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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.
In a rare 2015 interview, Ringley told Gimlet Media's podcast that she found herself at a loss for what to do with her impulse purchase and decided to put her amateur programming skills to the test.In just two years, the bubbly blonde from El Paso, Texas, has gone from manager of a rent-to-own store to rising internet starlet by making personal connections with a loyal online audience.She arrived at our interview on a sweltering Friday morning in a hotel suite on the Las Vegas strip with a small entourage of two other budding social media influencers, Amber Vixx and Stefanie Joy (also not their names).But it takes a team of engineers to keep things running, doing everything from cleaning out bird feathers to checking for broken lights. Harli Lotts (not her real name) knows her audience better than just about anyone I've ever met in online media.After our interview, she and her friends will probably hit the pool at a local apartment complex and do what millennials do: eat pizza and play out their lives in front of tiny, portable cameras.
During our wide-ranging conversation she'll talk confidently about the business of live streaming video, the ephemeral nature of online fame, Rashida Jones' controversial Netflix documentary and the markup on consumer eyewear.
The following year Facebook was born and over the next decade, live streaming video would become a cornerstone of mainstream social media.
You Tube launched its live video service in 2010, followed by Facebook and Twitter in 2015 and Instagram in 2016.
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