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Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, I was raised on Batman, Superman, Harry Potter, Disney, basically all things nerdy. I am lucky enough to work at DC Comics, where I get to be a nerd every day. I am so lucky I get to do my passion as my career.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I was inspired by some amazing people in the cosplay community and going to some of my first comic conventions. I was always a nerd at heart but never knew how to express it before cosplay.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
Just for fun!
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
A hybrid for sure. I like taking pride in the things I make, but when you work a full-time job like I do and have no time, commissioning can be a lot easier.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
It can be anywhere from days to weeks, to months. (mostly months ha!)
What is your favorite cosplay you have done so far?
I really like any of my genderbend cosplays such as Thor or The Joker
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Getting the chance to appear in a music video with Traci Hines. She was someone I really looked up to in the community and it was life goals to work with her.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I am working on a few Catwoman looks. Arkham City Catwoman and Catwoman’s wedding dress look.
What issues do you see as being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
It is very competitive. The need that many feel for gaining followers and popularity. It can make cosplay really not fun.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I love villains 🙂 There is just something so fun about being bad!
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Definitely photo shoots! It is the reward after working so hard on a cosplay. Seeing the photos after are so exciting.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I actually really do like working with Worbla. I know many people don’t like it, but for me, it is easier. I can create anything I want.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
The pressure to be popular or do lewd photos. That is not really me, but I feel like most cosplayers are going that way nowadays.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
It has definitely helped me with confidence. Which I appreciate!
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
I have been asked many times how to start cosplaying and the answer is to just do it! There is no wrong time to start.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
It has definitely gotten way more competitive. Since people started turning cosplay into a career, it has definitely changed in my opinion. I would like to see it go back to just being a fun hobby.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
I would love to one day do Anya from Gears of War!
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
No! And I should! haha.
What does cosplay mean to you?
A way to creatively express my love for all things geeky!
How do you see the cosplay community 10 years from now?
Hopefully not as competitive and fewer people trying to make it a career and just having fun instead.
What is your favorite con to attend?
I really like LA Comic Con for cosplay!
Is there another cosplayer who inspires you or is your role model?
Do you consider yourself an inspiration to other cosplayers?
I hope so!
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
Definitely always ask permission before you take photos. I hate when I see people just pointing their phones at me without asking permission. It is just more polite to ask.
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
That I love DC better than Marvel! haha
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
A few factors such as money, health, or it just stops becoming fun.
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