Hero Behind the Mask: Sheikahchica

The interview features a Star Wars sweet heart!  I hope you feel inspired and enjoy her interview!  Meet Sheikahchica! –Mala
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Name: Lindsay aka Sheikahchica

Location: Northern Ohio

What got you into CAUSEplaying?
When attending my first convention ever, which was Motor City Comic Con 2009, I was asked if I was with Rebel Legion because of my Star Wars costume. Not knowing what it was, I found out more information and was amazed to see how much good a group of costumers could do. I became a member one year later.

What keeps you CAUSEplaying?
The smiles I can help bring to children’s faces, especially ones going through tough times who don’t get to smile that often. I love being a hero to those who need one, by bringing their favorite characters to life and raising money to help out worthy causes.

What was your first CAUSEplay event?
I can’t even remember now, there were so many my first year – but it would have been an event with the Rebel Legion.

What is your favorite costume to wear while CAUSEplaying, and Why?
Probably Princess Leia. She’s been such an idol to so many girls as a strong female character and a princess who isn’t helpless. In fact, a girl once told me she’s her favorite character because “she can do everything the boys can do.”
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Most memorable CAUSEplay moment: Working the Cleveland Walk for MS as Rogue with Heroes Alliance and a young girl was so excited to see a female superhero, and wants to be one when she grows up. I sincerely hope her dream comes true!
What is your favorite cause to support? Any and all good causes are important to me, but a few that are close to my heart are Make A Wish, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, and public libraries.
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The silliest/strangest thing you have done for a cause?
Participating in a slave Leia version of “shoot a trooper,” where for a donation to Make A Wish, participants can use nerf guns in a “shooting gallery” of costumed Star Wars characters. Normally the targets are Stormtroopers or other imperials – this time we mixed it up with slave Leias! Dodging nerf darts wearing goggles and the infamous metal bikini is no easy task!

Who inspires you?
Those who are faced with more adversity every day than most of us will face in a lifetime, but are still able to smile and fight through each day. And those who support them, whether they be family, friends, etc. or fellow CAUSEplayers.

Advice for CAUSEplaying: At the end of the day, its all about the impact you leave behind. The price of putting together the costume, getting to the event, etc. all fades away when you see someone who had little to no hope in their eyes light up at seeing their favorite character coming to support them in their struggle. Always be kind, always be understanding, and even when you may not feel like one, you’ll be a hero to someone who needs one.

What CAUSEplay events do you have coming up?
Eddie’s Run this weekend to benefit special needs and disabled kids and adults. I’m also going to have a print run coming up to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis foundation of America.

Do you prefer to be called a cosplayer or costumer?
Either or. I’m not picky.
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What was your first costume/cosplay?
Princess Leia’s metal bikini – after that, you can costume ANYTHING!

What is your day job (a.k.a. how I pay for my expensive hobby)?
I’m an administrative and marketing assistant.

If you could have any job what would it be and why?
I always wanted to work on storyline and character designs for video games.
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Star Wars or Star Trek: Star Wars

Marvel or DC: BOTH.

Favorite Comic Series: Too many to name, but Black Canary & Green Arrow, Catwoman, JTHM, The Crow, and X-Men are among my favorites.

Favorite Comic Character: Tie between Rogue and Catwoman.

Least favorite comic character and why?
If I had to choose, probably Wolverine. He gets so hyped up that people lose sight of the other X-Men.

Favorite Book: Too many to name.

Favorite Video Game: Too many favorites, but The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time always sticks out as one of my absolute favorites.

Favorite Convention: Colossalcon in Sandusky, Ohio has always been a favorite.

Affiliations (clubs or groups): The Rebel Legion and Heroes Alliance (hopefully soon to be 501st and Mandalorian Mercs as well)
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Facebook: www.facebook.com/sheikahchicacosplay

Twitter: I’m not on Twitter yet.

Diviantart: www.sheikahchica.deviantart.com

Cosplay.com: www.cosplay.com/member/186346/
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