I remember being intrigued and excited at the thought of getting naked in front of a camera for a stranger and making what at the time was a lot of money for me.The first customer [I had said], "What I want you to do is masturbate until you squirt all over." At the time I was like, "Uh, what is squirting? I might have let him down but he seemed like a happy customer." Thankfully, the girl that was there explained it to me. That was the first time I learned about female ejaculation.

I rented an apartment in the city and I set up a little cam studio right out of my apartment.

I would explore Paris all day, then I would sleep for a couple hours and get up and get on the cam at midnight and webcam until 8 a.m.

I left Paris and I moved to Las Vegas and that's when I started doing porn scenes. I became the spokesmodel for the webcam company I was working for at the time, so I did a lot of traveling being the face of their product. This was a time when I had a lot of agents and people coming to me saying, "Hey, I want you to sign up with me, I'll get you lots of gigs." I went the non-traditional route because I wanted to be in charge of my own career.

Maitresse Madeline Marlowe, a dominatrix and a director at Kink.com, is a self-made porn star who has never worked with an agent.

She talks about how she earned $42,000 from a single webcam session and what she plans to do with her directing skills next. This was the earlier days of webcam before it was as interactive as it is now.

I got into doing sex work because it was a means for me to pay for school. I answered an ad in 2000 that was in the back of one of the local city newspapers that said, "Modeling! They took me into the control room, and there were 20 monitors that were broadcasting different naked men and women doing solo sex acts.

When I think back, I don't remember being scared about [performing].

[I did learn how to squirt eventually.] I was able to figure out my own body, which has benefited my personal sexual relationships to this day.[Then I started] shooting content for early fetish websites. I gutted it and completely remodeled it and turned it into this French-inspired vegetarian place.

I was a submissive in my personal life so I just naturally gravitated toward that sort of work. I ended up taking a break from the industry for three years after that. I met somebody and I got into a relationship and we moved out of state. I turned the place around and ended up selling it and made a profit.

I lived in New Orleans and ended up joining a vaudeville-style circus troupe. At that point, I'd tried all these other things, but sex work kept calling me back.

I love the performance and I love the camaraderie between all the performers. After I sold the restaurant, I packed up and moved to Paris for a year.