Arts and Entertainment

On October 23, EHS will host our fourth annual Alumni Leadership Day. This event gives seniors an opportunity to hear from a variety of alumni regarding their respective careers.

Based on their occupation, each alumni member sits on one of eleven panels. Every senior rotates through two panels in the morning, and the day concludes with a roundtable lunch.

Read about our Arts and Entertainment alumni panelists below.

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Chris Bailey '04

Chris Bailey Photography LLC, Magnolia Portraits and Ham+Cheese Photo Booths

BA, Studio Art, Focus in Photography, University of Texas at Austin

“I manage and contribute to a photography studio with several brands, appealing to the wedding, portrait and Photo Booth markets. A typical day for me involves reviewing and editing photos, managing our post production workflow, email correspondence with current and potential clients, managing customer relations, fixing problems and making sure everyone is happy. I also photograph regularly for our studio, and work on further developing our brands and products we offer our clients.

If you’re interested in an internship in photography, I’d find a photographer you like and simply contact them to see if they would be willing to let you work with them/shadow them. That looks different for every studio, but just ask.

To be successful in our field, you have to not only create good work, but know how to market yourself so you stand out from the crowd. There are many ways to do this and establishing what it is that you bring to the table and helping customers understand and value that will help you be successful. Also, while photography is a fun and creative career, be ready to work hard, often long hours at times when everyone else is not working. Weekends, week nights, and holidays.”

Marlo Cobb Saucedo '87


Contributor and Writer, Houston Business Journal

BA, Psychology, Concentration in Spanish, Davidson College

MBA, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, University of Texas

“Every day is distinct; I balance my art business with family responsibilities. I’m most productive in the mornings while my sons are at school, but excellent time-management skills are necessary for any entrepreneurial job (including art). When planning long-term for an exhibition I divide my work into one-piece increments, assigning reasonable calendar deadlines so I’m not panicky the month before an opening or sleep-deprived by the big night. Making time for sleep, exercise, and alone time positively affects my creativity and follow-through, both. I was a project manager for a small company and built websites for another before I was able to be an artist full-time. Some of the most successful full-time artists I know – those who pay their bills with art - have many “gigs,” from putting on art shows and selling others’ art, to selling their own art, to gallery management, to teaching art to other adults or to children. Others have worked and hustled tirelessly, using boundless passion, energy, and determination to get to where their art is now shown internationally, and some do all of the above. They make it work.”

Will Thomas '97

Owner and Manager, W2 Development Partners and White Oak Music Hall

BA, Communication, University of Denver

JD, South Texas College of Law

My typical day is split between my duties as a manager/partner at both W2 Development Partners and White Oak Music Hall. Mornings consist of construction meetings at one of our current developments, and afternoons are usually geared toward day-to-day operations at White Oak Music Hall, Raven Tower, or another soon-to-be open business.

My duties include managing 25+ employees, construction oversight, balancing budgets, development planning, and even some band bookings. I start my day by addressing known tasks and tackling the unforeseen issues as they arise.

On the music side, most of our employees started by taking any job they could get. My business partner actually started in the industry by working the door at Numbers nightclub back in the ’90s. I got my foot in the door on the other side by playing in bands.

If you are seeking a career in the music industry, I would advise pursuing any job in the industry you can get, as opposed to pursuing a particular job. Work your way toward the job you would consider your ultimate goal.

Alex Venzke Brummett '04

Owner of Houston based boutique Sultana’s Daughter, co-creator of lifestyle brand Positive Healing Vibes, Music Specialist at Becker School

Studied vocal performance and music therapy at SMU from 2004-2006, transferred to and graduated from University of St. Thomas—class of 2009 with Bachelor in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Music and Psychology

There is no typical day as a small business owner. Some people say, “you make your own hours”, but the truth is, I haven’t stopped working since I opened my clothing and accessories boutique Sultana’s Daughter in the summer of 2013. I wear many hats in the company: I am the sole proprietor, manager, sales associate, buyer, media and marketing specialist; you name it, I have done it. The best experience I had leading up to opening my boutique was working for other small business owners throughout my college education. I learned the ropes by doing, and by the time I had earned my degree, I was both substitute teaching and running a small locally owned jewelry shop. My best advice if you are at all interested in opening a business is getting a job working directly for someone who runs a similar type of operation. There are many internship opportunities in the fashion industry, and you must know that none is too small of an experience. I will not deny many hours spent folding t-shirts and steaming dresses, among other not so glamorous obligations. I have found successful small business owners to be resilient, goal oriented, organized, driven, and willing to take chances, which without that last one I would have never started Sultana’s Daughter, nor recently launched lifestyle brand Positive Healing Vibes, a collaboration with my artist husband James Brummett.