Hero Behind the Mask: Anna Belle

Not going to lie! This weeks feature is one of my most favorite people ever! Not only was she the maid of honor at my wedding but she is my best friend and costume wife (its like a derby wife, if you are familiar with that term).  We even bought rings! Talk about commitment!  I will never forget the first time I meet her in as Poison Ivy.  We are forever the Blue Girl and the Green Girl.  **Whispers** I was Mystique that day, she was Poison Ivy, and no one knew who we were. **Ends whispering**.  I will never forget the conventions, the commercial shots, winning Halloween costume contests together, photo shots, and the everything in between we have done together. It has been a pleasure to begin my CAUSEplay career with her and I look forward to following her in all her costume endeavors.  Be it CAUSEplay, mystery theater, plays, musicals, or make-up!    –Mala

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Location:  Salt Lake City, UT

What got you into CAUSEplaying? 
A happy accident.  I joined up with a friend who wanted Disney characters at a local charity fundraiser.  I went as Mary Poppins.

What keeps you CAUSEplaying? 
The incredible high of being able to help people and make children smile.  Nothing makes me feel better than making a difference in a kid’s life.

What was your first CAUSEplay event? 
Angel’s Hands Foundation.  I dressed as Mary Poppins.

What is your favorite costume to wear while CAUSEplaying, and Why? 
Belle.  Everyone knows who she is, the kids LOVE her, and to be honest, what girl doesn’t love dressing up in a beautiful gown?

Most memorable CAUSEplay moment :  There are so many.  There are many children who touch your heart with their kindness and positive attitudes so it’s hard to pick a most memorable moment.  I’d have to say one is when a sick little girl asked me to sing “A Spoonful of Sugar” with her while I was dressed as Mary Poppins or the child at a shop-with-a-cop day told me she had spent her Christmas spending money on church shoes, warm boots, and a gift for her brother.  So selfless.

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What is your favorite cause to support?
My favorite events are hospital visits.  Those kids are so happy to see their heroes!  Also, the shop-with-a-cop events around Christmas.

Who inspires you?
Honestly, the kids.  I am so floored by the love and generosity and the positive attitudes of the children I get to help support.  No matter what they are going through, physically or emotionally or both, they light up and are always so happy when they get to see their heroes.  I love that feeling and it makes me want to be a better person.  More patient, loving, kind.  More like them.

Advice for CAUSEplaying: 
Put your heart and soul into it completely opening yourself up to the experience.  If you do that, you will be vulnerable and sensitive and that can be scary, but it’s so worth it when you have your heart touched by the sweet little people you are there to help.  When you see the complete gratitude and adoration and happiness you’ve given them, it will change your life.

What CAUSEplay events do you have coming up? 
With the charity group I’m a part of, HEROIC, we have several events with local libraries, as well as with MDA fundraising for their kid’s summer camp!

Do you prefer to be called a cosplayer or costumer? 
Costumer by far.  My degree is in costume and makeup design and I feel like it’s viewed as a more professional title.

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What was your first costume/cosplay? 
When I was 4 months old, my mom dressed me as a baby witch for Halloween.  In all honesty, I feel like I’ve been doing it my whole life because of my involvement in the theatre, but my first costume for a charity purpose was Mary Poppins.

What is your day job (a.k.a. how I pay for my expensive hobby)? 
I’m an Executive Assistant for my family’s chiropractic practice.

If you could have any job what would it be and why?
I truly love what I do, but if I had a different job, I’d choose to be a designer full time.  I love the creative process and the sense of accomplishment when I finish a project.  I just wish I had more time to do it.

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Tell us something random about yourself:  I am the child whisperer.  They just seem to love and gravitate toward me!  I love children, so it works out well for me though.  It also helps in raising my army of glitter minions as I work to take over the world.  Mwahahaha!!!

Star Wars or Star Trek:  Star Trek.  I have loved it for years.  I’ve never even seen the Star Wars movies (except for the first of the newer ones)

Marvel or DC:  Either!  I have costumes from both universes.  I feel like they both have great qualities and fantastic characters!

Favorite Comic Series:  X-Men for sure!  I also really like Batman: The Animated Series (I know, it’s a cartoon not a comic, but still!)

