About Me / Q&A

What got you into cosplay?
8 years ago my boyfriend, now husband, got me into playing videogames, mainly Final Fantasy & World of Warcraft. I just love customizing gear & I love how beautiful the characters look. Cosplaying is an awesome way of expressing this. When I choose a cosplay, its more than just a pretty outfit. I have to feel a connection to the Character as well as feel comfortable walking around in their clothes! What seems to be a trend in the characters I choose [besides the reoccurring pigtails] is that they are all strong characters in their own way. They all symbolize innocence as well as strength and I believe that is how I portray myself. I began cosplaying at the begining of 2010.
What was your first costume and why?
Oerba Dia Vanille from Final Fantasy XIII.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Babydoll from Sucker Punch just because she seemed like so much more than just a pretty face. And I was right! She has such a complex background and I think her character is wonderful! I love to cosplay as her mainly due to her weapons. I loved how personal they were to her. The little charms hanging from her pistol put a divider up from being just an ordinary weapon to an actual personal possession of hers. Also Babydoll's Katana has an inscription design along the blade telling the story of her life. I thought that was so unique for a character! And I must say, even in thigh high stockings, pig tails & 3 in heels, I feel pretty powerful! ^___~
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I like to think of all my cosplays as "dream" costumes. If I have the time and materials, I'm up for the challenge to make them come to life! Some future Cosplays for 2012 include: Holo - Spice & Wolf Zero Suit Samus - Smash Bros Brawl Katniss - The Hunger Games
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Just going to all the different cons and stopping to take photos with people. Its amazing how excited they get to see you all dressed up, as if you're actually the character! Also getting the chance to work with Ackson Lee. He is a unique artist and I was pretty impressed with his work, it takes cosplaying to the next level. I thought it was a great experience and I am very thankful for the opportunity!
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Placed 4th in the Finals for Otaku House Cosplay Idol 2011
Tell us a little about yourself
I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design. I run my own clay creations business from home: www.thebirdthebee.etsy.com I love doing custom work as well as commissions, so don't hesitate to ask!
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Portfolio: http://www.samanthahandlerportfolio.com/ Etsy: www.thebirdthebee.etsy.com devaintART: http://thebird-thebee.deviantart.com/ tumblr: http://alwaysfoundinlove.tumblr.com/
My favorite anime
Samurai Champloo. Spice & Wolf. Eden of the East. Soul Eater. Gurren Lagann. Death Note. Claymore. Cowboy Bebop. Paradise Kiss. Sailor Moon. Elfen Lied. Nana. Fruits Basket.
My favorite game(s)
Final Fantasy. World of Warcraft. Xenogears. Kingdom Hearts.
My favorite book(s)
Harry Potter series. The Hunger Games. Catching Fire. Wicked. Nana. Fruits Basket. Eragon. Fountain Head.
My favorite character(s)
Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games). Holo (Spice & Wolf). Rikku (FFX & X-2). Oerba Dia Vanille (FFXIII). Herminoe Granger (HP). Fuu (Samurai Champloo). Yoko Ritona (Gurren Lagann). Elhaym Van Houten (Xenogears).
My favorite movies(s)
My Neighbor Totoro. Ponyo. Howls Moving Castle. Kiki's Delivery Service. Spirited Away. Princess Mononoke. The Hunger Games.
My favorite actors/actresses
Emily Browning. Emma Watson. Gwyneth Paltrow. Zooey DesChanel. Bill Murray.

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