MIAMI — Hot on the heels of the unforgettable opening day on May 28 with all its next-level networking and sexy socializing, XBIZ Miami hit the nitro on May 29 for a fired up Day 1 of potent panels, carnal competitions and musical magnificence.
Presented by Chaturbate, the unrivaled event series kicked off the busy flurry of activities with Model Speed Networking in the morning, sponsored by Sex.Cam. A star-studded chorus of camming and clips personalities lined the tables arranged by the sun-dappled pool, trading names for content trades, syncing up on social media and boosting their brands with bubbly glee.
All about them, the Mondrian South Beach hotel sprang to life with the ultra-exclusive crowd of industry players, with survivors of the previous night’s White Party and its various private (as well as extra-private) after parties emerging to grab coffee and brunch, before heading to the many insightful panels on tap.
Each of the panelists and moderators were carefully curated to the highest standards for which the progressive XBIZ brand is renowned around the industry, by all accounts rendering the educational portion of the packed schedule an unmissable experience.
At high noon, cyber gunslingers headed upstairs to the Mondrian’s South Studio — set up like a light-filled, futuristic classroom by a terrace overlooking the Atlantic — to take part in “Cam Connection: Tips for Profiting From Live Intimacy,” sponsored by Segpay.
Moderated by blonde business goddess Vicky Vette (who won the XBIZ Cam Award for Community Figure the following evening), the official “Commander in Briefs” of VNA Live (the “VN” stands for Vette Nation), “Cam Connection” offered insights from representatives of popular camming platforms: Gunner Taylor (Cams.com), Nikki Night (CAM4), Anthony R. (AJ Studios), Ronni (BongaCams), Danny B (ImLive), Jamie Rodriguez (Flirt4Free), Vanessa (Streamate) and Steve Gottlieb (Chaturbate).
The audience filled up with all types of folks, both experienced and new to the game, plus a bevy of business insiders curious about the world of camming. The talk was highly specific and assumed a basic knowledge of both lingo and practices like “affiliates,” “white label websites,” “freemium,” “customs” and even “whales.”
Panelists all agreed on the importance of having a support community around the models to provide appropriate coaching. “When we started, the platforms didn’t have specific people on staff to offer support and orientation to the models,” said Cams.com’s Taylor. “At the beginning, the attitude around many models was ‘I’m camming, I don’t know anyone.’” It was hard for talent to open up about what they did and that made it difficult to ask for and receive help and feedback. “But fortunately that has changed,” Taylor concluded.
Another recent development that revolutionized the biz is the fact that many models don’t aspire to work for others or move to “The Valley” to join the mainstream porn industry. “I was on Streamate 12 years ago,” said Taylor, “and when we would bring in porn stars to do a show, it was unheard of. Back then, porn was made the old way, with sets and directors and a crew. It was an aspirational goal for many models. Today, many of the cam models here are never going to do porn.” And yet, lines are blurred more than ever going in the other direction, as top adult stars get into the mix with the indie side to pursue alternate revenue streams.
The speakers also stressed the role of platforms as facilitators to the camming experience, but spoke plainly about some controversial issues discussed by the community. For instance, an audience member wondered about the disparity in rates and payouts between the companies. “Why do some models make 35 percent and some 50 percent?” the attendee asked.
Panelists were quick to point out that some companies pay U.S. taxes and some don’t, while others pay no state taxes and a few pay high state taxes. The consensus was that the companies that take the smallest percentage of the profit are not necessarily the ones that are going to end up disbursing a bigger paycheck to the models. It all depends on how the business model is structured, since it costs a lot of money to get traffic. If a company says, “Oh we’re paying 80 percent,” the real question, of course, is 80 percent of what?
“Actually, we pay the highest of anyone, 60 percent,” said Taylor, “and I wish we didn’t. We take a hit on that. I look at the numbers, and go ‘dammit, we should have paid less from the get-go,’ but it’s too late.”
In terms of enhancing the interaction between the models and their fans for maximum profit, the panel ceded the floor to the incomparable Nikki Night, experienced talent in her own right and super-engaging model coach for CAM4.
“Don’t ask for tips,” Night told the panelists. “We models do that as a knee-jerk reaction when it’s slow — ‘They’re not engaging. Let me ask them for tips!’”
Instead, Night suggested less obvious ways to get the members to show you the money, like using lines of sight to draw people’s attention to the tip buttons while talking about something else, or using simple neurolinguistic programming techniques like replacing the word “tip” with “kiss,” or other romantic and playful terms.
