What got you into cosplay?
For some reason, it always just seemed to go with the convention experience. If I was going to attend a con, cosplay had to come with. ^_^ The beautiful costumes of others both made me stare in admiration and also say "Wow, I bet *I* could pull that off..." Falling in love with the character of Yuna from Final Fantasy X got the ball rolling.
What was your first costume and why?
I first WORE Aisha ClanClan of Outlaw Star, but it was a commission, horridly inaccurate, and ugly. Let's never speak of it again.
My first self-made outfit was Summoner Yuna from Final Fantasy X. She is my all-time favorite character, and I saw no other choice given my body type, hair style, and adoration. I admit, my first shot wasn't all that great...
What is your favorite costume and why?
Craftsmanship-wise, Rinoa Heartilly. It is my most accurate work, and I poured my soul into everything from finding perfect ribknit fabric (and just barely coloring it a different blue) to making my Rising Sun weapon... which may as well be my child.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Yuna's FFX Wedding Dress with an accurate, feather-full interior... but that would require an act of engineering, not sewing. :O
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
I have a few.
1. Being a backup dancer for Japanese pop singer Yoko Ishida at her AnimeCentral concert
2. Emceeing Anime Sound & Vision and thus spending the weekend with Kamui, the fight choreographers/Crazy 88 of Quentin Tarantino's movie Kill Bill
3. EVERYTHING CHILDREN SAY TO ME when I am dressed as Narcissa Malfoy. <3
4. Being Penny in a live shadowcast of Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Do you participate in masquerades?
What was your best masquerade experience?
Winning my very first cosplay award at Kazecon 2003 as Thief Yuna. Joined by Miss Valentine/Sassy, and my new friends John and Michael, I had a blast...and our group took the "Best In Show: Presentation/Skit" Award. An amazing night...
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
"Best In Show: Presentation/Skit" at Kazecon 2003, as mentioned above.
"Honorable Mention (2nd Place) Presentation" at AnimeCentral 2004
"2nd Place (Cosplay Idol)" at AnimeReactor 2004
"Best in Show: Individual Presentation" at Ohayocon 2006
"Best in Show: Craftsmanship/Performance" at Geek.kon 2007
"1st Place: Royalty/Senatorial" at Dragon*Con 2009's Star Wars Costume Contest
"Judge's Choice" at AnimeCentral 2010's Hall Cosplay Contest
Tell us a little about yourself
I graduated from Bradley University with a Radio/TV (Electronic Media) major, theatre minor, and literature minor. I currently work as a Senior Coordinator at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Come visit! I'm also an improv comedian, belly dancer, and generally busy person.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Some of my very best friends I met through cosplay- Ashiri-chan and RikkuX specifically. Don't let people tell you differently- these bonds last if you let them!
My favorite anime
Cowboy Bebop, Tenchi Muyo!
My favorite game(s)
Earthbound is my ultimate favorite... but I'm also a huge fan of Final Fantasy VII, VIII, and X. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Kingdom Hearts I & II, Phoenix Wright, Chrono Trigger, DDR & Para Para, Zombies Ate My Neighbors (OLD SCHOOL)!
My favorite book(s)
No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, The Princess Bride, Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer, Seven Taoist Masters, Alice in Wonderland
My favorite character(s)
Yuna (FFX), Rose Tyler (Doctor Who), Rinoa (FFVIII), Ryouko (Tenchi Muyo!), Faye Valentine (Bebop), Narcissa Malfoy (Harry Potter), Penny (Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog), Godot (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney), Padme (Star Wars)
My favorite movies(s)
Any and all Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones. Also Titan AE and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Wow, am I cliche... The Princess Bride, Frailty, The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Mummy + The Mummy Returns, almost every Disney flick, Moulin Rouge, PoTC I and III, Spiderman I and II, all Batman flicks
My favorite actors/actresses
Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Seth Green, Daniel Craig