Favorite Comic Character:  Rogue.  She has a lot of emotional depth and sometimes it is difficult to get her to open up to people.  I feel like I can relate to her on that level.

Favorite Book: I feel like that’s asking a parent to pick a favorite child.  I will say that the Complete Works of William Shakespeare is one of my most prized possessions.  I have a copy given to me by my parents in High School, and I have my grandmother’s old copy.  They mean a lot to me sentimentally.

Favorite Video Game:  Well, as a kid I really liked Crash Bandicoot and Mario Brothers.  I also liked Duck Hunt and the Aladdin game for Sega.  As an adult, I haven’t ever really been into video games though.

Favorite Convention:  Steamfest.  I have had more fun running around with my friends and I love the history of the time period surrounding the steampunk culture.  History was my back up major in college, so I’m sort of a nerd for that.

Affiliations (clubs or groups):  HEROIC 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AnnaBelleCostumes

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Cinderella (2015)

Disclaimer: I select the majority of movies I watch based off the title and the image, rarely reading the synopsis. Though this has sometimes proven painful, it has also led me to some amazing gems of cinematography. These reviews are my personal opinion and does not reflection anyone else’s or companies’. You are more than welcome to disagree with me and like or dislike a movie according to your personal values and thoughts. By all means make your own judgment! This review is based on of my own rating system. The opinions of this movie may or may not have been influences by adult beverages. Of all disclaimers the following is the most important: This review may contain spoilers. That is your warning. I will begin all potential spoilers with “SPOILER” and end it with “SPOILER OVER”. Please continue reading at your own risk. Or enjoyment!
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Genre: Disney. Drama. Family. Fantasy.

Cinderella is a Disney classic! And we all know the story.  This re-telling of the classic story honors the things about the 1950s version that made it a timeless classic!  And expands on the little details of the plot so it makes more sense.  It demonstrates the differences between story telling 65 years ago and today.

One of my favorite things about this re-telling is we actually meet Cinderella’s mother and father.  The audience gets to see the wonderful people they are and how the family loved each other.  This makes their loss more tragic.  It also makes Cinderella’s dedication to their memory more touching and tragic.  Why else would she stay in such an abusive house?  A question that always haunted me as a child watching this fairy tale. I am releived to say that this question finally gets answered!

This telling of Cinderella also addressed the Disney love story issue about a girl marrying someone she hardly known.  Yes, she still hardly knows the prince when they get married, but the two charters interact more showing that their love is based off more than looks, a.k.a. superficiality.  We see the prince is attracted and inspired by Cinderella’s kindness.  A trait encouraged by her mother and father.  “Be brave. Be kind.”

Though there are sad aspects of this tale, the comedy is brilliantly timed and executed.   photo 95873324b19cac94_step_family-xxxlarge_2x_zpscyxkvaae.jpgI love the interaction between Lucifer and the mice!  One of those classic aspects of the originally movie that was carried over to this one.  I also love the writers gave reasoning to Cinderella’s friendship with all animals.  The interactions between the step-sisters, Anastasia and Drizella, also provides comic relief.  Their wardrobe plays a part into this as well.  Highly fashionable and cheesy with the fabric prints.

Which brings me to my next topic, something touched upon throughout this blog but something I want to make clear.  This telling shows more depth of the characters than the 1950s version making you feel for the characters and understand their motivations more.  I love how this enriched the plot!

I only have two complaints (and these are the only reason this movie didn’t get the full 5 star rating by me): First, I would have liked to hear more of the original music. Especially at the ball.  Second, Lily James’, who played Cinderella, airy voice started to annoy me by the end.  Something that may not bother some of you but it did me.

The costumes are amazing!  The textures, the colors, the modern influences mixed with the time periods style!  I am sure conventions will soon be over-run with ball gowns as cosplayers and costumes try to achieve the breath-taking details!  The images in this blog were specially picked to show you a variety of the amazing costumes!  As a costumer I want to know photo imagesCAAIS04I_zps5cwd4ajo.jpg how they achieved the sparkle in the blue dress as she ran out of the palace!  If it was pure CGI I will be sad!  I need this secret for photo shoots!

Will I buy this on DVD or Blue-Ray? Hell, yes!!

