What got you into cosplay?
I never really "grew out" of my geekiness and have been playing video games and fangirling over fictional characters and Japanese anime (thanks to Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball, Pokemon, etc.) ever since I was a little kid. As the years went by, I also became very interested in Japanese culture and thus, thanks to teh interwebz, I came across cosplay photos one day. It was only natural that I would choose to engage in it full-on. It is an incredible hobby that is both enjoyable and ever challenging, combining a variety of things be it sewing, prop-making, acting, modeling, photography, hair-styling... and a range of other skills depending on the specific character (martial arts, singing, dancing, instruments, etc.). I love the feeling of being absolutely absorbed in a project and working towards that end goal of completing it, wearing it, and really bringing that character to life.
What was your first costume and why?
My first full-on cosplay was Advent Children Tifa. I hadn't fully played any of the FF games, but I became so attracted to her character, personality, and overall look (black leather outfit, hair, face) after watching Advent Children that I really wanted to try my hand at portraying her.
What is your favorite costume and why?
My "favorite costume" usually tends to be whatever cosplay I'm working on at the moment. I'm so bad at picking favorites!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Talim from Soul Calibur 2 - back when I would constantly play that game oh-so-many years ago, I literally wanted to BE her so once I actually complete that I can die happy. I've also got a good list of League of Legends characters I'd like to complete as well.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
I met Pikminlink at Comic-Con '07, dressed in her trademark Link attire. Imagine that, me in my first ever cosplay going to my first ever con and already meeting a cosplay legend! I almost peed my pants. Aside from that, my favorite cosplay experiences include doing group cosplays with friends, meeting new people, and having a good ol' time at cons!
Tell us a little about yourself
I hold a Bachelor's of Arts in Visual & Performing Arts (Arts & Technology emphasis) as of 2010 and am currently working an office job. If I don't make it in the arts/entertainment industry (HAHA), I would like to go back to school to continue my education towards a professional career. Aside from cosplay, I like to make song/dance covers on Youtube, and I also have a blog: http://hellozombie.tumblr.com
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I am also a zombie slayer.
My favorite anime
Avatar: The Last Airbender, One Piece, NANA, Kino no Tabi, Samurai Champloo
My favorite game(s)
Resident Evil, Mirror's Edge, Soul Calibur, Super Mario RPG, Super Smash Bros. series, Zelda, League of Legends
My favorite book(s)
Harry Potter, Frankenstein, Life of Pi, The Architecture of Happiness
My favorite character(s)
Talim (Soul Calibur 2), Link (Legend of Zelda), Toph Bei Fong (Avatar: The Last Airbender), Faith (Mirror's Edge), Nana Osaki (NANA), Shin (NANA), Straw Hat Pirates!
My favorite movies(s)
5 Centimeters Per Second