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About Angie

how did i get here?

Who really likes writing things like this? Not me, but here goes….

How did a small town girl from Alabama end up here?

My Story

I grew up in Enterprise, Alabama…a small town in south Alabama surrounded by an amazing family, strong and loyal friends and teachers that left an indelible impression.  My earliest heroes were Dr Seuss and Scout Finch. I went to college at Auburn University (War Eagle!) and found my tribe at Biggin Hall… the Art Department.  I majored in Graphic Design, and fully intended to set the print design world on fire after graduation. But serendipity landed me in Dallas doing motion graphics for the television industry.  And after about 5 years, I had the incredible good fortune to meet Jerry McKinnis at JM Associates in Little Rock, Arkansas.  It didn’t take me long to high tail it here permanently to work for ESPN Outdoors….and man, what a great ride that was.

How I got back into art

There’s more below

on the story of my professional career as you scroll down, but here’s a video about the very personal side of how I got started (back) in art. 

ESPN Outdoors

JM associates was, and still is, a full blown television production company and I volunteered a lot to be an assistant on video shoots.  Eventually I was working as much in field production as in post-production.  I then began to realize that the things I had learned about visual arts at Auburn could be translated to the moving image in terms of graphics, but also in terms of the bigger umbrella of storytelling through video.  So I became a producer/director in short time, and after a few years, I began a career on camera hosting outdoor shows for ESPN.  I was an interstitial host of ESPN Outdoors on Sunday mornings and even had my own thirty minute show,  called Cumberland Stories,  where I told stories to viewers about the outdoors around the simple, but compelling experiences one could have in small, modest settings. My concept was that you didn’t have to spend thousands of dollars to go fly fishing on the Miramichi River in Canada to sample the joys of the outdoors.  I did things like bream fishing with an 80 year old African American guide out of a flat bottom boat at Caddo Lake Texas or waded for redfish  off the coast of Biloxi.

A few scenes from my ESPN Outdoors years

ESPN’S GREAT OUTDOOR GAMES

One of the highlights of my time working for ESPN Outdoors was the opportunity to help create the Great Outdoor Games, which was cooked up by the four people in the photo to the left – Jerry McKinnis, me, Gary Morgenstern and Bill Fitts.  We were all at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas around 1997.  ESPN had successfully launched the X Games a few years prior and we started dreaming up a similar concept for the Outdoor programming category. I remember practically begging Bill to let us give it a try.  Later on, he and Gary talked it through more and the next thing I know, we get a call to start putting ideas together.  We launched the Great Outdoor Games in 2000 in Lake Placid, NY.   The program ran for 5 years and I think every single person on the crew thinks of it as one of the most fun projects we ever did.

BASSMASTER

In 2011, the owner of our production company, Jerry McKinnis,  was approached by ESPN to buy the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society from them.  The network had purchased BASS in 2001 from the ownership group in Montgomery.  JM Associates had been doing the Bassmaster television show for ESPN for the ten years that they owned the company and when it seemed like a good fit for Jerry McKinnis (the JM of JM Associates) to partner with Don Logan and Jim Copeland to acquire the company and take the reins. So I started working for BASS, although I still sit at my same desk in Little Rock.  I oversee all of our events and sponsorship activations.  I’m truly proud to work with such an incredible group as BASS.  The talent within this company is mind-blowing at times.  But the coolest thing is to work with people who are passionate about their jobs and the outdoors. Traveling with the Bassmaster Elite Series sometimes make me feel like we’re a band of gypsies rolling down the highway, but the staff, the Elite pros and their families are like MY family now.

I still pinch myself a lot and wonder how I got here.

Some pictures of the Bassmaster Fam

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