“You should never ever say ‘give me tips,’” Night said emphatically. “Always look at your show from the member’s perspective. If you’re having trouble making money, watch your own show. If you don’t want to watch your own show, nobody else would. I’m a big fan of me!”
BongaCams’ Ronni half-jokingly pointed out that some models do ask for money, in a way that makes sense contextually. “Who asks for money?” he chuckled. “The findom people do!” to which experienced dom Goddess Lilith, sitting in the audience replied, “We don’t ask them, we tell them!” Laughter ensued.
The panelists agreed with Night that models are like psychologists and that breaking down perception is key to camming success, even with simple maneuvers like moving the camera angle to avoid providing a visually boring image.
Anthony R. (from AJ Studios) then discussed the “studio” model and why it was so popular in places like Colombia, where he operates, or Romania.
“There are cultural reasons,” Anthony explained. “In Colombia, young girls live with their families. With a studio, they have a place to go to work, which they may or may not want their families to know. But they do go to a job, and we are helping a lot of people.”
AJ Studios provides model training, teaching performers that charming personalities are a big winner. “We help them figure out what their personality is,” Anthony said, “and then transmit that personality on cam.”
Finally, moderator Vicky Vette asked the panelists about the biggest challenges faced by the cam business model.
ImLive’s Danny B. prefaced his prophecy by saying “they said the future was going to be VR — but it’s not gonna happen!” For Danny, the future of camming will be holograms. Showing his political colors, Ronni said the biggest challenge to the camming business was President Donald J. Trump. “His administration is going after women,” Ronni said. “It’s all about attacking the women, and women’s sexual rights are what drives a lot of the cam business.”
No mention was made at that moment of the highly damaging and far-reaching FOSTA, which passed with bipartisan support, or of the brutal Victorian era social media censorship driven by liberal-leaning Silicon Valley elites and funded by right-leaning religious groups — though legal panels the following day would end up touching upon these issues deeply.
As the panel entered into an open Q&A for the home stretch, Chaturbate’s Steve Gottlieb sang the praises of setting up affiliate program relationships for easy passive income. “Once that affiliate revenue starts growing, it snowballs really fast!” Gottlieb enthused.
Night also offered some practical advice about cam shows featuring remotely activated sex toys controlled by the fans. “Turn the volume all the way up!” she said. “That’s what I was told from [manufacturers] Kiiroo and Lovense.”
The final consensus among the panelists was that new models should be advised to really know their goals. “What do you want to make in a week?” and “What do you want to make in a month?” are key questions that models should be able to reply in order to be consistent — and thus, make their businesses grow just as consistently.
Elsewhere, in the spacious Sunset Ballroom of the Mondrian below, the ImLive-sponsored Clips Game: Your Key to Passive Income panel brought together notable minds from the indie space like Reya Sunshine, Korina Kova, Johnny Stone, Lance Hart, Lindsey Love, Destiny Diaz and Texas Patti. Moderated by XBIZ Managing Editor of Digital Media, Alejandro Freixes, they touched on the importance of authenticity, experimental video production techniques, their highest-selling vids, varied pricing, custom clips, preferred platforms and content trade best practices.
The buxom Kova, who scored the Best Female Clip Artist trophy that week, praised ManyVids and Modelhub as particularly profitable platforms for her, noting that, “Sometimes, it’s the quick video that sells more than the one I spend a lot of effort on, but no matter what, I try to make sure the lighting, my makeup and my outfits are on point.”
As for Sunshine, one of the Official Show Ambassadors for XBIZ Miami and a University of California college grad who has studied and performed dance more than 10 years, she believes, “If you incorporate your true passions in your work, it will show,” noting how her stripping creds and glamour aesthetic help her create a unique experience for fans.
Likewise dedicated to keeping it real and sticking to your guns, Johnny Stone advised, “While it’s important to listen to fans, you should always do ‘you’ at the end of the day. People will come for your personality, not because you’re following the latest trend or trying to mold yourself into what they want.”
And Hart, a longtime clip artist, fetish pro and bi porn star who was crowned Best Male Clip Artist the following night, underscored the importance of playing to your strengths. “My fans come for my butthole and my dick, and whether I’m wearing pantyhose or leather, I know what I like and what they like,” he said with his cool-as-a-cucumber voice and heartthrob charisma.
