What got you into cosplay?
Pretty much the same thing which got me into special effects makeup; the Saw series.
What was your first costume and why?
Billy The Puppet for the aforementioned reason. It's a costume I go back to from time to time. Re-creating it allows me to see how (if at all) I've improved.
What is your favorite costume and why?
As of yet I truly do not have a designated favourite; that might change in the future. There are parts of all my costumes that I feel particularly proud of, and things I know I could probably improve on in some way.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Of course! I have an entire list.
Do you participate in masquerades?
I'm going to assume this translates to "cosplay contest", and sadly, no! I would love to; not for the competition aspect, but just the sheer fun of it. ^^
Tell us a little about yourself
I am entirely self-taught in everything I do; makeup, special effects stuff, marker and pencil art, painting, writing, acting, sewing, knitting. Pretty much everything about me is geared towards the arts. I love animals, I'm a vegetarian, I'm a total nerd, and I am *SUPER* friendly (big step up for me, since I used to be so shy that I'd go outta my way not to talk with people!). Vison presents a BIG problem for me at times; my left eye is more affected by this than my right, and to be quite painfully honest, I'm colourblind, so aspects of my costumes may not always be the one hundred percent dead-on as I'd like. I wear glasses, but I remove them for cosplaying. I may not always have the corresponding eye colour as the character I'm portraying, but I refuse to wear contacts due to my vision already being bad, and fear of making that worse by wearing contacts just for that one purpose.
I also have a beautiful gigantic greyhound whom I love. <3
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Not to sound super negative, but there are aspects of this community that I dislike, such as people who consider themselves established cosplayers being mean to those who either just started out, or those who look up to them. I'm also not a fan of cosplayers hijacking an idea or a concept from somebody else, assuming they can do it WITHOUT asking, or giving credit. :/ Sadly, that's happened to me but I'm not letting it stop me from getting out there and cosplaying, since I know there are some truly great people out there. Personally, I don't get the snooty behaviour; I could never be like that, regardless of popularity level or reaction to my costumes. We're all doing the same thing in our own way, right? :)
I'm not too comfortable with provocative cosplay, either. I understand you might like a character with a very revealing outfit, but it always sparks a safety concern in my mind, and for that reason I wouldn't walk around like that.
I've also been on the receiving end of spiteful comments such as: you're too fat to be this character, you're too ugly, you aren't white so you can't be this character, ect. Whilst I can appreciate and support a constructive critique, attacking a person for the way they look is nothing helpful.
My favorite anime
I totally understand the appeal of anime, but to be honest, I am more of a survival horror cosplayer than anything else.
My favorite game(s)
Silent Hill, Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams, Silent Hill 3, Silent Hill 4: The Room, Silent Hill: Homecoming, Silent Hill: Origins, Silent Hill: Downpour (<3), Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Dead Space, Dead Space 2, Dead Space 3, The Evil Within, Deadly Premonition, Escape From Dead Island, Dead Island, Dead Island: Riptide, Saw, Saw 2: Flesh and Blood, Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2, The Walking Dead Season One, The Walking Dead Season Two, Final Fantasy VII, Pokémon, more that I can't think of.
My favorite book(s)
Since I don't want to keep you guys here forever, let's just keep it short and sweet. Anything by Stephen King, and anything remotely related to The Walking Dead.
My favorite character(s)
Far, far too many for a complete list! -^-^-
My favorite movies(s)
I know it's not to everybody's tastes, but I absolutely adore the entire Saw series! ^^ Other than that; the Silent Hill movie, and a bunch of other horrors or cute animations. AND STAR WARS. <3