What got you into cosplay?
At the very beginning of 2008 I stumbled upon a youtube video of people cosplaying. After I investigated it a bit more I discovered that cosplay was a whole subculture and found out that there were actually conventions where people went and showed off their costumes. I was already into costuming for theatre at this time and had loved anime and video games since I was a kid, so I was hooked and have been since.
What was your first costume and why?
I chose to make Rikku from FFX-2 for my first convention because it seemed do-able in the amount of time I had. I ended up rushing it and finishing it the night before and like most first cosplays, it was pretty bad.
What is your favorite costume and why?
At the moment it's definitely my Rydia cosplay. I worked very hard on it for months and wasn't quite sure I was going to be able to pull it off, so when I did it gave me a great sense of accomplishment. And, uncomfortable as the costume is, it really makes you feel elegant when you wear it!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
KOS-MOS from Xenosaga, hands down. However I'm going to wait until I know I can do it the way I envision it, so it's probably a year or two off.
Also Rydia from FFIV (finally did it!), Faris from FFV, Suu from Clover, Queen Esther from Trinity Blood, and a few of C.C.'s artbook costumes.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Our Galaxy Express 999 shoot at Otakon. We approached the Captain of the old military freight ship in the harbor and asked if we could do a shoot aboard, and not only did he say yes, he actually gave us a personal tour of the ship! He blocked off areas for us to use and re-directed traffic so we could get perfect shots. It was really awesome how enthusiastic and accommodating he was!
Do you participate in masquerades?
Occasionally. I've been doing it less as of late because I've been getting more into the behind the scenes aspect with judging/emceeing but I do hope to start competing again in the not too distant future.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Winning a Judge's Award at ACen. I was up against some really fantastic competition and it was my first time seriously competing at a large con, so I was very thrilled!
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Judge's Award (Craftsmanship) for Rydia @ Anime Central 2011, Best Journeyman Presentation (TTGL) @ Ohayocon 2011, Best Craftsmanship for C.C. @ Matsuricon 2010, Best Character Resemblance for Yoko & Kamina @ A&G Ohio 2009, Judge's Award for Skit @ Colossalcon 2008
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm a Psychology major currently, as well as working full time, so I've definitely got a lot on my plate. Being so busy, I don't make it out to nearly as many cons as I used to, but I still try to attend where I can.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I'm the type of cosplayer who really enjoys making my costumes more than I do wearing them. Don't get me wrong, I love wearing them too, but my favorite aspect of cosplay will always be learning new techniques and watching something I've worked hard on come together.
Also, if you need to contact me, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
My favorite anime
Macross Frontier, Cowboy Bebop, Gundam Wing, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Spice and Wolf, Vision of Escaflowne, Samurai Champloo, and Code Geass.
My favorite game(s)
Mass Effect, Final Fantasy (IV, V, VI, VIII, X), the .Hack series, Xenosaga, Borderlands, Tales of Vesperia, Heavenly Sword, and a bunch of games for the N64 that I might just feel like an idiot for admit that, not only do I love them, but I still play them too.
My favorite book(s)
The Bell Jar, Pride and Prejudice, The Picture of Dorian Grey, and Brave New World.
My favorite character(s)
KOS-MOS, Yoko, Faye Valentine, Merle...well shoot, anyone I've cosplayed or plan to cosplay really.