Profile - Randy Higgins Dora High School Class of 1988

Randy Higgins is a 1988 graduate of Dora High School. He was a four year letterman on the football team and played on the 1985 State runner-up team. "Those were some of my best high school memories, it felt like we were all one big family. I was fortunate to play for some great coaches, Don Flippo, Eddie Varnadore, and Hezzie Morgan just to name a few. Coach Morgan has now returned to Dora and I talk to him often, he was a big influence in my life. I made a lot of life long friendships at Dora High School including my wife Jolei who was a 1989 graduate. After graduation I attended UAB in hopes of becoming a football coach. While still in school I was given the opportunity to be an assistant coach at a local high school. After spending a couple of years there I realized that as much as I loved the game of football I did not enjoy coaching it. I also found out I disliked going to class even more. So I decided I would try something I could be good at and went into sales and eventually management. I spent the next twelve years wondering what it would be like to have a job doing something I really love to do. About two years ago I was given the opportunity to buy out a video production company. I had been involved in video production in some form or another for nearly twenty years, mainly as a freelance cameraman and a play by play broadcaster on the local cable channel. So after careful consideration and planning I started my own video production company, RJK Video Productions, the R for Randy, the J for Jolei, and the K for our daughter Kayla. Our primary focus is on weddings, It wasn't really my cup of tea, but after we got the ball rolling I realized that weddings gave me an opportunity to be more creative than some of the other productions, kind of like a film producer, which is something I would love to do someday. We also do a lot of stage productions, events, graduations, etc. We produce commercials for local businesses and for larger businesses in the Birmingham market. Working with other larger production companies has provided me with some unique opportunities, I recently worked on the set of the Bill Bellamy "Who's Got Jokes" show (a national cable show) as a production assistant to the director and I've been able to work with crews on college sporting events. As for the sports part of the business it has been established for about twenty five years, mainly covering Dora Football. Over the years other schools and sports have been added. This division of our company goes by the name Sportsnet East, a name that had previously been established. Staying close to home the teams we cover are in the east Walker county area. We broadcast a game every week on the local cable station in Jasper. This division of our company is unique in that it relies solely on local businesses who buy commercial ads. With the long history of sports coverage over the years, we started converting those old games which were on VHS tapes to DVD, which has now become a part of our daily business. We most recently converted the 1985 Dora football season into DVD's which are now available for purchase. We have also added photography to our list of services, we feel this should go hand and hand with what were already doing. We are always looking for new ways to grow the business by keeping up with all the latest technology and I'm exited about the future of RJK Video Productions and Sportsnet East.
Owning your own business has it's rewards and challenges and it's a lot harder than most people think, but having the chance to do something you love is well worth it."

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