Cam Boy: The debut memoir by Webcam Performer J Matt

About the Book

showpromo1Join 23 year old webcam performer Joseph (or J Matt, as he’s known to his fans) as he shares his experiences working in a billion dollar industry that so many men and women are a part of, and yet so few are willing to discuss… 

In his debut memoir ‘Cam Boy’, J lifts the lid on what it’s like to put on adult shows in front of a webcam for an audience of total strangers, and shares a selection of helpful tips and tricks on what it takes to be a top ranking online performer! 

Expect a raw and honest insight in to his past as a drug addicted escort working the streets of London, and a behind the scenes look at J’s participation in the documentary ‘Webcam Boys’, including the backlash and criticism he faced following its broadcast, and the shattered family relationships he attempts to rebuild as a result… 

At times shocking, and at other times humorous; J really doesn’t hold back when it comes to discussing the less than glamorous aspects of his chosen profession, and through personal diary extracts shares his doubts and insecurities, all whilst documenting his rise to the top! 

 

51oEiR4fNjL. SX311 BO1204203200 Question Time

Tell us more about your book “Cam Boy”.  We can get an idea from the title, but could you give us more information about it?

Sure. I think by now most people are at least somewhat familiar with the idea of camming. I like to explain it as being sort of like the internet version of Amsterdam’s famous ‘Red light district’ – where you’ll quite commonly see girls posing in lingerie behind windows facing outwards on to the street, trying to entice men inside to pay them for their sexual services.

Of course with camming you have the added protection of not having to come into physical contact with any of your potential clients. But you’re still essentially a girl (or in my case, a boy), sitting or standing within a computer window, on display for any passers by to see. And much like in the Red Light District, you’re waiting on that moment – for someone who likes the look of you and has cash to blow to make their decision and join you in your room.

There are definitely a lot of interesting parallels to be drawn, although with camming the ‘rooms’ I speak of are video chat rooms and more often than not, you don’t even get to see who it is that you’re performing to. It’s safer, but it’s still a part of the sex industry, and the book definitely explores this. Behind every webcam performer there’s a story to be told. Cam Boy just happens to be mine.

Who would be interested in reading this book?  Is there a specific market that this book is targeted to?

First of all, I do hope I’ve made it pretty clear by now that this certainly isn’t a book for children, or for the faint hearted! 😛

That said, whilst there are a few tips and tricks I’ve included throughout the book for anyone looking to get involved in camming themselves and ‘ahead of the game’ so to speak, I’m certainly not selling the fantasy that camming is this wonderful thing that will guarantee you success, career longevity and a steady stream of cash flow. You have to really work at it, and there are times, (as I’ve documented) that frankly, it sucks.

Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned webcam performer yourself, or know very little about the industry at all, I do believe that if you go into reading ‘Cam Boy’ with an open mind, there’s no reason that you can’t enjoy it. Sure, it’s graphic at times, but it’s as honest of an account as I can really give of my year as a webcam performer, and I make no apologies for that.

You have mentioned that those who work in this industry may not want to publically talk about the work that they do.   Why do you think it is important that you share your story?

For a lot of girls and guys out there, camming is still very much their ‘dirty little secret’ – and it’s easy to see why. There are definitely a lot of preconceived notions about the world of online webcamming, including the people who choose to participate in it and what exactly it entails. I really just wanted to set the record straight on a number of things. My recent successes in the industry and the exposure that I’ve had within mainstream media have given me the platform I felt I needed to do just that.

What will the readers of “Cam Boy” find out about you and the world of virtual cams for profit?

‘Cam Boy’ is a very personal account. It’s written from the heart. I made the decision going into it that if I was going to knuckle down and write this book, I had to be as honest as possible about myself, my background, and what it was that led me to start camming in the first place. I hope that my readers will appreciate that. It certainly wasn’t easy to write, and meant treading over quite a lot of uncomfortable old ground, but with all said and done, I feel as if I know myself better having completed it.

Although prior to camming I worked briefly as an escort, the majority of the book takes place in 2015 and chronicles my year as a cam boy, from my very first night broadcasting (and all the nerves that came along with it) right up to celebrating my one year ‘Cammiversary’.

I dived into the world of camming completely blind. There was nobody around to teach me first-hand how best to go about things in order to earn decent money, so as you can imagine I made a LOT of mistakes along the way. There’s an incident with a cucumber that I find to be particularly funny looking back (though it most certainly wasn’t at the time!) but I shan’t say anymore regarding that here for fear of causing any offence. It’s in the book though 😉

Are there any experiences that you write about that you are ashamed of, wish you had had the opportunity to re-do, and are there any moments that you are particularly proud of?

