A QUICK History On Cub Bear

For those of you who don’t know me as Cub Bear, let me introduce my OG identity to you. Hi! I’m Kayla Higginbotham. I’m a storyteller, videographer, dog lover, and local coffee shop frequenter. I love Kansas City, but call Lawrence, Kansas home. While I’m a Midwest girl at heart, I love traveling, too!  So, yes! I would love to come to wherever you live to film your event!

My love for video production began in 2005 as a sophomore in high school. I’ve always been drawn to the fact that no matter how different you can be from another person, there’s something you share in common – you each have a story. And to me, there’s nothing like sharing those stories through video. From the sports and fitness industry to nonprofits, I’m confident we can produce an attention grabbing, high-quality video to take your web presence to the next level.

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THE STORY ON THE NAME

I spent 3 of my 4 college years working as a student-intern for the in-house video department at Kansas Athletics – Rock Chalk Video. Responsibilities included working game days and producing creative content. These were some of my fondest memories of my college experience. So you can imagine that it was to MUCH of my excitement the day I learned I was going to be traveling to my first road game with the men’s basketball team.
 
I headed up to Lincoln, Nebraska with two other employees and quickly learned that these types of game days are on another level when it comes to working in college athletics.
 
The morning of the game you pack up all the equipment, load it into the van, drive to the arena, shoot the game, re-pack all the equipment, fill up on gas, hopefully grab a few snacks, and then get back on the road for a mid-night arrival in Lawrence. It’s usually not until around 2:00 AM when your head finally hits the pillow. 
 
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The other part of these trips is dividing and conquering post-game responsibilities. This night, I grabbed the captain seat and opened my laptop to begin editing game highlights.

Captain seat in a mini-van with expired gas station snacks? Not quite the dream office setup I had always imagined.

Welllllllll…at some point through this drive home, exhaustion settled in and as Rebecca from Ted Lasso would say, I began auditioning my complaints. Douglas, the RCV full-time staffer I was with on the trip, took full advantage of this moment:

“You know, you’re starting to sound like a little Cub back there with all your growling and complaining.” 

A nickname that I thought would be spoken once soon became the name everyone knew me by at RCV – Cub Bear.

Although I’m not in the college athletics industry full time anymore, my company name serves as a nod to where my roots and passion in video production began – sports. It’s always been a fun(ny) and humble reminder of where I started.

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