On the topic of marketing, Lindsey Love said that she found Pornhub’s high flow of eyeballs particularly effective at driving sales, and lauded the brand (with its Modelhub video-selling component) for its monetization power, while Destiny Diaz found ManyVids to be a high traffic clips site, through which her recent foray into a “Tinder Tales” series has generated tremendous success. Each won a trophy at the Cam Awards, as Love — who often performs trans scenes alongside her real-life Partner Mike Love — landed Best Clip Artist Duo, while Diaz earned Best BBW Clip Artist.
And Texas Patti, the beloved German porn star whose recent move to L.A. has her shooting scenes non-stop, revealed her approach to bringing big budget shoot habits to indie content (a topic she explores in an op-ed for the June issue of XBIZ World). “I usually cast the talent I already have trust with for content, and we have a full set with camera, lighting and a professional environment,” she stated.
At the end of the panel, Sunshine stood up for an importance announcement about an FBI investigation into a thieving individual who had stolen thousands of hours of model content, packaging and selling it without consent after ripping vids off from numerous platforms to hawk his wares on the black market.
She encouraged models to reach out and get in touch with her, if they wished to take part in the law enforcement and litigation efforts to bring this person to justice, but due to the sensitive nature of the ongoing investigation, she had to keep details private about the culprit.
Then, it was time for the 1 p.m. slew of panels, with Segpay-sponsored Clip Watch: New Tools, Expanded Opportunities bringing together Andrea of FanCentro, Flirt4Free VP Brad Estes (on behalf of their ModelClips venture), JustFor.fans founder Dominic Ford and Clips4Sale talent/ambassador Becky LeSabre, also moderated by Alejandro Freixes of XBIZ.
Andrea noted that FanCentro and ModelCentro attract talent by taking “a personal approach with influencers, while helping beginners learn how they can monetize their content with all the site features.” He also pointed to their pop-up events as big draws, like the photoshoot they were hosting that day. “Right now, we’re focused on helping models bond with each other, share strategies and create content together. We are always trying to interact with our stars, organize contests and offer giveaways. It’s a win-win situation, where you give an incentive to models, but it’s not always about giveaways and swag.
“We have social media that is just for models to share tips with each other, and we also share tips from the company every single week,” he continued. “I’ve been learning a lot from you guys, because you share your experience with us about the platform, and then we can make changes that roll out to other models.” He then reminded the audience, which was filled with as many models as webmasters, that FanCentro was running a six-month competition for a Lamborghini Urus.
As for Brad Estes, he leveraged his decades of adult industry experience and the might of Flirt4Free’s camming brand to bring a fresh approach to ModelClips. And the name of the game is interactivity. “What we do differently,” he said, “is we offer interactivity with clips. So if you’ve seen interactive sex toys, we can take the content that you upload on our site and we do the work that lets you add an interactive timeline to that video. Our technology can follow the movements in the video, so we’re encouraging artists who want to let their fans experience that interactivity to give it a try.”
For this interactive side, not all content can be integrated, as he pointed out “it has to have something a creator is doing that translates well to a device, as far as movements, so we search for content that works with that and we ask for permission before adding the functionality, then take it from there.”
This plays into his goal of drawing attention to their platform, in a market already filled with big video-selling players. “How do we make an entrance against people who have really established platforms? We have features like a ‘tweet and bounty’ program, where if you upload videos and then post a link on social media you can earn up to $100 for helping to get the word out.”
He also touched upon their charitable efforts, explaining, “We’re launching ethical spending in porn. The idea is that we have a number of charities and every model can select if they want a percentage of their income to go to a specific one. We hope this notion of ethical spending will make people proud to be part of the platform.”
In addition to the value of community — a theme all panelists agreed upon as vital to cultivate among models — communicating behind-the-scenes data is equally critical. “One of the pieces of stats we offer is sharing metadata,” Estes illumined, “like what keywords people are searching for, to help models phrase clips titles with the aid of our 30,000-foot bird’s-eye view of what’s working on our site.”
Also eager to share knowledge is Clips4Sale, as LeSabre expressed that this engagement is crucial to retention, even if the video-selling pioneer already enjoys a natural advantage due to its longevity and traffic.
“We do a lot of tutorials with the owner of Clips4Sale, Neil, who does webinars on topics of interest to models,” she said. “I do get-togethers as well with other models and we offer analytics for traffic, not to mention releasing newsletters with the latest trends and updates. I would say Clips4Sale is one of the only websites that has the owner’s cell phone right there on the admin side. He’s very personable and will always try to figure out a way to work with you. Neil can be reached on his cell phone at any time of day or night.”
