One model might even be your neighbor, though you wouldn't know it unless you were trolling for sex services online.
Most models, like 25-year-old Lisa Klark, work from home.
Many of the scheduled conference events may sound titillating — there is a panel, for instance, on the latest generation in adult toys — but the overriding theme is straight out of Biz 101: Profit and how to increase it in a competitive trade that requires more than just a willingness to expose flesh. "We created this show because there was no community.
In the digital age, many sex performers increasingly operate as private entrepreneurs, and business, marketing and tech savvy can make big differences to the bottom line. We like that we are one of the reasons the community is evolving and building." How many people work as web cam models in South Florida or the state?
"Of course, people come for the porn, but for the most part, it's people who want to actually get to know you." Offering more personal interaction in the sex business can raise risks for some models — bullying is common, but some customers also can be downright scary.
At XBiz Miami at the Mondrian South Beach hotel, scheduled events include a "Booze-n-Buns" poolside mixer, models-only "speed networking" sessions, and panels about crypto currency, tackling cyber bullies, video editing techniques and lessons on organizing business records and finances.
All of it topped off by a "Cam Model Olympics" competition and an awards night at the swank Liv nightclub at the Fontainebleau Hotel.
This month, Miami prosecutors charged a wannabe rapper named Michael Belanger, 39, with stalking after he allegedly terrorized a cam model he met through Chatstar, a service that allows adult entertainers to exchange messages and calls with fans without revealing their real contact info.
Even though the unidentified cam girl blocked Belanger, he continued emailing her daily and even showed up at her condo, police said.