What got you into cosplay?
Well... it just seemed to make sense. I'm a fairly artistic person and love drawing or painting cels. I have always admired beautiful costumes and had placed them in the "I can't do that" category... so I made costumes from clothes I bought or had my boyfriend's mom make parts for me. It wasn't long until I thought I *could* do this costume thing after all...
What was your first costume and why?
I guess technically, my first costume would be Sailor Chibimoon. My high school had "Dress up like your favorite character" day for homecoming... and even though Chibimoon wasn't my favorite, I decided on her. Mainly because my hair was short and red and naturally looked the most like hers. I made this costume from a white skirt, shirt, shoes, and knee socks that I already has. I added a cut up pink sheet, red bow made from a torn t-shirt, fabric paint, and cardboard accessories. My cheapest costume yet, as I already owned all those things.
What is your favorite costume and why?
My favorite is by far Shiva. She's my first real costume... that is, the first one I made completely by myself. I had lots of advice from Katie Bair of Petting Zoo Wig Designs on the wig, of course.. I had never so much as *put a wig on* at that point.. so I knew I'd need help.
I spent more hours working on this costume than I actually spent at work--and I work a full-time job, mind you. When it was done, though, it was a VERY rewarding feelin knowing that I MADE that. Wearing Shiva was not as fun as making her, but it all worked out in the end. ^_^
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I've always wanted to pull off a good Kenshin. I've started a Kenshin cosplay each year for the past three years and never finished him because something else caught my eye. You'd think he wouldn't be so hard to pull off compared to Shiva, huh?
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
It was an excellent feeling when someone screamed "GREAT HAIR!" as I walked across the stage at AWA as Shiva. Oh yeah. It paid off.
It was also pretty funny to be outside in the hot Georgia sun smoking a cigarette as Shiva. Should have taken a picture of that.....
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
No. Sigh. It did feel pretty good, though, when tons of audience members expressed their surprise that Shiva didn't win anything after the AWA costume contest. One of the judges even found me in that mass of bodies to tell me that my category was the hardest decision they had to make that year. She said they literally mulled over it for hours!
Tell us a little about yourself
I have a Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication (yes, it *is* as boring as it sounds) and work as a documentation specialist for Cox Communications (that's a cable company, for those of you who don't know). I actually really like my job... it's the people that I work with that make my job so fun. Surprisingly, many people I work with are pretty interested in my costumes, wigs, and the status of my giant tattoo.
Yep. I have a big old back tattoo of FFX's Yuna, ala Amano. I didn't want a cg video game character. I don't even like Yuna... but I love this picture of her. It's quite timeless.
Other than costuming, wig making, and watching anime, I like to watch Mystery Science Theater 3000, read (Harry Potter and the Dark Tower Series--Woot!), draw, work on my website (which is, admittedly, lacking), and play with my pet rats (Lucha and Jenner).
My favorite anime
RUROUNI KENSHIN!!! Fushigi Yuugi, Fruits Basket, Haibane Renmei, Elfen Lied, Peacemaker, Bleach, Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, Sailor Moon, Hellsing, GTO, Planetes, Inuyasha, Ayashi no Ceres, Little Snow Fairy Sugar, Evangelion, Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, X, Wolf's Rain, Outlaw Star, Escaflowne, Gravitation, Midori no Hibi, King of Bandit Jing, Rahxephon, Koi Kaze, Samurai Champloo, His and Hers Circumstances, Kodomo no Omocha, Kino's Journey, Anything by Miyazaki, and countless others I have forgotten I watched.
My favorite game(s)
Anything Final Fantasy, anything Oddworld, Karaoke Revolutions, Xenosaga, Fable.
I'm not a big gamer.
My favorite book(s)
Harry Potter, The Dark Tower series, Lord of the Rings, whatever I pick up that grabs my attention.. I have a ton of them.
My favorite character(s)
Himura Kenshin and Vash the Stampede. Well, they're basically the same guy, only one's taller and uses a gun.
My favorite movies(s)
Donnie Darko, Moulin Rouge, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Kill Bill, many others that I am too brain-busted to remember.
My favorite actors/actresses
Ewan McGregor, Jason Isaacs, Jake Gylenhaal, Nicole Kidman, umm... and other people whose names I forget.