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Meet Christine Schaub

What do you get when you combine decades of marketing communications work, musical theatre experience, fearlessness in the kitchen, and a childhood working on a multi-family farm? You get the host of an unscripted web series called “Come On Over”—a weekly YouTube show featuring tips and hacks to up your hospitality game. Today we’d like to introduce you to Christine Schaub.

Hi Christine, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’ve said more than once, “I can fix anything with food and flowers”—any heartache, any bad news, any surprise visit, any sudden illness that interrupts life and leaves someone feeling unprepared. That’s when I love to step in.

I also enjoy hosting—dinners, parties, coffee chats, high teas, game nights, holidays, weekend guests. I delight in pulling out tablecloths, using different sets of dishes, positioning candles, glassware, and flowers around place settings. Like most cooks, I have some never-fail meals in my repertoire and—bonus! —a husband who likes to whip up specialty cocktails.

During a coffee chat at a local bistro, an out-of-town friend battling cancer described all the wonderful ways I had thrown out the welcome mat during her visit. From printing and framing personal photos to over-the-top guest-bath amenities to home-cooked, gourmet meals, this gal simply gushed about my hospitality. My publicist was there, and she called me the next day, saying, “You need to start a YouTube channel about hospitality. It’s a lost art, and you could help people like me get better at it.” She had the details all worked out, I signed on, and we started filming two months later. We’re fast approaching a year of broadcasting targeted tips on gardening, cooking, decorating, and hosting. It’s been a wild ride!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Any new business venture comes with obstacles, no matter how prepared you hope to be. Most of our struggles revolved around the “sets” where we filmed. In outdoor gardening segments, we battled screeching birds, barking dogs, circling helicopters, delivery trucks, and brutal summer heat. Indoors, we struggled with lighting, microphone placement, malfunctioning props, and dying batteries.

Pretty quickly, we realized those “obstacles” made wonderful outtakes and silly shorts. And now, those moments are almost as popular as the actual hospitality tips!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’ve always been an artistic/creative person—to the point where even as a child, I just could not stop myself from creating! The first real inkling of my writing skills came from a grade school haiku assignment. We were asked to write five haikus, but that simply wasn’t enough for me. I was still creating in the back seat of the car, banging out 3 lines of 5/7/5 on a typewriter—yes…an actual typewriter—as my mom sped toward the morning bus stop. I handed in about 20 haikus, and my teacher said those magic words: “You should be a writer.”

That surprised me, as I thought I’d be a concert pianist—just like my mom. Decades later, I’ve toggled back and forth between both callings! I’ve been a professional writer for healthcare, publishing, entertainment, and political industries in print, film, and online mediums. I’m also a jazz pianist for special events and do some teaching on the side.

I’m most proud of my two historical fiction books published in 2005/2006—expanded stories behind the writing of two of our most famous hymns. I never thought I’d be a novelist…never had a dream of writing books. But when an opportunity like that is presented, a writer should always go for it! And that’s what I think sets me apart in the communications field: I will always try something new, whether or not I have any actual experience doing it.

What are your plans for the future?
We’re hoping the “Come On Over” show becomes full-time jobs for the entire crew, expanding into an international audience. That kind of support could help us launch books, podcasts, and maybe even an HGTV venture.

The gift of hospitality is a blessing and honor, and I couldn’t be more delighted to encourage hosts around the world to make guests feel special. There’s no better feeling in the world.

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Tyler Adams
Sora Entertainment

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