Is this a drinking movie? No!  Enjoy this tale as it is!

Rated: PG

Duration: 105 minutes

IMDB: Rated 7.8 out of 10 starts, as of 3/17/15.

Currently in theaters.  Not available on Netflix or Amazon.

Mala’s Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars.

Trailer 

Leroy & Stitch (2006, video)

Disclaimer: I select the majority of movies I watch based off the title and the image, rarely reading the synopsis. Though this has sometimes proven painful, it has also led me to some amazing gems of cinematography. These reviews are my personal opinion and does not reflection anyone else’s or companies’. You are more than welcome to disagree with me and like or dislike a movie according to your personal values and thoughts. By all means make your own judgment! This review is based on of my own rating system. The opinions of this movie may or may not have been influences by adult beverages. Of all disclaimers the following is the most important: This review may contain spoilers. That is your warning. I will begin all potential spoilers with “SPOILER” and end it with “SPOILER OVER”. Please continue reading at your own risk. Or enjoyment!
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Genre: Animation. Adventure. DisneyFamily.

This movie is in addition to Lilo & Stitch, a Disney must see in my book! I recently discovered this lesser known gem called Leroy & Stitch!  Which is also a must see if you liked the first movie.  BTW this movie is the conclusion to the Disney Channel television series.  Which is now on my must watch list, thanks to this movie!  I didn’t even know that this was a thing!  WHY DID I NOT KNOW THIS WAS A THING?!

Synopsis: After many adventures Lilo, Stitch, Jumba, and Pleakley have located all 625 of Jumba’s experiments, altered their bad to good levels, and found them new homes.  In honor of their great deeds the Galactic Alliance rewards them!  However, these rewards cause the group to separate forcing Lilo to have another life lesson and grow as a person.  In true Disney fashion, it makes everyone realize how much they love and appreciate the little family they made together.  This is no spoiler because all this is revealed in the processes before the major conflict is known.

While all of this change is happening, Gantu (the big shark guy in the first movie) breaks Dr. Hämsterviel out of prison. Together they force Jumba to complete a new evil experiment. 627, a.k.a Leroy.  Basically an upgraded Stitch  photo 629_-_Leroy_zpstxfuzepi.jpgcolored red .  To make matters worse Dr. Hämsterviel clones Leroy!  You may be wondering why does he do all this?  Because Dr. Hämsterviel wants to take over the Galactic Alliance.  They also decided to recapture the happy 625 experiments to make them evil again.

Our band of misfit heroes join back together with the assistance of all 625 previous experiments to save the Galactic Alliance.  Of course they save the day, it is a Disney movie so no spoilers there!

Mala’s Thoughts: I LOVED this movie!  There was a lot of thought that went into this movie and involving creatures from the TV show.  Mind you, 625 experiments are a lot to develop so some character designs are extremely minimal!  But they did well incorporating them into the story and into the background of Hawaiian life.  The creative side of me would have loved being in on the design meetings!  So much potential here!

Would this be a good drinking movie? I recommend watching this movie sober but it can be made into a drinking game.  Just take a shot/sip for each of Jumba’s experiments that made it into the movie. Though you might want a beverage to sip on for this game cause there are 627 experiments. And some scenes you will have to chug to keep up with the experiments appearances.

Rated: G

Duration:1 hour, 13 minutes

IMDB:  Rated 6.2 of 10 stars, as of 3/17/15.

Netflix: Available as of 3/16/2015

Amazon: Rated just shy of the full 5 stars, as of 3/17/15.

Mala’s Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

Disney’s page on Leroy & Stitch.  You will also find the official trailer on this website.

Disney Wiki

Kurios- Cabnet of Curiosities by Cirque du Soleil

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Me and the hubby all decked out for Kurios!

Live Performance. Steampunk.

Those of you who only follow this blog, you may not know that I LOVE Steampunk!  Many who follow me on Facebook may not know it either. BUT I LOVE STEAMPUNK! In addition to that I love Cirque du Soleil.  I recently had the opportunity, thanks to some amazing friends, to see their most recent traveling show.  BTW, these friends are so amazing that they even dressed in Steampunk to see the show with me.  Check out the picture at the bottom of this blog!  I mean, how often do you get to see a Steampunk themed show!  So why not dress the part!  I loved that we were not the only ones who did this.  But I will say we were the best dressed!  In fact, other patrons thought we were part of the show and wanted their pictures with us!  That is a compliment in my opinion!

