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The Challenges of Making a Career in the Arts in Houston

According to the Greater Houston Visitors Bureau, the city’s nonprofit arts organizations support over 14,000 full-time jobs a year. Still, there are thousands of artists in Houston who can’t sustain themselves solely on their creative careers. They take on other jobs-from teaching to bartending-to make ends meet. We talk with three Houston artists about how […]

According to the Greater Houston Visitors Bureau, the city’s nonprofit arts organizations support over 14,000 full-time jobs a year. Still, there are thousands of artists in Houston who can’t sustain themselves solely on their creative careers. They take on other jobs-from teaching to bartending-to make ends meet.

We talk with three Houston artists about how they make a living and the challenges of pursuing creative careers while making ends meet.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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