What got you into cosplay?
I saw some pictures of cosplayers in Animerica magazine, and thought it was really neat. I also thought it looked like a lot of fun to do, so I decided to try it.
What was your first costume and why?
My first costume was of Sylphiel from Slayers. I chose her partly because her costume seemed like something I could handle as a complete beginner. I also had her hairstyle by default (this was before I could buy wigs online), and had a close enough hair color (she had brown hair in some pictures, and my hair was dark enough to pass, even if people hadn't seen the pictures from the novels). The last reason is that, well, she was my favorite character in Slayers next to Gaav, so I felt she was the perfect character to cosplay.
I was right in choosing her, too. I ended up looking good in the costume, and got a bunch of pictures taken. Even though it was a bad costume (I made the top using a purple mock turtleneck and FELT for the designs, and used styrofoam balls for the gems *facepalm*), I felt it turned out well for my skill level and knowledge were.
I DID make a pseudo-cosplay before that (I attempted to make my Halloween cat costume resemble Cait Sith from Final Fantasy 7 through face paint), but I still feel Sylphiel was my real first cosplay.
What is your favorite costume and why?
I think I'd have to say my Alice(Pandora Hearts) costume. I like how I look in it, and I put a ton of work into the boot covers required for it.
I also put a ton of effort into my Yuki Cross costume, and do like how I looked in it, but I don't think I still like it as much as my Alice cosplay.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I would LOVE to cosplay Grell Sutcliff, Madame Red (both from Black Butler), Megurine Luka, or Kyoko Sakura from Madoka Magica. With the first two, though, I don't have the necessary skill required to make those costumes, and I can't quite cosplay Luka yet due to weight issues. (I AM pretty sure I can handle her costume, though). As for Kyoko, I just don't think I could pull her off. Which is annoying because I like her a lot as a character.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Hm... I guess it was when I was cosplaying as Sylphiel, and I got stopped to be taken pictures of six or seven times. XD. And annoyed the whole group I was in while I was at it (they were all in a huge hurry).
Unfortunately, I haven't had another super successful one since. D:. I've never been able to find pictures that others took of me.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Nah, not yet. None of my costumes have been good enough yet. >>;
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm a recent college grad, and am also a HUGE anime fan. :). I also enjoy making/wearing costumes, much to my mom's annoyance. XD. Aside from anime, I also love to write, draw, and read, and I use all of those hobby when I do another one of my hobbies- make my webcomic. :). I also like RPGs, video games, browsing art sites like Deviantart, and the fantasy genre. :)
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I have a Harry Potter webcomic/doujinshi titled Solis et Noctis. Check it out if you want to. :)
My favorite anime
Please Save My Earth, Negima, Slayers, Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, Fullmoon o Sagashite, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, School Rumble, Pandora Hearts, Karin, and the Black Butler MANGA.
My favorite game(s)
Star Ocean: The Second Story, Final Fantasy 7, Wild Arms 2: Second ignition, the Lunar series, Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness, Harvest Moon(series), Harvest Moon: A New Beginning
My favorite book(s)
The Harry Potter series, 'Fire Rose' by Mercedes Lackey, The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot, Jinx, also by Meg Cabot, Poison Study, by Maria Snyder, and Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo.
My favorite character(s)
Lemina Ausa(Lunar 2), Nash(Lunar 1), Rufus Shinra(Final Fantasy 7), Kaitou Jeanne(Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne), Sylphiel Nels Lahda and Gaav(Slayers), Alexander O. Howell(Ceres: Celestial Legend), Anju Maaka(Karin), Shinku(Rozen Maiden), Albireo Imma(Negima), Fate Averruncus(Negima), Asuna Kagurazaka(Negima), Grell Sutcliff(Black Butler), Alice (Pandora Hearts), Yuki Cross(BEFORE Kaname decides to go Edward Cullen and keep her captive), Neinheart von Rubistein (MapleStory), Megurine Luka (does she even count?)
My favorite movies(s)
Labyrinth, Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service, the Harry Potter movies, Howl's Moving Castle, Enchanted, The Golden Compass, Ratatouille, The Phantom of the Opera, Up!, Beauty and the Beast
My favorite actors/actresses
Most, if not all, the actors from the Harry Potter movies, Robin Williams, Tim Allen, Jim Carrey
Voice actors/actresses (anime, dubbed)
Laura Bailey, Vic Mignogna, Greg Ayres, Lisa Ortiz, Veronica Taylor, Crispin Freeman, Eric Stuart, Tiffany Grant