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?
Hmmm,hard question. I'd say my Aoi (from Jihai) cosplay, because it is just insanely comfy and quite a cool design, and the wig looks AWESOME on me. If I could pull off short hair, I'd have gotten my hair done like it. And for sheer details and prettiness, my sort-of-medieval costume, and my Schala cosplay (I LOVE HUGE SLEEVES. AND the pendant glows).
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, Chris Cristopher from battle Athletes Victory (major toning up/slimming down needed first, of course), and Queen Zeal from Chrono Trigger (I just need a car to transport hair that big to a convention...)
And I already accomplished my Comtesse Seraphine costume. It took me TEN MONTHS to finish. Hand embroidery and hand-inked girdle book, woo. And Schala. Another eight months of work.
Do you participate in masquerades?
I've just competed in one actual masquerade to date, although I took home a Best in Class. I plan to keep competing in the future, but certainly not at every con. Maybe just one 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.
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. Now, I work in a jewellery store and love it; hopefully I can learn lapidary and metalsmithing in the future to make my own jewellery line. I 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. I have a long-term boyfriend of 4 years, just in case anyone was wondering. And I'm still a fan of yaoi XD. I also take ballet (I didn't start long ago so I'm still a beginner), and I absolutely love it. I only wish I could dance even more.
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 the mystery that is 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), Nightwish, Rammstein, The Sisters of Mercy, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Dream Theater, Deadmau5, Daft Punk, music composed by Nobuo Uematsu and Howard Shore, Chinese and Japanese folk/classical, and there's probably more I can't think of right now. To summarize, I like weird music in minor keys and modes and a healthy dose of electronics.
My favorite anime
Naruto (though I've become largely disinterested and haven't watched a new episode since 2008, so I'm sure I'm wayyyyyy behind in the plot line), Hellsing, Initial D, and Battle Athletes/Battle Athletes Victory. I also love watching god-awful old animes for the laughs. Garzey's Wing, Savior of the Earth, Crystal Triangle, and such.
My favorite game(s)
CHRONO TRIGGER!! (on my PC...if only one could still FIND the snes cartridges...). And Kingdom Hearts 1&2, Primal, and Super Mario World (also on my pc. SNES is as god 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 book(s)
I usually like reading educational and nonfiction types of books, books about Japanese culture, history books, George Orwell, the World War Z and the Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks, magick and astrology texts, survival novels/stories, sewing and kimono books, and I did like the book form of Memoirs of a Geisha (but the movie can bite me.It's WAY too innacurate, I've been studying Japanese culture and language for at least four years now.)
As for manga that's not also anime, my faves are Jihai and Future Diary. And Angel Sanctuary (haven't seen the OVA yet). Also, I loathe Twilight. And I mean REALLY loathe it. I would gladly chuck every book by Meyer into my mom's woodstove, except that that'd mean I have to buy the garbage.
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 Final Fantasy 7 Advent Children, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Lord of the Rings trilogy, the original Star Wars trilogy, Koyaanisqatsi, the Matrix Trilogy, Tron Legacy, 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...).