I get asked a lot of questions about meet and greets. I’ve been blessed enough to do a whole bunch of Jensen’s, a couple of Jared’s and a couple of Richard’s. These have been at the Creation conventions, so these are the only meet and greets I have experience with, except for the dinners I do at multi-fandom conventions - I’ve done a bunch of them with various Supernatural cast members.
But in this piece I am specifically discussing the Creation convention meet and greets.
What is the meet and greet?
The meet and greet is an added extra at the Creation conventions which are acquired via auction. You can check out my post on how the auctions work here.
Creation hold these meet and greets for all their cons across all fandoms. They vary in price and structure dependent upon the guest.
For the Supernatural conventions, Jensen and Jared each do a 30 minute meet and greet for 20 people. All other guests do a 45 minute meet and greet for 10 people.
Some of the guests do solo meet and greets, some do groups meet and greets. For example, Rob, Rich and Matt always do a R2M meet and greet, so you get all three of them and their shenanigans for 45 minutes! But Rich also does a solo meet and greet. Creation might team up the Trans if both Osric and Lauren are at a con. They may also team up 2 totally random guests! Like say, Tyler (the wiener hut angel) and Travis (Cole). This will probably depend on the day these guests are scheduled for panels. So there’s a variety of solo and group meet and greets that you can choose from.
The meet and greets give you an opportunity to have a “one on one” experience with the guest. Ask your burning question, and not do it in front of 1500 of the fandom! It also gives the guest a chance to expand on some thoughts and answers, be a little more candid and enjoy that more intimate experience with the fans. I know that Jensen says that his meet and greet is his favourite thing to do at the conventions, because it gives him a chance to sit down with a hand full of fans, put faces to us and really talk in depth about the thing we’re all there to celebrate.
Because every guest is a different personality, every meet and greet is going to be a different experience. As I’ve only done meet and greets with 3 guests, I will talk about those.
Richard (and all other guests other than the Js.)
The non J meet and greet is 45 minutes for 10 people. In the two I’ve done with Richard, we all sat around a table - which is how I believe all these meet and greets work (unless it’s Misha, he might take you all for a walk!). You pick a chair when you come into the room and then once everyone is seated, Creation bring in the guest and they take the final seat. So be prepared, you may wind up sitting next to them!
Richard’s meet and greet is super casual. He’s an awesome guy, totally one of my favourite people ever. Basically in the two I’ve done, we all just sat around chatting. Sometimes it was about the show, sometimes it was about just stuff! At the last one I did with him at Vegas2014, he bought in some beer! It was the end of a long convention, we were all very tired and he was running late. So for those of us who wanted to (and were of the legal age), we joined Rich in having a beer! At the end, we all gathered around Richard and the Creation rep took photos of the group with all our cameras. So in these meet and greets you get a great group photo with the guest.
Jensen and Jared’s meet and greets
Jensen and Jared’s meet and greets are 30 minutes for 20 people. The Js have a more formal arrangement, they have seating in rows. It’s usually 2 rows of 10 chairs each in front of a high chair where either Jensen or Jared sits.
With Jensen and Jared’s meet and greets you draw a number out of an envelope for a seat. So there’s no jostling for position, fate chooses where you sit. But wherever you are, you can see them and they can see you, so don’t worry too much. Though of course front and centre is always celebrated!
Once all the meet and greet attendees are seated, a Creation rep will come and advise you of the rules. They do this with other guests too, but they’re delivered with more weight for the Js.
You can not record audio or video, or ask for photos or autographs. There is no photo at the end with the Js meet and greets. The other thing you aren’t allowed to do is transcribe the meet and greet. You can not take anything into the room with you. All your stuff is put in another room, which is locked. So no bags or phones, pads or pens. Creation say what happens in the meet and greet stays in the meet and greet. This is pretty important, because the guys do share stuff that can be quite personal. Creation don’t disallow reporting on the meet and greets, but you aren’t allowed to report word for word, and if you do you risk getting banned from future meet and greets. They also ask that you be conscious of the guest’s privacy. The meet and greet is an environment where the Js can be a little more candid than they are on stage, and both guys obviously want that respected. It’s for this reason I no longer do meet and greet reports, though I may reference my question or one of the guys’ statements if it relates to anything I’m discussing in an episode review or whatnot.
I’ve been in Jared’s meet and greet when he’s absolutely told us something he shouldn’t have! And I’ve been in Jensen’s meet and greet when he’s shared a personal family moment. I’m happy to say, I’ve never seen the details of either of those things shared online. People are pretty good at having the boy’s backs.
Once everyone is seated and has been given the low down on how everything works, the Creation rep will go and get which ever J you’re waiting on. The door opens and in they come! With security! The Js always have those enormous men in black types shadowing them. I always wonder what on earth those dudes think!
With both guys, if they ask for questions you put up your hand and they’ll point to you, but as the Js are very different men, how they run their meet and greets is also different.
Jared tends to just chat when he first arrives. He’ll ask after everyone and then it’ll will naturally go into a conversation. He’ll generally just chinwag for a while. He will get to questions and answer questions, but it’s all quite free flowing - much more like one big conversation.
Jensen will come in and say hi to everyone. Make a note of everyone he knows and the people whom he’s never met. Ask how everyone is doing, maybe bring up a topic of the con that he’s heard about, and then he’ll get straight to the questions. He’s aware that everyone has something to ask him, and he tries to get to as many questions as he can.
Though this sounds formal in comparison to Jared’s style, it’s not. Jensen is super animated and candid when he answers your questions. He might branch off into another story, but he’ll always bring it back to what you’ve asked. He sometimes gets up to act things out! Show everyone photos on his phone. One time we all huddled around him so he could show us a video. But he very much goes from question to question. It’s a Q&A session more so than Jared’s meet and greet.
I love doing both the boy’s meet and greets, they are wonderful experiences and as individual as they are, but I freely admit I’m a Jensen girl and having that 30 minutes with him is something I just can’t not do…and usually I can’t afford to do both, so it’s Jensen all the way.
If you’re doing Jensen’s meet and greet you should also be aware that he totally laser visions on to you when you’re asking a question and when he’s then answering you. So be ready for that (if you can be!)
If you plan to ask a question - and you absolutely don’t have to but I highly recommend it - make sure you have it clear in your mind so you can just say it when you get pointed at. Some fans write their’s down. It’s also a good idea to have a back up in case someone else asks your question or your question is covered in another answer.
Questions are usually show and character based, but they are also often about the guest’s craft, or they may be about parenthood - a popular question for the Js - or something more personal. But not too personal. There is still that respectful boundary in these things as to what is appropriate and inappropriate to ask.
I always feel like the meet and greets have this wonderful warm energy. We’re all there to share in the thing we love, and there’s a real sense that we’re all in this together. They are intimate and super fun.
If you can afford to do a meet and greet at a convention, I can’t recommend them highly enough. They give you quite a different view of the convention and give you a different view of and connection with the guest you are sitting with in that little room.
Jensen, face resting in his hands, elbows resting on his knees, leaning forward as he smiles and answers my question, staring right into my eyes… yep… worth all the money.
So that’s the meet and greet (in relation to my experience.)
Let me know if you need anymore information. I’ll try and get a couple of friends to write up a breakdown of some of the other meet and greets!