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Rise of the Female Breadwinners: Cynthia Muñoz

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Cynthia Muñoz

48; single
Job title: President of Muñoz Public Relations, producer of Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza
Estimated household income: Fluctuates
Education: B.A.

How did you become the primary breadwinner?

Basically, I just started my business and my family wanted to help and they always have. It just sort of happened. My sister works for me and my mother once worked for me but is now retired. But even though my mother worked for me, she was never a dependant of me. Nevertheless, I’ll always be there for her.

Is this the career you always dreamed of?

The funny things is, when I was in a mariachi class in high school, I would play all these fancy parties but I also wanted to be on the other side of the party, enjoying the music. When I was really young I wanted to have my own business, it was embedded in me. I had two aunts with businesses when we were growing up. My father raised us, and he used to say, “You have to either go to college and study computers or have your own business. It’s very important that you’re able to support yourself, because in a marriage, if anything ever happens to your partner—they lose their job, they get into an accident—you are able to still hold down the fort.” That was the message he always sent us. It wasn’t about not needing anybody, but about how unexpected things happen in life.

What is or was your dream job?

I’m living my dream job.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is helping people see the very best of the Latino culture. Whenever I take the winners of the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza across the country, people tell me, “Thank you for bringing this beautiful music to our city.” That’s definitely the best part of my job.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Still producing all the beautiful concerts we produce around Texas and beyond.

At what age do you expect to retire?
That’s a really good question… [pauses] I would probably see myself semi-retired at 60. That means that I’ll have some fabulous young people with great energy that are carrying the bulk of the load in my business, but I will still be involved as well.

What’s your biggest financial worry?

I don’t have any financial worries. I live a very simple lifestyle. I’m on the Southeast side of town, I don’t really have any financial worries. I think health is the most important thing in your life, especially at this age. Exercising, drinking plenty of water and eating right, that’s the most important thing. Too many people reach their retirement years strained financially because of health issues, and I don’t want to be one of them.

Are you able to save money on your current salary?

Rise of SA’s Female Breadwinners
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