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Embracing the American entrepreneurial spirit in the heart of Bucharest

It is well known that apart from a great business environment in Romania for small and medium-sized enterprises, companies and investors also have access to an affordable multilingual workforce in most cities, especially in Bucharest. But it is not very often that a US citizen decides to open a cam studio here. Of course, we asked Bryan, owner of Cleopatra Studio, the classic, almost cliché question ”Why did you move to Romania?”: ” I didn’t abruptly decide to move here. I worked for a company in the U.S. that decided to open an office in Bucharest. I applied for the position and was ultimately selected to come here with another colleague to help facilitate the growth of the company’s office here. My academic background focused on Eastern Europe, so it was not strange to move to Romania.”


I tend to be extremely in depth with performer’s income and cam site conversions and the studio founders have a big experience in finance, investments, and business, so we make a perfect team when it comes to the examination of incomes.

With absolutely no experience in the live cam industry, in any regard, Bryan said he virtually knew nothing about the industry before moving to Romania, but he was triggered by the idea of starting a business of his own in a well established market. And that is how Cleopatra Studio got off the ground last month. Located right next to Unirii Square, just a few steps from the Parliament building, Bryan told us, enthusiastically, that he came up with the name Cleopatra because he wanted a unique name with a meaning behind it.

He chose the name Cleopatra because it evokes an image of a beautiful, powerful, and desired woman-something all female livechat models want to be!

Here is the complete revealing interview with Bryan about leaving his role in a multinational company and the reasons to be optimistic about the new road ahead in the live cam industry.

What determined you to open up a live cam studio?
The desire primarily came from my interest in starting my own business and working for myself. I wanted to start a business in a field that was well established and could scale easily. I had a few ideas, but I had heard about livechat studios being popular in Bucharest. It’s also hard to ignore some of the advertisements and cars with branding from places like Charm Studious and LiveJasmin. While it does seem the market is quite saturated with lots of studios, it’s a well established industry that I am confident I can thrive in.

What is your experience in the live cam industry? If any.
I have no experience in this industry in any regard. I knew virtually nothing about the industry before coming to Romania, and still knew very little about it before talking to people who had worked in the industry.

Did you receive any advice/consultancy from any other studio or from any other experienced person in this field?
As someone with no experience in the field, let alone general business experience, I knew it would be very important to hire someone who could help me in the process. After meeting and discussing with a few people who had or are currently working in the industry, including models, admins, and owners, I was referred to Bogdan Dumitrescu from AMP. We’ve been working together since May and his support has been indispensable, and I can’t imagine opening my studio without his help.
If I were to have done this on my own, I think it would have turned out very poorly. On the surface the business model seems quite simple; however, livechat is a much more complicated and multi-faceted industry than I thought at first, considering the technological, legal, marketing, etc. aspects of the business. So, without working with someone experienced in the field, the project would have been a lot more difficult and stressful

According to your business plan, in how much time do you expect return on investment?
From the projections I have, it will probably take at least a year to recoup my initial investment, but probably more, considering a reasonable reinvestment rate. Personally, I’m more interested in building up positive cash flow and then scaling the business to really boost the company’s revenue.

What type of marketing strategy are you planning to adopt? Social media platforms, adwords, referrals?
All of the above! I want to utilize all platforms possible. Social media marketing strikes me as something that will be very useful, considering that the average livechat model candidate is probably using social media platforms like Instagram frequently. I would also like to implement an appealing referral program that will entice team members to recruit friends and acquaintances to join.

What type of cam sites are you going to work with?
I plan to use both premium and freemium sites, at least from the start. The studio will be able to accommodate both of these sites in terms of design. And since I’m new to the industry, I can’t say what will be best for my studio from the start; however, the freemium sites interest me more. It seems like this is the direction the industry is trending in. These sites also allow, in my opinion, for greater creativity and variety, which seems like they would really allow models to be themselves and find what works best for them in terms of style, marketing, etc

What expectations do you have in terms of support from the cam sites?
In terms of support, I only expect that they provide support on the technological side, and that we will take responsibility for growth and marketing of the models.

How many working places do you have/ or plan to have, to start with?
Cleopatra will have 3 workstations to start. I’d like to think of it as a “boutique”. It’s smaller perhaps than other studios, but for me it’s better to start smaller and become established, as opposed to having a much larger studio with higher fixed costs.

Bryan, we wish you nothing but best of luck in this new venture you have embarked upon. May your business be prosperous with many years to come! Read more articles here

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AJ Studios – Don’t dream it, Live it!

Located in Cali, with offices in Medellin, Armenia, Pereira, Cartagena and Bogota, AJ Studios is one of the best positioned company in Latin America in the video chat sector, thanks to the legality of their actions, the commitment towards their team of professionals and strategic allies, in order to provide a high quality service achieved by cutting-edge technologies, and the dedicated support for their models. Last but not least, AJ studios team is also the main organizer of Lalexpo, the most important international webcam event in Latin America.

