Welcome back to How I Made It, Metro.co.uk’s weekly career journey series.
This week, we dive into the world of digital sex work with Cherry the Mistress, a US-based sex content creator who has an OnlyFans page among other platforms.
The 20-year-old quit her job as a barista after seeing her salary steadily climb in the industry she currently works in.
Cherry also hasn’t shaved in the two years she’s been creating sexual content, creating a legion of fans who love her natural hair and self-contained approach.
It also makes her presence in the sexual space unique, as she decided to go this route after realizing she had been waxing for years for people other than herself, which led her to give up. on shaving.
Here’s how she made her career.
Hi Cherry. How long have you been creating hairy sexual content?
I’ve been making hairy content for exactly two years now!
What were you doing before?
Before sex work, I worked as a barista in a cafe for over three years.
What made you think working in the sexual/erotic content industry was something you wanted to do?
When I was in college, I was really broke and barely able to pay all my bills.
I’ve seen the success other people have had doing adult content and I’ve always been a sexual person who liked to express myself that way, so I thought why not give it a try?
Did someone introduce you to the idea or did you think of it on your own? Did you go there after researching first?
I remember seeing the OnlyFans hype at the start of the pandemic and wondering if I could ever do this.
I really thought about starting OnlyFans for a few months to really make sure it was something I wanted to do.
I searched a lot at first, because I had no idea what I was doing.
Now that I’ve been doing this for two years, I’ve learned a lot and I’m still learning every day.
How do you protect yourself?
To ensure my safety, I do not tell anyone where I am from or what state I am in.
I’m also a big homebody and don’t leave my house very often.
The world is so crazy it is and I want to avoid any unfavorable circumstance.
Long term, is that what you want to do, or do you have other plans and ideas?
I really love what I do, so I want to do this for as long as possible!
I have also posted videos on YouTube recently and want to continue doing so.
For the future, I have lots of ideas. I thought about entering the housing market or starting my own clothing business or modeling for clothing brands.
Do you think platforms like OnlyFans have made sexual content safer for people and more accessible? Did he democratize this space a little in your opinion?
Absolutely. I think online sex work platforms have made sex work so much safer for people.
There is less risk than doing FSW (full service sex work), as you are less likely to be sexually harassed (although you can still be harassed online), a victim of human trafficking or contract STDs.
What do you earn on average per month?
I can earn between $18,000 and $20,000 per month.
An average day in Cherry’s working life
8am-10am: She wakes up, replies to DMs from followers, posts on all social media accounts.
11am-12pm: Cherry goes to the gym, then gets ready.
1 p.m.-4 p.m.: Cherry makes videos (both for social networks and for explicit sites), then takes photos (explicit and SFW).
5pm-8pm: She schedules and queues content for all her sites, networks with other models, edits videos, responds to emails.
9-10 p.m.: It’s time to chat with subscribers, send PPV videos to those who buy them.
11pm-midnight: She does research, reads the group chats I’m in, then finally stops.
What do you like most about your job?
I really love my subscribers. I’ve known quite a few of them for a long time and the connections I make with them are really special to me.
I talk to them every day and I talk to them even more than to my friends in my personal life.
I also really like the freedom I have, and of course the money I earn is definitely a huge plus.
What do you like least?
There are definitely a lot of things about this job that can be difficult, like its instability, the way people constantly objectify you and don’t take you seriously, the unsolicited dick pics, and how isolating it can be.
However, what can be the most mentally taxing is constantly distorted.
Along with many other sex workers, I spend so much time and effort building our online presence and social media apps will randomly ban and delete us.
However, celebrities or verified people on these apps can post such provocative photos and not be penalized.
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