What got you into cosplay?
I had been attending cons for two years before my first cosplay for the TCG tournaments. Well, they changed the game dynamics which completely messed with my deck, so I decided that that year (('04)) I was going to go and fully enjoy the con rather then pay attention to the card games going on. It was then that I decided that I was also going to cosplay and enter the contest.
I made a horribly failing Miaka since I am a really big FY fan. However, I enjoyed the experience and really wanted to continue with the hobby. So, I bought a sewing machine ((I had borrowed the one to make my first costume)) and just started practicing! Now I make things I can really be proud of!
What was your first costume and why?
School Girl Miaka was my first costume. Why? Because it was easy, cheap and still fun. Plus, I was able to make most of it on my own. I can say though, I learned my lesson of not leaving the finishing of it the day before you decide to wear it. ^-^; Bad n00bish mistake, but I learned from the experience!
Plus, I didn't know anything about fabric choice, interfacing and to not go near the $1 fabric. I also had no skills in wig or prop construction. I have definitely learned my lessons since then.
What is your favorite costume and why?
I actually have two:
My Ayeka: I love the character so much and I finally was able to make her costumes! My favorite of the bunch is the Jurai armor variant from the ending of Tenchi Universe.
Then there is
Rosiel: I have been wanting to do this version for a very long time but knew I'd seriously mess it up without learning a lot first. It's been four years since I first saw the Red Leather Version and it's amazing that I finally went through with it.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I would love to remake Kuja from Final Fantasy 9. As for new projects, I would love to make Manga Princess Serenity as well as Roque from X-Men!
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Meeting some really awesome people and actually becoming good friends with them. We all get along so well and never have to worry about any dramu or what not.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Yep! It's one of my favorite things to do at the con! I end up feeling weird if I don't compete. PLUS, all my friends enjoy competing so we always end up as "line buddies" and make a long wait into a great time.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Hmmm. I'd have to say meeting Spooks at Megacon 07. It was so much fun just chillin' in line and talking. Now we're actually friends. =P
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
"Best Group Award" Journeyman Level at Florida SuperCon. ** "Anime Sushi Hall Contest" MegaCon 2008 ** "Judges Award" MetroCon 2008**"Best in Show Craftsmanship": MetroCon 2009**"Best Group": Anime Supercon 2009**"Judges Award": Fl SuperCon 2009**"Judges Award":MegaCon 2011 ** "Best in Show": Mizucon 2011 ** "Best Group Intermediate/Masters": SuperCon 2011
Tell us a little about yourself
I graduated Highschool in "04 and went to UCF for some time. Now I am back in college getting a Degree in Computer Animation.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I'm a DnD'er, an artist, and just an all around geek. PM or IM me if you want to know more because I seriously don't have any idea as what to write here. xD
My favorite anime
Wow...too many to list, but a few are:
Chobits, Full Metal Alchemist, Inuyasha, Fruits Basket, Amaenaideyo, Ranma 1/2, Sailor Moon, FMP, Trinity Blood, Kanazuki no Miko, Lucky Star, Fushigi Yuugi, MM, Tenchi, Genshinken, Hell Girl, Paradise Kiss, High School of the Dead,
My favorite game(s)
Kingdome Hearts, Final Fantasy, Magna Carta: Tears of Blood, .Hack/G.U., Naruto, Catherine, Batman Arkham Asylum, any of the Lego games
My favorite book(s)
Anything by Anne McCaffry, Steven King, Terry Goodkind, and Anne Rice.
My favorite character(s)
Too many to list, but a few are:
Kuja,Rosiel, Bilial, Usagi, Miaka, Tamahome, Yoko Kuranama and all the Fruits Basket Characters, Dizzy, Kasumi, Kadaj, Cloud, Tifa.
My favorite movies(s)
The Last Samurai, any scary movie, The Butterfly Effect, Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children, Memoirs of a Geisha, Tangled
My favorite actors/actresses
Johnny Depp, Sean Connery, Nicholas Cage, and Orlando Bloom