She also observed that while many sites and platforms out there have more generic categories like “boy/girl,” Clips4Sale listens to suggestions from models and is open to creating niche categories in response to feedback. “Overeating didn’t used to be a listed niche, but now it is, and if you’re one of the first to create a genre, you can have a lot of influence over it,” she revealed.
And when it comes to fostering brand loyalty, Dominic Ford of JustFor.fans enthused, “We’ve been really fortunate, in that our models really like the platform. We have over 6,000 models constantly online, promoting us. We’re a community for models and we provide a lot of tools for models to interact with each other, like a forum where they can talk.”
He then told a story about how his company received so many requests to assist models in connecting with their peers, that they created a “Findr” function inspired by the gay dating app Grindr.
“You can see what other verified models are around, for people who want to make content together,” he said. “You can friend other models, see each other’s pages and access content for free. Then, consumers can see who you’re friends with for example, to help discover other models. And we track that traffic, displaying it in the sales report to creators.” Ford also pointed to their merch-selling capabilities, and how for Easter, one model’s partner extracted two dozen eggs from his ass while he was wearing a bunny suit, and they were then able to successfully sell the outfit for several hundred bucks.
Meanwhile, as the clips luminaries shed light on their domain, attendees in the downstairs area marveled at the signature architectural fancy of Mondrian designer Marcel Wanders and his enormous spindle-shaped white columns in the spacious Sunset Ballroom off of the Main Lobby. There, ImLive sponsored the “Camming’s One-Two Punch: Charm & Communication” panel, which was formatted like an old-school talk show … with questions from the audience addressed to an all-star panel of models familiar to many from previous XBIZ conventions.
“Charm & Communication” featured the eminently charming, communicative Texas Patti, Ginger Banks (who also acted as moderator), Ella Silver, Emily Bloom, Goddess Lilith, TSBlondieNYC and Chronic Love. The introductions also served to show how a strong, distinctive personality is key to becoming a brand-name cam performer like those onstage.
The always ebullient Ginger Banks told the crowd that that she had been camming for MyFreeCams for nine years and that her main gig is that vibrant adult format because “you can’t pirate a live experience.” Willowy Chronic Love beamed to the crowd that she loves camming “sooooo much” and that she spends “a lot of time on Chaturbate.” Instantly recognizable bicolor-haired dom Goddess Lilith described herself as a cam model “and also Death Metal singer,” something she demonstrated by unleashing a hellbound growl into the ballroom’s incongruously South Beach-y interior.
The first question made clear that the “BIZ” part of XBIZ was foremost on the packed audience’s mind. “How much do you charge for the minute?” an attendee asked, implicitly referring to private room sessions. Answers varied, but they all showed the characteristic thoughtfulness and business smarts of these deceptively doe-eyed models.
“I used to do it, but don’t anymore,” no-bullshitted the teen-appearing, shark-minded Emily Bloom. “I charged $10 per minute, but it depended on what people wanted. Think about what’s worth your time, what’s worth your effort and how much emotional energy you need. And then charge accordingly.”
Teutonic dynamo (and perennial conference flasher) Texas Patti said that her experience in German platforms led her to start with a minimum of €3.99 per minute for “nothing.”
“I just talk,” she smiled, knowingly. “Then if you want more, it’s more.”
Ginger Banks has found a pricing strategy that works for models with a large fanbase such as her. “I sell VIP memberships — and only my VIP members (my regulars) can take me private. I charge $500 for the whole year. And only after signing up, those people can pay my rate for 1-on-1 shows. That way they invested in me, and we already have that connection.”
Another topic of interest was how to develop a “cam personality” — and how to keep it up through stress, boredom or just “not feeling it.”
“If you’re gonna do anything on cam, make sure you’re enjoying it,” said atomic British bombshell Ella Silver. “It doesn’t have to be ‘sexy.’ If you have a true passion, cam while you do it. I’ve seen people just knitting, and people paying good money to watch them!”
Bloom added that going to her cam room on less than ideal days IRL can even be therapeutic. “Sometimes you have those days when you’re not feeling it,” she said, but sometimes I go on cam and I see those familiar faces and I light up. If the room is dead, I just start talking about something I’m really into — movies, TV shows — and eventually someone is going to connect.”
“Do you talk to yourself if there’s nobody in the cam room?” asked a surprised Silver. “Yes, and I start doing it in real life now. It has become a problem,” laughed Bloom to a huge audience response.
