I made $160k this year by sitting at home – and it has nothing to do with my three-year social work degree: Here’s how I do it

A cam girl has revealed how she went from posting sexy pictures on Reddit for gratification to making $25k a week fulfilling fantasies online. 

Nova Hawthorne, from Melbourne, used to feel like a ‘plain Jane’.

Speaking to FEMAIL the popular online sex worker explained she got into the industry ‘by accident’ while trying to improve her self esteem.

‘I posted photos online as a hobby, I did it for the fun and the validation. People would comment on the photos, call me hot. It felt great,’ she said.

Nova Hawthorne, from Melbourne, used to feel like a ‘plain Jane’

‘Then people started messaging and asking if I did paid content like video calls,’ she added.

So in 2015 she decided to dabble in paid, sexualised content to help fund her lifestyle while she was at university completing a social work degree.

In 2019 she moved to Melbourne to finish her social work degree and started dancing in clubs and making ‘good money’.

After university she decided to take a gap year to dance and set herself up – this is when she told her mum about her side career.

‘I just called her and said I was going on holiday with money I made dancing,’ she said.

'I posted photos online as a hobby, I did it for the fun and the validation. People would comment on the photos, call me hot. It felt great,' she said

‘I posted photos online as a hobby, I did it for the fun and the validation. People would comment on the photos, call me hot. It felt great,’ she said

Nova makes $25,000 per week streaming to men in the US

Nova makes $25,000 per week streaming to men in the US

Now her whole family knows what she does – including her great-grandma.

‘I didn’t tell them until I had that success because I wanted them to see I could make good money,’ she said.

Her gap year didn’t go as planned – Covid shut downs meant working in strip clubs became unsustainable so she diverted her attention back online.

Now she is making $160,000 as a cam girl – her main hustle – and doing things like OnlyFans on the side.

‘I want to be retired by the time I am 40,’ she said.

And she’s well on her way. She owns a studio, where she does some of her work, her apartment and a block of land.

‘I don’t want to put everything in real estate so I have a lot of other investments,’ she said.

Most of her relationships in the last few yeas have been with women in the industry - because they 'get it'

Most of her relationships in the last few yeas have been with women in the industry – because they ‘get it’

Nova says social work is still on the cards – once she ‘doesn’t have to work anymore’ she will use the skills she picked up in her university degree.

There are moments when Nova is still surprised by her success.

‘I didn’t look like a Victoria Secret model, I didn’t have the best body or big boos,’ she said.

‘I didn’t even really think I had a sexual side,’ she said.

‘But posting to Reddit brought out my exhibitionist side. It just felt good to have a connection. Someone who liked how I looked. Liked my body.’

Nova says social work is still on the cards - once she 'doesn't have to work anymore' she will use the skills she picked up in her university degree

Nova says social work is still on the cards – once she ‘doesn’t have to work anymore’ she will use the skills she picked up in her university degree

Nova said many of her followers are into balloon play. They want to see her squeeze them, blow them up, sit on them and pop them.

‘Sometimes they just want to see me smack them around,’ she said.

‘They will send me the balloons, from Germany, from the US, just to pay me to play with them.’ 

Nova sees hundreds of men online every month – but has a ‘core group’ of 100. These men speak to her every week. She knows all about their lives, she knows their pets names.

Nova sees hundreds of men online every month - but has a 'core group' of 100. These men speak to her every week

Nova sees hundreds of men online every month – but has a ‘core group’ of 100. These men speak to her every week

‘It is a real relationship,’ she said.

Others she sees once a month or once a year – and some just come, stay for a while, and move on.

‘The biggest thing for me is how normalised it all is now. I will tell people about something I did and they will think it is wild. Where as I think I am bored,’ she said. 



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