How I Became A Hand Model
Telling people I work as a hand model is not a tidbit I reveal right away. It’s not that I’m embarrassed, and it’s definitely a great conversation starter. But once it's out, people are fascinated and I'm asked all sorts of questions. Are your hands insured? Do you have a special skin regimen? Do you cook or do the dishes? Now, all eyes are on me anticipating my reply, and that’s a lot of pressure! I don’t want to ruin the allure.
It wasn’t something I thought I’d ever do, you could say it was handed to me (sorry I had to). Over the years, people commented on my hands and said I could model. I’d brush it off thinking no way anyone would pay money for my hands.
But my curiosity got the best of me. In my search, I came across a beautiful soul, renowned hand model Adele Uddo. I must have made quite an impression because she offered me a gig she couldn’t make. She introduced me to her agent and I signed on with Star Touch Agency.
I’m deeply appreciative being a part of this special niche of modeling. It’s been a big learning curve, especially for me, coming from a medical background. I’ve had the opportunity to meet many amazing people and take part in once in a lifetime creative projects. It’s still pretty wild seeing my hands in print and video dressed in high-end jewelry, holding cocktails, playing with food, or powdering makeup.
TIPS TO PURSUE HAND/PARTS MODELING
I get asked all the time ‘How can I get into hand or parts modeling?’ Well here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way:
Keep your exceptional part(s) in tip-top shape — hands smooth, nails healthy, hair clean, lips moisturized, body toned
Look into agencies in your area and see if there’s a hand/parts division
Take photos of your parts — don’t need to spend a lot of money! Could take with your phone as long as the quality is good and your parts are in good light. Your parts should be clean and nice and as close to natural state.
If you can, build up your portfolio — talk to photographers who may need help, keep in mind you’ll most likely be working for free but you’ll get photos in return
I can’t say where hand modeling will take me, but I’m going along for the ride. It may never turn into a full-time livelihood and I’m okay with that. But for the moment, join me on my adventures as I work one hand job to the next ;)