When this show performed in Seattle it was literal under the big top! You can see it in the picture of me and my husband.   This defiantly added to the mesmerizing aspects of the show.  I have seen several Cirque du Soleil shows in Vegas and traveling shows through Utah, where you do not get this opportunity.  If you are in the Seattle area take advantage of this awesome feature!

The show opens up with a laboratory of old fashion experiments, really bringing the essence of Steampunk to the audience!  This is the first show I have been to that the action and entertainment were already going as you found your seats.  There are so many details you can see this show several times and still find new things!  This can be said throughout the whole show as well!  As the show continues you see a Steampunk inspired train. mechanical hand, electric eels, and so much more!

The costume photo chaossynchro_han8927_zpsbkpeaudc.jpgs were amazing! As always Cirque du Soleil designers out did themselves. The detail and Steampunk influences are nicely done and do not distract from the performances.  The staff really did their research on elements of the culture. One of my favorite costume pieces was the pavillon, a.k.a. horn, atop the main singers head.  You can see the hat here in this behind the scenes video.  I felt truly inspired for future Steampunk costumes myself.  If you see this show I hope you feel the same!

The performances really pushed the human limits and the imagination!  As the synopsis of the show said it was meant to do.  You see everything from an invisible circus to a trampoline act, a trick yo-yo performance to aerial straps, and from contortionists to balancing acts.  I can’t think of a Cirque show that pushed the limits like this one did!  And I have seen a lot of their shows!  If you want a full list of the performance click here.  To be honest I couldn’t pick one act as my favorite in this show.  The performers were on their best game that night!

The music makes you want to get up an dance too!  You can ask my husband I tried to get him to jive a little before the show.  I have been listening to the music in my car nonstop since I got the soundtrack.  Which is available at the show or on iTunes.

For a glimpse of the Steampunk performing awesome in the Cirqu du Soleil official trailer of Kurios click here.

For the Official Website click here.  See if they are coming to a city near you so you can see this breath taking show as well!

Added 4/2015.    BTW, the soundtrack is currently available on Spotify for free.  😉

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Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014 on TV)

Disclaimer: I select the majority of movies I watch based off the title and the image, rarely reading the synopsis. Though this has sometimes proven painful, it has also led me to some amazing gems of cinematography. This review is my personal opinion and does not reflection anyone else’s or companies’. You are more than welcome to disagree with me and like or dislike a movie according to your personal values and thoughts. By all means make your own judgment! This review is based off of my own rating system. The opinions of this movie may or may not have been influences by adult beverages. Of all disclaimers the following is the most important: This review may contain spoilers. That is your warning. I will begin all potential spoilers with “SPOILER” and end it with “SPOILER OVER”. Please continue reading at your own risk. Or enjoyment!
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Reviewed: 3/2015

Genre: True Crime, Drama, Mystery.

DISCLAIMER: Since this movie is based on a true crime story all SPOILERS are waived!  If you are not familiar with the story of Lizzie Borden this is your only warning. BTW this also means that no synopsis is needed. 😉 Go Google if you are interested! You won’t be disappointed and may fall down the rabbit hole of true unsolved crimes!

Once upon a time in my life I wanted to be a criminal psychologist.  What did that mean? I studied tons of crime!  Especially the unsolved crimes like Jack the Ripper and Lizzie Borden.  I even earned an associates in Criminal Justice and took criminology classes while working on my Bachelors.  Imagine my delight when Lizzie Borden Took an Ax popped up on my Netflix suggested list one night!  Especially since it has been a while since a movie on this particular crime has been done! This was not the only exciting aspect of this feature, it also has some of my favorite actresses!  Christina Ricci and Clea DuVall. Not to mention the other talented people in this movie; Gregg Henry and Stephen McHattie.  This combo meant I MUST watch! 

