What got you into cosplay?
I came across it when browsing the internet. I immediately thought that it looked like a lot of fun and wanted to give it a try.
What was your first costume and why?
Edward Elric as Pride from the FMA: BlueBird Illusions game. I guess I chose to do it because I really was into Fullmetal Alchemist at the time and coming across the game gave me a different perspective on Edward thus decided to cosplay it.
What is your favorite costume and why?
My favorite pastime cosplay would have to be Ulquiorra because he will always be one of my favorite anime characters and to be able to cosplay him was a dream. Every time I had the chance to wear him I've had a great time. Lots of good and lasting memories came from wearing that cosplay.
My current favorite cosplay to wear is Prince Gumball. His personality is completely different from mine and I find it a challenge to act like him (if need be) but it's fun at the same time. I love trying to find Fionna and Marshall Lee cosplayers while at conventions because we always end up having some sort of ecstatic reaction.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Every moment in cosplay is a memorable experience. It is really hard to pick one moment to be the best.
Do you participate in masquerades?
What was your best masquerade experience?
Anime Fest 2011. Our group did a Legend of Zelda crossover with Portal. While rehearsing one night we decided to do a "derp" version of our skit where we really just acted very awkward. It was hilarious, since we were practicing in a hallway some con goers watch us practice and caught witness to this.
While acting out our "derp" version our Sheik literally took out one of our portal back drops as she was running and crashed and burned to the ground. We made sure she was alright but gah too funny!
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Anime NebrasKon '07 - 1st place Presentation: Ouran Hearts.
Anime NebrasKon '08 - Best Comedy: The Zero Mask.
A-kon '09 - Most Humorous: Legends of a Legendary Ninja.
Tokyo in Tulsa '09 - 1st Place Skit Division: Metal Gear Ouran.
Zombie Ball '09 - Best Group.
Anime NebrasKon '09 - Best Drama: Left 4 Dead.
Anime Iowa '10 - Best in Masters (performance): Kuroshitsuji - Tea Party Fiasco.
Anime NebrasKon '10 - Best Drama: England's Escape Plan.
Anime Central '11 - Judge's Award (for performance): Don't Mess with a Vampire.
AFEST '11 - Best in Open Division: Link's Frustration.
Anime NebrasKon '11 - Best Comedy: Assassin's Creed Literally.
Anime Detour '12 - Judge's Choice Craftsmanship: The Flesh Maiden.
Anime Milwaukee '13 - 1st Place Advanced Craftsmanship: Taokaka.
ZombieFest '13 - Judge's Award for Creativity: Clicker.
Tell us a little about yourself
I currently work as a Librarian. So, I get to see all the books coming and going from all over the world. There are definitely some fascinating books out there!
I am a connoisseur of classical/symphonic music. I'll definitely take time out of my schedule to just sit around relaxing to a new symphonic album or listen to any of the classics.
I would classify myself as an avid gamer. I definitely enjoy playing video games every day of the week for many hours.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I find making cosplays a wonderful thing. Not only do you get to learn a skill of sewing (and everything that goes with it) but with the finished product you get the chance to meet and hopefully make friends with literally thousands of others that share the same interest.
My favorite anime
Kuroshitsuji, Hellsing Ultimate, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Death Note, FullMetal Alchemist
My favorite game(s)
The Metal Gear Solid series, Assassin's Creed series, Dynasty/Samurai Warriors series, Sengoku Basara, Mass Effect series, Soul Calibur, Mortal Kombat, The Elder Scrolls series, Dragon Age, Journey
My favorite book(s)
I, Lucifer, Maze Runner series, The Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Night Angel Series, The Inheritance Trilogy, Hunger Games trilogy, Unwind, The Pelinor Books, The Light Bringer Series, Feed
My favorite character(s)
Ulquiorra Schiffer, The Count of Monte Cristo, Lelouch Vi Britannia, Ciel Phantomhive, L, Ivy
My favorite movies(s)
The Nightmare Before Christmas, Jurassic Park, Dracula Dead and Loving It, Kung-Fu Hustle