How and When Did I Get Into Cosplay?

Halloween wasn’t just my father and I’s favorite holiday. It was my parents’ anniversary and my brother’s birthday. I have been making costumes since my father taught me in 2005, and cosplaying since going to my first convention with anime club in 2006 and falling in love with the idea of wearing a costume more than once a year. In 2017 I was asked to guest at a convention as a creator for the first time and there was no looking back. I have since been hosted at over a dozen different conventions, run my own panels, and judged cosplay competitions as Scarlet Muse Cosplay. In 2018, I attended 34 conventions and began contributions to Heroic Inner Kids for charity. From running panels and judging competitions to communicating with guests, I am just happy to be involved with so many wonderful events. This has really helped me to progress in the industry and learn quickly. As a happy owner of over 300 costumes, I am always making and acquiring more. Some are bought and altered, some are hand made, and some I just made the accessories for. These decisions are made based on time, cost, and expectations.

I aim to keep the cosplay industry positive and inviting to everyone because when I was young it was very much my escape. You can wear or be anyone you want for a couple of days without worrying about what anyone thinks. We are all looking for friends and have our own “interesting” going on. So, if anything, the more interesting, the better. Always remember “Too many people have opinions on things they know nothing about. And the more ignorant they are, the more opinions they have.” -Thomas Hildern