"Telephone actress" is a term for someone who provides adult entertainment over the telephone. If you're open minded and comfortable indulging in role-play fantasies over the phone, this may be a job to consider. You can do it from home and set your own schedule, so it's a very flexible option. Here are some tips on what it takes to become a telephone actress.
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Decide what your speciality will be. Many phone actresses specialise in a particular fantasy, such as playing the role of a bored and lonely housewife or a naughty college girl. Although you can take on many roles, it can be profitable to choose a certain focus because you can refine your "character" and skills in that role. It doesn't matter who you are in real life. As long as you can tailor your voice and improvisational skills to the character you create, you can be anyone you choose over the phone.
Decide what your limitations will be. Because the content of your conversations will be sexual in nature, you must be comfortable discussing intimate subjects with strangers and putting yourself into the role. This is an acting job, and the customer is the "director," so you must portray excitement and enjoyment based on his lead. If there are areas you are not comfortable discussing or acting out, decide on them up front so you can make sure your future job will allow you to maintain those boundaries.
Set up a suitable phone line. You probably already have a phone, but it may not meet potential employers' requirements. Many require you to use a land line rather than a cell and to have no extra features, such as call waiting, that could be distracting and seem unprofessional.
Choose a quiet, private space. You'll need an area without any background noise and where you will not be bothered. Noting destroys the fantasy of chatting with a naughty college girl all alone in her dorm room than hearing children yell, "Mommy! Mommy!" View your workspace as your stage, and make sure that others in your household will not bother you when you're onstage performing your role.
Find a suitable employer or service. Telephone actresses typically work as independent contractors. Their employer provides the call forwarding system to route clients and usually provides advertising too. The employer will then pay a per-minute fee. You can find telephone actress jobs through Craigslist, SimplyHired and other online job search sites. You can also set up your own business through a service like Keen. They accept anyone and allow you to set your own fee, but you must do your own advertising and they take a percentage of your earnings (see Resources below).
Build a support network. Actresses in live shows have a support system of peers. Telephone actresses can find the same thing by visiting online forums and discussions geared towards people in the industry. Like any other job, being a telephone actress can have its frustrations, but because of the subject matter you may not be able to talk about it to friends and family. Forums link you up to others in the same industry who can offer support and advice (see Resources below).
Tips and warnings
- Never give clients any personal information. This includes your phone number, real name and even your general location. You have no way of screening clients, so total anonymity will protect your from potential stalkers and other dangerous callers.
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