The thing I’m most proud of I think is my spirit, and the resilience it took me to get myself through some truly dire situations – especially when it seemed like all the odds were stacked well and truly against me. I’m not at all proud of my drug taking, nor of my past in London, and if life had a ‘reset’ button I might well be tempted to push it.

But I can’t live my life looking backwards. I feel like I’m a much stronger person because of all that I’ve been through, and the boy that I was writing about early on in the book is not, as I have come to discover, the man that I have grown to be. 

Tell us more about you.  Other than being a “Cam Boy” and now an author, what else can we find out about J Matt?

I’m an avid fan of video games, more so the arcade retro classics than anything put out today. I actually have a full scale Nintendo controller tattooed on my right calf, among various other inkings. I’m not a heavy drinker these days, but I do like the occasional Mojito cocktail every now and then. Oh, and Brokeback Mountain and Bambi are the only two films that have the ability to make me cry, even to this day!

What will you be working on next?  Do you have any plans for future books, or different ventures?

When I’m well and truly focused on a project, I really do give it my absolute, fullest commitment. I’ve lost count of the amount of all-nighters I pulled whilst putting together this book alone! I haven’t quit camming, but I haven’t been working 5 nights a week like I used to, and honestly I don’t know if I could stick to that kind of schedule again. But we’ll see how ‘Cam Boy’ does and I guess I’ll take things from there really. I don’t think there could ever be a sequel, but I’ve lived what I like to think of as an interesting, some would say unconventional life (and I’m still only 23!) so there are many more tales that I could tell. Friends have suggested that I branch off into writing gay erotica, but non fiction, true-to-life stuff is really more my thing if I’m honest. Who knows what the future holds?

You took part in a documentary “Webcam Boys” what was that like, and what did you learn from the experience.

I was reluctant to take part when first approached, I suppose because of what it ultimately entailed – exposing my job to the world. But I have no regrets about doing so, and I actually feel quite liberated because of it. Taking part in that documentary was one of the biggest inspirations behind writing the book if I’m honest. I think of the 12 chapters in the book, a good 3 or 4 of them are pretty much dedicated to the ‘behind the scenes’ of the whole experience – the reality behind the reality, if you will. There’s a lot that was filmed that ended up on the cutting room floor sadly, like scenes at my friend Paige’s house and lunch with my boyfriend. But I’m glad I was able to preserve those memories in my book.

The director that shot ‘Webcam Boys’, Mobeen Azhar, was great to work with, and I got along really well with everyone on the crew – which I think is important when you’re spending long hours with these people and letting them film you in all sorts of (potentially uncomfortable) situations. You need that rapport. And trust! Trust is vital.

There was some drama and backlash in my family after the documentary initially aired – and certainly a few feathers rustled, but I’m pleased to say that that’s all died down for the most part now. I think I was given a very fair edit, and was praised by many afterwards for the frank way in which I talked about my past. But I felt like there was still a lot I had to say, and a number of questions left in viewers’ minds afterwards. I kinda wanted to fill in as many of the blanks as I could by going into greater detail when explaining things in the book. It was nice to relinquish that control.

What guidance would you offer to someone who perhaps has started off on a difficult road, and is looking for options to be successful?

I’ve been in some very dark places myself these last few years so I totally relate to the feelings of hopelessness that some people may be experiencing. Success is relative. You aren’t a failure no matter how low you might feel at times. Try and turn all that pain, anger and frustration that you may be feeling into motivation towards something productive instead of destructive. Don’t let your past define you. Learn from your mistakes and don’t beat yourself up if you screw up every once in a while. I’ve screwed up many times, and I’m still standing. You never know what’s around the corner, so keep your head up and don’t be afraid to embrace any opportunities that may come your way. Who knows where they may lead you?

Where can our readers find out more about you or contact you?

My debut book ‘Cam Boy’ is available in Kindle/ebook format on Amazon

(Also available on all Amazon international sites – check out your national Amazon for pricing details)

For business enquiries- Jmatt93cam@outlook.com

Personal Twitter (contains adult content) – twitter.com/jmatt93cam

Tumblr (Occasionally graphic) – jmatt93cam.tumblr.com

Instagram (Non graphic) – Instagram.com/jmatt93cam

Facebook fan page (Non graphic) – facebook.com/jmatt93

Thank you so much for this opportunity. I hope you support me and enjoy my book 🙂

 

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