I wasn’t disappointed by this movie at all!  It is very well written and acted, though I may be biased. I was hoping for more of a horror type of movie but as a TV drama it was great.  The gore, though minimal, was very well done!  You don’t see the full scale of the gore until later in the movie, but the teasers are done well! Nothing was left to the imagination over the duration of the film.  If you are only interested in the gore aspect this movie is not for you. As a drama this movie moves through the discovery of the bodies, investigation, and trial.  I found the character development to be very interesting throughout the duration of the movie. 

My only complaint was the ending.  The movie was just over. It felt to sudden to me.  I don’t have any suggestions to the ending, but there could have been more at this point besides word creating the conclusion of each character. This is the only reason I did not rate this movie at the full 5 possible stars.

As a costumer, vintage fashion lover, and Steampunk fan, I LOVE the clothing in this movie!   The detail, the variety, the character that is expressed with each costume! And as an FYI, these costumes were so amazing that this movie was actually nominated for an Online Film & Television Association award!  This means I am not the only one who loved the effort that went into the costumes.

Would this be a good drinking movie? Nope, not at all.

Rated: Per IMDB.com, rated TV-14.

Duration: 91 min

IMDB: As of 3/12/15 rated 5.7 stars of 10.

Netflix: 4.5 of 5 stars. Available as of 3/12/15.

Amazon: Only available for purchase. As of 3/12/15 rated 3.5 of 5 stars.

Mala’s Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars.

Trailer

Additional facts about Lizzie Borden.  Please note the linked article has nothing to do with this blog other than I like it.

Killer Mermaids (2014) Original title: Nymph (“Mamula”)

Disclaimer: I select the majority of movies I watch based off the title and the image, rarely reading the synopsis. Though this has sometimes proven painful, it has also led me to some amazing gems of cinematography. This review is my personal opinion and does not reflection anyone else’s or companies’. You are more than welcome to disagree with me and like or dislike a movie according to your personal values and thoughts. By all means make your own judgment! This review is based off of my own rating system. The opinions of this movie may or may not have been influences by adult beverages. Of all disclaimers the following is the most important: This review may contain spoilers. That is your warning. I will begin all potential spoilers with “SPOILER” and end it with “SPOILER OVER”. Please continue reading at your own risk. Or enjoyment!

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Reviewed: 2/2015

Genre: Drama. Fantasy. Horror. B-Rate.

Synopsis: The movie begins with a couple exploring an island somewhere in Europe. At first I was concerned this would be subtitled, something I was not in the mood for, but I was pleasantly surprised that it is in fact in English. Thankfully the couple in the beginning was not the main characters, I am not sure what it is that bothered me about them but they BUGGED me! SPOILER: One of them is a factor later in the plot. And this is the only reason they are in this movie at all. At least they ended up having a purpose. And you see her boobs, if you are into that sort of thing. SPOILER OVER.

The main characters end up being a group of college friends reconnecting on a vacation. This of course means exploring the surrounding islands. Even if one of these islands contains an abandoned WWII Nazi prison. And what B-rate movie can’t help but have Nazis as a factor to add to the “terror” and “mystery” of the plot. Personally I am over the use of Nazis in B-Rate moves. They have their time and place but did not feel necessary to move the plot along for this movie. Long story short death, terror, gore, and chaos consume our main characters at this point as they try to escape the island of mermaid doom!

In the end, this movie total sets itself up for a sequel. SPOILER. Though I wish it had done in a more subtle way as the classic and well written horror movies do. This particular movie forced the potential sequel so much that it made the movie feel incomplete. I really hope that if they do make a sequel they allow for some closure of the surviving characters at the end of this movie. SPOILER OVER.

Over all I was pleased with this movie, but I was not expecting the dialogue and acting to be so well done, the term “so well done” being relative to this being a B-rate movie. It was refreshing to see a horror movie focusing on a new type of monster and one that is underrated due to the amount of romanticism surrounding these mythical creatures.

Do I think that this movie is appropriately titled? No! The mermaid was a siren. Something that seems to have confused people from some of the reviews I read after watching the movie. In case you are not familiar with this literature term, as many of these people appear to not be, sirens originated in Greek mythology as sea nymphs who lured sailors to their deaths by singing an enticing song. This also explains the original title. The writer of this movie took the unique twist of making the siren a mermaid. A more enjoyable variation than the ones I recall in the Duck Tales movie I watched as a kid. For more information on sirens you can visit this site: http://www.theoi.com/Pontios/Seirenes.html  Please note, this website has no affiliation with this blog.

