What got you into cosplay?
Mainly just wanting to dress up like certain characters and for a little while get to become them.
What was your first costume and why?
My first costume was Princess Leia from Star Wars: A New Hope (cinnimon bun version). My Pioneer Girls (Christian version of Girl Scouts) camp theme was about the stars so, my age group was Star Wars themed. We set up a space themed cafe, everyone dressed up like Star Wars characters or space aliens and got to serve everyone at camp one of the nights. It was a lot of fun and I've had the costuming bug ever since.
What is your favorite costume and why?
My favorite probably has to be my Winter School Cardcaptor Sakura costume. It was the first costume I got to detail to my hearts content. I had her rollerblades (painted and everything), a backpack wich looked just like hers (with my little Kero-chan plushie hanging out) , and her Key of Clow I made out of sculpy and wore around my neck. I also got some of the best feedback I've ever had on a costume from it. It's the first Anime costume for my first Anime con (NDK) and when I rollerbladed across the street for lunch, a car drove into the hotel parking lot and a girl in the back seat took on look at me and started freaking out. I will never forget it. :D
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I havn't really thought about it, but at the current moment is would probably the jeweled version of Princess Aurora's (Disney's Sleeping Beauty) dress. In blue not pink.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Aside from the one mentioned above with the Cardcaptor Sakura cosplay, my second most memeorable would have to be two years ago at NDK. My best friend and I were cosplaying Fuu and Umi from Rayearth. We had gotten a couple of boots from Goodwill and needless to say after wearing them for half the day our feet weren't happy campers. Instead of changing we just made the most of it. Eventually we got tired of complaining and decided to change the lyrics of a poplular song to help our discomfort. At one point we strolled down the hallway loudly singing: "These boots weren't made for walking, but that's just what we'll do. We'll walk all over Cephiro just to walk all over you". The looks we got were priceless.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Yes. I love it!
What was your best masquerade experience?
My best one would have to be at Mile Hi Con in '07. I was cosplaying Susan in her green archery dress from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. I had her props and everything. It's kinda a small con and the Masq. hasn't been quite as big as it used to be, but the judges come around in the green room and talk to everyone and you get to tell them all the details of how your costume was made instead of a seperate craftsmanship judging. Anyway, this one judge was really impressed with all the detail I put into my quiver, arrows, bow and even the embroidery work on the sleeves and neck of the dress. After he left I went on stage, did my presentation and waited for the awards to be given. As soon as the contest was over, the masq. director came over to me and told me that not all of the judges had seen my costume. She pointed me in the direction of them and I went over. As soon as I got there, the judge from earlier saw me and imediatly started gushing over my costume to the other judges like a new father with his new baby. It was hilarious. He ended up giving me a judges award for my costume.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Yes. I have an award from World Con for an original costume I made (It was based off of a really good song from a little known group) for being "Intoxicatingly Beautiful". No joke that was the actual name of it. I also have a prop and judges award from Mile Hi Con. I also have a couple of placement awards from the same con, but their system seems a little screwy to me. I got third place in the beginners catagory which bumped me to Novice the next year where I got second place. Does that mean I'm competeing in Masters this year? If so, yikes! No where near ready for that yet.
Tell us a little about yourself
I am an only child who is a total daddy's girl, but my mom is like my best friend. I work at the Disney Store and although retail can suck at times, if you gotta work it this is the best place to do so. I love to draw, make small scale keyblades out of clay for my local Anime con (NDK) and for this NDK I tried my hand at the full scale ones and didn't screw them up. Yay! I make the props for all my costunmes and my mom is trying to teach me to sew. I also love to style wigs, though, I am no where near an expert at it. I love going to cons and hanging out with friends, hopefully meeting new ones, and just having a good time over all. I'm a bit of the shy quite type and tend to take awhile warming up to people, but once I do I'm a firecraker. Basically I just like to have fun, hang out with friends and watch movies or play games, and just live life to the fullest.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I tend to get really into character when I cosplay and some people don't get it and think I'm weird. *scratches head in confusion*
My favorite anime
Carcaptor Sakura, Digimon, Magic Knight Rayearth, Ah! My Goddess, some Sailor Moon, Kenshin, Full Metal Alchemist is growing on me, Bleach isn't too bad either. I still have a long way to go. *sigh*
My favorite game(s)
Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy XII.
My favorite book(s)
Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights and Junior Jedi Knights, the Courtship of Princess Leia, the Corillian trillogy, anything by Timothy Zahn, and a few of the movie adaptations. That's all I can think of at the moment.
My favorite character(s)
Disney: Aurora/Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Ariel, Mulan, Tinker Bell, Megera(Hercules), Stitch, Chip and Dale, and many more. Anime: Sakura (CCS), Tomoyo (CCS), Syoran (CCS), Meilin (CCS), Skuld (Ah! My Goddess), Belldandy, Sailor Venus, Sailor Jupitor, Sailor Pluto, Umi (Rayearth), Mokona (Rayearth), Winry (FMA), Misao (Kenshin), Kairi (KH), Sora (KH), Axel (KH), Roxas (KH), Namine (KH), Rikku (FFX), basically the main characters in FFX, Penelo (FFXII), Star Wars: Tahiri (Expanded Universe), Jaina Solo (Expanded Universe), Tenel Ka (Expanded Universe), Han solo, Leia, Chewie, young Obi-Wan, LotR: Arwen, Legolas, Aragorn, Gimly, Eowen. Plus many more from all over.
My favorite movies(s)
Star Wars (original trillogy), anything Disney, Pirates of the Carribean, Harry Potter, Fantastic 4, Independence Day, Ponyo, Spirited Away, The Last Airbender, Alvin and the Chipmonks, and lots more.
My favorite actors/actresses
Here are a few: Jonny Deep (surprisingly he is growing on me), Orlando Bloom, Kira Knightly, Sandra Bullock, Jim Carry, Steve Carell, Ann Hathaway, and Brook Shields.