Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Fabulous Magazine Article - Out 30th March 2014


One of Fabulous' many covers

So I am pleased to announce I will be featured in Fabulous Magazine, a weekend insert with The Sun newspaper. They are writing an article on cam girls and I was excited to participate. I am always happy to discuss camming and bring it to the attention of the general public because it can help girls like myself who might be in desperate situations. It also draws attention from potential customers and that can only be beneficial.

It is paraphrased, but I am happy with how my part of the article sounds and I look forward to seeing the whole thing in 11 days time. 

Much Love

London

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

HappyCamModels.com - Do Not Sign Up!

Don't let this company give you a sad face!

If you want to find happiness, you will not find it at happycammodels.com. A typical "agency" they do pretty much nothing for girls, while taking a hefty chunk of their pay, at least 15%. They are a Streamate recruiter,so save your time and your money and go directly to Streamate. Streamate will give you 35% of your earnings, whereas happycammodels.com will only give you 20%.

Not only are they taking your money and doing nothing useful for you with their 15% fee (aside from setting up your profile), they also tie you into a ridiculous contract that tries to prevent you from working as a cam model anywhere else for 2 years if you leave them. Do you really want to be harassed for exercising your right to not work for a firm that (in my opinion) is ripping you off?

I received an email from cam girl "BrittanyCurves" asking for advice because she was being harassed and bullied by her ex boss, a male model named Dustin, aka "Happy Feelmore".

Brittany realised that the pay rate was appalling and notified Dustin that she was terminating her contract. She signed up with Chaturbate as a independent/freelancer, but in no time at all Dustin was attempting to have her account shut down because of the clause in his bogus contract that says

3.2 Model, expressly grants to AGENCY full license to use any and all copyrights, trademarks, service marks, trade secrets, and all other proprietary rights in and to the Content, or any portion thereof, via an unlimited, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, sub-licensable, transferable, exclusive license to AGENCY. Model agrees to be bound exclusively to AGENCY and not to work for any competing agency for a period of two years. With the rights granted herein, AGENCY may, without limitation, use, distribute, reproduce, display, perform, publish, modify, adapt, translate, transmit, market, import, export, promote and/or create derivative works of the Content in any medium or technology whatsoever, now known or to be developed in the future. Model further agrees that AGENCY shall be the sole owner and holder of all copyrights and all other proprietary rights in and to any and all derivative works created from the Content.”
Let me tell you why that is bogus

You cannot own people for two years, you cannot own people for any amount of time. You cannot stop people from earning money in their chosen profession because they quit your agency. You can own the camgirls stage name, you can own her intellectual property from the time she was under the contract, but you cannot enslave someone for two years.

The contract is not enforceable. Brittany sought legal advice and the contract was deemed a servitude situation which a judge would not enforce. Employees have a right to walk away from contracts where they have been misled, contracts that have been breached, or where payments have failed to be made. Brittany was misled into believing this agency was working towards furthering her career. She understood they would be doing more than setting up a profile and issuing payments.

She was also told that pee shows were illegal and any model doing them would be banned from the agency, but she has sent me proof Dustin was participating in pee shows for money. This was another reason she chose to walk away from the company.

Furthermore, Brittany is not working for any agency, she is completely freelance. She is using chat platforms as an independent cam girl. His contract states she cannot work for another agency, which she is not doing. She is not breaking the contract by going freelance.

Dustin continued to harass Brittany and says she needs to pay $200 to get out of her contract of he will be pursuing legal action. He's a bully attempting to use scare tactics to frighten her into paying up. Most people don't want to involve a lawyer because of the cost involved, and so $200 might seem like a cheap solution. It's a complete scam though, as his case against her is incredibly weak. (Keep in mind your local laws may vary.)

When he didn't get his way he decided to send letters to her parents house and Brittany has had to involve law enforcement due to the level of harassment. I have seen the email exchange between them and believe me when I say I think he is a complete scum bag.

Girls, Brittany does not want you to suffer at the hands of an asshole the way she has, and I don't want you to either. So please, do yourself a favour and do not sign up with this awful agency!

Much Love and Peace

London

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Calling All Cam Girls! Be Part of a Channel 4 Documentary...



I was contacted by Annabelle Draper from Back2Back productions regarding their latest documentary about cam girls and our industry. Following on from their very successful documentary about phone sex workers, (click here to view) they are looking to get in touch with women currently working the the industry who would like to contribute to the film with their opinions and experiences.

In my opinion this is a fantastic opportunity for girls who are looking to shine a spotlight on our industry and maybe show that there is no shame in doing what we do. Furthermore it could be a boost to your personal brand if you are featured.

The documentary will be tackling misconceptions about the industry, with our stories at the heart. To quote Annabelle directly:


"This will be a thoughtful and positive look at an industry which can be often misunderstood, and hopes to dispel myths and challenge any taboos that exist to date. Clean in content, with a light-hearted and warm tone, this documentary will get to know the real lives of the women behind the webcams,and is all about female empowerment. First and foremost, we want to focus on our contributors as people, as well as on the industry they work in, defying any preconceptions that may stand. 

