fan mail

fan mail

Disney Fact: In 1933, Mickey Mouse received 800,000 pieces of fan mail–more than any other star in Hollywood.  The first letter I ever wrote was to Santa, letting him know that I wanted all the Nancy Drew books and a Skip-It.  After making my Christmas wishes clear, the second letter I sent was to Melissa Joan Heart.

“Dear Melissa,  Clarissa Explains It All  is the best show on television, and I watch with my sister almost every single day. Unless my brother is watching Ninja Turtles , because they usually come on at the same time.  Luckily he is usually busy playing outside because we only have one TV.  Anyway, I wish I had a friend like Sam that crawled into my bedroom whenever he wanted.  I have to share a room, so you’re doing pretty well for yourself.  Anyway, I think we’d be friends, and hopefully we can meet someday. XO, Jen.”

After that initial letter went out, I received an autographed postcard from Clarissa thanking me for watching the show.  I pinned the postcard on my wall, and then I wrote to Kelly (Saved by the Bell), Alex (Mysterious World of Alex Mack) and Ashley (All That).   Time to grow my list of signatures from famous celebs (aka, best friends).

I’m a huge fan of fan mail.  The concept is just so great — take a moment to share generous thoughts and send kind words.  I got behind the movement when I was 9, and I’m still practicing the trade at 26 (that’s like.. let’s see.. 17 years of fan mail  from yours truly.)

Anyway! This whole post is really just a plea for my readers to let someone know that you appreciate their work.  The web makes it easy to contact almost anyone you admire, so no excuses.  Jot down a couple people who inspire you (designers, photographers, writers, fashion icons, comedians, teachers, etc) and then send them a piece of fan mail.

For example, I’m a huge fan of designer/illustrator Shannon Kirsten.  She has no idea that I scope out her Etsy shop when I’m bored, or that I pin almost all of her designs.  I’m ending all that today with this fan mail addressed express from me to her.

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    • haha, people think i’m creepy all the time. that’s OK with me. i’m just trying to be kind. i’d rather make a couple people happy than be silent, right? anyway, i’m inspired by the paradoxical commandments:

      1. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.
      2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
      3. If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
      4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
      5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
      6. The biggest men with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.
      7. People favor underdogs, but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
      8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
      9. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.
      10. Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.

  1. Rock on, girl! Loved Saved By the Bell. I think letter writing is such a wonderful thing that’s so lost in today’s technological world (as I type to you on my computer…haha). I love receiving letters! And sending them! There’s some kind of connection that’s made when you know that the author of the letter held the same piece of paper in their hands as you do in that moment. Maybe that’s corny and doesn’t apply to fan mail, but who cares?! Love it! 🙂

    • no no, i definitely agree with you. it was fun doing the research for this post and seeing old pictures of celebrities (mainly nsync, jtt and marilyn monroe) covered in fan mail. do you think kids still send letters to celebrities? or is that a thing of the past?

      • I’m sure they still send letters…but probably not as many as they used to! Now, we can just tweet at our favorite celebs in 150 characters or less. No wonder students don’t like or know how to write these days!
        Ha I sound way older than I actually am. Elderly person rant finished. 😉

  2. Okay, so what I’m hearing is that you’re essentially BFFs with Clarissa!!! Totally jealous 🙂 What fun fan mail to receive! I once worked at a place where we got to read some of Michael Jackson’s fan mail. Kind of creepy but mostly fun. It’s amazing what fans will ask from superstars. I love this idea and will try to send a personal note to a creative in my life 🙂

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