Fangirl Fridays – Misha Collins
Misha's Minions, Unite!
"Our core message is that you can make a difference in people's lives with even small contributions; it's an effort to get people to be less apathetic and a little bit more involved. People don't have to dramatically change the course of their lives to make a change in someone else's life. I grew up with a single mom on welfare and there were some instances in my childhood where the kindness of strangers made a huge difference in our lives and made a lasting impact on me. We were homeless at one point and living in a tent and someone gave us a gift certificate so we could go and have breakfast in a restaurant, and it was such a lovely morning for us and for someone else it was $14, like nothing. So, the core mission is to carry that spirit forward, encouraging people to make small contributions that make a big difference." ~ Misha Collins
This is just a taste of what you can expect from Mr. Collins. Here he's talking about his charity, Random Acts, which is a non-profit organization that was formed by some fans and others looking to make a difference, one small act at a time. Here's a link for anyone interested or just for curiosity.
The following pics are from the AMOK (Annual Melee of Kindness) event in April in Las Vegas.
If you ask me, I think these "small" acts are in no way small. They can evolve into bigger things that make a huge impact. There's nothing small about that to me.
Continue reading after the jump to find out why Misha Collins is featured in this Fangirl Fridays!
From humble beginnings, to a White House intern, to Angel of the Lord on TV's Supernatural, I'm going to fangirl over one of the most energetic, quirky and compassionate actors in today's world.
I mean, how can anybody not fan girl over this guy? He's super nice to everyone he meets, he's always interacting with his fans, both in social media and real life, and he trolls the Supernatural fandom, much to the delight of many Supernatural fans. He's not bad to look at, either. ;-)
He also founded GISHWHES, which stands for "Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen," which coincides with Random Acts. Here's a brief description:
GISHWHES is a global community of individuals (94 countries and growing!) that “gather” online once a year, form international teams, and then go out into the real world and create “art” the likes of which the world has never seen. This content is captured as videos or images to memorialize the annual Gishwhes experience. Art pieces range from the touching: “Take a picture of you hugging a war veteran” or “Create a video of you visiting a children’s hospital and giving a puppet show” to the weirdly sublime: “an image of a formal tea party replete with parasols, silverware and a string quartet situated in a junkyard or garbage dump” or “a fully dressed storm trooper cleaning a pool next to a sunbather."
You can read the rest of it at the GISHWHES blog.
They even entered the Guiness Book of World Records for the largest scavenger hunt. How cool is that?
Born Dmitri Tippens Krushnik, he interned at the White House for four months during the Clinton Administration after studying Social Theory at the University of Chicago, and worked for "National Public Radio (NPR) headquarters" for six months. It was then he decided he didn't want to be a politician. Can't say I blame you there, Misha! He also worked as a carpenter to put himself through college and built his own house, plus almost all the furniture inside!
He even started a software company before acting as well, taking acting and modeling jobs as a way to support it. He decided he enjoyed acting more and pursued it full time.
Did I mention he's also a published poet? His works are in "The Columbia Poetry Review," "The California Quarterly," and other literary journals. He also produced the film "Loot," which won Best Documentary at the LA Film Festival in 2008. HBO aired it in 2009.
Oh, he also spent time in a monestary in Nepal. He's a Buddhist and goes on a 10 day retreat once a year. Pa-retty awesome.
Whew. I'm getting tired just reading this. What hasn't this man done?
In 2002 he married Victoria Vantoch, his high school sweetheart, and has a son, West, and daughter, Maison. They renewed their vows in a supermarket, with Misha as the bride and Victoria as the groom. She even had a vegetable bouquet as her accessory. Ah, love.
He recently posted a series of YouTube videos called "Cooking Fast and Fresh with West." In it, Misha takes West around town, picking up the ingredients they'll need to make their delicious dishes. It pretty much made me and lots of other mothers out there feel like the worst parents ever. Just add being an A+ daddy to the list of many things he accomplishes.
Here are the vids!
And... he won Shorty Awards! Both for best actor in social media and for his charity, Random Acts. Here are his acceptance speeches.
He's the best at Supernatural conventions. He interacts with the fans constantly and I'd say he's pretty comfortable with his fellow costars, don't you think?
I mean, just look...
These examples are just the tip of the iceberg for what Mr. Collins will accomplish, I'm sure. I honestly didn't think my Fangirl Friday piece would be this long or this detailed, but he has earned it, let me tell you. I came to love him through watching Supernatural, and now it spread through his genorosity, kindness, quirkiness and a witty sense of humor. When I learned of Fangirl Fridays, I immediately thought of him. Who better to showcase my fangirl addiction than the one and only, Misha Collins. I look forward to seeing what else he has planned!<
Do you fangirl over Misha? Have you ever participated in a GISHWHES event? Maybe been the recipient of an AMOK or Random Act event? Tell us how much you love Misha in the comments below!