What got you into cosplay?
I always loved dressing up in costumes and wearing &designing outfits that weren't part of daily wear, ever since I was little....I guess I was born to cosplay ^_^
What was your first costume and why?
I made a lot of halloween costumes before I officially called my outfits cosplay, but in 2006 I made my first anime cosplay for Halloween, Kabuto Yakushi from Naruto. I improved it more after, and then wore it to Anime North 2007. Reasons why I decided on that outfit are on the costume's profile. And before I knew it was called cosplay, I made a jedi padawan and a Princess Leia costume in seventh grade, one for Halloween and one for what was essentially a cosplay book report (we had to dress up and act like a character from a book and give an oral report of it. So fun. And novel adaptations of movies were allowed too :D)
What is your favorite costume and why?
Molly Millions and Quorra. I love kickass sci-fi women and don't look half bad in them... and Princess Luna, because glittery regal finery and ponies.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
An 18th century French dress with the bigass panniers and all that- specifically Marie Antoinette's coronation dress and robe, Queen Zeal from Chrono Trigger (I just need a car to transport hair that big to a convention...), if I could do armour or mecha, either Mako Mori in a drivesuit or a Jaeger from Pacific Rim. And I plan on making Tali'Zorah from Mass Effect in the near future.
And I already accomplished my Quorra costume. It took most of my sanity. And Schala. Another eight months of work but totally worth it.
Do you participate in masquerades?
I've competed in five actual masquerades to date, I took home a Best in Class for my first and a "Most Regal" for my third, and a best presentation for my latest. I plan to keep competing in the future, but certainly not at every con I go to, too stressful. Maybe just one or two a year.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
A Best in Class (Novice) for my Schala cosplay and my boyfriend's Prophet Magus cosplay, "Most Regal" (Journeyman) for my Princess Luna, and "Best Presentation" (Journeyman) for my 50's!Rarity.
Tell us a little about yourself
Well, I finished college in 2009, I took Digital Arts for Musicians at St.Lawrence College. However, it wasn't really my niche. There's a few reasons I won't get into here for staying on. I spent a year in college for fashion design, realized I didn't REALLY need it for the most part and am in the early stages of owning my own crafting and comissioning business called Whimsical Squid Creative. And my career goal is to be a professional costume designer/maker, fittingly. I also used to do jiu jitsu but can no longer due to a knee injury, but I almost got as far as an orange belt in the shorinji kan style, and currently I'm a ballet dancer, been dancing since 2011. I have a long-term boyfriend of 6 years, just in case anyone was wondering.
Anywho, most people's first impressions of me are either "nerd/geek" or "otaku", but really, I'm just a complete weirdo who in all honesty doesn't conform to one real style, and no I'm not being one of the 1000000000000000+ people who claim "I'm me, don't label me." I've also got Asperger's Syndrome which doesn't help with normalcy in the slightest. My life philosophy is that Balance is Essential. Feel free to get to know me; I do have fangs, but I don't bite ;)
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Since there's no entry for favourite music, I'll stick it here. Medieval music (motets, polyphonic organum, chant and the like), romantic-era classical music (Schubert, Beethoven, etc.), opera, impressionism, minimalism (Philip Glass especially), numerous metal like Nightwish, Rammstein, old-school goth like The Sisters of Mercy, Alice Cooper, as well as Billy Idol, Dream Theater, Deadmau5, Daft Punk, music composed by Nobuo Uematsu and Howard Shore, Chinese and Japanese folk/classical, video game soundtracks, and there's probably more I can't think of right now. To summarize, I like weird music in minor keys and modes and ambiences and a healthy dose of electronics.
My favorite game(s)
CHRONO TRIGGER!! (on my PC...if only one could still FIND the snes cartridges...). And Mass Effect, simulation games like Civilization, and Super Mario World (also on my pc. SNES is as good as nonexistent now). And on occasion my boyfriend and I play Star Wars Battlefront & KOTOR or LotR-Third Age on his XBox. And before the arcade closed down in my city, I was HUGE on Initial D (lol, only serious female player:P) and loved DDR.
My favorite movies(s)
I'm not a movie person, generally, due to how full of sh*t Hollywood is and me not liking to just sit in the dark and gape at a screen. I do like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the original Star Wars trilogy, Koyaanisqatsi, Tron Legacy, Pacific Rim, Bender's Game (and most of the other Futurama movies), and most Miyazaki/anime movies, though. For anime, my favourites are Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, and Grave of the Fireflies (it was so sad though, I cried at the end...).