What got you into cosplay?
For starters, I've always loved Halloween and idea of dressing up and pretending to be someone else was always a blast every year. Once I went to my first convention (CNAnime 2001) and saw people dressing up as their favourite Anime characters, I loved the idea and I started Cosplaying at AN 2002. It makes Halloween anytime of the year!
What was your first costume and why?
Li Syaoran from Card Captor Sakura. I loved his outfit and his personality, in fact, he is one of my all time favourite Anime characters. (^_^)
What is your favorite costume and why?
I have a lot of favourites including my Ashley (RE4) and Heather (SH3) costumes but currently I think my Rebecca (Resident Evil 0) costume is my favourite one. I began to like Rebecca when I started playing RE0 in 2007 but it took me a couple of years to finally feel confident enough to Cosplay her. I learned a lot while making this costume and I poured my heart into it because of how much I adore the character. I love wearing survival horror game costumes because I have a passion for the games and I love meeting other people at cons who also love horror games.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I would love to do some of the complex dress designs by CLAMP and to Cosplay as Dilandau from the Vision of Escaflowne. I love Dilandau! (^^)
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Every experience is a little different. For Otakon 2009 I was invited to be a part of a Rule of Rose group with Leesers and Avianna which turned out to be a lot of fun. It was wonderful Cosplaying with two Cosplayers that I respect a lot and are both amazing people. RoR doesn't get a lot of appreciation and thanks to some shoots we did at the con we were able to inspire a lot of people to check out the game which made making our costumes and forming the group very worthwhile.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Occasionally. I participated in my first masquerade at CNAnime 2003.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Being part of the Link dance skit at CNAnime 2004. I had trouble learning the dance and was the weakest Link in the group, but it was tons of fun to perform and I got to be part of a great group. It was a lot of fun and our group was well received by the audience. (^^)
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Not for workmanship. I tend to steer away from that kind of judging and prefer to be judged based on performance. I don't think my costumes are all that incredible; I just like having fun while wearing them. (^_^)
Tell us a little about yourself
I really enjoy attending conventions in the Toronto area and as of early 2008, I've started venturing to cons in the North Eastern United States too. I graduated from the University of Toronto in June 2008. I currently work as an office assistant/game designer at a small game company in Toronto. I also work very part-time as a web assistant for a major charity. You'll often find me playing horror video games in my spare time, researching the paranormal and collecting Anime figures. Of course, I love my friends and spending time with them is really important to me. Cosplay is a wonderful hobby that really helped me while I was growing up to expand my horizons and through it, I've made some fantastic friendships and memories that I'll cherish for my whole life. (^_^)
My favorite anime
Sailor Moon, Naruto, Seto No Hanayome, Natsume Yuujinchou, Gakuen Alice, Hellsing, xxxHolic, The Vision of Escaflowne, Big-O & Heat Guy J
My favorite game(s)
The Legend of Zelda, Silent Hill (every game), Kingdom Hearts, Resident Evil 4 & 5, Fatal Frame II, Haunting Ground, Clock Tower 3, Bioshock 1 & 2, Siren: Blood Curse, Eternal Darkness, Obscure: The Aftermath, Uncharted 2, Red Dead Redemption, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Rule of Rose (^^)
My favorite character(s)
Li Syaoran (CCS), Sesshoumaru (Inuyasha), Haku (Naruto), Yzak (Gundam SEED), Dilandau (Escaflowne), Sasuke (Naruto), Clair (Heat Guy J), Leon (Resident Evil 4), Heather (Silent Hill 3), James (Silent Hill 2), Maria (Silent Hill 2), Lisa (Silent Hill), Rebecca (Resident Evil), Roger Smith (Big-O) & Cooro (+Anima)
My favorite movies(s)
Trick 'r Treat, Silent Hill, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, The Dark Knight, The Mummy, Jurassic Park, Zombieland, Star Trek, Back to the Future & Pirates of the Caribbean
My favorite actors/actresses
Johnny Depp, Crispin Freeman, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox, Sam Neill, Paul Gross and Jackie Chan