Another question referred to the frequency and regularity of uploading clips.
Banks said that she liked to capture her actual sex life, so she schedules it around her clip-uploading timeline. Goddess Lilith tries to upload 2 to 3 times a week, on all platforms.
Voluptuous TSBlondieNYC brought the house down with a perfectly reasonable release strategy: “I post Thursdays and Fridays, because all my daddies get paid on Thursdays!” She also explained, “I’m into themes. I’m into cosplay. I own Halloween. Look it up.”
The audience wanted to know how the models handled “whales,” huge tippers that try to monopolize the cam members’ attention. They all agreed that “whales” were at first very nice to have (“they pay your rent, they make your car payments, they buy you the priciest wish list items”) but that their search to build that 1-on-1 connection with the performer often turns sour, and it might never have been worth it.
The panelists said that it’s always better to try to get a little from a much wider audience than to put all your eggs in a single whale’s basket.
“It’s also emotionally and physically draining to give them attention,” said the no-nonsense Ella Silver, visibly disgusted by the thought of ghosts of whales past.
“And what happens if the whale disappears?” added Banks as a rhetorical question to the audience, raising her eyebrow.
The panel’s general tips on how to handle a whale was to avoid the emotional and mental drain, learning from dom-sub types of relationships in which sub whales are “very, very needy and they know they can manipulate you” — and to not change camming schedules at a single tipper’s request because many of them are “abusers and manipulators who want to control you with money.”
“I think the experience from all the talent on this panel combined is amazing — three years into the industry, and I still find myself learning invaluable tricks of the trade at XBIZ,” said Johnny Stone. “I was especially impressed with learning that it really comes down to being yourself and finding your own way. I also learned a lot about private shows versus public-oriented shows. Being able to tailor the shows to your signature style is a priceless lesson, which I could already see so many attendees implementing into their work.”
Wrapping up the panel to return to the poolside shenanigans, Goddess Lilith also offered a couple of tips that were useful for both her trades. “Get voice lessons or a singing lesson if you speak a lot for a living,” she advised the models. “And alcohol is bad, bad, bad for your voice.”
“Still drinking,” she clarified about herself. “But it’s bad!”
The last panel at the Mondrian’s enormous Sunset Ballroom was like a fully-loaded version of CAM4’s Nikki Night’s hustling advice to cam models at the “Cam Connection: Tips for Profiting From Live Intimacy” panel earlier in the day.
“Profiting From Private Shows,” presented by CAM4, was a tour-de-force by the energetic Night, who brought along spicy sidekick Sammy as a kind of magician’s assistant, talk show sidekick and improv partner.
Night dazzled the crowd like the experienced teacher of psychological manipulation that she is. “Coach, former performer, your number 1 BB,” is how she described herself, boisterous and engaging and perfectly complemented by the deadpan Sammy.
The speaker also brought along the CAM4 team. “These are my hoes,” Night said, referring to the company’s Performer Account Managers (a.k.a., model liaisons) Mike Foster and Johnny Diamond (J.D.) and social media manager Victoria Gray, a team helping models “maximize your broadcasting success, and guide you on a your journey towards becoming a top performer.”
Night rode out the technical difficulties with her PowerPoint presentation effortlessly (“Screw technology that doesn’t wanna work,” she proclaimed) and launched into her inspiring monologue like a seasoned rock and roll band switching to acoustic after the power went out.
First, Night gave advice on how to get people from the general cam room into private shows. She explained that many of her psychological techniques would seem counterintuitive.
“Don’t try to be all things to all people every time, all the time, 24/7,” she warned. “You can’t. So, diversify — make clear that I do ‘this’ in private and I do ‘this’ in public.” If someone asks you to do something you don’t do in the public room, Night instructed, playfully tease them with a “sounds like someone wants to take me to the room. Someone wants to give me mooooney…”
The strategy, she explained, also works with trolls.
“Troll back trolls,” she advised. “Troll them — right into private!”
Night also reminded the audience to make the private customers feel special. “Don’t ask, ‘What kind of show do you want?’ right when you go private,” she explained. “That’s a transactional question. It reminds people that you’re at work, and that’s not special. Once that blip of reality goes into their mind, you lose them.”
Then she offered her take on a better opener.
“Now that we are alone, what do you want me to call you?” Night cooed to Sammy, who improvised a gutturally-voiced potential big tipper, chomping at the bit for some sexy cam action.
