What got you into cosplay?
When I was little, I loved Anime. My father was always kind and would drive out some weekends just so I could go find Anime CDs and other toys places like "Suncoast" did not offer. I cosplayed first as Akane Tendo from Ranma 1/2 when I was 10 at a small Anime Convention in VA. I did not cosplay again until I was 19, where I went as Misty from Pokemon. I reconnected with cosplay with college friends a little, but really had the interest born again after attending Katsucon 2012 and meeting so many dedicated cosplayers who loved what they do.
What was your first costume and why?
I first cosplayed as Akane Tendo from Ranma 1/2 when I was 10 because I was a fan of the show and also already had a karate uniform from when I was a little younger. I dyed my hair blue and tied it back and simply wore my costume! However, not going to lie-- I looked terrible. I wish I had the photos, I would absolutely love to provide them!
What is your favorite costume and why?
My favorite costume is my Misty costume. It is obviously very common, but it is my favorite attire because it is surprisingly popular at raves! So, it works as two outfits in one!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Ranchan in her dress in the Ranma 1/2 movie "Nihao, My Concubine"
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
It's not exactly a positive experience, but a funny one! I asked Ash to pick me up, and as he let me down his Cascade Badge (pin) unhooked with the pin facing upwards and my let my hand slide down and cut it up by accident! I still have a mark from the incident.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Tell us a little about yourself
I am currently working for a government contract company, recently graduating after 3 and a half long years of college! I enjoy many things, including cooking, video gaming, and traveling. I have been to Japan 3 times and China once, hoping to visit somewhere new in the near future!
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I'm only into older Animes. (I will eventually watch some new ones!)
My favorite anime
Ranma 1/2, Slayers
My favorite game(s)
Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
My favorite book(s)
My favorite movies(s)