I'm a poor, poor student with no money.
I started cosplay in 2007... so long ago now. It's embarrassing looking back at my first cosplays... so let's pretend I started in 2009 (that's when things got better). I've been making my cosplay by hand since I started. The number of sewing needles I go through every year is unfathomable.
My favourite thing about cosplay is probably collapsing onto the hotel bed after a hard day swanning around in a new costume...
My proudest achievement is my cosplay group (and our extended cosplay family) - we've worked really hard, and I'm proud of where we have got since we began as just two of us in 2007...