~Guide to Costuming~
This section will eventually include an
outline of the process I go through when making a costume, helpful tips for new
costumers and general advice on cosplay. For now, enjoy my cosplay story.
How I got into cosplay
I got into it in the summer of 2002 when CartoonNetwork aired
a few episodes of Sailor Moon, then cancelled it abruptly. It left off in the
middle of a story line, so I went on the internet to find out what happened.
When I did that, I discovered that there were people who made costumes of these
characters and spent entire weekends at conventions showing them off. I made a
Serena costume to wear to my college that Halloween and a Sailor Moon costume to
wear that night. After that, I decided to take my show on the road and went to
my first anime convention, AWA, in 2003. I've been to every AWA since then and
every MTAC as well. I won my first cosplay award at MTAC in 2004. I got Best
Craftsmanship in the novice division for my Waitress Chii costume, then a Hall
Award at JACON, also in 2004. After that, I had a stretch of about a year where
I didn't compete for various reasons. Once I got back on track, I got my second
big award at MTAC 2006. It was then that I became a master with my Fai D.
Flowright costume when I won Best in Show in the master's division. Then I went
on to win Best of Show, Master again at AWA in the same year. Cosplay takes a
huge amount of time, and a lot of effort, but I'm really glad I stumbled across
it, I only wish I'd gotten into it sooner than I did. I honestly don't know how I'd spend my time if not for that.