What got you into cosplay?
A combination of my Love of Costumes (I'm was born on Halloween) and my photography hobby. When I saw the pictures of Cosplayers on different websites I decided to give it a try and check out an Anime / Cosplay convention.
What was your first costume and why?
Lt Commander from the Original Star Trek series. I do wear the Star Trek Spock shirt but I won't wear the ears. I belonged to both a Star Trek Fan Club (USS Intrepid - Dearborn, MI) and a Role Play Star Trek website (I was on the USS Amandora) at that time. In both cases I earned the rank Lt Commander and my character on the USS Amandora was the Chief Science Officer. Most people say it looks like I walked off of a Star Trek set. Yes, I look that good. :) My full title from the USS Intrepid is Lt Commander Ron Cauvin (Science Division) and my full title from the USS Amandora is Cheif Science Officer Lt Commander Smithers. This is where my Online alias comes from, Smithers456.
What is your favorite costume and why?
This is a hard question. One of my favorite Anime series is Sailor Moon Super S. I Love all of the scouts and the women that Cosplay them. I really like the idea of having a female Super Hero Group (Pretty Soldiers)! The Sailor Moon series is one of the first Japanese Anime series that I have ever seen on TV. Of the Sailor Scouts my favorites are in this order: Sailor Moon (Moon Power!!), Sailor Mars (Very Hot - Yes her power is fire), Sailor Jupiter (Tough Tomboy who puts her all into her Electic attacks), Sailor Pluto (The ruling planet of my Scorpio Zodiac sign, the ruby in her staff is the Power Crystal associated with Scorpio, nice touch. Oh by the way Pluto is still a planet!!), Sailor Mercury (I'm a nerd too!!), Sailor Venus (Cute), Sailor Uranus (A married a Tomboy, what more is their to say), Sailor Neptune (I Love her green curly hair and her compassion), and finally Sailor Saturn (One of my favorite planets in the actual solar system. Check out the pictures of Saturn taken by the Nasa probe Cassini that's currently in orbit of Saturn).
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Tuxedo Max from Sailor Moon. :)
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
At my first con (Youmacon 2009) I Cosplayed a Star Trek character (See First Cosplay Costume) shortly after the new movie about Star Trek came out. People were coming out of the woodwork to stop me and ask to take my picture. I think that their were at least 50 pictures taken of me that day. I would hear other Cosplayers call across the room to stop me to take my picture. Talk about flattery! :) After that experience I was hooked on Cosplaying!!
Do you participate in masquerades?
Not at this time. I do love watching them.
What was your best masquerade experience?
I Loved the Jafax 16 (Near Grand Rapids, MI) masquerade. One of my friends was in a group Dragon Ball Z masquerade skit and I was able to take great pictures at this cons event.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Tell us a little about yourself
I have been an Amature Photographer since I was 7 years old. I'm pretty good at taking pictures. It's a dream come true for me to be able to take pictures of posed Cosplayers. I Love all of the Sciences and have an Associate Degree in Electronics. My favorite Sciences are Earth Science and Astronomy. I'm a TV junkie!! The list of my favorite TV series goes on and on. Star Trek is at the top of the list. Japanese Anime series is a growing interest in leaps and bounds. I Love everything about Halloween. Due to being born on that day I Love horror movies and costumes. My other interests include Rock, Mineral, and Crystal collecting; Science Fiction in general, fantasy, playing board games and card games (Yu-Gi-Oh! Rules!!) and hiking. I have been in the manufacturing field for over 25 years. My dream job was the priveledge to help research and develope some of the world's first LCD's! I knew what HD was back in the early 90's.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
My favorite anime
Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, Sailor Moon, Naruto, Bleach, Full Metal Alchemist, Negima!?, Blood +, Evangelion, Aquarion, and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles - Collected Memories (My first Anime Cosplay and 3rd Cosplay costume in general is Syaoran).
My favorite game(s)
Yu-Gi-Oh!, Super Mario Brothers, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Dungeon & Draons, and Resident Evil.
My favorite book(s)
Star Trek books, especially ones written by Diane Carey.
My favorite character(s)
Yugi Moto (Yu-Gi-Oh!), Ash (Pokemon), Naruto (Naruto), Princess Peach (Super Mario Brothers), Syaoran and Princess Sakura (Tsubasa), Princess Zelda (Legend of Zelda), Dungeon & Dragons (Cleric - My second Cosplay costume), Final Fantasy (Yuna), Professor Negi (Negima!?), and both Sailor Moon & Sailor Mars (Sailor Moon).
My favorite movies(s)
Star Trek the Voyage Home, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Jurassic Park (All of them), Nightmare on Elmstreet (All of them), Galaxy Quest, Back to the Future, Ghost Brothers, Star Wars (Episode IV - New Hope), Halloween, Scream (All of them) Charlie's Angels, ET the Extra Terrestrial, Short Circuit, Beetlejuice, and Crossroads (The only movie where Britney Spears is the Main Actress / Singer).
My favorite actors/actresses
Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Sarah Michelle Geller, Alyssa Milano, Leonard Nimoy, Marina Sertis (Danna Troi from Star Trek Next Gen), Harrison Ford, Jim Carey, Courtney Cox, Jennifwe Aniston, Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox, Sam Neill, Tim Allen, and Jackie Chan