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From the "former sex worker taking Hollywood by storm" (The Daily Beast), comes a candid and hilarious memoir of sex work, shame, and self-discovery set in the colorful world of live-streaming camgirls. At twenty-three, Isa Mazzei was just like any other college graduate: broke, lacking purpose, and searching for an identity. She was also a compulsive seductress with a reputation as a slut and heartbreaker. One day, while working a low-paying retail job, she had a revelation: why not embrace her salacious image and make some money off of it? She began stripping, dancing, masturbating, playing games, making art--and broadcasting it all online for money as a camgirl. In her first month, she racked up hundreds of nightly viewers, and within a year she ranked in the top fifty girls on a site featuring tens of thousands of performers. Over the course of her career, Isa built her own business, explored BDSM, attended a porn convention, slept with a fan, and pushed herself further than she thought possible. And yet, despite her success, she struggled to fit into the community she so desperately wanted to belong to. Camgirl is a relatable look at confronting our past traumas and accepting ourselves for who we are. It masterfully explores the complexities of digital life, sexuality and the tensions between our private and public selves. Mazzei's biting humor and raw vulnerability ensure you'll never think about sex work--or sex--the same way again.
Rare Bird Books, 9781644280355, 288pp.
Publication Date: November 12, 2019
About the Author
Isa Mazzei (@isaiswrong) is a writer, producer, and former sex worker based in Los Angeles. Named as one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Film 2018" and Paper Magazine's "People Taking over 2019", Isa has also been featured in GQ, Nylon, Esquire, Playboy, OUT Magazine, and Vice. Isa graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in comparative literature, and went on to write and produce Blumhouse's CAM, now on Netflix.