Nov 2014/December 2015 Issue - Print, Pages 300-303
I am a fairly young and new hand model on the scene. I only signed on with my agent earlier this year but it has been an interesting journey and I figured it might be nice to chronicle some of my experiences.
But before I start talking about odd jobs and behind the scenes stuff it seems worth mentioning that I am not just a hand model. I studied jewelry and fine arts at Parsons the New School for Design and have been working as a jewelry and accessories designer for the past few years. I also write for TWELV Magazine and manage their celebrity interview section.
So I have three jobs and one of them happens to be hand modeling. I always feel kind of strange saying "I'm a hand model," it just feels kind of weird and it always elicits a strange response.
Although people tend to react to what I do with some obvious surprise, they also tend to have very positive reactions like getting really excited and asking a million questions.
So here are some of the most common questions I get:
How did you get into hand modeling?
I was working at Bobby Pin Jewelry and often managed the numerous social media platforms for the brand. I would try on the rings and bracelets and snap pictures of my hands and the jewelry and post them to Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. I noticed that people would often comment on the pictures about my nails and hands in addition to the jewelry. I was also thrown in last minute into an editorial shoot that we did with TWELV Magazine so I ended up with some professional pictures to send to an agent.
Definitely not! I'm not even sure how to go about getting them insured. I'm also not crazy obsessive about my hand care routine. I do try to keep them moisturized and cut/bruise-free but I do hand make jewelry and that is just naturally rough on your hands. I just try to be careful and use a lot of cuticle cream.
Have I seen Zoolander or the episode of Seinfeld where George becomes a hand model?
Yes, I have! And no they did not inspire this career path.
Do you go on castings?
Surprisingly yes...and I've booked jobs this way. It is exactly like a normal casting except for your hands
What makes a good hand model?
I'd say the most important thing is healthy looking hands and nails with straight fingers.
Is it an easy job?
It can be! But it can also be really challenging, sometimes painful, and often incredibly time consuming. It can require being very still in awkward positions for long periods of time, so being steady and patient are pretty important for a hand model.