What got you into cosplay?
I've always had a love for dressing up and costumes, probably because it was denied me for so long (I was always made the narrator in school plays since I was the only one who could read properly, and I was kept from celebrating Halloween until late high school, so essentially I rarely got to be in a costume.) It also comes from my attachment to shows like Sailor Moon when I was little, I wanted to be like the sailor scouts and show the people at school that I was better than them and they had no reason to pick on me. My dressing like the characters, I felt like them, I was closer to them, I felt like I could really become them. (And by dressing, I mean running around the house in red knee socks and shorts, or with a blanket as a cape. I daydreamed of having real costumes though.) It laid dormant for many years until the beginning of college, where first I did a Lady Gaga costume for Halloween, and then a year later, where I realized I had lots of clothes like Amy Pond, my favorite companion from Doctor Who. In becoming a fan of Doctor Who, I discovered the world of cosplay, and that costumes could actually be within my reach. I saw one Amy cosplayer in particular who was really amazing, with an accurate wig and everything, and she inspired me to actually try this stuff and be my best to be accurate and be a part of this world!
What was your first costume and why?
Hard to say...my first attempt at dressing like a character would be jean shorts and red knee socks when I was in grade school in an attempt to be Sailor Moon...my first like specific attempt at a particular outfit was an outfit from Lady Gaga's Lovegame video, but I consider my first proper costume, my first real cosplay, Amy Pond from Victory of the Daleks because that was the first costume I did with intent to share with the world, not just wear once to a party.
What is your favorite costume and why?
My favorite costume...I would have to say Black Widow from the Avengers movie, for many reasons. It feels amazing to wear, and I have gotten it to a degree of accuracy that pictures of me freak me out. Also, that costume has opened so many doors to me, it's incredible. Because I wore it on Halloween, another person on campus approached me and I discovered that a Doctor Who club was being formed...an incredibly wonderful group of people where I have made many dear friends for life! And when I wore this costume to my first con, ECCC 13, I connected with Loki cosplayer, and I am now a part of a cosplay group, which is incredibly exciting, and has been a dream of mine for many years!!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Because I have wanted it so much for so many years, Raven from the cartoon Teen Titans. One day I will make this costume and it will be PERFECT.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
My most memorable experience was the last day of my first con ever, ECCC 13, where I was Black Widow and tons of people asked for pictures, including a little kid! Another person simply asked for a hug, and countless people told me I was the best Black Widow they'd seen. I ended up missing most congregations of Avengers cosplayers but I did connect with someone who I am now in a cosplay group with!
Another memorable experience was the Marvel on stage cosplay event at SDCC 13 where I got to be in line and on stage with so many amazing people, some of whom I've seen all over the internet!! And then I made it on Marvel.com!!
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
I won the costume contest in the Whovians United panel at RCCC 13, which was a complete surprise!
Tell us a little about yourself
I go to the University of Washington and I'm a geology major. I'm very random and will often put off topic things in conversations. I have a small family but my mom is wonderful. I have incredible friends, and I am very grateful to God for how He has blessed my life.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I believe in superheroes. And remember darling, half the world is night.
My favorite anime
Yu Yu Hakusho, Rurouni Kenshin, Full Metal Panic, Sailor Moon.
My favorite game(s)
Marvel Avengers Alliance
My favorite book(s)
Tom Clancy, Star Wars books, Tess Gerritsen, Trevor Munson, Stephanie Plum novels, Hunger Games, C S Lewis, LOTR
My favorite character(s)
Way too many to list. I love complex characters. I love funny characters. I love sweet characters. I love characters that stand out. Examples of characters dear to me: Loki, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, The Doctor, Amy Pond, River Song, Abby Sciuto, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Anakin Skywalker, Yusuke Urameshi, Mick St John, countless more...
My favorite movies(s)
Star Wars, Avengers (and other Marvel), Indiana Jones, Matrix, Sherlock Holmes, Sucker Punch, many more
My favorite actors/actresses
Tom Hiddleston, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, any other Marvel cast members, Hayden Christensen, Alex O'Loughlin, many more...