Studio 20 LA
1253 Vine Street #15
Los Angeles, CA 90038
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As many of our readers here at Explicitlist.com know, I have spent over 24 years in the adult nightclub industry. Working at some of the world’s biggest, best, and even some of the worst strip clubs on the planet. Webcam or cam models are considered to be the Exotic Dancers or Porn star of the Modern Age. If webcamming and cam modeling are the future of Erotic Entertainment, then webcam studio’s like Studio20 will serve as a futuristic virtual venue that connect cam-models to such digital destinations as LiveJasmin and Flirt4Free. Last month, I was given a very unique opportunity to go behind the scenes look at the world of webcam modeling at the world’s Number 1 webcam studio Studio 20.
Studio 20 was founded in 2000 in Bucharest, Romania by Mugur Frunzetti Studio 20 in 2015 and 2016, received, the international distinction, Best Live Cam Studio of the Year at the one of the most important events in the industry, the GFY Awards. Additionally, one of their top-earning cam models, Devious Angel, won the Best Live Cam Model Personal Site prize at the Live Cam Awards gala.
In 2016, Frunzetti brought the his creation to the US. Studio 20 LA is located in the heart of Hollywood just a few blocks from where the Oscar’s are held every year. Studio 20 LA is located at Fountain-Vine Plaza 1253 Vine Street #15 Los Angeles, CA 90038. The 5,300-square-foot studio on Vine Street, between Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards, is the sixth studio in the chain. They have five other locations in the Romanian cities of Bucharest, Timisoara, and Cluj-Napoca.
I was greeted by a very nice and professional receptionist who then lead me to an amazing meeting room. There, I waited for Studio 20’s LA Head of Operations Nicole. I couldn’t help but to be impressed by very clean modern and upscale interior. Studio 20 LA is very unique from its European locations, because it has a less foreign look to it giving it a more Western vibe.
In addition to a conference room, kitchen/break room, makeup and dressing room, the Vine Street studio. The Vine Street studio has 14 themed rooms including a surf room, a library (so you can live out that naughty fantasy about being disciplined by a sexy librarian), a shower for shower shows, several apartment style rooms, and let’s not forget the stripper room, which was both mine (for obvious reasons) and Nicole’s favorite too.
When I sat down with Nicole in the conference room, we spoke for about a hour and a half. I was simply amazed by her insight, knowledge, and the care that she has for not only this business but also for the models. Before going to work for Frunzetti and Studio 20’s LA location, she worked in the Vivid Entertainment office and prior to that for Larry Flynt Publications while in college.
Sure, there are similarities between web camming and exotic dancing, but the differences are vast, and many in a positive way. The models at Studio 20 LA don’t have to deal with drunk customers trying to get their phone numbers or getting to touchy feely (as that tends to happen at a gentlemen’s club). They don’t have to be afraid of a drunk customer waiting for them in the parking lot and worry about their safety either. At the end of the night, the models are incomplete control, and don’t have to worry about harassment from a club manager or staff, like a DJ or bounce. What they get instead is a caring staff that wants to help them succeed in every way they can. Studio 20 offers an extremely pleasant workplace, with a very professional team behind them that truly cares about the webcam models that work there.
