I've been with anime, manga, and video games since I was very young. I think the first thing I watched was Astro Boy or maybe Gundam. I had this crazy idea when I was small that I would dress up as characters from Pokemon and it turned out people were doing it the world over!
I enjoy meeting new friends- cosplay is really great to break ice and meet like minded people. I also love making costumes, I'm so happy when I'm styling wigs or sewing or building armour/props. That said, you're always doing something different, you can show appreciation for characters and designs, and when your costume makes someone smile it's really worth doing!
My proudest moments were probably not winning awards, but some of the reactions I've had to costumes i.e. someone being astounded that they were shaking 'Princess Zelda's' hand, or small children recognising Yugioh! or Pokemon. I've had a couple people say I was the best UK Lulu they'd seen so far (I'm pretty sure I can pass that baton on to Fredrica la Noir!), so little things like that are really special to me!
I have also won awards for my costumes (or for things in costume), which makes me really happy and I'd say they are great achievments too ^___^
1st Place at ReCon 12/11/07 for Sakura Kinomoto- Green Fairy
3rd Place at Thought Bubble Convention 15/11/08 for Zelda- Ocarina of Time
1st Place Masquerade at KitaCon '09 for Fran- Final Fantasy XII (with Fishyfins as Balthier)
1st Place J-Factor at KitaCon '09 for Rikku-Yuna songstress skit... thing XD
1st Place Cosplay Winner at Insert Coin '09 for Inphyy from Ninety Nine Nights.
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