Ringgold security business becomes reality show, airs Sunday
Joan Koplan had two dreams. She wanted to be a police officer and she wanted to be a movie star. So she went to the academy, became a police officer and started her own security company in Ringgold 38 years ago. One dream down.
When everyone kept telling her the crazy antics of her security office could be a reality show, Koplan took a stab at her second dream by making a DVD of their typical workdays, unedited and uncensored conversations and behavior included. She sent it away to lifelong friend and reality programming agent, Matthew Saul, and then she waited. And waited. And waited. But her patience paid off in the end. Cable network AMC bit on the idea and Hollywood brought her second dream right to her doorstep. After a year and a half of filming, the first episode of the unscripted docudrama, “Small Town Security,” will air July 15 at 11 p.m. on AMC.
"I just still can't believe it," a very emotional Koplan said in a recent interview. "I'm still in awe. I don't know why I've always wanted to be a star. I would've liked for this to happen 20 or 30 years ago when I was younger, but I'm still young. I'm just so grateful for Matt Saul. If it weren't for him, we wouldn't be here. Everyone we've dealt with along the way has treated us like A-list stars."
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