How was your studio born?
Before AJ studios we were in the travel and consulting business, we had an upscale bed and breakfast in Colombia focused on international clientele. Besides accommodation we offered a wide range of services such as private interpreters, bilingual Car service, private investigators, consulting on purchase of real estate in Colombia or investment opportunities among others. We got a client from the US who came to Colombia with the project to set up a cam studio and hired us to help him get started and signed a one year management support contract. So that’s how we came in contact with the cam business.
We started in the industry when the word “monitor” was only used to refer to the computer screen, there was no such thing as a broadcast manager, payments were received through
Epassporte and the popular sites back then were Naked, Cams, PeekShows and PrivateFeeds.
Since then, we have come a long way of experiences that today has positioned us as one of the best studios in the world.

Since you started your studio, what was your most challenging period?
Definitely, it was in our beginnings. During the process of getting into the industry, we had a loss of 240 million pesos during the first year (over $62,400 today), which we took as a somewhat expensive crash course on the do’s and don’ts of running a webcam studio.
Starting AJ Studios was not easy, we have had obstacles just like so many other businesses, but if you never quit and are passionate about what you do, it pays off in the long run. This business has become extremely profitable, and has opened so many doors for me to travel and to meet exceptional people from all around the world. The industry is full of possibilities and opportunity.
Currently In Colombia, the industry faces several challenges, starting with the absence of legislation that regulates the activities of this industry. This leaves in limbo those who are part of it. The lack of a regulation not only affects the Colombian government, it also puts at a disadvantage the men and women who work daily and who do not have the protection and benefits enjoyed by a common employee as medical benefits, justifications for applying for a loan in a financial institution or employment recommendation letters.
In view of a mostly moralistic society, which in many cases mistakenly associates the webcam business with illegal activities, the Colombian Association of E-Commerce for Adults (Asocea) was created by us, with the mission of generating better opportunities for companies in the industry.

What kind of marketing strategy have you adopted: social media platforms, adwords, referrals?
Since our brand has a very high reputation, referrals are one of the most common recruitment and marketing channels for us.
Also our strategies are focused on the management of social media platforms, which is one of the most active media channels in the industry. This has allowed us to achieve a very important position and create a community for our models and the girls who want to belong to our studio.
Through our social networks we provide valuable information to our models about training, tips for their broadcasts, support, contests and additional benefits. Read full article here

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FLIRT STUDIO – More flirt and relations than shows

Flirt Studio was opened in 2011, in Izhevsk, Russia, by Artem, an ex-model in St. Petersburg, who after studying the market, came to the conclusion that it is more tempting to open a studio in a province where there are no other studios. The lack of competition and a minimum investment gave him a fairly quick start, and after years of sincere and hard work, Flirt Studio became one of the best studios in Russia, relying more on a “flirt and relation” strategy than shows.

Artem, did you receive any advice/consultancy from any other studio or from any other experienced person in this field when you started?
Yes, I originally made an agreement with two experienced people in the industry who helped me with opening the studio, for which I am still grateful, but then our paths diverged. At that time the studios didn’t communicate with each other as they do now, and to get or give advice to a competitor was something out of the realm of fiction, so there was no place to get information and I had to rely on my own experience. Well, it gave a certain hardening in business. Taking the Russian market as an example, I think we made a huge change by organizing Russia’s first webcam summit – WTF; changes that were influenced by Romanian summits.

Is there any financial difference between last year and this year’s 1st quarter? Is there any increase in profits?
We have quite a big drop compared to last year, as our partner site has changed the terms of cooperation, so it is quite difficult to switch to them to cover the losses and change the style of work.

Since you started your studio, which was your hardest period?
I think it was 2018, by that time we had made some serious progress in the industry, we had our first summit successfully and the studio was growing at a steady pace upwards, but unfortunately your success in Russia is quickly noticed by other people, well due to the fact that this business is quite “gray” in Russia, the police became interested in me. This was my second criminal prosecution (the first was in 2013), but rather more serious in terms of charges. It’s hard to tell about it in two words, these stories are enough to make a short series on Netflix. Thankfully all ended well, but these wars set the studio back a couple of years in development.
How did you handle it?
My very good and very expensive lawyers handled it ha-ha, and honestly, it was just pure luck.

Read full article here

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Money Studio – wins “Best Cam Studio Worldwide”, at YNOT Awards, 2021!

One of the biggest awards went to Money Studio by becoming the winners of the “Best Cam Studio Worldwide” category.

Money Studio won the  “Best Cam Studio Worldwide” title at YNOT Awards 2021, in Prague.
The night had amazing energy and one of the biggest awards went to Money Studio by becoming the winners of the “Best Cam Studio Worldwide” category.
Money Studio is a live cam studio from Romania, and their success was recognized at YNOT Awards 2021.
This is a great achievement, and we would like to congratulate Money Studio for their efforts!

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