What got you into cosplay?
It all started out as a joke at anime boston 2003. I dressed up as Duo maxwell to make my friend laugh and as he was my favorite character. If I knew then what I know now. Cosplay is the second most expensive hobby I have ^^; but what keeps me into it is the ability to meet and make friends with amazing people! My closest friends are the ones I've met at anime conventions.
What was your first costume and why?
Duo Maxwell, he was my favorite anime character at the time, and I didn't have to change my hair at all. The style of the costume was made up of things I already had in my closet.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Trafalgar Law; He's such a wonderful character and is so much fun to cosplay as. He's also by far my favorite anime/manga character from any series I've ever seen!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Shuten Douji from Samurai Troopers.
I would like to have a group cosplay as Miaka and the Suzaku seven; I wanna be Tamahome or Noriko. But I also dream to have the entire cast of Chrono Cross at some point (yes, all 40 playable characters); I'll be Slash of course.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Meeting the American voice actor of Duo Maxwell, Mr. Scott McNeil, while I was dressed as Duo at my very first anime convention Anime Boston 2003! It was amazing, he's a really cool guy.
Another most memorable experience was meeting Maki Murakami at Otakon 2007, and we were in our Gravitation group cosplay. Judy, K, Ark and Reiji!
And finally my MOST amazing moment was meeting Kappa Yamaguchi, who voices Usopp from One Piece- he's fantastic!
Do you participate in masquerades?
Hmmmm, if by participate you mean staff then yes. I haven't competed in one since 2006.
What was your best masquerade experience?
The "I am Duo Maxwell" skit in the masquerade at KameCon 2004. My sister was Trowa who was being forced to decide who was the real Duo Maxwell. Chaos ensued as myself and two other Duos fought it out proclaiming to be the real one. We all had decent braids which was the first argument, then it came to scythes. The other girl was like, "I have a scythe!" then I was like, "well mine's bigger" and then she was "Its not the size, its what you do with it!" Then the other guy said, "Yeah, well I'm the right gender." So I went, "Yeah well I'm both genders!" they both took a step back. "I'm Duo Maxwell!" "No, I'm Duo" "No I am!" Then I pointed at Trowa and was like "Pick me or you die." while Trowa was trying to sneak off stage. Then broke into a run as we chased her off all screaming, "I'm Duo pick me!"
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Yes, I won a Judge's Award as Zelgadis Graywords in the Anime Boston 2006 Masquerade.
I won a blue ribbon the the hall cosplay contest at Another Anime Con 2006.
Tell us a little about yourself
I have a large family, I graduated High school in June 2006. I work for Panera Bread. My favorite hobbies include drawing, costume making, acting, singing, playing guitar, playing piano/keyboard, composing original lyrics (some times with background music), studying languages and writing (original stories, fanfiction). I'm a natural geek in a way because I enjoy studying history in general the Renaissance/medieval times including medieval torture always fascinated me. I also enjoy swimming when I can (I'm allergic to chlorine), being with friends, karate and cosplaying (duh!).
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I hope to be a Voice Actor some day, even if it isn't for anime. I just love acting so much and would love to do the voices of cartoons and anime some day if I can. My other aspirations include writing a novel or comic book series.
My favorite anime
One Piece, Yorodian Samurai Troopers, Princess Tutu, Pretear, RomeoxJuliet, Black Jack, Gravitation, Yami no Mastuei, Sukysho, Get Backers, Sailor moon and Gundam Wing.
My favorite game(s)
The Legend of Zelda; Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess, Lunar: Silver star story, Chrono Cross, Pokemon, Persona 3 and Battle stadium D.O.N.
My favorite book(s)
Other than the Harry Potter series and the Dragon Riders of Pern series I usually stick to manga; One Piece, Dororo, Gravitation, Magic Knight rayearth and Eerie Queerie (ghost) to name a few. I also love fantasy and anything by clamp or maki murakami. I'm also into Tesuka's work.
My favorite character(s)
Anime (in this order): Trafalgar Law, Black Jack, Eustass "Captain" Kidd, Portgas D. Ace, Duo Maxwell, Zelgadis, Cho Hakkai
Manga: Trafalgar Law, K-San, Judy Winchester (gravitation), Ascot (Rayearth), K, Sanji
Books: Professor Snape (harry potter)
My favorite movies(s)
Clockwork Orange, Boys don't cry, million dollar baby, Phantom of the Opera, Lawrence of Arabia (long yes, but damn good), and Don Juan de Marco
My favorite actors/actresses
If I had to choose.....
Actor: Johny Depp (because he's a very good actor)
Actress: Hilary Swank (fffffhawwwt)
Voice Actor: Scott McNeil and Crispin Freeman