What got you into cosplay?
I've always liked acting and sewing, so as soon as I started going to conventions, it came naturally to me.
What was your first costume and why?
My first costume was Irvine Kinneas from Final Fantasy VIII, because I've always loved Final Fantasy games and Irvine's hair was close to mine. I was looking for something I could easily do without having to dye my hair. My mom wasn't big on that idea and I was too young to really argue on that point.
What is your favorite costume and why?
I'd have to say my Bolin costume. I'm really proud because, while it wasn't as technically difficult as Steiner, it really was a show of everything I've learned to date. I drafted the patterns for literally everything, and designed/wefted the wig myself.
I also just have a lot of fun arsing around as Bolin.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
YES! Definitely! I have so many dream costumes-- Cougar from S-CRY-ed, Leonardo Da Vinci from Assassin's Creed, and Judeau from Berserk are the top ones on my list right now.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
At Otakon 2011, a group of my friends did almost the entire main cast of Akira and then showed up to the Art of Akira panel. Joe Peacock, the man behind the Art of Akira exhibit (who's a great guy, by the way), saw us in the front row as he was just starting his presentation. (We just grinned and waved like the smart asses we are.) He immediately called us up to the front and said, "Guys, I want you to applaud these people, because what they're doing now is far more significant than anything I'm about to say to you." Afterwards he took pictures with all of us and invited us down to see some extra stuff at his exhibit that he hadn't gotten to put out.
This reminded me why I cosplay. Yes, I like crafting, and you'll never find a cosplayer who DOESN'T like attention, but I cosplay to connect with other people. This experience had us all so pumped up for the rest of the night, and we'll definitely be reprising the group at Otakon 2012.
Do you participate in masquerades?
My walk-on when I was 14 doesn't count, suffice to say. I might, but I find myself too caught up in the creation of my costumes and the process of real life to plan a masquerade skit on top of that.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Nope, none to date. I'm hoping to remedy that soon.
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm an MSc Medieval History student, and I hope to go onto my PhD next year.
Outside of cons and the activities that come with them, I like to draw and write, as well as act. I collect postcards and gashupon, enjoy watching trashy crime TV, dabble in steam punk design, and continually make a mockery of history.
I do a lot of odd jobs. I've been a book store cashier, a theater usher, a law office secretary, and a lab technician in a pathology lab. I'm hoping to go back to school very soon.
I'm also deathly afraid of sharks and needles.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Fun fact: I love dick jokes.
My favorite anime
Berserk, Fullmetal Alchemist, S-CRY-ed, Rurouni Kenshin, Yu Yu Hakusho, Mobile Suit Gundam 0079, One Piece, Gankutsuou, Eureka 7
My favorite game(s)
Final Fantasy VII-X, XII and XIII, Shadow Hearts 1-3, Phoenix Wright Series, Bioshock 1 and 2, Skyrim, Assassin's Creed
My favorite book(s)
Catch-22, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Poisonwood Bible, Goethe's Faust, The Portrait of Dorian Gray, Discworld Series, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, The Whitechapel Gods, Jurassic Park
My favorite character(s)
Judeau (Berserk), Cougar (S-CRY-ed), Kenshin (Rurouni Kenshin), Kuwabara (Yu Yu Hakusho), Franky (One Piece)
My favorite movies(s)
The Seven Samurai, The Princess Bride, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jaws, Titanic, Adventures of Tintin