What got you into cosplay?
I wanted to Be Link for Halloween in 2005, did it. But then needed to find a reason to use the costume after that. Cosplay was the obvious and only choice.
What was your first costume and why?
Link - The Twilight Princess... I have been a Legend of Zelda fan since the series inception, so it was an easy choice. I liked the way the costume came out, just I really didn't fit the character well at all.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Buggy the Clown, It looks great, comfortable and just fun to wear.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Samus - Metroid Fusion, and then Dave from 2001: A Space Odyssey
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Anime South 2007 - I was able to be lucky enough to have a Wind Waker photoshoot on the beach with some talented cosplayers.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Anime Express 2006 - Judges Award - Link- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Hokocon 2006 - Best of Show - Link- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Metrocon 2007- Best Craftmanship - Ganondorf -The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Anime South 2007 - Best Craftmanship- Ganondorf - The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Megacon 2008 - Best Technical - Ganondorf -The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Group)
Metrocon 2008 - Best of Show -Skull Knight - Berserk (group)
Anime Festival Orlando 2008 - Best Craftmanship - Darknut - The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (group)
Anime Supercon 2008 - Best of Show - Adelbert Steiner - Final Fantasy IX (group)
Anime South IV - Best Group - Kurogane - Tsubasa (group)
Anime Express 2009 - Best Likeness - Roronoa Zoro - One Piece (group)
Animazement 2009 - Judge's Award - Auron -Final Fantasy X
Florida Supercon 2009 - Best Craftsmanship - Auron - Final Fantasy X (Group)
Anime Festival Orlando 2009 - Best Prop - Shadow Beast (Zant's Messenger) - The Legend of Zelda: The Twilght Princess (group)
Anime X Gamer Experience 2009 - Best Group - Elma - The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - Group
Florida Supercon 2010 - Best Group - Poe Ghost - The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - Group
Anime Festival Orlando 2010 - 1st Place Advance - Nickel - Katamari Daimacy - Group
Megacon 2011 - Best Group - Olimar - Pikmin - Group
Anime Mid Atlantic 2011 - Best Overall Craftsmanship - Hector - Fire Emblem (Group)
Anime Festival Orlando 2011 - 2nd Place Advance - Hector -Fire Emblem (Group)
Anime Weekend Atlanta 2011 - Best Video Game - The Great Mizuti - Baten Kaitos (Group)
MTAC 2012 - Best Group - Saturos - Golden Sun (Group)
Florida Supercon 2012 - Best Group - Saturos - Golden Sun (Group)
Anime Festival Orlando 2012 - Best Advance - Interlude - Radiata Stories (Group)
Afest 2012 - Best of Show - Glenn - Chrono Cross (group)
Anime Weekend Atlanta 2012 - Best Anime - Buggy the Clown (Marine Ford) - One Piece (group)
Megacon 2013 - Judges award - The Great Mizuti - Baten Kaitos
Anime Weekend Atlanta 2013 - Judges Award - Wakka - Final Fantasy X
Tell us a little about yourself
My name is Shawn. I am an Exceptional Education Teacher of autistic, and other special needs kids. I also into 80's music, aquariums, and good people.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I am not totally constrained by a reference image of a character. I tend to take some liberties and make my character better in real life, and take away what does make sense in reality.
My favorite anime
One Piece, Robotech, Tekkonkinkreet, Cowboy Bebop, Shin Chan, Sgt. Frog, and Akira
My favorite game(s)
Castlevania, Super Mario Brothers Galaxy, Paper Mario, Baten Kaitos, Radiata Stories, Jet Set Radio Future, Okami, Pikmin, Limbo, Katamari, Dragon Quest VIII, Bomberman,The Legend of Zelda, Settlers of Catan, Call of Duty - World at War, Jak & Daxter and most most favorite Metroid.
My favorite book(s)
Lord of the Rings, Lord of the Flies, MAUS
My favorite character(s)
The Witch King, Samus, The Great Mizuti, HAL 9000, Iroh, Aang, Bilbo Baggins, Yangus and Snake Eyes
My favorite movies(s)
Lord of the Rings, Cabin Boy, 12 Monkeys, 2001: A Space Odyssey
My favorite actors/actresses
Dave Chappelle and Chris Elliot.