Although there have been various forms of media on camming in the past, many have fixated on the cruder and 'sadder' stories of girls in camming which aim to patronise and belittle and I do not believe represents the majority of women in the industry! 

In particular we hope to hear from confident women who may receive or cater for some funny or unusual requests, not hard-core, just interesting or humorous. Also to tell the stories of these women, their backgrounds, other interests, otherwise ‘normal’ lives they lead who have made an intended decision to embrace the world of the web."


I was personally a fan of their work on the phone sex documentary and therefore happily invite any of my female, currently camming or considering camming readers to get in touch with Annabelle or Emma to share their stories and be potentially featured in an interesting and empowering look into our world.

If you do decide to take part and contact the girls them let me know in the comments! I will be excited to see how this turns out and hopefully see some of my readers representing us on Channel 4!

Much Love as always

London

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Friday, 1 March 2013

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Ok my lovelies, I have been quiet for a while and it is because my health again took a dramatic turn for the worse. At present I can hardly move from my bathroom floor, let alone get on cam or update this blog. It happened not long after I began working as a domme and I'm at a point now where there is just no way I can work in any physical capacity. My body is broken.

I have Beau to take care of me, but I'm going to be seeking private medical care as soon as I can afford it. Don't cam and live in London if you want to save money!

I want you all to know that while I am truly, very, very sick, I am still upbeat and rooting for you all. I'm grateful for your readership, your support of the blog, and of course for your beautiful emails that have touched me and made my dark days more bearable. Trust me that if I am ever able to return to this world and continue my adventures, I most definitely will!

Be safe, be smart and be kind to yourselves.

Much love

London

x

Monday, 22 October 2012

Watermarking - Benefits and Manycam Tutorial

The scourge of would be pirates... A watermark?!

Today I want to talk about protecting our privacy just that little bit more through the simple act of watermarking. Watermarking is something like an official seal that people use to display ownership and copyright items and intellectual property. The practice originates from the use of faint imprints on paper to prevent counterfeiting, and it is still used today on official documents like passports and security papers as well as on bank notes.

In the digital age many photographers will watermark their photographs through use of Photoshop to prevent their free use on other peoples websites. You will commonly see examples of watermarks when doing a Google image search for something that brings up a lot of stock image results. Stock photos will usually have the owner's website emblazoned across the image in transparent text, such as"Stockimages.com". The watermark shows who the photograph belongs to without too much distortion across the picture so that potential buyers can still clearly see the image before purchase.

You can also watermark and date your live webcam streams and video recordings by using some simple software. Watermarking your intellectual property is something that could help you if for any reason your live shows are illegally recorded, or your prerecorded videos are uploaded without your consent. The practice generally dissuades pirates from taking your videos as dates make it difficult for them to pose as a live camgirl and listing your camgirl name and site will give you additional publicity and make it easier for you to prove that you own the rights to the video. For photographs, again this means you can give a free preview of your pictures without making it easy for other sites or members to download and rip you off.

To watermark your photos without Photoshop I recommend using the website picmarkr.com. It is a free site that will allow you to create and add custom watermarks to your images. I won't go into great detail about how to use it, but if you are looking for a tutorial I suggest looking at this one.

For your custom video clips or any recordings you are making available online, one of the free and easy options to add a watermark is to use Windows Movie Maker. As I do not make pre-recorded content as of yet I couldn't tell you how to do this, but there is again an excellent tutorial available here that should answer any questions you might have.

For live streaming I would recommend downloading the free Manycam software here. Manycam is a free program that can add many effects to your camera while streaming live and is also a camsplitter so it enables you to broadcast on several sites simultaneously.

To create your watermark with ManyCam there are several things you will need to do. First of all you will need to make sure you are streaming your camera through the application itself. To do this you must click the video tab at the top of the window, then click on the sources tab, and finally select your webcam from the drop down camera menu underlined in red on the illustration below.


Once you have got your camera streaming properly, you will need to get rid of the ugly logo that Manycams uses as its watermark when you start the program for the first time. To do this you will need to click on the effects tab, next to the sources tab you selected earlier. You then select the text over video function option and un-check the "Show Manycams Logo" box that the red arrow is pointing to below. This will remove the logo circled in the bottom right of the cam stream.


When the logo is gone you can create your own watermark by checking the "Enable text" box circled in the bottom left of the image below. This allows you to write directly into the text box above it and your message will appear in the cam stream window. You can change the font size, colour, style and transparency with the tool bar above the text box, as well as adjust the colour and transparency of the text background. You can also position your watermark by left clicking and holding the mouse button to drag it wherever you like on your cam window. When you are satisfied with the position, release the left mouse button to drop it.


To time stamp your live shows you will need to select the date and time option that sits just below the text over video option we picked before in the left hand menu. When you have selected this option, to enable the time and date you will need to check the "Show clock" box circled in red below and select a time and date format from the options that are available. In my case I have selected the DD/MM/YY option along with the 24 hour clock to make my time stamp as small as possible. To change the position of the clock, drag and drop in the same way you did with your watermark.


