What got you into cosplay?
A friend of mine invited me to Otakon 2004 and suggested I should cosplay. I had always wanted to cosplay (I don't remember when I first heard of it though) and decided to give it a try. Before the con, my mom and I made three simple costumes, which didn't come out too great since we did them in just a few days.
Because I'm a procrastinator I didn't cosplay again until ConnectiCon 2007 when I actually sat down with my mom a couple months ahead of time and planned out two costumes.
What was your first costume and why?
My first costume was Sailor Neptune for Halloween. My best friend at the time was Sailor Uranus. This was when we only watched dubs and thought they were only cousins. It was pretty basic and last minute. I wish I could find the pictures of it. This was in 1998 or 1999, I think. Late high school for me.
What is your favorite costume and why?
My favorite costume is Celes. At my first convention I wore
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Samus Aran from Metroid. I love the Metroid series and I would love to wear her armor. I don't think I will ever have the skills to make armor for that.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Costume Con 27, in Maryland in 2009. I loved seeing all different types of costumes and having the older attendees who have been costuming forever complimenting me and other cosplayers on our costumes. It was also great to see that this is a hobby I can do forever, as many of the attendees have.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Yes, it's lots of fun and I love collaborating with my friends.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Yes, most recently was First Place Masters Craftsmanship in the AB 2010 Masquerade for the Eternal Sonata group I was in, and an honorable mention for the Queen Emeraldas and Captain Harlock costumes I made for myself and a friend for the AnimeUSA 2010 Hall Costume Contest.
Tell us a little about yourself
I graduated from UMass Amherst in 2005 and work full time now.
I live in Central Massachusetts with my completely non-fan boyfriend who puts up with my anime, sci-fi, video game, and costuming obsessions. I love Boston sports, especially the Patriots. I love to cook and host parties with lots of food and good friends.
My favorite anime
Fruits Basket, Code Geass, Tenchi Muyo (OVA and Universe), Fushigi Yugi, Clamp School Detectives, Magic Knight Rayearth, Pretty Cure (all)
My favorite game(s)
Final Fantasy series (VI and IV are my favorites), The Legend of Zelda series (A Link to the Past is my favorite), Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Super Metroid, Guitar Hero/Rock Band, Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing
My favorite book(s)
Manga - Fruits Basket, Ouran High School Host Club, Nana, Paradise Kiss, anything CLAMP
Other - Harry Potter
My favorite character(s)
Celes from FFVI, Lucca from Chrono Trigger, Tohru from Fruits Basket, River Song from Doctor Who
My favorite movies(s)
West Side Story, Casablanca, Groundhog Day, The Shawshank Redemption, Ocean's 11, Sleeping Beauty, Castle in the Sky