Patrick McClean Taking Charge Of His Modeling Career

Becoming a male model in NYC has to be crafted nowadays through various social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok. By creating a strong online presence on these platforms, potential models can showcase their looks, personality, and lifestyle to attract attention from brands and agencies. A good strategy to attract followers is to post regularly and engage with your audience. This can be done by responding to comments, interacting with followers and creating interesting content that showcases your unique qualities.

Having a large and engaged following can be a great way to attract brands to use you as a male model. Brands are always looking for new and fresh faces to represent their products, and having a strong online presence can make you more visible to them. Patrick McClean showcases his talents and interests through his social media profiles, He demonstrates why he’s a great fit for particular brands and makes it easier for them to approach him for modeling opportunities.

It’s important to remember to present yourself professionally and maintain a positive image online, as your online presence will be the first impression that potential clients have of you.

If you were given $25,000 to spend on yourself or your brand, how would you spend it? Personal branding and marketing: I would spend money on things like website design and social media management to improve my online presence and make myself more marketable. I would also seek international opportunities, and consider traveling to other countries to attend castings and build my network.

Who or what is your career inspiration? I don’t really have one. I believe in myself. I set achievable goals. I seek constructive feedback, build a strong support network, surround myself with positive and encouraging people, develop a healthy self-image, and learn to love and accept myself as I am. I practice self-care, such as exercise and mindfulness. Confidence is not just about what you look like, but also about your inner strength, determination, and belief in yourself.

What social media platform do you use the most to promote your career? Instagram.

Patrick McClean @patrick_nyc/ Photographer: Juan Mendez @juanfmendz/

What is your experience using professional photographers? You have to be comfortable and trust that your photographer has your best interests at heart. Usually, when they are into making sure every shot represents them, they in turn will make every shot look good for you.

Whom did you idolize growing up? Athletes.

What would it take for you to consider yourself successful in this industry? Upcoming challenges. As I’ve said before, I’d love to work on runways in Europe and other places for my modeling career.

What is one story you MUST tell people about what happened to you during your journey? I had multiple bookings in one month to prepare for. That gave me the boost I needed to see myself continuing in my modeling.

Patrick McClean @patrick_nyc/ Photographer: Juan Mendez @juanfmendz/

What is one mistake you’ve made during your career that became the best learning experience? Not taking notes.

What is your favorite way to engage with your audience? Showing character.

Are you interested in pursuing other careers alongside modeling? (ex. Acting, product lines, music, etc.)

For right now, Just modeling. I’m sure the future may hold other things for me to do but I’m concentrating on one career move at the moment.

Patrick McClean @patrick_nyc/ Photographer: Juan Mendez @juanfmendz/

Do you currently, or plan to, have a product line of your own? (ex. merchandise, make-up, clothing line) Not right now but again, maybe in the future.

What is one tip you would give a new model starting their career?Prepare for the ups and downs. It’s an emotional ride but it is so exhilarating when you see progress.

Anything you would like to add? What more can I say but to work hard and believe in yourself.

Olivia Salinas
Olivia Salinas

Journalist and writer for NY Style and Millennial Entrepreneur Magazines covering music, modeling and the fashion industry.