What got you into cosplay?
Well, I was always into "playing dress-up" as a kid, and vividly remember getting into my grandma's makeup as a child so my cousin and I could try to do our makeup like David Bowie in Labyrinth. I sewed my first costume in 5th grade, which was a Native American costume and mostly held together with hot glue. Eventually, cosplay was the next logical step.
What was your first costume and why?
My first anime cosplay was Sailor Mercury, when I was in high school. My friend dressed as Sailor Moon. That was also when the show aired during Toonami on Cartoon Network. We worked at a children's event painting faces and stayed in character the whole time. Little girls were asking if they could take pictures with us... they thought we were the real sailor senshi (well, "scouts")! There's also a funny story about a rainstorm and floods and having nothing to wear but a sailor fuku for 24 hours... but it's a long one.
What is your favorite costume and why?
So far, Lulu. I kick myself that I didn't get more photos (or better ones), since I put so much effort into that costume!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Oh yes. Tons! Though as I get older, I've decided to no longer dress as high-school-aged characters. That cuts down my options a lot!
If I ever get the skill, I'd absolutely LOVE to dress as a character from Valkyrie Profile. (which one, I'm not sure yet... I just love all the costumes). I'd also love to make a Nuriko costume from Fushigi Yuugi, in full courtesan hanfu.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Probably my first Dragon*Con in 2011. So many costumes to geek out over... I was like a kid in a candy store. I also had a blast meeting other cosplayers who were passionate about the same fandoms.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Well, my friends and I took third place for our Sorcerer Hunters ensemble at the Tulsa Mini-con back in 2002. I was Tira, my friend Laura was Chocolate, and our friend Jordan was Carrot. We had a blast, and during the skit I got to strip off the red overcoat to reveal a manga-style black corset-garters-and-thigh-highs ensemble beneath, which was hilarious.
I also took first place in the Masters category at Anime Festival Wichita 2007 with my Lulu costume.
Tell us a little about yourself
Well, if it's creative, I've tried it. I've made AMV's, I write, I draw, I sew, I've bellydanced, I customize ball-jointed dolls... I sometimes sing karaoke though I'm not great at it. I just love creating and expressing myself through my creations.
My favorite anime
-Ayashi no Ceres
-Darker than Black
(yeah, I'm kind of old school when it comes to anime...)
My favorite game(s)
-The Final Fantasy games are all so popular, but I like them anyway. Especially VIII and X.
-Retro side-scrolling platformers like Megaman and Super Mario Bros 3
-Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
My favorite book(s)
-Angel Sanctuary... and anything else by Kaori Yuki for that matter.
-Fushigi Yugi (both arcs, but I like the original better than Genbu Kaiden)
-Full Moon o Sagashite
-Ah My Goddess
-Vampire Princess Miyu
-The Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux
-Notre Dame de Paris - Victor Hugo
-Both Alice books - Lewis Carroll
-Anything by Neil Gaiman, but especially Neverwhere
-Anything by Robin Hobb
My favorite character(s)
In all works of literature/film/television:
-The Fool, Robin Hobb's "Farseer Trilogy" and "Tawny Man Trilogy"
-Sakuya Kira, "Angel Sanctuary" by Kaori Yuki
-The Marquis, "Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman
-Meroko, "Full Moon o Sagashite" by Arina Tanemura
-Westley, "The Princess Bride" (film more so than the book)
-The Joker and Harley Quinn (Batman)
My favorite movies(s)
Labyrinth, The Princess Bride, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Legend, Death to Smoochy, What Dreams May Come, Saved!, Kill Bill, Ghost World
My favorite actors/actresses
I'm a Milla Jovovich nut. Love her!