What got you into cosplay?
My sister started going to conventions a couple years before me, heck before I was even fully into anime. Of course, me being my young self at the time wanted to be like her so I started wanting to go to conventions. So I did!
What was your first costume and why?
My first costume was Kagome from Inuyasha. I originally wanted to go as Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura but I had to rethink it because of my budget...and time.
What is your favorite costume and why?
My favourite costume wold have to be Agito from Air Gear. As much as the ties got annoying at some points, it was a lot of fun to switch between the happy go lucky Agito and the evil Akito or is it the other way around? Haha, it was definitely fun.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I would love to go as Wedding Yuna at some point. She has a really pretty outifit! Or go as Asche in her wedding dress! But mostly I want to go as BlackRose from .hack
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
I was walking with my friends at AN'05 and I commented on why guys wear dresses. At that exact moment, a guy crossplaying as Chii walked by and this other guy came up to us and promptly told me that he loved to crossplay. It was the funniest thing ever yet embarrassing!
Do you participate in masquerades?
Yes. I've participated in many masquerades and have reached the Master division.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Best masquerade experience? I truly can't choose. My first entry was AN 07 as the Tsubasa group. We entered with the 'Fight for a Memory', a flag and fan dance. We won best choreography and met a lot of people. It was overall a great experience. Den 6 for the win!!! Hurray for unofficial fan service!!!
Second entry was at NAF 07. We were a Prince of tennis duo and we did a skit about how the group truly warms up. We won an award for best warm up.
Third time was at FanExpo 07. We entered as Li and Sakura from Cardcaptors and Ed from FMA. They definitely announced the title of the skit as 'the Weight Issue' instead of 'the Height Issue' as it was supposed to be. Still, it was awesome and we met a lot of great people.
Fourth was AnimeNorth 08! We did an ouran dance and our den mom was the best!!
Fifth was NAF 08 and we won workmanship for our Ouran outfits! We did a hiphop routine, it was awesome.
The Sixth was FanExpo 08. We entered in our Lucky Star outfits and did part of the dance. Den four for the win!!
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Best Choreography Novice - AnimeNorth 2007
Best Warm-Up Novice - NAF 2007
Best Workmanship Novice - NAF 2008
Performance Journeyman NAF 2009
Workmanship Journeyman NAF 2009
Best Practical Elegance Journeyman - AnimeNorth 2009
Best Tailoring Artisan - AnimeNorth 2010
Cutest Couple Artisan - NAF 2010
Best Artisan - Con-G 2011
Devotion to Detail Master - AnimeNorth 2011
Best Characterization Master - AnimeNorth 2011
I'm pretty sure those are the names for the awards. They might be off a bit.
Tell us a little about yourself
In my spare time I like to read, play on my computer, hang out with friends, draw, write and watch anime! I spend a lot of time with my cosplay group members, known as the Crimson Wings. My sister and I started our group along with my best friend and it seems that every con, we grow in size by one person. I think we're at about eight or nine people? Or possibly more...
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I also like to play piano and cosplay. I'm also getting into photography quite a bit. Writing has become a bigger part of my life recently and I'm hoping that with practice my drawing will get better as well.
My favorite anime
Fruits Basket, Negima, Love Hina, Tokyo Mew Mew, Gundam Seed, Avatar, Cardcaptors, Code Geass, Air Gear, Ouran High School Host Club, D. Gray-Man, Katekyo Hitman Reborn, Soul Eater, Kuroshitsuji, Hetalia, Ranma 1/2, Sailor Moon, Vampire Knight and Fushigi Yuugi.
My favorite game(s)
Final Fantasy X, Tales of Symphonia, Clash of Ninja 2, Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts 2, Donkey Konga, DDR, Tales of the Abyss, Rockband, Katamari Damacy, Final Fantasy XIII and Mortal Kombat:Deception.
My favorite book(s)
Waking Dream by Rhiannon Lassiter, Castaways of the Flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques, Artemis Fowl, the Argeneau series by Lynsay Sands, Vampire Academy series, Another Faust.
My favorite character(s)
Sakura from Cardcaptors, BlackRose from .hack, Cagalli from GS, Ichigo from Tokyo Mew Mew, Katara from Avatar:The Last Airbender, Gokudera from Katekyo Hitman Reborn, Nel from Bleach, Maka from Soul Eater, Sora from Kingdom Hearts, Piplup and Squirtle from Pokemon, Legolas from LotR.
My favorite movies(s)
Peter Pan, Lion King, Pirates Series, Harry Potter, Mean Girls, The Mummy, Avengers, Memoirs of a Geisha
My favorite actors/actresses
Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Watson, Victoria Justice, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert Downey Jr., Jensen Ackles, Amanda Seyfried, James McAvoy, Anne Hathaway, Emma Stone