to be aware of the downsides of it as well in order to make an informed decision before dumping thousands of lindens for something they're not going to like.

As far as the cam girls and PSO's, I can't blame them for exploiting an available market. That's common sense, and I can't fault them for using it. About what I do feel is dodgy, is using SL as a medium for advertising RL services and charging RL rates converted to lindens. I get why they do it -- it replaces credits and gives something for customers to put on their credit card that isn't a porn service -- but it pulls money out of the linden economy while incurring externalities on the rest of us by depressing our rates for entirely-within-SL services.

If I did that as a text escort, I'd be charging upwards of 12,500 lindens per fifteen-minute session. 1000 maximum words (I keep my own metrics) at five cents per word (which is pretty damn low for freelance writing), means a $50 job -- converted to lindens, that's 12,500 assuming a 250:1 exchange rate. That's not even talking about additional fees for indiividually-tailored or extemporaneous writing, or the time spent chatting and negotiating with a customer to get an expectation of what they want. I have no illusions as to what I do -- I write freelance, extemporaneous, custom smut.

That's professional, contracted, writing for publication, of course, which is not what I do and therefore I can't realistically expect those rates. Even if we assume a penny a word to take into account non-professional quality (never mind the fact I am actually published) and for private consumption, that's still a 2,500 linden session -- a far cry from the 500-750/15:00 average going rate I've experienced from my own informal market research over the last two weeks. And, when I escorted years ago the going rate was 1,000-1,500 per fifteen-minute session -- when the linden:dollar exchange rate was about 400:1 (that was before voice, of course, and before the cam services got the idea to advertise their own services inside SL).

That's what I mean by "respect for the written word could be higher".

Of course, that's not entirely the fault of the PSO's or cam girls; the lion's share of that involves a lot of escorts not knowing the nominal value of their own labor. PSO's and cam girls do text escorts no favor by depressing the market, when in terms of RL pay and labor-analog, the last of those categories is the most lucrative. "But it's SL and not RL," you might say -- tell that to the PSO's and cam girls. And, indeed, supply and demand also has great impact on the value of SL sex work as well it should -- supply and demand also gets thrown out of whack when initial value is seriously and artificially deflated from communual ignorance.

Personally, I deal with it because to me this is recreational, and I don't rely on SL for RL money  -- all I want is enough to keep my pixel doll pretty. In fact, you mention specific rare/exotic fetish play, which is what I did (and still do, in fact before I quit SL I was doing only fetish play and quit pixel pumping/vanilla cyber sex altogether) -- and yes, while it demands a premium it also comes with a higher upfront investment and is less-demanded. But, I'm not going to talk sunshine and rainbows because I make a conscious decision to seriously devalue my own labor because I like it.

 

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Bailey, I thank you for your posts. I learned a lot and agree with a lot as well. Today's world has watered down erotica RP with mics and cams. I agree. I work in a club on SL and for the most part I keep my pay and I've become good friends with the girls I work with. Without their help I wouldn't have transitioned from the last virtual sim world I played like this. Some would learn a lot from you and others like you. Thank you.

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