A little about me:
I am a 27 year old fashion student living in Huntington Beach, a moderately sized city in Orange County, Southern California. I was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1981, and grew up in its northeast/north suburbs. In the middle of my senior year of high school, I moved to San Diego. It was there that I graduated, and coincidentally met the person who sparked my interest in what this site is about: cosplay.
What is Cosplay? “Cosplay, a contraction of the English words ‘costume’ and ‘play’, is a Japanese subculture centered on dressing as characters from manga, anime, and video games, and, less commonly, Japanese live action television shows, fantasy movies, or Japanese pop music bands. However, in some circles, "cosplay" has been expanded to mean simply wearing a costume.” –Wikipedia.org. That in itself explains what cosplay means, but let me add that Cosplay has now become a world-wide hobby, and it is not restricted to merely a Japanese subculture.
Growing up, I was never allowed to play video games. After the divorce of my mother and father, the strictness on video games was eased a bit. My mother bought me a Super Nintendo for Christmas, and I was able to finally see what everyone else was talking about. This was literally, the beginning of the rest of my life. I became more and more enthralled with different types of gaming, and eventually when I was 17 my father bought me a Playstation, along with Final Fantasy 7. To make a long story short, I have been playing video games and watching anime since that time. Because of my love for this form of entertainment, I was able to develop my right-brained hobbies. I learned of cosplay from a friend who attended a convention, and later made my first costume.
What do I mean by, “the beginning of the rest of my life.”? I have always been an artist, and with cosplay I not only discovered that I have a natural ability to grasp anatomy and portray it on paper, but I also have the ability to create drawings in physical form: costumes. This passion for illustration and sewing alike has been what lead me to the career path I intend to take: Fashion Design, but not simply “Fashion” in its literal sense, but a branch of it. I desire to design for movies and tv, to concoct the garb that the actors and actresses will wear. That is my ultimate desire, and I am finally seeing it through.
I am a student of FIDM, www.fidm.edu which stands for the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and upon graduating, plan on making a living in the world of Hollywood Costume Design.
For now though I am still young, and I plan on making many costumes for myself, friends, and family! I enjoy laughter and laughing, and I am a very loud and outgoing person. I think my personality surprises many people when they meet me in person after seeing my pictures online. In photos I am told I come off as pristine and calm—I am anything but that! In my cosplay photos I try to embody the character I love as much as possible, and often times I am drawn to the side of the character that is serene and beautiful. I tend to lean towards that side of the character when taking photos, but I always try to capture the entire essence of the character regardless.
Cosplay for me is a huge creative outlet. I have always received immense joy from illustrating and writing stories, so naturally dressing up as a fictional character is on that same level. It incorporates all aspects of creativity. You see something that inspires you, then you work for a long time sewing, painting, gluing, styling wigs, and doing anything else that you think will make your outfit fit your inspiration. It’s a wonderful feeling being inside of a garment that you made yourself, and it has a competitive pride to it.
Humans by nature are competitive, and naturally their hobbies are as well; throw in the notion that the hobby itself is creating an entire costume by yourself then wearing it afterwards, and you are going to get competitive people! I am not serious about this hobby and I do not get competitive with it. People often ask me if I partake in masquerade contests. I’m not a very big stage person and masquerade contests are stresstastic! No thanks! I’d rather just make a bunch of costumes and sit around with my friends talking.
If you catch me in a costume at a convention I’m almost always talking really speedily to someone and bouncing around. If I am not talking to anyone and I have a pensive expression on my face—fear not!—I am not actually pensive about anything! It doesn’t matter where I go, if I am not openly smiling people are asking me if something is wrong. Hereditarily, my eyebrows have a dramatic arch to them, so when I am expressionless I appear moody or even mad. I can’t really think of any other reason for people to always ask me if I’m upset about something. My sisters all get the same thing, as well as my mother. I think she is probably the scariest one out of all of us, though. She’s got this “look” that moms have that will scare the pants off of you. It’s that I’m-looking-into-your-soul-and-now-devouring-it look.
Anyway, if you see me at a convention, feel free to say hello! I don’t bite, and even if my expression looks angry—I promise I’m not! Chat with me about animals, cosplay, sewing, anime, games, movies, writing, role-playing, politics—er never mind not politics…I’ll go on a tyrade… But anyway just feel free to chat with me! I’d love to hear about your new costume, your school, or your cat.