From time to time through the years of this blog, readers have written to tell me that although their job, the way they made their living, had never been much to write home about, they had another life.
They came alive, they said, when the day was done and there was time for their passion, the thing that defined - and may still - who they are.
It is my experience that the most interesting people are those who have a passion and now, a filmmaker who apparently agrees with me, is bringing that idea to the screen.
Kevin Gordon is an experienced documentary producer/director. His feature-length doc, True Son, an official selection of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, was well reviewed in Newsweek.
Gordon's latest project is a web series titled “Shine On” about people with typical day jobs but an unexpected passion outside of work that they live for.
”By day they are your co-workers and servers,” writes Gordon on his Kickstarter page. “By night they are rockstars in their own domain. A 76-year-old farmer who tears it up at the local speedway. A piercer in a tattoo parlor who rocks the Roller Derby circuit. A nursing assistant who dominates at underground hip hop dance battles.
“Their goal is not to 'make it' but simply to have a few moments in a week where they can leave their other lives behind, bring time to a standstill, and do what they love.”
Those first three documentaries Gordon mentions, are still in production but we have today a three-minute trailer titled A Need for Speed about the dirt track race driver, Ken Micheli, who is 76 years old. Take a look:
If you are as eager for the series as I am and can help support the effort, Gordon's Kickstarter campaign is open for two more weeks where you will find another short trailer, this one about the roller derby skater.
What I particularly like about these stories is that they inspire us to follow our bliss without being icky sweet.
What about you? Do you have a passion that would surprise us? Was it your job or after-work life that animated you? How did that change when you retired?