What got you into cosplay?
My love of anime and my artistic talents. After seeing cosplayer pictures online, I knew that I wanted to do this! It's the perfect merge of the things I love.
What was your first costume and why?
Sango from Inuyasha...love the anime, and I really wanted to do this character as my first cosplay. It was very motivating. Mai Valentine was my first actual cosplay, but that was mainly store-bought and altered items, so I can't really consider it my first achievement.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Very hard to answer that, but Wander was my finest achievement to date and definately required the most effort. Plus, I love Team ICO and this costume means a lot to me because of my profound love for their games.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I don't have one, I have dozens. I like to try to make one dream come true per year. :)
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Just being around other cosplayers, and being in Florida I get to see my cosplaying friends a lot at all the great photoshoots and conventions, it makes it such an awesome experience.
Do you participate in masquerades?
What was your best masquerade experience?
Winning Best in Show at Ohayocon with Wander. It was not expected and that costume has always meant a lot to me for many reasons - personally I feel it is my best work and I absolutely adore the game and the character.
Performance-wise, I had a blast doing the Weakest Link (Legend of Zelda) skit at Anime South 2007 with my friends - and we won Best Overall Performance.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Yes. See my individual costume profiles for more details! Here are my major craftsmanship awards:
- 2nd place Overall at FX Show 2005 with Floral Artbook Kenshin
- Best Technical at MetroCon 2005 with Kamiya Kaoru
- Best in Advanced Category at AFO 2005 with Rydia
- Best Costume at RisingSun's Anniversary Event 2006 with Nuriko
-Best Group at MetroCon:Amano's World 2006 with Relm (and the Locke costume I made my boyfriend)
-Best Originality at JACON 2007 with Amano Rydia
-Best Accessories at Anime South 2007 with Neo Princess Chibi-Usa
-Best in Show at Anime Express 2008 with Pit
-Best in Show at MetroCon 2008 with Griffith
-Best in Show Craftsmanship at OhayoCon 2009 with Wander
-Honorable Mention Craftsmanship at Ohayocon 2010 with Vampire Hunter D and Leila
-Best Attention to Detail at FL Supercon 2010 with Ico - Best in Show at Megacon 2012 with Princess Kreahe (Odile) - Judge's Award at Otakon 2012 with Rue (Aurora Act III) - Best in Show Craftsmanship at Youmacon 2012 with Johnny Joestar (SBR Group)
Tell us a little about yourself
I am 29 years old, half German, half Italian. My favorite hobbies are drawing, cosplay, reading manga, collecting anime plush, culinary art, and watching new anime. I love to collect anime figures, too! I work at an office for a telecommunications company near Orlando during the week which eats up a lot of my time - but when I manage to have some spare time I love to sew and create costumes! I cosplay often with my boyfriend and cosplay partner, Chris aka Kenshin Himura.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Have fun with this hobby, don't allow cosplay drama to enter your life, and don't let yourself develop a competitive streak since it can really destroy the whole cosplay experience. The best thing to do is cosplay out of love of your character and stay true to yourself!
My favorite anime
Fullmetal Alchemist, Yu Yu Hakusho, Inuyasha, Fruits Basket, Sailor Moon, Trigun, Berserk, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, Rurouni Kenshin, Vampire Hunter D, Shaman King, Peacemaker Kurogane, Fushigi Yuugi, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Spirited Away, Yu-Gi-Oh!, El Hazard: The Wanderers, Kikaider: The Animation, Unico, and a heap of others....
My favorite game(s)
Shadow of the Colossus and ICO are at the top of the list, but in general, I'm very old school when it comes to fave games...Kid Icarus, Wizards and Warriors, Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Kirby...and I also enjoy playing RPGs, I love Chrono Cross and Chrono Trigger with a passion. And I can't get ENOUGH of Katamari.
My favorite book(s)
The Harry Potter series, and Vampire Hunter D novels. And I really love manga! Ouran High School Host Club, Full Moon wo Sagashite, Trigun, Berserk, Shaman King, Rurouni Kenshin, Fruits Basket, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, Dragonball (and Z), would be my faves though.
My favorite character(s)
Vaati (Legend of Zelda), Wander (Shadow of the Colossus), Pit (Kid Icarus/SSBB), Kenshin Himura (Rurouni Kenshin), Rydia (Final Fantasy IV), Vash (Trigun), Link (Legend of Zelda), Nuriko (Fushigi Yuugi), D (Vampire Hunter D), Haruhi (Ouran), Yoh (Shaman King), Marron (Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne), to name a few.
My favorite movies(s)
Edward Scissorhands, the Harry Potter films, Labyrinth, Wizard of Oz, Jurassic Park, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, etc.