A pandemic side hustle turned into more than a paycheck.
Jasmine, 25, from Northern Virginia, was a recent career-changer (from education to media production) when she launched a part-time pandemic gig in online porn.
Why launch your OnlyFans page?
I started it as more of an expression of myself because I felt really bad about my body. Plus, I thought the extra income wouldn’t hurt. I’ve struggled with self-esteem issues that led to depression for a long time. I saw other girls’ pages, and the whole Twitter fan base, and I thought, wow, to show off your body and not be scared of criticism—that seemed really empowering.
Did you have experience with sex work?
When I was 18 or 19, I was a stripper for a couple months. I was way more confident then. I really wanted that feeling again.
How much money do you make?
About $250 to $550 a month. It fluctuates because I’ve either made my account free or charge a subscription, and I receive tips. Tips could be anywhere between $10 and $50. It’s definitely a fun side hustle.
What’s your process?
At first, I was really shy—I wouldn’t get naked. I’d have lingerie basically covering everything. I started to get more comfortable when people started complimenting me. So I decided to show even more. I use a tripod and remote control. I put on my music. I do my makeup and my hair and my outfit. I really enjoy it—it’s a different type of “me time.” I take most pictures in my bedroom. Sometimes I’ll pick an outside location where the lighting is good and I’ll go there at 1 am. I definitely make sure not to get any street signs in my photos.
Have you told people you do this?
Friends, not really family. My friends have been super-supportive and have helped me find new looks.
Have you ever been contacted by anyone you know who saw you on OnlyFans?