What got you into cosplay?
I've had a longtime interest in it, but only in 2008 had the means/motivation to do a small closet cosplay, not counting any halloween stuff because that was always store bought. I would love to become a well-respected cosplayer someday as I greatly admire the talents of those who are, but I know I have a long way to go.
What was your first costume and why?
Kira Izuru from Bleach
It was a simple closet cosplay and for a DA contest. I would love to improve and complete it when I get better at sewing.
Otherwise Temari's 2nd outfit is my first official/complete cosplay costume.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Temari, cuz she's just so awesome. Confident, beautiful, powerful, sexy, cheeky, and yet classy. She's also the oldest sibling of three and so am I. I sense that she is so much deeper than what we see in the series, and I kinda feel like that too. All in all, I can relate to her, except she is more badass than I am.
Though I love being Velma... and now Hikaru Hitachiin is quickly becoming my favorite. Not to mention Eruka Frog... so hard to choose!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
...i literally have a list...
which includes Fusion Suit Samus and Saber (Fate/Stay Night).
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
I LOVED actually being mistaken as twins BY twins at SDCC '11. These adorable 20-something year old twins took a pic of us telling us how cute we were, asking about our characters, and asked if we were fraternal or identical. They couldn't believe it when my sis and I explained we were 5.5 years apart in age and definitely not real twins. XP But that sure tells me we are doing it right! :D Add on the approximate 20 other people asking/assuming we were really twins.
Do you participate in masquerades?
So far, only once. ALA 2012.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
YES! My group won Best in Class: Journeymen Division at ALA 2012. Our skit name was SoCal Host Club presents "OURAN HOST CLUB SPECIAL! HIKARU'S SONG" featuring myself as Hikaru, littlecrater as Kaoru, and animegamer057 as Mori-sempai. The skit was a follow up to Mori's skit at ALA 2011 in which he performed solo and won Best in Class: Novice Division. :D We are very proud!
Tell us a little about yourself
I work as a registered dental assistant 5 days a week, two different offices. I have an overactive imagination and I'm a perfectionist, so cosplaying isn't exactly easy though I definitely think it's worth it.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
My younger bro and sis also cosplay. We are all still new to it though and I'm usually stuck making the costumes and props, but my sis does help too--and wigs are her specialty. She has a cos.com, her member name is littlecrater--look her up!
My favorite anime
Ouran High School Host Club, Fullmetal Alchemtist, Erementar Gerad, Lovely Complex, Death Note, Naruto (when it's about the sand siblings), Fruits Basket, Wolf's Rain ect. And Studio Ghibli films, especially Howl's Moving Castle (though if you love it, you should read the book by Dianna Wynne Jones too)
Thing is, I really love j & kdramas which are often based off manga/anime. So i could add Kimi Wa Petto, Hana Kimi, Boys Over Flowers, Atashinchi No Danshi, Zettai Kareshi/Ultimate Boyfriend, ect to the list.