Who does this guy think he is, anyway?
Back in the early 1970s, after a day spent in Kindergarten, I hopped off the school bus and started to walk home. As I approached my mom, she asked me why I was limping. I didn’t even know what limping meant. Fast forward after several visits with doctors and specialist: I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.
My life became a series of experimental treatments, more doctor visits, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and consultation at a children’s hospital in St. Louis, where parents dropped off their kids for a week or so, but were not allowed to stay.
In the meantime, I learned a lot, and soaked up the medical terminology. At one point in my grade school years, I could name every bone in the body, from the distal phalanges (fingertips) to the calcaneus (heel of the foot). At the children’s hospital, my stay culminated with me appearing—by myself—before a panel of doctors in a cavernous auditorium. One of the doctors who knew me a little asked me to explain to the panel why my arthritis was unique.
“It’s the radial drift,” I told the group, holding out my hands for them to see.
Most arthritis sufferers have fingers that bend away from the thumb, known as ulnar drift, or ulnar deviation. But my fingers drifted (an increasingly still do drift) toward my thumbs, known as radial deviation, or radial drift.
So, I guess I’m an odd duck in a lot of ways. But I’m also an original, who's learned how to adapt. And like many creatives, I’m proud to drift opposite the norm.
I’ve been a journalism junkie since the 5th grade, when I locked myself out of the house after school and had nothing to do but read the two daily newspapers delivered to our driveway back in the day. Soon, I was reading the Kansas City Times and the Kansas City Star every single day. When I entered the Missouri School of Journalism where they taught AP Style, I thought “What other kind of writing is there?”
Returning to KC after graduation, I worked as editor-in-chief of the Missouri Restaurant Association magazine, national communications coordinator for Camp Fire USA, senior calendar editor for Andrews McMeel Universal, and account exec for Fleishman-Hillard.
With a decade of video-production experience under my belt, I joined Wide Awake Films as writer/producer, leaving there to become vice president of communications and special events for KCPT, the local PBS affiliate.
And, considering I tend to drift toward the unlikely, I left KCPT to go back to school and become a teacher. I taught art and advised the yearbook crew for five years in the North Kansas City School District, earning my school’s “Cultures of Excellence Award” (teacher of the year) award in 2017. Hardest, and most rewarding, job ever.
Today, I work full time as an illustrator, artist, video producer, writer, designer, and online entrepreneur. I office out of a 116-year-old building recently remodeled for co-working space in the historic River Market district of downtown KC.
I'm currently waiting out the pandemic with my wife Karen and our big hunk o' love, Kota—a White German Shepherd/Yellow Lab mix who loves peanut butter, watermelon, and tennis balls.
I’d love the chance to work with you, your company, or organization. Please get in touch if you have questions about me or my team, need an estimate, or would like to discuss opportunities.
"Kevin is definitely a people person, which means he is a natural with customer service and promotion. In my work with him at Andrews McMeel Universal, I was always impressed with his attention to detail, creative ideas, and sharp editing skills."
—Jill Rodgers, former colleague at Andrews McMeel Universal