Daily Archives: August 9, 2016

Being a “Retirement Champion”

The story behind filming “Being a Retirement Champion.”
The way connections are made in the blogosphere still amazes me. About a month ago I received a very long “comment” that appeared to be a casting call for a documentary-type film being made for a financial company. At first I thought it was spam.

But curiosity got the best of me so I “Googled” the name of the casting company, checked the email address at the bottom of the note, and visited both a Facebook page and a website to make sure this comment was not spam. It was a real company with a real request.

The “casting call” asked for answers to several questions and several pictures. I provided a link to my Wall Street Journal article (June 1, 2015),  which answered all their questions and attached a couple of pictures.

Several days later I got an email saying, “Congratulations! You’re one of several finalists.” I still didn’t know what I was a “finalist” for, but my interest was piqued.

The email stated that a film company would call me  to make arrangements to come to Colorado, film me cycling and interview me. The email also wanted to know if my parents might be available for an interview as well.(I would ask)  I was still skeptical and actually a bit worried that I might have gotten into something I might regret later and now I was involving my parents, too.
Another few days passed and  I received a lengthy email from the production company  asking for possible filming locations, a list of  interview questions, and the filming schedule. This “casting call” apparently was no joke and I was going to be on camera. This was getting exciting…

I knew exactly where to cycle – the winding switchbacks of the Colorado National Monument were perfect. And I was only stumped by one of the interview questions-  “What is retirement?”

To make a long story short, two days later, the film and production crew arrived promptly at our front door at 6:30 AM.  I had the pleasure and fun of cycling for and interviewing with the nicest group of people I could ever have imagined. They were excellent at putting us (my parents and me)  at ease and making us feel like life-long friends.

Click on this link to see some beautiful cycling roads and learn the answer to the question “What retirement means to me.”

N.B. I never did learn how the casting company found my blog…but I’m sure glad they did.