What got you into cosplay?
A purple wig that I thought looked like Xelloss's hair (Slayers), and seeing cosplay photos on a popular anime website back in the early 2000s.
What was your first costume and why?
Xelloss, from Slayers. Why? The aforementioned wig.
What is your favorite costume and why?
It's hard to pick a favorite, but if I have to I have to say White/Touko/Hilda from Pokemon Black and White. It's a simple, easy-to-wear costume that is comfortable in most temperatures, and also very recognizable. I was also the first person outside of Japan to make and wear the costume, just two weeks after the character art was made public on the internet.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Currently, Pulse from Twin Signal is a dream costume that I'm slowly accumulating pieces for. A very far-off dream costume is Meru in Dragoon form from The Legend of Dragoon because...wings.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
There have been a lot. Some of the more memorable have been the gigantic Soul Eater photoshoots from 2009, the many Pokemon photoshoots from 2010, and the very first time someone recognized the character i was cosplaying and wanted a picture.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Masquerades, yes, when I get the chance (it's usually just Animazement, though). Craftsmanship contests, no.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Animazement 2011 - we put the skit together in about two days, the concept was pretty unique and fun to do, and the judges and audience LOVED it.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
I don't compete
Tell us a little about yourself
I graduated from college a couple of years ago with a BA in Theatre. Right now I'm working at an awesome job putting together large mascot costumes for a lot of different clients - sports teams, theme parks, businesses, theatrical productions, etc. For the first time in ever, I LOVE MY JOB. My hobbies are the standard kind for someone with a cosplay.com account, lol. Watching anime, reading manga, playing video games, sewing, etc. I also love to watch Japanese live action (Kamen Rider, sentai, j-dramas).
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Kamen Rider...has kind of taken over my life as of late. XD
My favorite anime
Slayers is and will be my definite favorite. Pokemon was my first fandom and is still one of my strongest. I've watched/read a ton of anime/manga in my time as a fangirl. And that's not even accounting for all of the live-action!
My favorite game(s)
Harvest Moon (like, all of them), Pokemon, Azure Dreams, Monster Rancher, Dance Dance Revolution, Phoenix Wright series, Plants vs. Zombies, Final Fantasies (6-10 and 12 as well as Tactics)
My favorite book(s)
I don't read books as much as I used to, just mostly manga. ^^;;;
My favorite character(s)
This list would be way, waaaaay too long. To summarize, any character I've ever cosplayed is a favorite of mine.
My favorite movies(s)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Kung Pow! Enter the Fist, The Last Samurai, All Dogs Go to Heaven, The Lion King
My favorite actors/actresses
I have a lot. Most of them are actors from Japanese live action shows and movies and the like, some are J-pop musicians. Some are voice actors.