What got you into cosplay?
I saw that a convention would be in my area in 2007 and jumped at the chance and went. At first I thought cosplaying was sort of corny and nerdy, but when I realized how much fun people were having, I wanted to try it too! I guess I am secretly a nerdy and corny type of gal.
What was your first costume and why?
In 2007 when I first had an interest in cosplaying, I did not watch any recent anime series and had to pick a character from series I enjoyed when I was younger and was on TV, which happened to be Yu Yu Hakusho. I had a great time in it (although I did not make it), the problem is that I looked horrible XD.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Depends, for technical achivement Anastasia, but for comfort and family-all-around-fun I love Ping.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I want to grab 7 other people and do Kanjani8's Eito Rangers with their bikes. ONE DAY! Also a couple CLAMPs, JPOP (JOHNNYS!!), stuff from asian dramas, and a ton of other mad undercosplayed stuff. I want to cosplay from GONG!!!!!
Do you participate in masquerades?
I'm beginning to, and lovin' it!
What was your best masquerade experience?
I have two best experiences. My first one was at Jacon 2009 when I had the judges and host run up and tell me to compete. Man, they were the ones who started it for me. Everyone was just plain awesome, and I left making many friends. I had all those first-time butterflies, but the whole rush was worth it. Another one was at Metrocon 2009, when I was bumped from a novice to winning Best Journeyman, that was unbelievable. I'm still in shock of what had happened there.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Jacon 2009 Judges Award, Metrocon 2009 Best Journeyman
Tell us a little about yourself
Hi, my name is Elizabeth and I am 18 years old. I graduated from high school in May and attending UCF (University of Central Florida) in the fall, with 6 credits short of being a sohpmore. I also love to watch asian dramas, and American television shows varying from American Idol, comedy, and crime dramas. I love to listen to Jpop (Johnny's Entertainment), and anything by David Cook (who happens to sing like angels). I am a mix of Japanese, Chilean, German, and more.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I'm planning on doing a bunch of more detailed and complicated costumes for 2010 (that are not Disney). But I might have to slow down my costume making because of college.
My favorite anime
Detective Conan and Gintama, I know, a very odd combination, and largely underappreticated in the US. Favorite manga series is Rurouni Kenshin. Ranma 1/2, Inuyasha, Groove Adventure Rave, Shaman King, and Kekkaishi are amazing series too. Love and hate a bunch of other series.
My favorite game(s)
I love the Phoenix Wright series, I love Final Fantasy Tactics with my DYING WILL, Final Fantasy X, Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones, Harvest Moon, Dead or Alive, etc. I also play Lord of the Rings Online currently when my internet doesn't die on me XD.
My favorite book(s)
Sherlock Holmes series is fantastic, along with anything written by Janet Evanovich. I also love to read Joy Luck Club, Catch-22, Princess Bride, Crime and Punishment, etc.
My favorite character(s)
Entire cast of Gintama, Ran, Shinichi, and Kaitou Kid (Detective Conan), Kakashi (Naruto), Firo (Baccano!), Ryoga (Ranma 1/2), Horohoro (Shaman King), Kamiya Kaoru, Sagara Sanosuke, and just about everyone else (Rurouni Kenshin), Pheonix Wright and Maya (Phoenix Wright), Tidus (FFX), Ramza (FFT), Urahara (Bleach), Balthier (FFXII), Riza Hawkeye (FMA), Bankotsu, Miroku, and Sango (Inuyasha), Yamamoto (Katekyo Hitman Reborn), Hei (Darker than Black), Yoshimori (Kekkaishi), Meryl(Trigun), Mihoshi (Tenchi Muyo), Sanji (One Piece), Matsuda (Death Note)...Yeah I think that's it...
My favorite movies(s)
I love Miyazaki Movies, Disney (Classic Animation 90's) Movies, Detective Conan Movies, Japanese Movies and Dramas (something which I am too lazy to list), and 80's-90's: Back-to-the-Future, The Princess Bride, Indiana Jones, the Karate Kid, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, yeah the good stuff....
My favorite actors/actresses
A bunch of Japanese actors are awesome, Ikuta Toma, Hideaki Ito, Kitagawa Keiko, Tsumabaki Satoshi, Shibasaki Kou...
I don't have any particular favorites, but I love Jennifer Hudson (huge American Idol fan), Zach Braff, Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni (L&O SVU is PURE GENIUS)....and I know there's more...