Where are you from originally or reside currently: VA
How long you have been cosplaying: 3 1/2 years
Other Characters cosplayed: In 2013 I was modern-day Storm, which was my first ever cosplay – the costume was very basic. The next year, I decided to do more of a challenge but not over the top complicated so I did X-23. The year after that I decided to challenge myself even more and do Black Cat. With her, I was in the costume for about two hours to put on faux fur and keep it molded to my body while it dried. For her claws I used talons and painted them black. This year I am creating my own character and making everything from scratch, and I’m gonna be using Worbla for my armor for the first time.
1. Who or what inspired you to cosplay?
I’ve been interested in it for years, but when I started watching the the show on SYFY called Cosplay Heroes, I found it amazing how these guys and girls would create these amazing costumes from scratch out of Worbla, and only have a month to do it. I said to myself “sure lets give it a try”. I work on my costumes for two to three months before any con.
2. What do you do when you aren’t cosplaying?
I have a full time job during the day, working in the food industry. I’ve been doing it since 2007 and I love interacting with my customers. I also love Disney, DC, Marvel, and Pixar films, so whenever there is a new film of those I will go and see it. I also spend time with my family and friends.
3. What costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far and why?
I would say this year’s costume I’m doing, because this is the biggest piece I’ve decided to take on. I am making all this from scratch with the help of my friends. The majority of this was sewn and crafted onto me. I’m also making armor and doing all the design, you’ll see. The reward to doing this to myself is that I will have made my very first costume, and bringing it from paper to life is fun. The outcome will be the reward of showing it off at AwesomeCon this year.
4. What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying?
Be yourself. I’m a plus-size girl, so I know the challenge of cosplaying some of these characters – because they are portrayed as skinny . What i do is modify the costumes to me.
5. What is one thing the cosplaying community can do better when it comes to dealing with each other?
Don’t judge a cosplayer’s costume, and ask if you can take a photo or touch that person’s costume. I have only been doing this for 3 1/2 years, and I’ve been criticized with some of my costumes because I am a plus-size girl. To me it isn’t really about how you look to others, but how you yourself feel in the costumes you might have bought or made. I can’t tell you how many times people will take my picture without asking when another photographer has asked to take a picture, and they butt in. You need to be respectful of the cosplayer’s space. When you custom make your costume, a lot of people will go up and ask if they can touch your armor or weapon (which is respectful), but there are times when you have those few people who will walk up to you and touch your costume [without asking]. It’s highly rude and disrespectful to the cosplayer only because you might touch something and break it.