Welcome back to How I Made It, Metro.co.uk’s weekly career journey series.
This week we’re delving 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 left her job as a barista after watching her salary steadily climb in the industry she’s in now.
Cherry hasn’t shaved in the two years she’s been making sex content either, building up a legion of fans who love her natural hair and empowered approach.
This makes her presence in the sex space unique too, as she decided to go this way after realising she had been removing her body hair for years for people other than herself – leading her to turn her back on shaving.
Here’s how she made her career happen.
Hey Cherry. How long have you been creating hairy sex content?
I’ve been making hairy content for exactly two years now!
What were you doing before?
Before sex work, I was working at a barista at a coffee shop for over three years.
What made you first think working in the sex/erotic content industry was something you wanted to do?
When I was in college, I was really broke and was barely able to pay all my bills.
I saw the success that other people have had doing adult content and I have always been a sexual person who liked to express myself that way, so I thought why not give it a try?
Had anyone introduced you to the idea or did you think of it alone? Did you go in having researched first?
I remember seeing the hype of OnlyFans at the start of the pandemic and I wondered if I could ever do that.
I definitely thought about starting OnlyFans for a few months to really make sure this was something that I wanted to do.
I researched a lot in the beginning, because I had no clue what I was doing.
Now doing this for two years, I have learned so much and am always learning everyday.
How do you safeguard yourself?
To keep myself safe, I do not share where I’m from or what state I’m in to anyone.
I also am a big homebody and don’t leave my house often.
The world is so crazy as it is and I want to avoid any adverse circumstances.
Long-term, is this 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’ve also been posting videos on YouTube recently and want to continue doing that.
For the future, I have a lot of ideas. I have thought about getting into the housing market or starting my own clothing company or modeling for clothing brands.
Do you think platforms like OnlyFans have made sex content work safer for people and more accessible? Has it democratised that space a bit in your opinion?
Absolutely. I think online sex work platforms has made sex work so much safer for people.
There’s less of a risk than doing FSW (full service sex work), because you’re less likely to be sexually harassed (though you can still be harassed online), human trafficked, or contract STDs.
What do you earn in an average month?
I can make anywhere from $18k-$20k a month.
An average day in the working life of Cherry
8am-10am: She wakes up, responds to DMs from subscribers, posts on all social media accounts.
11am-12pm: Cherry hits the gym, then gets ready.
1pm-4pm: Cherry makes videos (both for social media and for explicit sites), and then takes pictures (explicit and SFW).
5pm-8pm: She schedules and queues content for all her sites, networks with other models, edits videos, answers emails.
9pm-10pm: Time to chat with subscribers, send out PPV videos to those who buy them.
11pm-midnight: She researches, reads group chats I’m in, then finally calls it a night.
What do you love most about your job?
I absolutely love my subscribers. I have known quite a few of them for a long time and the connections I make with them is really special to me.
I talk to them everyday and I talk to them even more than I do to my friends in my personal life.
I also really love the freedom I have, and of course, the money I make is certainly a huge plus.
What do you like the least?
There’s definitely a lot about this job that can be tough, like how unstable it is, how people constantly objectify you and don’t take you seriously, unsolicited dick pics, and how isolating it can be.
However, what can be the most mentally taxing is constantly being deplatformed.
I, along with a lot of other sex workers, spend so much time and effort into building our online presence and social media apps will ban and delete us randomly.
However, celebrities or people who are verified on these apps can post such provocative photos and don’t get penalised.
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