What got you into cosplay?
Manga, video games, and movies. And of course I never would've done it without my cosplaying friends JustKiwi and SilverSkye or the many fantastic photographers I've worked with.
What was your first costume and why?
I made my first costume for Halloween before I even knew cosplay even existed. It was the kimono version of Haku from Naruto, which I did with my friend JustKiwi. SilverSkye was with us too as Sakura. I think that was the first cosplay experience for all of us. I don't remember how long ago it was. Probably around 2004. Now that I look back on it, the little sewing I did was terrible. I had no idea what hemming was. But the costume didn't turn out half bad, thanks to my mom and step-grandmother.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Despite its simplicity, I'd have to say my L costume. It's comfortable and easy to have fun with, and L is awesome. But the costumes I'm most proud of are the Raving Rabbids. My friends and I toiled for months on them, and they turned out pretty awesome, in my humble opinion.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Cosplay always generates amazingly memorable experiences. I can't just pick one. Cons, photoshoots, whatever, they're always so incredible.
Do you participate in masquerades?
No. I have terrible stage fright. (Then why the heck are you cosplaying?!?)
To tell the truth, I get really nervous when people talk to me or ask for my picture when I'm in costume, and if it's a large crowd, I'm always left shaking. Call it an adrenaline rush, but I feel pretty pathetic either way.
My favorite anime
Death Note (or the manga, rather), Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Tales of the Abyss, Silver Spoon
My favorite game(s)
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, Harvest Moon 64, Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life, Guitar Hero III, Rayman Raving Rabbids, Patapon, Zelda: A Link to the Past, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 5, Super Mario World