Many young people seeking summer work are lucky to find employment that pays the bills.
In the early 1990s, a young Max Bretos – who is co-hosting ESPN’s multiplatform coverage of Pan Am Games Toronto this month – found work that also provided travel and a bit of stardom: He had a brief career as a male model.
“I went to Milan for two summers. That was the extent of it, really, and then I got on to my profession that I wanted to get into, which was broadcasting,” said Miami native Bretos, who graduated with a degree in international relations from Florida State in 1994.
“Doing a few odd jobs, learning the language, learning how to survive overseas with a few dollars in your pocket – it was a great experience.”
Bretos eventually began a career in journalism that’s now in its third decade. Before joining ESPN in January 2010, Bretos spent 11 years working for Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Sports World.
In the video above, Bretos talks about his brief modeling experience, how he once lost a $10,000 assignment and how he prepares to co-anchor ESPN’s extensive coverage of the Pan Am Games.
Video produced by Kate Rosen and Tania Eicoff