But the convention underlines that selling live sex online has become a big and serious business in Florida. People share their little tricks," said Clinton Cox, a veteran industry videographer who started Cam Con with former Playboy TV star Stacey Havoc.
Klark works for a few hours every night, after her classes.
Her niche: online fetishes, sometimes dressing in rubber and latex outfits, armed with gloves, whips, handcuffs, chains and masks.
"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.
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.
It's not a category that shows up in labor statistics, and streaming companies don't make their stats public, although at any given time on numerous internet sites, hundreds of models appear live. Last week, two cam sites ranked among the top 50 most visited in the United States: Live Jasmin at No.
40, ahead of sites such as Zillow, Apple and Bank of America, and Chaturbate at No. That's according to the Amazon-owned website Alexa, which tracks web traffic.
Adult star Stormy Daniels — yes, the one embroiling a certain president in scandal — is scheduled to appear at the Neon Night Swim Soiree at Hyde Beach.
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.
In the aftermath, many performers had no choice except to go independent and into web cam work, said Stephen Yagielowicz, of the adult-industry trade magazine XBiz.
"Performers had to learn to rely on themselves, " Yagielowicz said. Camming was the perfect vehicle." And with that came the rise of websites such as You Porn and Pornhub, which generally earn money from advertising while letting people watch X-rated video clips for free.
Couple that with cheaper everything — internet connections, smart phones, web camera equipment — and a proliferation of streaming websites, and many web cam "stars" were born.