What got you into cosplay?
I went to Otakon in 1999, and was absoultely captivated by the fact that people actually dressed up in such a manner. Ever since my family stopped celebrating Halloween, I thought I lost my shot at just dressing up for fun. Once I had enough financial backing I began in 2002, and luckily, the family had no problem with it since it wasn't on a holiday they disliked.
What was your first costume and why?
THAT WHICH SHALL NOT BE NAMED.
No, really, I threw together an original costume that featured red, black, and white, to compliment my best friend because we went as a pair. It was a chance for both of us to have fun and just dress up so we wouldn't be like sore thumbs out. But that was about it. Looking back, I laugh at how ridiculous that costume was. Yet for the fun time we had, it was worth it to wear.
What is your favorite costume and why?
I would have to say that currently, it is my Ivy costume. I love Soul Calibur, and I loved it even more after they included art sketches for unapproved concepts in SC3. I saw one particular sketch of Ivy, and jumped on the costume right away. It was a chance for me to utilize my new sewing machine (which was bought that Christmas), work on a prop through trial-and-error, and really feel accomplished after working on it for so many months.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Hmm... Nagi the Spurious from Bloody Roar. I think I'm building up enough courage and experience to actually create it.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Walking around in my Ivy costume, and having one guy come up to me in the game room at Otakon just to take a picture and compliment me. Apparently, he immediately knew which version of Ivy I was cosplaying as, and had as much love for her as I did. It really made me smile. ^_^
Do you participate in masquerades?
No, I don't have enough courage to. Not yet.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
I never tried to compete for any type of recognition. Every time I think about it I pull away from the idea.
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm originally from Baltimore, Maryland, and recently made the move to St. Louis, Missouri.
My favorite anime
Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, Gundam Wing, Chobits, Gravitation, Trinity Blood, Blue Seed, Bubblegum Crisis 2040, Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star), Tekkaman Blade, Samurai 7, Fushigi Yuugi, Bleach, Claymore, Gundam Seed, Outlaw Star
My favorite game(s)
Devil May Cry 1 through 4 excluding 2, Soul Calibur series, Guitar Hero series, Rock Band, Hokuto no Ken, Guilty Gear series, Final Fantasy 7 8 10 and 10-2, Sonic the Hedgehog games, Tekken series, Dynasty and Samurai Warriors series, Metal Gear Solid series, Gears of War, Halo 3, Parasite Eve
My favorite movies(s)
300, Kill Bill 1 & 2, Sin City, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Matrix Trilogy, just about anything Jet Li, just about anything Jackie Chan, just about anything Bruce Lee, Moulin Rouge