What got you into cosplay?
I saw people doing it in photos and at the couple conventions I attended before I began cosplaying, and said "Hmm, that's cool." Then my high school friend Selie and her sister Celine's cosplaying encouraged me to try it for myself.
What was your first costume and why?
For Halloween 2000, I made a Team Rocket grunt from Pokemon because Team Rocket is super, and I wanted to pick something fun and easy for my first time. I wore it to school that Halloween and one guy called me Team Rocket for the rest of the year - most of the accessories have been scavenged, but I still have the shirt and pants in my 'old cosplay' bin, where retired costumes go to die.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Naoki was the first character I really worked and put effort into, although he wasn't really recognized when I wore him. Team Magma is a great cute & casual costume I can wear at con after con, and Max Galactica has to be the one that makes people stop and stare at me the most.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Anything at the bottom of my costume list is a 'dream' costume...and, as I work on those and come up with new ideas, I'll reach one dream and start aiming for another!
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
My favorite would still have to be back at the beginning, when I took my Team Rocket costume over to Selie's house to hang out with her and take photos with Celine as Jessie. We went out to the park to take the pictures, and found some little kids on the playground who were Pokemon fans and recognized us. They loaned us a pair of Pikachu to play with and fight over - super cute!
Do you participate in masquerades?
Not counting being a stage ninja for a friend once, I popped my masquerade cherry on AnimeFest 2008. It was lots of work and fun, and I'd definitely do it again, but only if I liked the idea (or I thought I had a good concept myself).
What was your best masquerade experience?
Placing in the first real show I participated in was pretty awesome. A few hours beforehand I was extremely nervous, but I chilled out considerably once we got in there and didn't do too badly.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
I've gotten some recognition for Max Galactica. I usually make costumes for my own entertainment and for other fans / friends, so while I wouldn't say I'd never show off a costume in competition, I do prefer to attend photoshoots, hang out, and walk around the con rather than enter a contest that will take up a lot of time.
Tell us a little about yourself
I live in the Dallas area with a dog, a cat and four rockin' housemates who are all geeks, though none of them are big into cosplay (though one lets his cosplaying friends dress him up, and another staffs Scarborough). I hit up a lot of conventions, in Texas and across the US, because I'm either cosplaying, staffing, doing parapara events, or working for a dealer.
Aside from cosplay, I watch a lot of sci-fi and read fanfiction, pour far too much time and money into the Rocky Horror/Repo! The Genetic Opera shadowcast I'm a part of, and read trashy fantasy novels. in leisure time mostly I dance and choreograph parapara, play some videogames (Ace Attorney and Pokemon will always be my true loves), and read trashy fantasy novels. I work in a bakery and cross my fingers each day that the standing on my feet and walking back and forth across the store for 9 hour shifts will counteract the muffins and cookies I get to eat for free.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Sometimes I get nostalgic and want to revisit my old costumes to upgrade the level of quality in fabrics and sewing, now that I have a bit more skill and a lot more money, but then shiny new projects always come butting their heads in and I never actually get to it.
I really enjoy seeing the chronogically-ordered list of costumes in my gallery or on my website and comparing the different ways I'm improving my sewing, painting, hairstyling and other crafting skills. Still want to work on all of those skills, of course, but posing and makeup application currently give me the most difficulty.
My favorite anime
I like a little of everything, mostly the sorts of shows/movies that have pretty good staying power such as Miyazaki's work, Wolf's Rain, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Fullmetal Alchemist, Fushigi Yuugi, Gundam Wing, Ranma (oh crack!) etc. I don't keep up with a lot of newer fads, either because I tried it and didn't much like it, or simply don't have the time (not a big fan of series that go on for hundreds of episodes, for instance). I like slash/yaoi, but I hate squealing yaoi fangirls.
My favorite game(s)
All my friends are RPG fans, so because of them I like RPGs, except that I tend not to actually play them so much as pick up on the stories and characters from other people and websites, because they just take so darn long. I thumb my nose at Kingdom Hearts haters, and think it's adorable. The Ace Attorney series has stolen my soul and will never return it; those games were the main reason I purchased a DS and I have never for a moment regretted it. When I want a little mindless entertainment, I just pop in some Pokemon or Katamari and go to town.
I was into Dance Dance Revolution pretty hard in high school, but my love has dwindled because I don't feel hardcore enough to drop the cash for a quality hard pad, but I hate replacing the soft ones so often. I still go for Para Para Paradise because it's an excuse to get people together and dance.
My favorite book(s)
Fluffy fantasy and sci-fi novels are good. Children's books are also good (the excellent chapter-book sort meant for older children, or children being read to - stuff like The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, etc). Neil Gaiman is great, and when you mix him with Terry Pratchett the awesome-o-meter skyrockets (I fangirl-squeed when I read a thread asking for tips on Aziraphale and Crowley costumes to be more identifiable). I can't possibly pick even a few favorites. The stuff I most often end up reading is either endless repeats of books I own, or brain-relaxant, because I tend to read on weekends in my veg-out time.
My favorite character(s)
How could you even CHOOSE an overall favorite character? The answer, of course, is that it's impossible and I'm not even going to try.
(Phoenix Wright does, however, rock my socks in his own spiky-haired loltastic way.)
My favorite movies(s)
I tend to go for movies based on books I like, Disney movies, kids' movies (because half the stuff made for people my age either sucks, or is too violent and bloody for me...like stupid teen movies, or war movies that perhaps don't suck but have far too much blood)
Oddly enough, I don't mind blood that much in animation...it must be the 2-d vs. 3-d factor...
Labyrinth, The Neverending Story, and The Princess Bride have a huge nostalgia factor for me ^_^
My favorite actors/actresses
I don't pay much attention to the names behind the faces or voices of the characters I like...meaning I can watch a movie, love it, and have no clue who played the main character so excellently. Same with music, too...I can love a particular song or a bunch of songs by a band and know absolutely nothing about them, not even what the members look like.
That said, if some big name star like Johnny Depp walked up to me on the street I would probably have to work very hard to resist the urge to fangirl.