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The past 2 weeks have been the craziest weeks in our lives thus far. If it seems like our posting schedule has been a bit sparse, sorry about that. We’ll go back to our regular posting schedule shortly.
Here’s how the craziness played out:
Day 1-3: Penguin Audiobook recording in London (with JLCollins reading his Foreward)
Day 3: International premier of “Playing with FIRE”
Day 5: Back to the studio to finish audiobook recording (apparently 3 days wasn’t enough)
Day 5: Bloomberg TV recording
Day 6-13: Chautauqua
At one point, Wanderer and I had to split up because we were double-booked for Bloomberg and our Penguin book recording. That’s the first time it’s ever happened.
Wanderer and I now have this running joke that we’re not really retired, we’re just tired.
We had a call with a friend from back home in Toronto, and when I listed out all the things we were doing, I started to realized just how unbelievable my life has gotten. I no longer have any idea what it’s like to be stressed at work, hating your boss, or going in for overtime. All those problems seem like they were from a million years ago.
I seriously woke up this week in complete disbelief that this is my life now. I’ve literally said the sentence “I have to cancel my trip to Sweden in order to fly into London so that I can read my audiobook and go to a movie premier featuring myself.” What is happening?! How is it that we spent 7 years of our lives begging the publishing industry to read our stuff and getting rejected within an inch of our lives, only to have them come to us. And now we’re in a movie?!
Anyhoo…disbelief aside, here’s what happened at the Playing with FIRE premier in London.
Our friend and fellow early retiree Barney, aka “The Escape Artist” and Ken, aka “The Humble Penny” organized a showing of Playing with FIRE at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and it sold out to a crowd of 200 people!
Before the movie started, we all gathered for drinks and schmoozing (there was press there, of course) in the reception area. We even met a few soon-to-be Chautauquans there! (I love running into Chautauquans, because it always feels like we’ve known each other forever, even though we’ve just met).
Once 7 PM rolled around, everyone eagerly filed into the theatre and Barney gave a hilarious intro. You can tell he and Ken really put a buttload of effort into organizing this screening and we were all super impressed and grateful for their hard work. Thanks, Barney and Ken!
When the movie started, everyone started cheering for their FIRE idols, and laughed at all the inside jokes. Taylor and Scott, the stars of the show, easily won the crowd over with their easy-going banter and fun-loving attitudes. Their adorable daughter, Jovie, also stole the show with every scene.
And ofcourse, Godfather of FI, JLCollins mesmerized us all with his deep, authoritative voice and his sound investing advice.
In short, it was a blast. We got to sit in a darkened theatre and watch a movie starring us and all our FIRE friends. How fricking cool is that?
After the movie ended, we had the Q&A session with the movie’s Emmy-winning director Travis Shakespeare, Brandon (aka The MadFientist), Wanderer and myself.
“Do you think people without 6 figure salaries can achieve FIRE?”
“How long did it take to make this film?”
“How do people with kids achieve FIRE?”
“With this movie, do you think the FIRE movement will go mainstream?”
Travis fielded these questions like a champ, telling us that when he found out about FIRE and after attending a Chautauqua, felt he needed to spread the FIRE and tell the world about this incredible movement. Even though Travis loves his job as a Hollywood director, he became FI because he believed it would give him the freedom to continue living out his dream without having to worry about his finances.
With this movie, he felt that we could spread the FIRE to those outside the FIRE circle who don’t read blogs or books but might just make the time to watch the movie with their friends and family members. And guess what? Looks like his solution is working, because we’ve already heard of couples who said that showing the film to their significant other convinced them to work toward financial independence! So looks like all their hard work is paying off!
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That’s it! Have you seen the “Playing with FIRE” movie? If so, what did you think of it? Let’s hear it in the comments below!
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