My mom used to tell me that I could be in the Sears catalogue, and girlfriends kept telling me I had nice hands… so eventually it occurred to me that perhaps I could monetize this asset. So when I finally moved to Toronto to pursue a career in acting, I began collecting ads in which hands were featured. When I got my acting head shots done, I brought in the ads I had collected along with a bunch of props, so we ended up shooting some hand photos which I then confidently presented to various modeling agencies.
Ouch! I got rejected by every major agency I approached simply because I wasn’t 6 feet tall (that hasn’t changed!) and they did not want to represent me “just” for hands. Sutherland, Ford, etc. you name it…they all said no! But being the persistent kid that I am, I kept on seeking out an agent who would take me on the roster for my hands and I eventually found a smaller agency who took a chance on me. And that’s how the doors finally opened. This was a great lesson in persistence and overcoming the illusions of impossibility!