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 imageand 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.
Isa Mazzei (@isaiswrong) is a writer, producer, and former sex worker based in Los Angeles. Named as one ofFilmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Film 2018” andPaper Magazine’s “People Taking over 2019”, Isa has also been featured inGQ,Nylon,Esquire,Playboy,OUT Magazine, andVice. Isa graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in comparative literature, and went on to write and produce Blumhouse’sCAM, now on Netflix.
"Mazzei leaves no taboo left untouched. A grippingly intimate and self-aware look into some of our darkest compulsions,Camgirl is a nuanced portrait of sex work and self-discovery. If we were all as willing to get down into the trenches with ourselves, the world would likely be a more compassionate place."
“Should be required reading... A refreshing read about taboo topics ensconced within breezy honesty, self-awareness, and whip-smart humor.”
“Mazzei presents a candid book that reveals a lot about sex workers and the consumers who indulge in these exchanges, exposing the complex emotions experienced on both sides of a scene.”
—Booklist (starred review)
"A witty and moving portrait of one woman’s journey to empowerment and healing through camming. From her high school crushes to her failed first day online, to porn conventions, and ultimately, cathartic and hard-earned self-acceptance,Camgirl is candid as it gets, and infused with Mazzei’s voice, it’s a hell of a ride."
"Camgirl is dark, honest, and deeply feminist."
—Woman In Revolt
"An addictive page-turner that will pull you by the heartstrings."
"A spectacularly gripping memoir about a former cam girl's journey to regain control over her body, sexuality, life and identity through sex work."