Last week I asked my Facebook fans to send me any questions they would love to ask me if they could and boy did I get a lot of responses. I decided to pick some of my favorite fun questions and then the ones that I was asked the most. The most important thing is that I wanted this to be questions that you guys haven’t heard in any other interview I’ve had. So…here we go.
1) What goes through your mind when designing an outfit for any cosplay that you want to do?
It takes me a while to start creating a cosplay once I decide on the costume. I find as many reference pictures as I can for the costume, trying to get all angles. Then I spend time looking at the costume piece by piece. For example, I’d look at just the top and dissect it, trying to figure out how to make each piece of it. And then the bottoms, the accessories. I kind of write out a list of what I need to do or buy. Once I get an idea of what the process will be like, I start buying my supplies and working on it piece by piece.
2) What is your favorite food? What food don’t you like?
I’m a huge pasta addict but I have to try and not overdo it sometimes. If I could eat pasta every day and not gain a pound, I would be so happy. I’m also a huge sucker for cupcakes. I’ve always been a bit of a picky eater growing up so there are a lot of foods that I don’t really like but my top three would be: seafood, mushrooms and chocolate.
3) How do you pick which cons you want to do and how has this changed because you have representation now?
I try to definitely go to my hometown conventions and ones near me. I also try to make it to SDCC because, well, it’s SDCC. There are also some conventions that I try to go to just so that I can see some of my cosplay friends. Things have changed since I joined an agency that is helping me make it out to more conventions. I’m able to go to more conventions now as a guest which makes it much easier for me to travel to different states. At this point, there isn’t a convention that I wouldn’t go to if I could. I love meeting new people and making friends at conventions.
4) Favorite comic character?
This one is a really hard question. I would have to say for female characters, it would be Rogue. I have always loved her storyline and X-Men was one of the first comics I ever read. For male comic characters, I have always had a thing for Superman.
5) Ani-Mia, wondering how difficult it is for you to keep your “public” persona separate from your personal life?
It used to be easier but I try really hard. I really have to because I have a very professional job and I have to keep my two sides separate. Just consider me Clark Kent and Superman.
6) What books/comics are you currently reading?
Right now I’m on the 3rd book in the Song of Ice and Fire books. Though I’ve been taking breaks to read my favorite comics: The Walking Dead, Buffy, Angel, New 52 and a few more that I’ve been waiting a while for the next ones to come out.
7) Is your cosplaying just the beginning of something bigger?
For me, cosplay is what I do. If it brings me new opportunities then I’m welcome to it but I don’t think I’d want to stop cosplaying just to do something else.
8) What advice would you give new cosplayers?
The biggest piece of advice I could give is to never give up and to always try new things. I get intimidated by certain pieces of cosplay sometimes but then I realize that I need to at least try. Look up tutorials, read what you can about the materials or supplies that you don’t know about…do your research and you can conquer anything.
9) What are some of the go-to tools that you use?
Here’s a list of the tools/supplies that I use the most: Sewing machine, sewing supplies, a really good pair of scissors, hot glue gun, heat gun, Wonderflex, gesso, paper clay, sandpaper, drill, expanding insulation foam, and spray paint. There’s a lot more that I use but those are the most frequent.
10) Do you have a con tradition?
I always get a print from Camilla d’Errico as well as a Funko Pop Vinyl. And I keep all of my con badges in my craft room for the memories and motivation.