They actively comply with legislation, and all their models have a 100% legal labor contract. Not only do they hire webcam models, but we can offer a relaxing workplace and can help you with anything you need, from specialized training to clothes and makeup to and technical support, for their models to perform better and earn a lot of money. At Studio 20, the program is flexible and their webcam models can choose on a weekly basis the hours that they want to work. This is very beneficial for students, but also for those who have already graduated from college and want to become webcam models. Once viewed as a small niche in the world of adult entertainment, camming today has become “the engine that drives the Adult industry ” according to Alec Helmy, the publisher of Xbiz, a sex-trade industry journal.As people spend more and more time alone with their computers and handheld devices, Frunzetti is betting the trend won’t slow down anytime soon. A decade ago, female performers would often sign with a large company like Vivid Entertainment or Wicked Pictures, which would pay them to appear in company-produced films and promote their work at porn conventions or strip club appearances. But that model began to crumble and far apart as piracy websites like YouPorn and Pornhub offering gained popularity. Instead of depending on subscriptions or sales, those “tube” sites generally make money from advertising and let viewers watch porn for free.Around the same time, California laws regarding pornographic shoots grew more strict. The passage of Measure B in 2012 required performers in Los Angeles County to use condoms. Within three years the annual number of permitted porn shoots dropped from 480 to 26, according to FilmLA, a nonprofit organization that oversees permitting throughout L.A. County
AVN Magazine wrote an article last year asking the question are cam models the new porn stars. That is a good question. With cam models like Sasha Red and Devious Angel reaching almost superstar status, the answer would have to be yes. Mugur Frunzetti’s answer to that very question was, “We are in the glamour market—we have beautiful, smart models you will fall in love with. We train our models as geishas, not as porn stars.” While other cam companies allow models to have sex during chats, Studio 20 workers are barred from working with others on camera, and cannot meet customers. As health legislation, technology and commercial trends continue to drive traditional porn production from Los Angeles, Mugur Frunzetti hopes to make Hollywood the latest outpost in a growing video sex chat empire. a
lot of eyes are on Mugur Frunzetti’s newest location and some people doubt the U.S. acceptance of the ‘studio’ business model and its ability to succeed in America , As someone with over 24 years in the adult nightclub industry I am willing to bet that Mugur Frunzetti team at Studio 20s’s La location is going to prove them wrong The first Studio 20 location opened in early 2000in Romania and, at more than 10,000 square feet, the second location that opened is still one of the largest live cam studios in Europe. the chain has annual revenue of more than $5 million. Studio 20’s success and growth is based on the “unique way” the company trains its models — towards glamour live modeling; not the classical “camgirl” approach.
“The issue I have always had with studios in the E.U. is that using them changes the look of our website to have a more foreign feel. With this Los Angeles operation, Studio 20 has changed all of that and I can’t wait to plug their U.S. models into our site,” said Eric Wexel, Managing Partner of FreeWebcams.com.
Greg Clayman, President and CEO of Flirt4Free, said: “Flirt4Free has had the pleasure of working with Studio 20’s international studios for some time now. It would be difficult to find a more professionally owned and operated studio for Internet cam broadcasting anywhere in the world.” Karoly Papp, CEO of Docler Holding, which operates LiveJasmin.com, wished the company success with its new Hollywood studio
What about the models at Studio 20’s LA location? Well, they like their counterparts in Europe, offer something for everyone from the California girl next door to the sexy rocker chick to athletic sporty type. All women must be over 18 and under 35, before they begin working for Studio 20. But, looks and age aren’t as important as attitude. “It’s not like we only hire gorgeous women. The main thing we’re looking for is personality and ambition” says Nicole. She told me one of the models at Studio 20 LA that plays Led Zeppelin in the background when she is camming, and her popularity as sky rocketed and she has doubled her income.
Cam models don’t have to pay to join Studio 20, but they are also not guaranteed a salary. If they bring in customers, they can charge whatever they like, A good U.S. cam performer can earn $20,000 a month; Studio 20 keeps half of the gross, while the model gets the rest. Studio 20 works with some the biggest cam sites across the globe. They make sure that their models are featured on the platform that suits them best in order to help them be as successful as possible.
My meeting with Nicole and tour of Studio 20 LA was the highlight of my trip to Los Angeles, and the entire staff is amazing—they’re some of the most professional people that I have ever met. The models were very nice and beautiful, and extremely happy with the results of Studio 20 and the financial benefits. One girl said the safety and anonymity, in addition to the money, makes Studio 20 the only choice for her. As for me, I was extremely grateful for the time to get a look behind the scenes of a very unique business. I truly appreciate what they have done. Studio 20 LA gets the Explicit List Stamp of Approval.
Showcase written By Bender Cain Founder of Explicit