Graphics: Were okay. Not amazing but not terrible.

Creature design: Minimal. Though a sleek design I feel there could have been more development into the mermaid.

Did you have to cover your eyes? Not that I recall. This means minimal gore and mainly blood on body parts. Thought there was great use of a fishing hook. I mean, why not! So much irony with the siren/mermaid/fish making a man use a hook to kill people for her!

Would this be a good drinking movie? Nope, not at all.

How many times did I regret turning this on? 1, the character development did take some time to build up, and ultimately didn’t have that much to do with the last half of the movie. However, this was more enjoyable than another 20 minutes of the characters running through dark tunnels or swimming in the ocean. And ultimately a good decision for store-telling purposes.

Other information about this movie:

Rated: This movie is not rated but I consider it to be PG13 for mild violence and brief nudity.

First kill: 6 min. 12 sec.

IMDB: This movie is called Nymph on IMDB:  Currently rated 4.3 out of 10.

Netflix: Available at the time of this review, as of 2/20/15. 1 out of 5 stars.

Amazon Prime: Can be purchased or rented. Rated 3.5 stars out of 5.

Mala’s Rating:  4 of 5 stars.

Official Trailer

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Hero Behind the Mask: Shaun O.

This week’s feature is about an amazing guy that I have the privilege to know! He is kind and giving! Plus I have seen him in action interacting with children. He is more than happy to get to their level to talk and take a picture. Not only does he use his costumes for charity but he has donated items that were raffled of to raise money at Salt Lake City Fan X 2014 for the MDA! Their is way more to say about his personal life and the example he has been but that is for him to share, not me. Thank you for being a shinning example in and out of costume. – Mala

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Name: Shaun O.

Location: Seattle-ish, WA

What got you into CAUSEplaying?
I think the “CAUSEplaying” just happened. Prior to building my first costume, I met someone who shared a video called “Heart of an Empire” and told me to watch it before committing to the group. The video focused on the charity aspect of the 501st and the children which it impacted. That video pretty much set the standard and purpose who the costuming world I was about to enter.

In fact I actually befriended one of the main people in that movie this past year and hoping to meet him sometime this year.

What keeps you CAUSEplaying?
Funny you should ask that. It is twofold. I like meeting new people, in fact I would have never meet half the people I talk to, had it not been for costuming. The major reason however, is that I want to bring a smile to a child or a child at heart. Being able to bring a little happiness in a world that isn’t so much, is what makes it worth it to me.

What was your first CAUSEplay event?
My first event was a birthday party for a 6yr old girl with brain cancer. The event was a pretty large community event in Florida and the first time I would be wearing armor in public. I was pretty lost and had no clue what I was supposed to do. Shortly after that event I was on my way to Seattle to start my new job.

What is your favorite costume to wear while CAUSEplaying, and Why?
Meh…that’s a tough one. I like my Commander Wolffe a lot and I get into character when I am in costume, which really gets people going, especially with the Kiwi accent. However, I think I would have to go with Spidey on this one. My comic version of Spider-man seems to always be a hit, who doesn’t like your friendly neighborhood web slinger?

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Most memorable CAUSEplay moment:Though I have had many memorable moments the one that always sticks out to me is during an event for foster children which come together (as they have been adopted) and have a picnic and field day. That day I met a girl name Kayden, which seemed to not know who I was in costume, which kind of puzzled me, it wasn’t until one of her sisters came up to me and whispered that, Kayden, was blind and unable to see who I was. That day I had to walk away for a little and take back what I had heard and experienced. It just broke my heart that this sweet little girl had already been through so much in her life and didn’t seem to have one complaint. I ended up spending the rest of the day playing with the other children but Kayden took a liking to me and ended up coming back, wanting to spend some time, and even having lunch with her and her family.

What is your favorite cause to support?
Anything that is community based, especially for kids. I have been pretty active, as of late, with Make-A-Wish.

