Where are you from?
Nowhere fancy. I grew up in a small farm town of Sibley, Iowa. I migrated up north and am currently living in South Saint Paul, Minnesota.
When did you start cosplaying?
Tricky question to answer. I discovered cosplay back in 2007 but never picked up the craft until 2009 (I was afraid of major judgement from my peers). So, I cosplayed I'd say for a year in 2009-2010 but stopped due to wanting to focus on college. In 2013, I got the opportunity to go to my very first convention so I panicked and bought a cosplay and picked the hobby back up!
How did you first become interested in cosplay?
Back in 2007 due to my sister introducing me to some hilarious Youtubers that went by the name Fighting Dreamers.
What are some characters that you have cosplayed?
Oh boy let's see...I'll keep it short but I have cosplayed Panty from Panty and Stocking, Tia Halibel from Bleach, lots of League of Legends cosplays, Uraraka from My Hero Academia, and Zach Fischer's design of Alexstrasza from World of Warcraft.
What are your plans for your next cosplay?
My next cosplay (currently working on) is Goblin Slayer and a female version of him. The regular version will be worn by my husband.
Do you have any cosplay pet peeves?
My cosplay pet peeve is this: people (and not just cosplayers) that believe "if you don't make your own cosplay, you're not a true cosplayer!" No. Cosplay is Cosplay!
Not everyone has the time to invest in making their own cosplay from scratch. Everyone can cosplay and everybody can cosplay. Race, gender, and the means of getting your cosplay does not matter.
Cosplay is about showing your love for the fandom, the character, meeting awesome people, and having fun!
Favorite movie? Video game? TV show? Band?
Movie: Princess Mononoke.
Video Game: Legend of Dragoon - I love this game! My dream cosplay is to cosplay one of the Dragoon forms (this will be really tough).
TV Show: Hmm....I don't watch a lot of TV anymore due to streaming services like Netflix. Does anime count? Haha if that is the case then I love Wolf's Rain, Fruits Basket, Trigun, and Cowboy Bebop. Just to name a few favorites.
Band: Does a fictional band count? If so, Riot Games Pentakill and K/DA are my favorite bands.
What is Cosplay Kittens?
Cosplay Kittens is an idea me and my friend decided on based on that we like kittens and the members of ours group (husbands, family etc.) all got nicknames after cats we think we associate with. For example: I was going by Munchkin since I'm really short. Unfortunately, not much else to say at this time but we hope to pick things back up with our group!
What advice would you give to people who are thinking about getting into cosplay but haven't yet?
So many things I could say! But something simple: my advice is just be yourself and cosplay whomever you want! I know it can be disheartening sometimes wanting to do a cosplay then a well known cosplayer does the same cosplay and you think to yourself "wow that's amazing...I can never be that good." Stop that thinking! Is this a character you love and always wanted to cosplay? Then just do it!
What is the furthest you have ever traveled for a convention?
The furthest I traveled was to Kansas (roughly nine hours from me) back in.....shoot can't remember but I decided that was too far for a car ride (it was split up in two days because I met up with friends). So currently the furthest I've gone (and keep going) is a big convention in Omaha Nebraska called Anime Nebraskon - this convention was the very first one I ever went too and I love it! That is a five to six hour drive.
Outside of cosplay, what are some of your other hobbies?
Playing a variety of video games and watching anime! Also, I love to swim! I don't think that is considered a hobby but pre-COVID I used to go to beaches with my friends.
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