According to Night, private room guy names fall into one of three categories: Nothing (or just their username), a “real” name like “John” or Bitch, Sissy, Slave, etc.
“If it’s the first one — that’s bad news. He’s just there to get off and go. Do it quickly and take the money. If it’s No. 2, that’s ‘John’ — the superpervert. John Superpervert wants the ‘real’ cam experience, the GFE. Go all out. If it’s No. 3, just do the BDSM show.”
Night also engaged in a pop psychology lesson, teaching the audience “our brains are hard-wired to pay attention to visual or situational changes.” Following the fight-or-flight principles, the coach encouraged models to change the scenery, so private members don’t get visually bored.
“Also move it around,” she said. “It creates a sense of suspense — by default they wanna stay longer because they wanna see what happens.”
A big concept for Night is “tipper trust,” which the model builds up by enhancing “value plus experience.” Private shows should feel special, by the use of private-room-exclusive cam angles, different set-ups, and fresh environments with posters or decorative lights.
She also encouraged performers to give free shows occasionally in the public room. “The best time to sell private shows is after the public show,” Night explained. “Viewers are riled up. Keep talking about what happens ‘when you go to private’ immediately after the public shows.”
Also, models should harken back to their retail jobs (“how many of you guys worked retail? All of you? I knew it!”) for concepts like add-on sales. Models should A.B.S. — Always Be Selling — their clips during cam sessions.
“If someone asks for something during a private show, send them a message after it’s over and recommend clips to their taste,” Night explained. “Talk about your content on public cam too.”
Throughout the presentation, Sammy played “John,” acting as a foil to Night’s uber-hustling model. By the time the talk was over Night and Sammy had developed a routine they could take on the road — or perhaps to the chatroom on a slow day.
As the final educational track event of the day came to a close and talent joined their festive friends outside, they waltzed by the Webmaster Speed Networking session sponsored by Segpay at the Mondrian pool courtyard.
Wheeling and dealing in a frenzy of financial discussions, B2B badassery and smooth schmoozing with existing clients, web/tech aficionados bartered with brilliant aplomb.
And the views behind them were most scintillating indeed, as a bevy of sexy stars whooped, splashed, drank, cammed and chatted in every corner of the lively XBIZ Miami scene.
Of particular interest was the “House of Centro” Poolside Photo Shoot going down from 3 to 7 p.m., where cam models, clip creators and porn stars could sign up for a time slot to get shot by a stellar Centro lensman.
Ensconced in the shrubbery-curtained alcove near the circular bar, amidst Andrea of Centro and bankable babes like Henessy, Dani Daniels, Bridgette B., Lauren Phillips and more, the brand flexed famous members to starstruck passersby.
Dozens of exclusive glamour shoots transpired there, even as the Mix & Meet blended into the XBIZ Miami Topless Pool Party, with sponsored cabanas sprouting along the pool pavilion like medieval banners for great Houses of Yore.
Each pleasure tent housed a veritable harem of beauties slinking in and out to refill their drinks, dipping into the watery oasis lapping mere feet away and seducing other talent to inquire about their chosen platform for camming and clips.
And making a clamor all the while was the much-celebrated bikini and mankini contests, sponsored by FanCentro, Red Bux, Texas Patti, Streamate, BongaCams and ManyVids, as judges held up scorecards to every lady and lass that strutted their stuff for the promise of jumbo-sized checks distributed to winners who pranced with pride.
For hours and hours, the seconds slipped away as easily as the garments of topless swimmers giggling and cheering, until the sunset-tinged skyline bathed the hundreds of partiers with autumnal light.
As 10 p.m. approached, XBIZ Miami attendees dried off and dressed in their naughtiest nightclub threads, for the Special Guest Live Performance in the Sunset Ballroom, where rapper Fat Joe — looking rather svelte, despite his sobriquet — busted out his greatest hits amidst wild applause and plenty of audience members singing along.
The Puerto Rican/Cuban-raised celebrity rocked more recent fare like “All the Way Up!” and classics like “Lean Back,” with hands flying up in the air and drinks raised in celebration.
Even after Fat Joe departed, the dance-fest continued with a DJ spinning hot wax and bartenders slinging their brews.
Night owls slowly took flight as midnight came and went, retiring to their hotel rooms to get some rest (or to get rambunctiously randy with their dance partners). After all, Day 2 awaited with another event-fueled day of networking, knowledge and nymphomania, capped by the climactic XBIZ Cam Awards finale — for which readers can stay tuned to XBIZ.com in anticipation of the next recap!