Hi, another former “phone actress” here. With the company I worked for, I got straight pay (IIRC, it was in the neighborhood of $8.00/hr.) plus bonuses. The bonus was based on number of “requests”, i.e., how many guys asked for me specifically. I worked full-time, and ended up grossing something like $15.00 an hour once I was established and the guys knew me. With our company, the guys bought a block of time. I think it was $25.00 for 15 min. or $40.00 for 30 min. They called the office, then the office called me and told me what the guy was looking for, then patched him through. I kept a card file with all my customers so that when a guy called back asking for me personally, I could refer to his card (the operator would say something like, “John from Topeka is requesting you”), and seem as if I actually remembered him, his preferences, our previous conversations, etc. Considering I never had to leave my house, expenses were low, etc. it wasn’t a bad job.
As a side note, one night (on a night off. I was sleeping soundly), the phone rang, and it was an obscene caller. The guy says “I wanna lick your pussy”. Well, he’d woken me from a sound sleep, so I said “what?” and he repeated “I wanna lick your pussy” I said “Listen, bud, you wanna talk to me like that, your gonna have to pony up your forty bucks like everyone else?” and hung up on him. Poor sap probably didn’t know what hit him.