I’ve finally gotten around to reading every one of the messages here! So first off I want to say thank you for taking the time to write all those wonderful things. This will be my attempt to thank you. And since you’ve shared, it will be my turn to share as well so hopefully you’ll get to know me a little bit more after reading this. I’ll try to respond to a few points that came up whilst I was reading your comments as well.
As an actor, especially a new one to the show, I never know what I’m going to get from the writers. I rarely get to actually meet and talk to any of them, and never have I spoken to one while they were in the process of writing the episodes. I do know though, that they all take this show every bit as seriously as the fandom does and they do listen to what you have to say. That being said, so do I.
Working on Supernatural has been the first time in my career where I’ve gotten so much feedback so close to the actual filming process to the point where it was quite daunting at first. Looking back, it truly is a blessing to be had and one that I will try not to get accustomed to, but reading the comments of each episode and of Kevin help me to make those tiny little decisions and adjustments before every action in every scene. So in that way, you affect the way I perform. I’m still fairly new to the show but reading your comments has already changed my approach for Season 8.
Together, I’m sure we do have an influence how the writers will write the episodes.. maybe.. maybe in an itty bitty teensy peensy kind of a way.. as I get more comfortable playing Kevin Tran, as they get accustomed to the way I portray him, and as they see the way it all comes across and how he’s received.. it should change the way they write. The writers are performers as well, their performance is through their words, they strive to do their best always and are able to take constructive criticism. So with that in mind, maybe we do influence them. Maybe.
Though there’s no guarantee that a fan favourite character will not die (I guess I should say that they’ll stay on the show for Supernatural), it certainly doesn’t hurt to have vocal supporters from the fans and I thank you so very much for that! I try my best to be a professional and easy to work with on set so hopefully that helps in that department. But every odd day or so I’m reminded of just how lucky I am to be on a show like this with supporters like you that even if Kevin Tran dies in the first episode of Season 8 I would be so happy to have been apart of this show and I would always look back at my time in those button up shirts with a big grin on my face. It’s really hard to ever feel down when you’re working on this show. We really feel the support that you are constantly providing and that brightens up all of our days and always keeps me thinking of how I can give back. Thank you for that!
I can also assure you this show keeps my mom (my real mom) and dad at ease since this keeps me in the city so I can see them everyday. They say thank you as well!
A note on APers (Advanced Placementers is not a real term but I really like the way APers sounds)
I love how many people can relate to Kevin being in advanced placement. When I first read the script, I felt the exact same way.
I was never an advanced placement student though. Actually that’s not entirely true, I learned how to multiply with my fingers when I was 6 so I was actually in AP for math till Algebra kicked in midway through grade 6, and my multiplication crutch disappeared. It was all downhill from there. In fact, I even did a remedial course for math in my last year of high school. I don’t think I was stupid but at the time I just wanted to spend all my time getting better at sports, practicing constantly, (which is like studying for your body) and didn’t really like to read or study (practice for your brain). I don’t think even a shred of calculus still exists in my head… tangent… that sounds like a calculus word… however, I did do very well in the things I applied myself to but unfortunately for my parents and my report cards, none of that was ever academic.
That doesn’t mean I was a bad student though. I was president of the student council of my school and the Vancouver district student council, voted best undergrad role model by my class (I’m straightedge, probably to a fault), and the teachers and staff gave me the good citizenship award for my involvement in the community. So in that way and in the way I dedicated myself to sports, I was in advanced placement. And in that way also I think that we are all APers in something in life. We all have something we’re good at, something we know way too much about, and just as importantly, we all have people that will never understand our reasons for it.
I would also go as far as saying that everyone could be a Kevin Tran. It has nothing to do with your grades, nothing to do with your race, age or what stage of life you’re in. It’s about doing the best we can with what we’re given. So I think it’s in that strenuous pursuit of our goals (Kevin never handed in that College Admissions Essay on time) that allows so many people to relate to Kevin. We all have plans and dreams that we try hard for, but life throws a bone at you in the form of a lightning bolt and suddenly you don’t know how you got to where you are, you’re doing different things than you originally planned for and after freaking out about how weird everything is, you learn to adapt to your new situation. Because you don’t want someone to bite your head off… I’m not a religious person but I have always liked the saying “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans”. So to all the Kevins out there, I really hope we’ll be okay…
Okay I’m sorry for writing a novel, even more sorry if none of that is coherent and very random. I apologize for not responding to everyone’s messages all the time, I try not to have a phone in my face for too long when I’m with people. I do make an effort to read everything that everyone sends to me, but there are times when it’s more difficult than others. Thank you everyone for all your support, I can’t say that enough! Can’t wait to go to the conventions to meet everyone. If you see me on the streets, feel free to say hi, if it gets too much, I’ll write another essay and post it somewhere with all the details of why my friends don’t want to hang out with me anymore!
Also a big thank you to Bex who really seems to have a knack for putting things together! Has everyone seen her videos yet?! If not, you definitely should. Can someone please get her an internship so she can be in the editing room for some of the episodes?!
I’m also still not sure as to what Tumblr is, but here’s to make it a real Tumblr post with some of the Tumblr Speak I hear so much about.
Asldfjasdlfjasdlk.. CAN’T EVEN.. GPOY.. so many FEELS.. Y U No?
.GIF of an elephant sitting onto one side of a teeter totter sending the cat sitting on the other side flying towards the camera in a spread eagle position with a derpy crooked face. Repeat. Repeat. Forever.
I obviously don’t know how to make a gif, but they sure are fun to think of.
Osric Chau. Every time I think I can’t adore you more, you morph into an even-more lovable creature. By the end of this season, you’ll probably be a unicorn.
But don’t you dare die in your first episode. DON’T YOU DARE.
Because I will march out to Vancouver myself. Carver and I will have words.