The world of male modeling seems like a dream job with its jet-set traveling for photo shoots, appearances at international fashion shows and free designer clothes.

But almost every face on the runway or in billboard ads has traveled an arduous journey to get to that place. Beauty in this instance can also equate to pain, and for the ambitious male model, it’s also a struggle.

For one, modeling schedules can be unpredictable. The hours are strange, the locations are always changing and models have to be ready to go at a moment’s notice.

It takes time to build up a reputation and land high-paying jobs. It’s unusual for models to earn tons of cash early in their careers, so they have to be smart and resourceful until they’ve made a name for themselves.

And for many, that means one thing: a second job. Most models have a part-time job, or even a full-time day one. Here’s a list of some of the industry’s leading men and their side ventures.


Garrett Neff — Founder of Katama, a men’s swimwear brand.

Geron McKinley — Founder of the non-profit clothing brand, Concreet.

Pietro Boselli — Designer of the activewear brand Petra Design.

Steve Gold — Luxury real estate broker and cast member of “Million Dollar Listing New York.”

Armando Cabral — Designer of his namesake shoe brand.

Jon Kortajarena — Actor, best known for his role in Tom Ford’s film, “A Single Man.”

Brian Shimansky — Furniture designer/carpenter

Alan Jouban — UFC/MMA fighter

Race Imboden — Olympic fencer

Simon Nessman — Director of the Cedar Coast Field Station, located on the southeast shoreline of Vargas Island, British Columbia.

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