Where are you from originally or reside currently: I was born in Gaithersburg MD, and lived there until I was 14. I now live in Frederick MD.
How long you have been cosplaying: About 6 months.
Other Characters cosplayed: Agent Maria Hill from The Avengers, Jubilee from X-Men and Lady Sif from Thor.
1. Who or what inspired you to cosplay?
I became interested after meeting some Cosplayers when Captain America 2 first premiered. It took me a while to actually make the decision to start, but thanks to encouragement from fellow cosplayer, Eric Brooks, and a few others, I made that leap and it’s been the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I learned pretty quickly that the cosplay community is basically a huge, crazy family. They’ve supported me and cared for me in ways I never thought possible.
Also, the sheer talent was enough to get me interested. You’ll never meet a more talented and dedicated bunch of people.
2. What do you do when you aren’t cosplaying? (hobbies, community service, or work)
I work at Michaels (craft store). It’s a decent job and there are a lot of great people there. In my spare time, I do a lot of reading, plus I have a really solid relationship with my family, so any opportunity to do stuff with them is something I’ll jump on.
3. What costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far and why?
Maria Hill to be sure. She took the longest but she is my all-time favorite so far. She’s so recognizable, especially to kids and that’s one of the biggest things for me. Seeing how excited they get when suddenly there’s a SHIELD agent right in front of them is a reward in and of itself.
4. What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying?
Don’t be afraid to take risks. Even if something seems scary, just go for it. If it doesn’t turn out right, you can still learn from the experience.
5 What is one thing the cosplaying community can do better when it comes to dealing with each other?
I think… Just remember that, as different as we all are, deep inside we’re all just nerds wearing costumes. And we should support each other because the fact that we are, in essence, becoming these characters means that we love them. Even if you don’t love the character that someone else is cosplaying, support them anyway. Wouldn’t you want them to support you? So I guess just treat others as you would want to be treated and you’re golden.