Once this is complete you are basically ready to go. You can start streaming live with the knowledge that your work is watermarked. To stream through Manycam you will need to ensure it is running and select it instead of your webcam when choosing what to stream. I have used my Skype video settings as an example below. To make sure that anyone I Skype with can see my watermark, I have selected the ManyCam Virtual Webcam instead of the usual HP Webcam I would use. Be sure this is selected with all your show streaming software such as the flash encoder, JustCamIt and and MFC software.


To use ManyCam software for watermarking you will need to have it running in the background. Once it is open, even if you close the application it will still be running in the hidden icons tray in the bottom right of the screen in your task bar (Assuming you are running a Windows OS and not a Mac. I am not a Mac user so I am afraid you guys are own your own here!). Keeping it open gives you the option to alter your text and use different effects during a show, but closing the screen and having it running in the background is fine and will ensure that your watermark remains.





So there you have it. I hope you have found this post somewhat helpful. I use a watermark in all my shows now as an extra precaution, and it has made me feel more confident about tackling potential piracy. While we must remember it does not remove the threat entirely, it does protect us that little bit more and helps when sending a DCMA.

Be safe and be blessed!

Much love,

London

xox

Sunday, 21 October 2012

New beginning for Mistress London...


Ok so about a month ago I said I would be writing less because I was bowing out of the cam girl game due to health issues. While I'm still not in peak condition, after a considerable break I am going to return to camming with the support of my Beau. It's tentative, but I think I can find the energy for a bit of work each week.

I finally told Beau about the source of my income and he's been nothing but supportive. He was a little apprehensive at first, but ultimately proud of me. We have decided to put any of my earnings into a savings account to pay for private medical treatment in the hopes that I will have access to better diagnostic tests and drugs than currently available on the NHS.

I'm going for a totally new angle this time in my work, and I want to specialise in fetishes and domination. After such a long break and all the harassment from my "friends" who knew my screen name, I have decided to try some new sites, block the UK, take on a new name and attempt to work my way up from the bottom with an entirely new angle.

I'm naturally a demanding bitch and I do genuinely enjoy domination so I'm excited to incorporate this into my shows, and I feel excited to be getting back into the game and experimenting with my work, taking it in a whole new direction. I'm intrigued to see if I make more money as a domme than I did as a girl next door so we can consider this an experiment. I have already worked out my persona and she is a stone cold fox!

So while the blog may be updated only sporadically, I will do my best to let you know how my experiment goes and the tips and tricks I pick up along the way.

Thanks for sticking with me ladies. You are my constant inspiration.

Also Beau told me to post this...



This is why I love him. He is the cheesiest man I have ever met!

Much Love

Mistress London

xox

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

This isn't goodbye...



Hello Friends

This is London making contact after a long bout of radio silence. For that I am sorry.

This post is difficult for me to write because it is sad, and I have been putting it off for quite some time.

As many of you who have diligently read and followed my blog are aware, I suffer with a long term illness. Last year I began to deteriorate rapidly, and to be honest it was touch and go. It started when I collapsed in the club bathroom at my own birthday night out, and I just haven't been able to bounce back since.

Everything has taken a backseat to my recovery. I dropped out of school, I started more and more drug therapies that did nothing but make me sicker, and of course I had to stop camming. I even pushed Beau away because I couldn't imagine why someone would want to stick around through all the hospital appointments, and the depressing sight of me reduced to sleeping on my bathroom floor.

I ran away from everything. I ran away from London and went back to my parents in the city I grew up in. I watched the city disappear behind me as quickly as my life had disappeared.

You never expect illness to dominate you, you never expect the bad flares, but the truth is when you live in remission, they are always waiting.

This blog has meant so much to me. To be able to connect with all these wonderful people, to hear all your stories and share in your successes has been a privilege and a joy. I love doing this and I wish I could do more, but the fact remains that I'm still a long way from remission and I'm not camming. I would feel like a fraud advising you when I'm not currently in the industry, because it's like a living organism, always growing and changing.

You can still email me, and check the blog for updates, but the posting will be sporadic, and I haven't been responding to emails due to my ill health. Even sitting at a computer has felt too much for me on days. But trust me when I say it's not all doom and gloom and I'm still alive and kicking and I'm not defeated yet.

And for those of you who are worried about Beau... don't be. I pushed him away, but he was having none of it. He and I are stronger than ever and I don't know what I would be doing right now without him. I could have faced my journey alone, but I'm so glad I didn't have to. Thank god he had a bit more faith than I did!

So this is just an update really to explain things. I also want to apologise to anyone who has emailed me and hasn't had a response. I read all my emails on my phone, its just hard to write them without getting to a computer. If you have a question regarding cam advice, do look through my advice list, and if it relates to me, take a look at the FAQ section. A lot of the emails I get have questions that I have already created entire posts about so please make sure to check through the advice section because you may well get the answer you are looking for.

Thanks for reading and supporting the blog my friends. Your passion and love has helped me through some of my darker moments. Please be blessed with wealth, health and happiness, and know I think of you often. And shake that booty for me until I'm back on my feet!

Much love

London

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