What got you into cosplay?
I've always liked costuming and performing, but it never occurred to me to dress up like characters from anime or video games. One day I was online searching for help on a Final Fantasy game i was stuck on and found cosplay pictures. My first two thoughts were "People do this?!" and "What a great idea!"
What was your first costume and why?
Rinoa from Final Fantasy VIII. Final Fantasy is my favorite game series, and FF8 was the first FF I ever completed. I chose Rinoa because I look somewhat like her anyway, and I think there is more to her character than most people take her for. Also, her outfit seemed like a relatively simple costume to attempt for a first try.
What is your favorite costume and why?
i think all of my childhood nostalgia costumes are my favorite. I love wearing them and meeting people who grew up loving the same things I did!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Too many to list!
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Being Tifa from Advent Children in Cosplay Chess at Anime Boston 2006, and randomly asking a Vash cosplayer to carry me offstage as an improv attack sequence and to play a joke on Cloud. I picked him because he looked strong enough to lift me and make it look effortless. Had a blast and I thought he was cute, but figured I'd never see him again and didn't even ask his name. But then we met again, even more randomly, at an unrelated party a few months later and he asked for my number. Now he's my husband. <3
Do you participate in masquerades?
What was your best masquerade experience?
Winning Best of Show at Anime Boston 2009 with my Dead Moon Circus group. We had worked really hard for months on our skit and were so excited that it all came together for the show.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Anime Boston: Judge's Craftsmanship Award 2006, Best In Show 2009, Best in Show 2010, Best Master Performance 2014.
Arisia: Best In Show, Craftsmanship 2015.
Another Anime Con: Best Advanced Performance 2007, Best In Show 2008, Best In Show 2009.
BakuretsuCon: Best Novice Performance 2006, Best Advanced Craftsmanship 2007.
ConnectiCon: Second Place Performance, 2009.
PortCon Maine: Judge's Performance Award 2007, Second Place Journeyman Craftsmanship 2008, OMGWTFBBQ Performance 2008, Judge's Performance Award 2009.
Tell us a little about yourself
When not cosplaying, I work in medical school admissions, PROTECTING THE WORLD FROM PEOPLE WHO SHOULD NEVER BE DOCTORS! No, seriously, I have a list of people I refuse to allow near me in a hospital. Also, I dance, travel, beach bum, and snuggle with my husband.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
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My favorite anime
Sailor Moon, Runouri Kenshin, Chrono Crusade, InuYasha, Magic Knights Rayearth, Madoka Magica, Summer Wars
My favorite game(s)
Final Fantasy, Legend of Zelda, Rock Band, Spyro the Dragon, Crash Bandicoot, Chrono Cross, Eternal Sonata
My favorite book(s)
Sunflowers, Memoirs of a Geisha, Life of Pi, The Kite Runner, Alice I Have Been, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings
My favorite actors/actresses