What got you into cosplay?
I love make up and the clothing. I've been doing this since high school. I model and got serious about my make up artistry so know I do this on a professional level. I run a dance troupe called the Banzai Babez. We are Cos-play incarnate! We dance and party in full attire bringing joy and high energy to brighter up parties!
What was your first costume and why?
My first serious costume was my Feral Kitty Geisha persona. I loved my concept and the mechanics of the costume weren't that difficult for me to do. Since the last time I've done that character I've gotten way better at make up. I'll play her again maybe sometime soon. Who knows maybe you'll see her again.
What is your favorite costume and why?
My favorite costume is my Sthenos, the amount of work and love that went into it tops almost anything else I've done. My Amaterasu was my top costume last year but my Sthenos took on a life of her own this year!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Eventually I would like to cosplay in full body paint. but I'm still researching what character I'd like to invest that must dedication to, lol.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
New York Comic Con 2012 the best so far!!!
Do you participate in masquerades?
I've hosted Gothic parties and dance troupes in the past. Both very fun!
What was your best masquerade experience?
My best one would have to be the one I didn't get to attend. Since I'm a part of the vampire scene her ein New York I didn't think much about my influence here. There are so many beautiful people that I felt like a small fish in a big pond. A few years ago I saw that the dress code for the Biggest Masq. party had changed. They included Cos-Play as part of their dress code! I was shocked and delighted. I'm the only one that does full on cos-play at that really noted parties so it's been said that it was my influenced that got it added to the accepted attire list! Gues that's a feather in my cap ^_^!
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
If you count gigs and clothes as rewards I'd say yes! I haven't competed in formal contests but I've been hired off the street to model for oil paintings, photo shoots with noted photographers, and been in runway shows. All thanks to the way I look when I dress up!
Tell us a little about yourself
Yup got my MUA gigs and do a normal 8-4 job as well.
My favorite anime
Pani Poni Dash!, Lucky Star, Noein, Girl's High, Inuyasha, Trigun, Cowboybebop, Samurai Champloo, Ninja Scroll, Bubble Gum Crisis, Aeon Flux, Alexander, Animatrix, Gasaraki, Sailormoon, Vandred and many more
My favorite game(s)
Onimusha 1-4, Devil May Cry 1-3, Yakuza, Time Splitters "Future Perfect", Dark Cloud 1-2, Kingdom Hearts 1-2,
My favorite book(s)
Dark Tower series by Stephen King, Dark Tower Graphic Comic, DareDevil, BatGirl, New Avengers, The Ultimates, Ultimate Spiderman, Ultimate X-Men, World War Hulk, JTHM, Squee, Walking Dead, Civil War Graphic Novel, Wizards and Glass by Stephen King, Beware of the Pale White Horse, Pretty Face.
My favorite character(s)
Fuu, Usagi, Faye Valentine, Geisha, Onni Babas, Mononokes, Kaguya, Kikiyo, Vash, Cat Girls, Neko Demons, Vampires, Royalty
My favorite movies(s)
Mongol, Black Sheep, American Psycho, CJ7, Tekkonkinkreet, Tripping the Ritf, Karas 1&2, Casshern, Smokin Aces, Night Watch, Day Watch, Hot Fuzz, Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy, Memoirs of a Geisha, TMNT, 28 Days Later, Shawn of the Dead, Last Samurai, Animatrix, Matrix1-3, Magnifacent Seven, Boondock Saints, Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels, Snatch (the movie and the *wink, wink*), Zatoichi w/ Beat Takahashi- he is the mudda frockin Man!, The Returner, Blade 2, Interview w/a Vampire, Jin-Roh
My favorite actors/actresses
David Duchovny, Gong Li, Margret Cho, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Beat Takahashi, Tery Hiroyuki-Tagawa, Jeremy Piven, Ken Watanabe, Christian Bale, Ryan Reynolds