They say when putting pen to paper, write what you know about—which is exactly what phone sex operator Cameryn Moore did when constructing her solo play “Phone Whore” several years back.

Renowned by small theatre groups across the country for her provocative performance, Moore’s play is a take on her own life experiences working in the phone sex industry since 2009.

“In the play I have recreated a basic apartment and the audience is the role of friends hanging out with me, and they get to see my side of four different phone calls,” she said. “In between [calls] I’m making toast and coffee and talking with the [audience] about my life and some of the customers and the interactions I have with them.”

She said the play is a chance to bring to light “discussions of sexuality in a culture that is both hypersexualized and repressed.”

Now, Moore is trying to take her play overseas to an international Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland for a chance to capture the audiences’ attention, and broaden her touring horizons “immeasurably.”

“So many bookers and producers and decision makers from around the world go to scout [out the festival] and that’s what I’m going there for—to get exposure and networking opportunities,” she said.

Through an Indiegogo.com fundraiser, Moore is asking for the support of fans, and those curious about her work, to chip in some cash so she can expand her performance and perhaps land some new gigs.

“It could be a big deal,” she said about the festival appearance.

Already, Moore’s solo-act has racked up a slew of awards since it began in the Boston area several years ago.

“Phone Whore” has won nods for Best Female Solo show at the 2010 San Francisco Fringe Festival, received Judges’ Honorable Mention at the 2010 Ottawa Fringe Festival and was selected Pick of the Fringe for Drama at the 2011 Victoria Fringe Festival.

Moore, who has lived in the Boston-area for the last eight years, is currently on tour in Canada, where she is a resident at a local theatre in Montreal, doing performances for the next few months.

When BostInno reached out to her, Moore quickly warned that she might have to take calls for her job as a phone sex operator.

“If I get a call I have to hang up immediately,” she said.

And she did.

Once Moore reconnected, however, she explained how she got into the industry, and what led to her balancing her time between intimate phone calls with strangers and her passion for theatre.

“I Enjoy It.”

It was the economy, Moore said, that lead her to a life of spending up to 18 hours at home some days, fielding anywhere from one to 14 calls from unknown men wanting to play out their personal fantasies over the phone.

“It really varies,” she said about the calls, sounding less interested in the topic of her day job than the prospect of where her play could end up next.

In 2009, Moore was laid off from her marketing gig and through conversations, and a little coaxing from friends who said she had a “good voice,” she found herself fielding sexually charged phone calls for a profession.

“It’s not something you get to see at your high school career fair, and certainly something I didn’t think I would be doing,” she said. “But I was getting desperate…and I didn’t have any existing biases towards sex work, per se.”

Three years later, Moore is still at it, noting the flexibility she has to mix her theatre aspirations with her profession, despite the surprisingly low pay.

“The money is not the greatest, but it lets me pay my bills,” she said.

Getting used to the job didn’t come easy, though.

When it came to chatting up male suitors over the phone so that they could “get off,” the learning curve was steep, Moore admits.

“The first call I got, I was shaking for 20 minutes afterwards. I couldn’t believe I had done that,” she said.

But eventually, she realized she had a knack for the industry standards.

“There are certainly downsides to it, just like any job, it’s actually a really, really good match for some of the things I’m good at already. I kept doing it, and I enjoy it,” Moore said. “Burnout can happen at anytime, with any job, but I don’t think I’m on that road anytime soon.”

Moore to Come

When she isn’t waiting around her apartment for phone calls, something Moore said is often isolating, she is working on her next project.

Currently, Moore has a new play in the works that she plans to perform in Montreal.

Outside of that, she has published erotic novels and does “Sidewalk Smut,” custom erotica while you wait, on a manual typewriter on the sidewalk.

Moore said she could turn to the new-age means of online sex chats, “trolling chat rooms” and doing her own marketing to make money, but by working with the same phone sex company since 2009, she has had extra time to perform in theatre—a passion she has pursued for more than a decade.

Once things wrap up in Montreal, Moore said she is planning a tour across North America next year, performing “Phone Whore” and two other solo works called “Slut Revolution” and “For/Play.”

One tells the tale of her erotic personal life, while the latter is comprised of four flash-plays in a “choose your own adventure” style for adults.

During that trip, she will return to Boston, she said.

“I don’t think I got enough [of the city], and I didn’t reach everyone in the Boston area that I wanted to with my plays,” she said. “I do see some performances in 2013 in Boston again.”

First, however, she wants to make sure she makes it to Edinburgh and takes part in one of the largest fringe festivals out there, for a chance to snag some international attention.

“My unflagging street-promo energy, combined with a critically acclaimed play already proven to push buttons, will get their attention,” she wrote on her campaign page. “And then…well, then I can go even further abroad to spark those much-needed conversations about desires, taboos, and where, and why, we draw lines between the two.”