She is one of a growing number of independent, live streaming video personalities who can make thousands of dollars in just a few hours broadcasting mostly unremarkable acts for a captive internet audience. Lotts is a cam girl, part of a booming at-home workforce made up of young women -- and a few men -- who are upending the adult entertainment industry and social media at the same time.
Like Instagram influencers or You Tube makers, today's webcam models need little more than a strong Wi Fi connection and an internet-connected camera to make a living.
Signing up for services like My Free Cams, Flirt4Free, or Chaturbate, which are essentially platforms like Facebook or Snapchat, is simple.
Once you've filled out a web form, verified your age and agreed to the service's terms and conditions, you can immediately start streaming to a limitless audience of viewers seeking human connection and, of course, sexual release.
Chat hosts provide free shows upon registration, and private shows run by sexy cam girls who aim to please are available for credits, which can be purchased in a variety of packages ranging from $29.99 to $159.99.
Harli Lotts (not her real name) knows her audience better than just about anyone I've ever met in online media.
The big social networks have put their money on live video but anyone working in the adult cam industry could have told you: It's been a safe bet for years.
Kelly Holland, owner and CEO of Penthouse, says beyond driving profits, the adult entertainment industry and social networks are serving the same basic need."Cams are the adult industry's response to Facebook, frankly," Holland says. It became what it was, I would tell you, not through Zuckerberg's brilliance, but because it was just the right thing at the right time.At its peak, Jennicam attracted seven million visits per day.Despite its success, Ringley took Jennicam offline in 2003, following a sex scandal in which she hooked up with a fellow lifecaster's boyfriend on camera.I've just realized that, yeah, like, probably it's my best friend right now. Lotts' computer isn't just her best friend -- it's her main revenue generator and her connection, not only to her fans but also to the outside world.Lotts is a social media star in the truest sense of the word.She would become something of an internet phenomenon, a precursor to the unvarnished You Tube, Snapchat and Instagram celebrities of today.