Rochester HillsOctober 17, 2012
Local musician a finalist in Cosmo’s Bachelor of the Year contest
By Mary Beth Almond
C & G Staff Writer
These days, the spotlight seems to be drawn to 27-year-old Pato Margetic — not the other way around.
The Rochester Hills musician is quickly gaining acclaim for his music, his acting debut was deemed a success, and he now has an opportunity to kick-start a modeling career and the chance to win $10,000.
Margetic was voted Michigan’s bachelor pick in Cosmopolitan Magazine’s annual Bachelor of the Year contest, which comes with a modeling contract and a $10,000 cash prize. He was nominated for the contest by his manager and best friend, Louis Salvatore Santoro, to help draw attention to Margetic’s budding music career.
Margetic was shocked to hear he had been selected as the No. 1 bachelor for the state of Michigan back in April.
“I was really surprised when they called,” he said.
Soon after, he and the other bachelors were flown to the Hamptons in New York for the magazine’s photo shoot. Now Margetic is competing against 51 other semifinalists — one from each of the state and the District of Columbia — as Cosmo’s 2012 Bachelor of the Year. Votes are being collected until 6 p.m. Oct. 18. To vote for Margetic, visit http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/bachelors-2012/bachelors-2012-michigan.
Margetic said winning the title would be a dream come true.
“It would be a great platform to help me continue making creative art, because it’s a $10,000 prize, which would obviously help me out,” he said. “It would be not only good for my music career, but I would make sure and represent Michigan with a classy attitude, and positivity, and it would help me continue to do what I’ve been blessed to be doing.”
Although his father was a professional soccer player from Argentina, Margetic was drawn to theater and writing as a student at Avondale High School.
“My favorite classes were poetry, creative writing, things like that, so I had a bunch of writing, and I still do today, that I can’t even keep up with. … I would put the writing together with learning to play guitar, and that’s when I knew I wanted to be a musician,” he said.
He began performing his music in public at the age of 17 and has taken on just about every gig imaginable since then.
“I’ve played everything from coffee shops to bars to private parties to sold-out theaters opening for artists, too,” he said.
He’s shared Detroit stages at sold-out venues with artists such as J. Cole, Danity Kane, Tony Deluca and Bei Maejor, and he even opened for the classic rock band Kansas on the main stage in Atlanta for the New Year’s Eve Peach Drop Celebration.
Last year, Margetic’s music video, “Cold,” premiered on MTV’s LOGO, “New, Now, Next,” and hit the No. 3 spot on MTV’s “Top 100 Countdown.”
“All of a sudden I was rising on the charts. We were all watching, and I was at 48, and then all of a sudden I was by Katy Perry, and next thing I know I was by Lil Wayne, and then it went all the way up to No. 3 for the week, so that’s something that we can hold onto now,” he said.
His newest music project, “The Pato Collection,” was independently released in May.
Margetic’s ultimate goal is to become a recording artist, but he also enjoys acting and modeling. His acting debut hit the screens in Michigan’s 48 Hour Film Festival, when he played the lead in the festival-winning short film “Awake.”
“I feel successful already for some of the things that I’ve been doing. … I feel like I’m living my dream already and I’m right in the middle of it, and every day it happens I realize that and I embrace it,” he said.
Margetic’s mom, Carol Margetic, said she is proud of her son for his accomplishments, and she admitted she’s a little relieved that he’s finally getting some recognition.
“He’s worked so hard on his music for so long, and I’m hoping that his music will get out there a little bit more, and people that maybe didn’t know about him will hear his music and love it,” she said.
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