June 10, 2012
All areas - I believe Cosplay should be taken by its truest, purest meaning "Costume Play" and should not become an elitist "Anime only" thing. I also maintain an open-minded pursuit of all things in life and cosplay is no exception: I've done mascot costumes, I've crossplayed multiple times, even using the open-shirt binding method (Shippuden Sasuke) as well as worn a jockstrap (Raiden, Metal Gear Solid 2). I’ve painted my skin (Amethyst, Steven Universe) and would love to try airbrushing at some point. I’ve designed a few Gijinka outfits (Mikey from TMNT and Rarity from MLP, among others). I've done video games, 80's cartoons, anime, fursuitting and I've dabbled in the Steampunk & Pirate genres. As I've said previously, I love to act and I firmly believe cosplay is a type of performance art. I treat it as such with the dignity and grace that rolling on the floor, pretending you're a waterdrop deserves =) (This is an inside "joke" & ironically, I don't mean it sarcastically)
My first cosplay was Halloween of '96/97 - I was 10 years old and was Sailor Chibimoon (Sailormoon) while my sister and her friends were the older senshi. We went to the beach & took pictures (role-playing the whole time) and that was my first taste of true cosplay. Around that time, I also did nekomimi-gijinka versions of The Lion King and performed all the songs with my cousins. Then, in '03-'04 (I was a senior in High school), the urge was undeniable and I was a closet cosplayer - I made the outfits, but never wore them out. I wanted to be a Costume Designer & went to UGA, where I discovered Anime Weekend Atlanta and I've never looked back! It also made me realize cosplay was my passion, not the designing costumes for play after play - although I did continue to study Performing Arts; I'm passionate about acting! So, officially, since 2003/2004. But honestly, I've really been role-playing my entire life, and I think the two are inherently connected.
Yes! DragonCon, Anime Weekend Atlanta, Momocon, SeishunCon, Atlanta Anime Day (if that counts LOL), I've been to a few Comic Book conventions, GA Renaissance Festival, Video Games Live (not a con but still awesome) Lately, I've been going to the monthly photoshoot meetups with the Atlanta Imaginarium crew and I am also a part of the Cosplay Volunteers of Atlanta.
Inspiration, encouragement and (FRIENDLY) criticism; Friendship (possibly open to more, if such a thing develops naturally); Cosplay opportunities: Need Character Q to complete your Alphabet group? I'm in!; I want to get back to the heart of cosplay: The PLAYING part! I sometimes find myself sewing without putting my soul into the work; I want to tape skits and CMVs and I want actual, decent photoshoots, so when I'm 80 I have a scrapbook I can pull out & think of the good times :3 Let's do this thing! My Cosplay group: (I'm Psypris): www.youtube.com/EcoCosplay ) My Cosplay Facebook Page is: www.facebook.com/Psypr1s and I'm also on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, DeviantART as either Psypris or Psypr1s.
I have a Bachelor's degree in Theatre ( Performing Arts), I have a slightly above-average understanding of Performance make-up, I'm a decent seamstress (although I'd love friendly tips!) and I'm looking to expand my cosplay group or join another!