Getting tickets to the show wasn't entirely about the opportunity to meet Kristin though. I wanted Hallmark to see that there is a strong fan base who were willing to fly from around the US to not only support Kristin, but to support Signed, Sealed, Delivered as well. And we did...we had #POstables from Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania (as well as some local to California). I wanted Hallmark to see that this show is impacting the lives of viewers and we are dedicated to making sure it continues. I think we may have even surprised Home & Family with our eagerness to be there.
Getting to meet Kristin wasn't about getting to meet "Shane" either. Don't get me wrong, I love Shane as much as the rest of the #POstables, but in going to meet her, it was entirely about getting to meet her as herself. It was about getting to meet someone who inspires me, most certainly, through her work as well as through everyday things like exercise and family. And her laugh is infectious! She is just as delightful in person as she is on social media and I think I can speak for everyone when I say that she made us feel welcomed and loved. I hope she felt the same in return. She seemed genuinely excited to have us there. And we were definitely thrilled to be there.
Justine (Audience Coordinator for Home & Family) was most helpful through the entire process. She explained everything as we went along. She was actually in the midst of telling us how to be great audience members when Kristin popped out to say a quick hi to all of us before filming started! They normally seat audience members based on things such as height and the colors they’re wearing but because many of us had worn our Mailbox Grille shirts, she wanted us right in the front row. Of course, none of us were opposed to that! She also pointed out that no matter what, we should NOT look directly at the camera because it freaks out the people watching from home.
We were asked ahead of time by the segment producer for Kristin for questions and then they selected 3 of those questions that would be asked during the show. Mine happened to be one of the ones chosen but I made Amy mic up to ask it for me as I didn’t think I could do it myself (mic me up to speak in front of a full amphitheater for work presentations and no problem… put me in front of a mic for a radio show and I suddenly can’t speak English clearly -just ask #RudyOnTheRadio- so I wasn’t taking any chances on TV, after all, my mom was watching!). Unfortunately, we ran out of time on air to ask the question, but we did get to ask it in between filming. The question was who Kristin would like to see play her mom on the show. While she is holding out for Meryl Streep, she thought that Jean Smart (of Designing Women fame) would be great at it! I have to say, I can see Jean Smart in that part and think it would be fantastic!
I heard a few #POstables say that this was a once in a lifetime trip and I certainly hope that’s not the case. I hope that Home & Family continues to have the cast of Signed, Sealed, Delivered on the show and I can guarantee that if they do, the #POstables will be there to support the actors and the show, myself included. Until then, I am just so grateful to Hallmark for the opportunity to be in the audience while Kristin was on the show because it truly is something that I will look back on as a trip filled with fun and family. I send a heartfelt Thank You for thinking of the #POstables and helping to promote this soul inspiring show.
Missed Kristin's appearance on the show? Just can't get enough of her trip to Home & Family? Come back tomorrow for a super-cut of her segments, once again thanks to Joy!
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