What got you into cosplay?
I went to SunnyCon in March 2012. It was my first convention and taste of the anime world. I had never seen any anime before then other than pokemon which I watched on TV when I was younger. I went with a friend out of pure interest to see what it would be like. It was amazing.
What was your first costume and why?
My first cosplay was Yuki Kuran. I loved Vampire Knight at the time and I knew it had to cosplay Yuki. I loved her character and the story. I wore the costume on the first day of SunnyCon 2 in March 2013 and it was amazing to be able to wear something I had made. Apart from the weather it was an amazing experience I will never forget.
What is your favorite costume and why?
That I've worn? I don't have much choice cause I haven't made a lot at the minute but I think it has to be Sailor Venus. Aside from the fact that I abandoned my heels after 5 minutes walking and ended up in my converse, I remember it as the costume that introduced me to Marissa Meyer and her book series The Lunar Chronicles which is currently my favourite. It's what I was wearing when I bought my first book and her love of Sailor Moon itself got me a picture with her. Awesome.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Dream costume? Oh girl. Don't make me start! <3.
At the moment my dream costume that I would like (No, LOVE) to make is the typical shop girl uniform from the BBCs period drama The Paradise. It's so simple and gorgeous and I just love it so so much.
As for dream Cosplay costume? I think an Iron Man or Rescue suit would be the one. Oh boy. That would be amazing.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
My most memorable experience? This has to be my first ever cosplay masqurade. I was TERRIFIED! I remember everything so clearly. I was walking down the aisle and I just looked mortiyed. The thing that sticks out the most though is when I got on stage. I was told to turn and pose for the judges and Ginny McQueen was one of the judges. I was clearly mortified and she just smiled at me. It raised my confidence so much. Just to have that reasurance and to have someone be like "It's okay. You're doing fine" sort of thing. It's amazing how much a smile can do. Thats what I learned and basically why I remember it so much. It was clearly so obvious it was my first.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Yeah I do as much as I can. I love the competition and being able to compete with something that's totally my own. It's great.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Best masqurade experience? Well I've only done two before. I think. It's got to be the first. There's nothing like the first time after all. Although watching people parade their hard work is amazing. Everyone is just so passionate and proud of their work and watching them showing it to everyone is really special.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
I haven't yet but I'm hoping to eventually.
Tell us a little about yourself
I've just started College. I'm taking Film Studies, Enlgish Litrature and Textiles. Hobbies of mine are Cosplaying and amutuer voice acting. After college I want to go to Uni to do Costume Design and Construction so I guess cosplaying is a good way to start. One of my favourite artists at the moment is Katy Perry and I also love Jessie J, Florence and the Machine, Coldplay and Taylor Swift. There will be more but i just can't think off the top of my head.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I'm from Sunderland so my local convention is SunnyCon. It's conveniently just down the road.
My favorite anime
Favourite? Either Ouran, Sailor Moon or Deathnote.
My favorite game(s)
Trauma Centre, Pokemon, Ty the Tasmanian Tiger, Harry Potter (any). Super Mario Bros from 1985. Phoenix Wright.
My favorite book(s)
THE LUNAR CHRONICLES SERIES!
By Marissa Meyer. It's amazing. They're fairtale retellings. So far in the series that are out are Cinder which is about Cinderella and Scarlet which is about Little Red Riding Hood. They're almost inspired by them and they're set in the future and in a whole new world. Cinder is a cyborg! The next book is called Cress and it's about Rapunzel. It comes out in February you guys should all go get it.
My favorite character(s)
Characters. Hehehe, well.
Usagi Tsukino from Sailor Moon. Then we have Caroline Elliot from Last Tango In Halifax (Thats a BBC dramam but its hilarious and I love it) then Denise Lovett from The Paradise (Thats also a BBC drama) in fact. As well as Denise from The Paradise I have Clemence, Sam and Myrtle. Because they're all bloody fabulous. Then from Ouran its gotta be Tamaki. Sebastian and Grell from Black Butler and Ryuk from Deathnote.
I will probably think of more but thats what I got now.
My favorite movies(s)
Frozen. Toy Story 1,2 and 3. Sherlcok Holmes (+ Game of Shadows). Iron Man 1,2 and 3. The Avengers. Thor (+ The Dark World). Harry Potter. Then anything with Meryl Streep, Robert Downey Jr, Emun Elliott and Tom Hiddleston.
My favorite actors/actresses
Meryl Streep, Emun Elliott, Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Russell Brand, Joanna Vanderham, Katie McGrath, Colin Morgan, Tom Hiddleson.