Keely Reeves, a senior Mass Communications student majoring in Motion Picture and Professional Technical Writing, got the opportunity of a lifetime when she became the videography for Rodger Bumpass, who plays the voice of Squidward Q. Tentacles on the popular children’s show SpongeBob SquarePants.
It all started when Reeves emailed one of her professors, Dr. David Weekley, a professor at UA Little Rock School of Mass Communication, over the summer asking if there were any photography or videography projects people needed. He told her about a wedding coming up in July. Later, she got an email from Angela Vanzandt, Bumpass’ then fiancé, saying that Weekely highly recommended her for the job. During the whole process they discussed what they wanted and price range. Vanzandt gave Reeves creative license and asked for vows, the carriage and the reception. She also went to the reception and place where they were having the wedding to see where she would set up. Reeves stayed in contact with them to let them know two more people would be with her.
She went to scope out the reception where she ran into the groom, Bumpass, who walked her through what he wanted. Reeves knew she needed more than one camera, so she used her Canon camera and borrowed a Panasonic camera from the Mass Communications Lab. She decided she needed a third person with a camera as well to help her out with being the videographer for the wedding.
Reeves was a little scared and nervous about the wedding and getting quality audio. She had so many challenges. She had to take three different camera videos that were shooting at different angles and change the color to make some parts of the video lighter and darker. For some of the video the camera shaked more than she wanted it to. Overall, she did a good job but wishes some things could be better but is happy she had her very first paid job.
“I never thought I would get a job like that right now,” Reeves said. “I met other celebrities, so I wasn’t in complete shock. I wasn’t the biggest fan of SpongeBob SquarePants, so I was more like ‘let’s just do this.’”
Reeves talks about how students need to be more proactive, getting to know their professors more, and being determined. Establishing relationships and connections with people is very important. She feels inspired by being able to get an opportunity like this. She hopes her story does inspire people to follow their dreams and wants others to feel like “if she can do it, I can too.”
Reeves grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and then later moved to Arkansas and has been living here for six years. She attended the University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College before transferring to UA Little Rock. She is thinking about going to graduate school to pursue her Masters in Professional Technical Writing and teach while she does that. This will allow her to focus on building a portfolio of short videos. Reeves loves videography, photography and editing and is thinking about starting her own business of doing wedding videos thanks to filming this wedding. Keely aspires to work for Disney’s Marvel one day.
Reeves’s friend, Trinity McCracken-Howard, says Reeves is a fun person to be around and is such a good and supportive friend, she just wishes Reeves would slow down sometimes and relax.