What got you into cosplay?
I like dressing up and this gives me an outlet for my creativity and problem-solving skills. I also have absolutely no shame at all, so I'll make a complete ass out of myself if it will get someone to crack a smile.
What was your first costume and why?
When I started cosplaying, I bought an Inu-Yasha costume off of E-Bay. I love the anime and wanted my first cosplay to be relatively easy to work with. Since then, I've switched to making my own stuff and making costumes for others for side income.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Rainbow Brite is my current favorite. I loved the cartoon as a kid and still have my Rainbow Brite doll. It's quickly overshadowed my other favorites as my "trademark" costume. So much so that I fear that I can NEVER retire it!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Now that I've learned that my husband has a secret alter-ego, I want to dress him up as Jin from Samurai Champloo. For myself, I have already made my dream costume: Sarah's ballgown from Labyrinth!
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
At Animazement '08, I went to the autograph session for Jouji Nakata, who voices Alucard in Hellsing. I was dressed as Integra Hellsing and he stood up and called me "Miss Hellsing". After he signed my DVD, I asked if I could have a picture with him. He responded by kneeling in front of me for the picture!
Do you participate in masquerades?
I've just started branching out into masquerades. Whether I will make this a regular thing (or stick to craftsmanship contests) remains to be seen.
What was your best masquerade experience?
I think my current favorite is Otakon '10, where I performed as Kefka feeding pigeons to Tom Lehrer's "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park". The entire arena was laughing and singing along. Even years later, people still remember it as their favorite!
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
I have! Most of my awards are craftsmanship awards from smaller conventions, but it's given me the motivation to improve upon my craft and try for awards at bigger conventions with much stiffer competition!
Tell us a little about yourself
I graduated magna cum laude from NCCU with a BS in computer science in 2001. I split my time between a 3rd shift computer operator gig and my own costuming business, called Kat's Play.
Got married August 1, 2004 and have two calicos, Alice and Fiona. I enjoy anime (of course), martial arts, pro wrestling, most sports, reading, writing, video games and art. I've been taking tae kwon do since I was 14 and hold a second degree black belt.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I'm older than I look. A *lot* older.
My favorite anime
FLCL, Hellsing, Gankutsuou, Basilisk, Ergo Proxy, Princess Tutu and Lupin III are my favorites, but there's very few anime series that I can remember actively disliking. I'll give anything a watch at least once.
My favorite game(s)
Generally, if I'm playing it, that means it's my current favorite. I try to play DDR for cardio on days I'm not at tae kwon do. I'm a rabid rhythm and RPG fanatic. Also, Beyond Good and Evil will always have a special place in my heart.
My favorite book(s)
I grew up keeping Scholastic Books in business, practically lived in my local library and was excited to get books for Christmas and birthdays, so it's hard to choose my favorites. But Alice in Wonderland and Dracula are tied for my record of "read the most times", so they probably count as my favorites.
My favorite character(s)
Integra Hellsing, Tsunade, Jade/Shauni, Re-l Mayer, Haruko Haruhara and Oboro Iga are among my favorites. Generally, I gravitate toward the strong female roles or the spastic ones.
I also have a strong attraction to Alucard, Orochimaru, and Lotor. For the male characters, I tend to go for the dark, villianous assholes. I don't know what attracts me to them, but I find them dead sexy.
My favorite movies(s)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is my ultimate favorite. I walked down the wedding aisle to CoCo Lee's "Love Before Time".
Other favorites include Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, My First Mister, Quills and just about anything by Hayao Mayazaki and Tim Burton. Basically, I enjoy anything that's quirky and/or has a lot of action. I'm also a huge hop n' chop junkie.
My favorite actors/actresses
Christina Ricci and Leelee Sobieski star in some of my favorite "obscure" titles, like My First Mister.
Morgan Freeman, Christopher Lee, Johnny Depp, and Geoffrey Rush are probably my favorite actors. Quite a few of my favorite movies have one or the other in some kind of role. Especially Depp, who has starred in my favorite Tim Burton movies. And you have to love Geoffrey Rush, who does something awesome like the Marquis de Sade in Quills, but still isn't too good for something as silly as Casanova Frankenstein in Mystery Men.