What got you into cosplay?
My now-fiance actually got me into cosplay! At the time we were not dating, but I was really into him, so naturally I wanted to do everything in my power to get him to like me, lol. I suggested going to Anime Central in 2008 since he had an Uchiha Sasuke costume. He agreed and I put together a Haruno Sakura cosplay... And the rest is history. ^_^
What was your first costume and why?
My Slytherin student outfit was technically my first cosplay. It was easy to put together and with the last book release it was a great opportunity to try it out.
What is your favorite costume and why?
I like all of my costumes because they each have a background story of their own and have such wonderful memories with them.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
There are still several cosplays that I would like to do in the future... But I will keep those a secret. ^.^
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
When we were at Anime Central 2012... My fiance and I were paying our bill for dinner at our hotel when the fire alarm went off. Needless to say, it was in the low 50s outside and I was not in the most covered up costume, lol. There were a lot of people outside in front of the hotel but people made the most of it. Definitely memorable!
Do you participate in masquerades?
No, I do not sew my own costumes.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
I won a cosplay contest at fye's Anime Spectacular for my Orochimaru (Sound Jounin) costume.
Tell us a little about yourself
I am currently a resident in Chicago, IL and have been my whole life. I earned a Bachelor's in Fine Arts for Computer Graphic Design and a certificate in makeup artistry. Finding my career path has been a challenge and I am still trying to figure out my true passion. My hobbies include cosplaying, reading, exercising, listening to a wide variety of music, makeup, and experimenting with different art forms.
I love my family and friends very much and am looking forward to marrying my wonderful fiance next year in the Fall. ^_^ My cats are everything to me and I love them very much! <3
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I have a large interest in mythical/fantasy stories/creatures, such as fairies, unicorns, pegasus, dragons, goddesses, centaurs, etc. That also stems into my reading habits, although I do read some non-fiction. I love the color green, especially emerald. I prefer cats over dogs, but I hold no grudge against canines. Music is definitely a passion of mine, although I have no particular talent of my own in that department. My artistic abilities are more visual, such as drawings and photography.
My favorite anime
"Naruto," "Magic Knight Rayearth," "Gundam Wing," "Sailor Moon," "Outlaw Star," "Voltron," "Ah! My Goddess", and "Thundercats".
My favorite game(s)
Resident Evil, Rock Band, Lego Hobbit/LOTR, Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Uno, and card games.
My favorite book(s)
"The Silmarillion," "The Hobbit," and "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien. The "Harry Potter" series by J.K. Rowling. "The Dark Elf Trilogy" by R.A. Salvatore. "Tuesdays With Morrie," "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" and "For One More Day" by Mitch Albom. "Pride & Prejudice" by Jane Austen. "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis. "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Seabold. "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown. The "Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman" trilogy by Pamela Aidan. "Eragon" and "Eldest" by Christopher Paolini. "Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife" and "Darcy & Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley" by Linda Berdoll. "The Sword of Truth" series by Terry Goodkind.
My favorite character(s)
Haruno Sakura and Hatake Kakashi from Naruto, Sailor Moon, almost all of Tolkien's characters from Middle-Earth, Belldandy, Urd, and Keiichi from Ah! My Goddess, Duo Maxwell from Gundam Wing, Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, and Helena Harper from Resident Evil, Hikaru, Umi, Fuu, and Ferio from Magic Knight Rayearth, and so many more...
My favorite movies(s)
Like the music category, there are just way too many movies to name here that I adore. There are several that are personal favorites of mine: "Top Gun," "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, the "Harry Potter" series, "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Predator," "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," "Pride & Prejudice," "A Walk to Remember," "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Singin' in the Rain," "The Sound of Music," "Titanic," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Grease," "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "Across the Universe," a TON of Disney movies, and many others.
My favorite actors/actresses
Bing Crosby, Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, and Julie Andrews.