Spotlight w/ Allie Eve Knox: How Cryptocurrencies Empowered Me As a Performer, and How SpankChain Is Going One Step Further
Hi, my name is Allie Eve Knox. When I entered the adult industry in late 2014 I was in pretty dire circumstances. I had just graduated from grad school, was working a full time job that hardly paid the bills, and was over $100k in student loan debt. I was [fucking] treading water trying to make ends meet. I had promoted a popular men’s magazine while in college and they invited me to join their camsite. Thinking that it couldn’t hurt, I started camming on their site a few nights a week and quickly learned that there was a lot of money to be made pretty easily.
I realized that the adult entertainment industry was the solution to my financial situation. I moved into shooting porn occasionally and started producing my own content. I was making great money, but I was being forced to give 50% of my earnings to my camsite company and an additional 30–50% to my clipsites, which, to me, is an extreme percentage for to pay the host site. I started to look for other ways to increase my earnings. I was accepting skype payments through PayPal, who quickly deleted my “high risk sex worker” account (and kept my funds, by the way). After that I moved on to other mainstream payment processors. I had a problem with each and every one- they would shut me down, take a large percentage of my money, or allow for chargebacks on goods or services that I had already provided.
So, as I’m bitching about this very problem in my camroom one day, a member suggested that I should take cryptocurrency for payment. He walked me through the process of opening an account, watching the market, and receiving payments. It was easy, safe, and I got to keep almost all of my money!
I. Was. Sold. I have been crypto-obsessed ever since. I have a constant watch on the market (which has been exploding lately) and I have developed a fetish for watching my balance grow.
Now let me tell you why I’m so stoked about SpankChain. SC solves many of the problems that sex workers encounter with payment processors. They are both a camsite and payment processor so you can make money on their site or just through the use of their SDK’s on ones own site. Their technology is safe, private, and all transactions are anonymous. They take a very small cut (5% or less) and will not shut your account down for being a sex worker. There are no chargebacks! Performers can be paid instantly and can cash out at any time.
And, personally, my favorite thing about this new startup is that they are thorough and thoughtful. They have experienced performers on their team that are making the best decision for other performers. They even have a public discord that you can join and you can give them the quiz and get an honest answer.
I’m very excited for this site to launch and am very thankful that someone has finally built a tool that will help our very marginalized industry.