What got you into cosplay?
I had always had my eye on different cosplay websites when I was younger, and I thought it was so insanely cool that there were people so dedicated to the media that they enjoyed to the point where they actually dressed up as the characters from it! It was like seeing characters at Disney World, for me. I really wanted to be a part of that, and I'm so glad that I did, because it's one of my all time favorite hobbies! It's so fun!
What was your first costume and why?
Ino Yamanaka from Naruto. I was kind of in love with Naruto and Naruto Shippuden for a really long time when I was younger. I think I only stopped being interested in it when I reached 13, but I had watched the show almost everyday on TV from the time I was around 9, and I eventually got around to getting some of the games and reading the manga and stuff. Anyways, Ino was my favorite character of anything for a loooong time. Like I said, I'm not interested in Naruto anymore, but I still have respect for Ino just because she's the character that got me into cosplay! It actually wasn't a half bad costume, either. I think my parents and I got it on a cosplay website.
What is your favorite costume and why?
As of right now, my favorite costume is my Mariska costume from Lollipop Chainsaw, because she's my current favorite character of anything haha. Honestly, it's not *super* detailed because I still haven't learned how to sew my own costumes, but I gathered the clothing items myself (with help from my super amazing parents!) and I think when I wear it with the stitches makeup and the wig and everything, it looks pretty rad. And I certainly feel awesome wearing it! I also really like my Princess Peach cosplay, and my Mona cosplay from Warioware.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Too many to count, haha! The fandoms im in are kind of constantly changing, so unless I get a costume together when I'm at the peak of liking a character I usually lose my interest for wanting to cosplay as them pretty fast. But I've been meaning to write down a list or something of future cosplays I'd like to make happen!
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
When I went to Another Anime Convention two years ago, I wore my Princess Peach costume and met up with a few friends and all that. We were in the dealer's room, just kind of talking, and a woman came up to me with her son (who couldn't have been more than 6 or 7, maybe?) and asked if I would mind taking a picture with him. I told her I would love to, and happily posed for a picture with him. After she took it, the kid looked over at me kind of shyly and said "you're my favorite Mario character. everytime i play mario party i play as you." AND I SWEAR MY HEART LITERALLY MELTED RIGHT THEN AND THERE AND I KNEW I HAD TO STAY IN CHARACTER FOR THIS KID AND I WAS LIKE "Oh, thank you very much! I like to play as me in Mario Party, too." And he smiled and nodded and then his mom thanked me for the picture and he went off with her and it was probably the best thing that has ever happened to me in costume.
Do you participate in masquerades?
I never have before, actually! I enjoy watching them, though. Maybe someday if I get a group of friends to do it with, I will! I think that would be fun.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Nope! I just cosplay for fun, really. My costumes aren't typically very detailed (again, can't sew, haha.) but for me I just love the feeling of looking at least somewhat like a character that I admire.
Tell us a little about yourself
Well, uh, what would you like to know? Haha. My name's Maya, I'm a taurus, my hair changes color every two minutes, as hair typically does when you're addicted to dying it. My friends call me a hippie, which I like to call myself, too. I'm a big fan of 50s, 60s, and 70s culture, fashion, and music, but I also like modern culture, as well! I'm an artist, typically digital art but sometimes traditional, and I've got a tag for some of my art on tumblr, if you'd like to take a look (the link should be on my profile...somewhere). I also enjoy writing, singing, and playing video games, as well as my acoustic guitar. I collect records and action figures and anything else collectable, really. Oh, and I'm kind of in love with Shawnee Smith.
My favorite anime
Panty and Stocking W/ Garterbelt, Death Note, Sailor Moon, Madoka Magica
My favorite game(s)
Lollipop Chainsaw, Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Portal 1+2, Rock Band, Gotham City Imposters, Bioshock, Killing Floor, The Ship, Bloody Good Time, Minecraft, Soul Calibur (literally all of them I love that series so much), Final Fantasy X+X2, Kingdom Hearts 1+2+358/2 Days, and probably a lot more that I can't think about right now OTL
My favorite book(s)
Eon+Eona, The Hunger Games trilogy, The Lovely Bones, Generation Dead series, Battle Royale, and other stuff i also am probably not remembering right now
My favorite character(s)
Mariska (Lollipop Chainsaw), Lewis Legend (Lollipop Chainsaw), Juliet Starling (Lollipop Chainsaw), Nick Carlyle (Lollipop Chainsaw), Princess Peach (Super Mario Bros.), Mona (Warioware), Harley Quinn (Batman), Poison Ivy (Batman), The Joker (Batman), Starfire (Teen Titans), Raven (Teen Titans), Chibi-Moon/Chibi-Usa/Rini (Sailor Moon), Panty (Panty And Stocking W/ Garterbelt), Amanda Young (Saw), Zoey (Left 4 Dead), Chell (Portal), GLaDOS (Portal), The Spy (Team Fortress 2), Yuna (Final Fantasy) and others
My favorite movies(s)
Across The Universe, Pleasantville, Saw series, Forrest Gump, Sucker Punch, Scott Pilgrim VS The World, That Thing You Do!, Jennifer's Body, Carrie, Scary Movie series, Zombieland, Dawn of the Dead (i actually like the remake more than the original whoops), Shaun of the Dead, Tangled, Almost Famous, Mean Girls, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters AND OTHER STUFF IDK I REALLY LIKE MOVIES A LOT
My favorite actors/actresses
Shawnee Smith, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Will Ferrell, Michelle Rodriguez, Mila Jovovich, Callum Blue, Ellen Muth, Missi Pyle, Evan Rachel Wood, Drew Barrymore, Brittany Murphy, Rebel Wilson, Melissa McCarthy, Emily Browning, Tatiana Maslany, Michael Rooker, Dave Fennoy, etc. etc. etc. i could go on forever honestly