What got you into cosplay?
I love CHARACTERS. I love cartoons, and costumes and great designs. Being able to become one of my favorite characters and have people ooh and ahh has been one of my favorite things ever since my parents first started dressing me up to the nines for Halloween... Also, being that Halloween is my birthday, I have always tended to go all out. :)
What was your first costume and why?
Does Strawberry Shortcake count? I was 2 and took home 2nd place in a Halloween costume contest... Following that I was Danger Mouse, Roger Rabbit, and Ringo the Magician from Magical Mystery Tour on subsequent Halloweens...
What is your favorite costume and why?
I used to say that the Princess Leia bikini was my favorite--if only because it took me the longest to figure out on my own and make (it seems like there are a TON of sites devoted to how to make them now, but when I made mine, it was sink or swim on my own, with only reference photos to guide me).
HOWEVER, now I'd have to say Steampunk Pinkie Pie, because I really feel like I broke new ground with my own creativity and the absolute joy of the character and choosing the perfect pieces to put together for this crazy pony-girl! I had so much fun creating this one, and finding other artists to help me with all the different pieces, that it's definitely my current favorite. (Plus: SO FUN TO WEAR!)
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I have several. Currently, I guess they'd be Satine's Sparkling Diamonds outfit, Twilight Princess Zelda, Codex from The Guild, and finally finishing my Vampire Willow costume...
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Princess Leia at SunCon LARP in 2006. Not only did I get to wear her Ceremonial gown and the bikini, I got to *BE* Leia for a whole weekend. :)
Do you participate in masquerades?
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
I am pretty sure just the one for my 2nd place Strawberry Shortcake Halloween Costume when I was 2. lol. I'm an amateur for sure.
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm an ex-professional theatre person living East of Philly with my boyfriend and my exceptionally bi-polar cat, Marley. I work as an admin by day, and sing with my cover band, The UPside by night...
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Watch me as "Ashley" in the web series "Forever Wednesday" (www.watchforeverwednesday.com)... It's all about fangirls! :-)
My favorite anime
Sailor Moon. (I know, I know.) I also like FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Azumanga Daioh, Black Lagoon, Spice & Wolf, and Slayers a lot. Would love to make a Lina Inverse costume, but every time I look at it, I think: "OH THE FRAMING!!"
My favorite game(s)
Dragon Age, Final Fantasy Series, Kingdom Hearts Series
My favorite book(s)
TOO MANY to list. Loving the Kushiel's Dart and Dresden Files series right now.
My favorite character(s)
Satine from Moulin Rouge, Pinkie Pie from MLP: FiM, Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Jack Sparrow from PotC, Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy from Batman, Kaylee from Firefly/Serenity, Rogue from X-Men, Penny Lane from Almost Famous... The list goes on, actually. Another hard question.
My favorite movies(s)
Moulin Rouge, Pirates of the Caribbean, Almost Famous, Shakespeare in Love, Across the Universe, Ever After...
My favorite actors/actresses
Again, so many... Johnny Depp, Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, David Tennant, Amy Adams...