The silliest/strangest thing you have done for a cause?
This one is easy, I’ve actually had to get dressed in a Porta-Potty, it was pretty tight in there and the fact that it smelt like flowers was amazing…

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Who inspires you?
Walt Disney is someone that I have a lot of respect for. It always amazes me that he grew up from humble beginnings, had a lot of setbacks and failures along the way, but stuck with his dream. Every time I walk into Disney World it amazes me that this guy had all this in his head at one time and was determined to make it work. He had a vision; he saw something where others saw nothing. That helps me realize that dreams really can come true, as corny as that sounds.

My dad is also someone else on a more personal scale which has done similar things, coming from a very poor family and making something for himself, with a lot resistance and yet persevering. Growing up my dad could fix just about anything and in that I knew that nothing was beyond my grasp, just needed to work hard and in some cases people have the right people to help along the way. If I don’t know how to do something, I usually find someone who does and soak it in…another tool in the tool belt.

Advice for CAUSEplaying: 1) Do it because you want to 2) It’s a hobby 3) Have fun and learn as much as you can 4) It can be a very expensive hobby, so try to not go and follow every fandom. You will be poor.

What CAUSEplay events do you have coming up?
I have no idea. It always seems very last minute.

Do you prefer to be called a cosplayer or costumer?
Costumer, seems like there is just a lot of hype with the word “cosplayer” these days…sadly I actually use “cosplay” for my fan page name.

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What was your first costume/cosplay?
My first was a Clone trooper from the Clone Wars, the animated series. I really liked the concept and idea that Clone troopers were breed for combat and also wanted to have a character that I could relate to, which happened to be Commander Wolffe.

My love for Clones started when watching Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Yoda’s “Begun the Clone Wars, has” and seeing an army of Clone troopers marching. I thought having armor like that would be cool. While I was deployed in Iraq I brought The Clone Wars to watch and feel in love with the characters, their struggles, who they began to take on personalities, and become their own. Once I got back Stateside, I found out that you could actually build animated armor kits, and so it began…Kamino.

What is your day job (a.k.a. how I pay for my expensive hobby)?
I currently work as an engineer for one of the largest commercial airplane manufacturers in the world; That’s what pays the bills.

If you could have any job what would it be and why?
Well…that’s been on my mind for some years now…I joke around that I’d be happy selling coconuts on the beach somewhere…though the engineer in me says that isn’t gonna pan out. I’m hoping the space program picks up, that was what I went to school for and hoped to eventually build the next Space Station or help work on a Lunar Base. I need something where I can work with my hands…an Imangineer at Disney was always a cool job I’d like to have.

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Tell us something random about yourself: I listen to Taylor Swift when I workout…sometimes.

Star Wars or Star Trek: Star Wars…I will refer to quotes from Fan Boys if we continue this question.

Marvel or DC: Tough one…probably gonna go with DC on this one because it seems like Marvel is all over the place and messing up a lot of characters lately.

Favorite Comic Series: A no brainer that I read Amazing Spiderman but I have also really gotten into the new Harley Quinn series ( I like Harley).

Favorite Comic Character: Peter Parker…he’s probably your most complex character you’ll meet. Depending on the series you get different looks and stories, however, but I go for the lost of his Uncle Ben and losing his first love, Gwen Stacey, and how that happens to both drive him to be bigger than himself and also cripple him at times emotionally.

Favorite Book: Depends on what mood Im in. The Hobbit was always a good read. I started reading the Republic Commando series and really like those books. Last leadership/management book I read was Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull and that was a good read, as well. The last one that sticks out that I read was Fearless which talks and follows the life of Adam Brown (a Navy SEAL) and his struggles in life: personal, through BUDs, and Deployments.

Favorite Video Game: Any of the Grand Theft Autos. I just like stealing cars, running red lights, being chased by the police, and picking up…friends.

Favorite Convention: I have just recently started going to conventions. I actually started when I moved to Seattle. However, my favorite Con so far was Celebration 6. I was able to meet up with a ton of friends I had personally met and people I met online. It was fun just hanging out, costuming in groups, and the random adventures at night. Good times were had.

Affiliations (clubs or groups): 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, 501st Clone Trooper Detachment, and the North West Mutant Academy.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/That-Guy-Cosplay/160248877502575

Other forms of social media: I really don’t like social media