The TV show Supernatural (SPN) as I have mentioned before is more than a TV show to me, it has become a big part of my life now. Continuing the 3 part series, I am interviewing people making a difference with the organization called Attitudes in Reverse (AIR). One of the stars show Jared Padalecki who plays Sam started his own campaign Always Keep Fighting (AKF) a year ago. Since then he has also helped this organization and speak at one of their events during a free moment at a previous convention. One of the best things about my site so far is interviewing people who are making a difference.
Kat is now running the Phoenix Arizona Chapter of Attitudes in Reverse, she has been working hard at raising funds and collecting shoes for the upcoming “In Their Shoes” Exhibit. The exhibit will be at the Supernatural Convention in Phoenix Arizona in June. I came across her and her mission for what she wanted to do at the Phoenix Convention and knew I had to help spread the word anyway I can. Its not too late to take a quick glance at Part One. Here is Kat a Supernatural Family member, what she’s doing, and how she is making a difference!
|Kat on the left with one of the founders
of AIR Tricia when they met at the
Supernatural Convention in Pasadena
Can you tell us a bit
about yourself, what you do and how long you have been a fan of Supernatural?
seemed to hook me, that plus not having cable TV for long periods of time kept
me fandom free, as it were. Now with Netflix and streaming, I still don’t have
TV but I can watch all these shows. So far though, Supernatural is still the only one
that I would call myself a “fan” of. I like Arrow, Flash, iZombie and
now Fox’s Lucifer and loved the Netflix version of Daredevil, but Supernatural
holds my interest more than the rest of them. Somehow the story line continues
to surprise me, which is very hard, and so I really look forward to the next episodes
and seeing them live. The other shows, not so much, except maybe for Lucifer
right now, but it’s only a few episodes in so it’s still fresh and new.
with Attitudes in Reverse (AIR) to bring the In Their Shoes Exhibit to the
Supernatural Convention in Phoenix Arizona in June. What is the In Their Shoes
exhibit? In Their Shoes is an exhibit designed to do
two things, draw attention visually through the hundreds of empty pairs of
shoes to the impact of mental health disorders, and suicide among the age group of 10-24, it’s also designed to educate. Stories are shared, resources listed and
handed out on fliers and speakers discuss how these issues have for too long
been swept under the rug, ignored whether it’s because of lack of knowledge,
stigma or both. It’s also a presentation of solidarity and support, to let
those who fight these battles that they are not alone, that their struggles are
felt by all kinds of people and to not hide from it, but to seek help. Here’s
the link to the AIR homepage about the Exhibit.
|Phoenix, Arizona AIR Chapter Logo|
In doing this it looks
like you are starting an AIR Chapter for Phoenix Arizona. What are some of your goals for
the chapter? I would love to say I
am looking that far ahead but right now my main focus is getting the funds and
shoes for the Phoenix Con in June. My goals beyond that are a bit more
nebulous. I think getting AIR out not only to schools and wellness fairs but
out into other events as well, like Phoenix Comic Con (which is something we
are working on) would be wonderful. The California and Jersey chapters of AIR
have done a lot of presentations at schools already and my hope is to get into
that in September, after I secure what I need to do so. The goal of AIR as a whole
is to reach as many people as possible, so any and all ways I can do that I
intend to pursue. I just started with them in January, so still sorting
things out in my head.
|Some shoes donated for the Phoenix Exhibit|
You are making a
difference in people’s lives big or small with things like supporting the In
Their Shoes Exhibit and AIR How does that make you feel?
|Kat with Jared Padalecki|
At the Pasadena Con this year I got an autograph with Jared and told him about the shirt page, not to get props for myself, but because I wanted him to have another example of how the fandom helps each other. He was stunned and overwhelmed, which moved me seeing him pause in the act of signing, stare up at me with gratitude and amazement on his face, put his hand on his chest and say “That’s awesome. Wow.” The thing I had him sign I sent to my friend who helps me with the page as he doesn’t get to attend cons very often and may never get an autograph. I got the experience and he got the autographed item, I thought that was a good way to share the moment with him, after all the help he’d given me.
How about in other works you do for the Supernatural Family?
Facebook, which pairs people willing to donate AKF shirts to people who cannot get
them while the campaigns run. Since the J2 shirt we have matched over 500 ppl.
donors have sent shirts, literally, all over the world to people that they will
never meet. Shirts have been sent to South Africa, Iran, Russia, Brazil,
Canada, the US, the Philippines, pretty much to every corner of the globe. When
my friend Kai and I are in the thick of a campaign, it doesn’t seem to hit, at
least to me. It’s after when people start posting pics of getting the shirts or
the tear filled thank you messages we get when you realize that to many of
these people, those shirts are a lifesaver, and not metaphorically
still condemned in that country. The shirt was something she could cling to get
her through all of that ostracizing and hate sent her way. Some of the donors
actually connected with their recipients (which is up to the donor, we keep
people anonymous for a multitude of reasons) and have built relationships with
them, connecting over shared struggles.
My personal theory about the Supernatural Fandom is the themes of the show hit a different nerve within the fans than maybe other ones that exist, but without first hand knowledge I hesitate to really state one way or the other. It seems like our cast members that have been in other fandoms, like Mark Sheppard (Crowley), seem to think that we are very different breed of fan so I will defer to the King of Hell (Mark Sheppard’s Character) on this question.
For the AIR Phoenix Chapter you can like our Facebook page. In the to the albums, we have some wonderful fanmade gifts and charity shirts that have been donated to help.
You can donate directly to the fundraising page on Classy.org
We also need shoes! If you want to send some, comment on the Facebook page and let me know, I will shoot you an address you can send them to.
You can purchase a Phoenix Air Chapter Shirt by March 29th from our Represent Campaign.
Thank you so much Kat for your time and this interview! Be sure to check out Kat, follow her on social media and you to can help make a difference! Anything from donating to sharing things on social media is a great start.
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