I tried something like your text frames
For F letter i applied text frame options: offset>cap height, and fit frame to content
For email text box i applied text frame options: offset>x height + min settings, and fit bottom frame manually to content.
Also i tried to fit frame to content as you see on the second email frame
thanks man! if you get another second or two and can give me your insight on this last issue i have i'd appreciate it. it's super nitpicky but the bottom line doesn't seem to be as far left as the top. the top and bottom are all both lowercase but i highlighted the top and changed it to small caps. i left the bottom lowercase and capitalized the "E". it's very small but i just noticed it and i feel like it's poor skill on my part.
This is caused by differences in the "left side bearing" (empty space to the left of the glyph in the glyph slug) that are used to regulate the spacing of running text. Turning on Optical Margin alignment might or might not help (possibly make it worse), but the only certain way I know to line up the character left edge vertically in the same frame is to add something like a hair space in front of one and adjust the kerning between it and the first real glyph.
@birdofillomen – what also can help for aligning vertically between the "f" and the text frame right to it: outline some characters of the text in the first line and some characters in the second line without changing the original text by holding the alt key (Mac OSX) when using the menu command for converting text to path.
A duplicate of the selected text outlined will be generated.
Align with the outlined text and remove the outlined text afterwards.
The original editable text stays intact.
In your case use the character "I" in the first line and the character "m" in the second line.
Group the two outlined characters and move the group a bit to the left.
Use smart guides to align the group with the "f".
In the following screenshot I colored the two characters outlined. Original text underneath stays intact:
Outlined text removed. "f" is centered…