Here’s a quick story of an unexpected phone call from a slightly familiar phone number.

The phone just rang.

The call was from a Los Angeles area code. The caller’s name wasn’t displayed in the ID, but I seemed to remember the number. So I answered—tentatively.

“Hello, I’m trying to reach Mr. Brockelman.”
“This is he…” I responded—again tentatively.
“Hi, this is Emily at the Directors Guild of America. How are you?”

Sadly, the call wasn’t an offer to direct a cool new film or video project. It wasn’t an offer to direct post-production either. But the call wasn’t totally bad news—it was from the pension payments department.

And so it goes.

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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