Hand jobs: the low-hanging fruit.

This is an image of a woman standing under a tree, placing her hands on the tree’s big big fruits which are hanging low
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How do your hands look?

“Narrow”, “thick” “veinous” “beautiful cuticles”, “even complexion”, “straight fingers”, “knuckles that aren’t blacker than charcoal”, etc. These are possible responses you might hear when different people attempt to describe their hands. Even me, I’ve got really beautiful hands. I would have shown you a picture but I want you to just believe me. I no fit lie give you.

Hand jobs are actually a whole market and if you go about it the right way, it can make for the perfect side hustle. (Incase you aren’t sure of what a side hustle might be, check out this other post I wrote, explaining it. Here).

The whole concept is to model for brands using your hands, after which you get paid. This usually involves holding products in different positions for as long as is necessary or doing different hand movements while holding the product on display…

You might have to get an agent (I looked into it and it is actually advisable to get an agent who takes care of designing your portfolio, getting you gigs and generally just managing you and your interests because this world is wicked. But you fit still run am by yourself, if you be person wey sabi).

The first thing you want to answer is this: “How steady are your hands?” Considering the fact that shaky hands produce blurry pictures, you have to stay really still. You have to be able to stay still without leaning on anything, in the same position for hours. Being able to stay still is just as important as having nice-looking hands. Mind you, achieving steady hands might not reduce the time needed for a shoot.

Also, you must have patience. Lots of it. Shoots can take hours to be completed, so if you are the type to get restless after staying in one place for a bit, maybe think again.

If for this third one, you guessed diet, then, absolutely. Let me tell you, no caffeine, no chocolates, none of those things that induce shaking.

Again, you have to practice even the weirdest things. Practice holding your hands steady for long periods. Practice setting the product down in the exact place repeatedly. Practice active moisturization of your hands.

I once saw a documentary of this one guy, a hand model, who’s been in the business since 2017. He said he moisturizes 32 times a day. He was not exaggerating. In fact, he has little tubes of moisturizers littered all over his house, so, even if he’s like randomly coming down the stairs, he’s setting his sights on one tube and that serves as his reminder. At the time, he was among the highest earners in the industry and his hands were evidently in great form.

To get hired:

- Create your portfolio

1. Get a manicure done, then get a photographer to take pictures of your hands. You can use one who is also just starting, if you don’t have a lot of money. That way, he or she scratches your back and you scratch theirs.

2. Do your research. Find out about the job, moisturizers, tips to secure the best agent for you, etc.

3. Learn common hand poses. Watch ads and commercials and mimic those hand poses for your portfolio.

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4. Include at least one shot of your face so that they can recognize you when they meet you and they can also consider you if they need a face shot.

5. Include a straight shot of both your palms and the back of your hands.

6. Make sure to send your portfolios to modeling agencies of great repute.

Let them know that your specific area of interest is hand modeling. Tell them you have a portfolio, even though it’s one you created mimicking professional ads. Be honest and persistent until they grant an interview.

7. Sign with an agent. Getting an agent to certify that your hands have got what is requires in the hand-modeling market is almost like 70% of the work has been completed. Make sure the agent is legit and his offer is the right one for you. A legit agent won’t pressurize you for upfront payment. Instead, he/she gets paid if you get paid. Since they get a stipulated percentage of your pay, they are gingered to find you gigs.

8. When meeting him/her, look good. Make an impression. Look smart and neat. If all goes well you could be told to go do “test shots” with a local photographer, to see what you’ve got. You’d want to represent them well. They’d want that too.

9. When you’ve decided to stick with one agent, after you’ve confirmed he’s legit (maybe by checking out his or her list of prior clients/work, make sure to look through your contract before you sign. Don’t ignore the vibe you get from them and don’t do or sign anything when you are not convinced.

10. Check out go-sees for work: Go-sees are places you can go look for work. Once you’ve signed with an agent, they provide you with go-sees to check. You’d have to move around, check if you have what they are interested in. This means you’d have to show off your hands a lot, so start getting comfortable. You can add every new gig to your resume; the more experience you have, the higher your chances of getting more gigs from future go-sees. You’d also have to be patient in finding one and trust your agent, especially if they say you’ve got the look. Don’t forget, your agent can get you the gig, but you have to impress the owners of the gig.

So how do you succeed at this career?

1. Take incredible care of your hands. Yes. Your hands are your assets, treat them as such, because you might even end up insuring them. I’m kidding. Or not. Avoid anything that would affect your hands- from a bouquet of roses to a wine cork, hot oil or a cat.

2. Do regular manicures, at least until you blow and start getting them for free before shoots.

3. Eat and drink water very regularly to maintain good healthy skin. You don’t want any deficiencies spotting your skin. Exercise and sleep plenty. Take supplements too, especially vitamin c, B-complex, Omega-3, Vitamin E and zinc.

This image was obtained from Greatist.

4. Moisturize regularly. Remember that guy. I doubt that there is anything like over moisturizing on this matter. After applying lotion, you can wear latex, so your hands stay soft.

5. Trim your nails and keep them clean. Don’t clip them but you should file.

6.Don’t throw away your day job. And if hand modeling is your day job, find something to add to it. When your portfolio grows and you start to get more and more gigs, you can move to the bigger cities.

Again, avoid anything that will scratch, burn or put marks on your hands. On the bright side, when you blow, you will enjoy the free make-up sessions and all the other good stuff.

This image was obtained from Knowyourmeme.com

Go get that schmoney and stay away from the “images” section of Google’s results for the search “handjobs”.

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