Hero Behind the Mask: Keyaroscuro

This week I wanted to introduce to another lovely lady I had the pleasure of doing a CAUSEplay panel with at Geek Girl Con 2014.  The talented Keyaroscuro!  Not only does she make phenomenal costumes but she takes amazing pictures too.  I had the pleasure of having her shot my Batgirl and I love all the pictures that came from this shot!  Keyaroscuro is one of the kindest people you will ever meet.  I hope you enjoy getting to know her in this weeks interview.  –Mala

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Location: Ogden, UT

What got you into CAUSEplaying?
I saw these really cool-looking guys in armor at Anime Banzai 2010, a convention where I used to regularly participate as an Artist Alley merchant every year. Back then, I had more social anxiety than I do now, and it wasn’t until the evening of the second to last day when they had their helmets off and were talking about their plan for the next day. They were very kind when I interrupted them for a picture.
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After posting on Facebook, one of the armored cosplayers friended me, and over the next few months, I eventually learned that he was a member of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Clubs. His Facebook posts were filled with photos of him and other costumes Star Wars characters volunteering at various charity events. Dressing up to do charity was something I’d never considered, and I loved it and wanted to be a part of it. However, it wasn’t until several years later, when a former coworker said he was trying to make his own set of Mandalorian Merc armor that I took it as a challenge to complete a set of armor in a month before the inaugural Salt Lake Comic Con. And the rest is history.

What keeps you CAUSEplaying?
One reason — the people. I love the cosplayers I work with; it takes a certain type of person to participate fully in this hobby, and the common traits they have are the type that make them amazing friends and adopted family. Then there are the people we serve. I have loved service and charity all my life, and there is no greater feeling than bringing joy to someone’s day.

What was your first CAUSEplay event?
My very first event was really participating during Salt Lake Comic Con with the Mandalorian Merc’s bounting hunting fundraiser. Outside of that, my actual first event was as a handler with the Mandalorian Mercs. A member of the community interested in joining our costume club, who is now an official member part of the local chapter, invited our local Krayt Clan chapter to a fundraising fair for families with children in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU). My armor wasn’t approved yet, as I’d had to fix and add some pieces to resubmit to the costume club’s application team again for approval. Mainly, I acted as photographer and repaired any loose pieces on armor when they came undone while the Mandalorians walked around to get pictures with attendees and invite passing drivers to stop.

The fair had this children’s train that rode around the entire strip mall parking lot that was hosting the fair, and we fit all the attending Mandalorians in their armor onto the train for a ride with permission from the train runners. We got a lot of great pictures from that, and I got to get to know some of the members, encouraging me to finish the repairs on my armor and become official.

What is your favorite costume to wear while CAUSEplaying, and why?
I don’t have many, but my Mandalorian Merc armor is definitely my favorite. For one, I get to cover my face with a helmet, so I don’t have to worry too much about makeup or how my hair looks until after I take my helmet off. I’m also very proud of my armor, and I’m even more proud of being visually associated with the other Mandalorian Mercs. It’s difficult to feel social anxiety when you’re wearing a really cool set of armor and are surrounded by a bunch of equally cool armored people.

Most memorable CAUSEplay moment: Ah, that’s another tough question. I think my most memorable was FantasyCon 2014’s Charity Night. The convention runners decided to open the convention for a few hours the night before opening day and invite Make-A-Wish Utah to invite local families with children with life-threatening conditions that often make it so they can’t enjoy conventions due to the crowds. I’d had a horrible day that day and a near emotional breakdown about an hour or two before while dealing with a completely unrelated issue. I remember going to the convention hall after I wrapped up my other drama and joining the rest of the Krayt Clan, and all my cosplayer friends helped me feel so much better while I got ready.

Then we all lined up in two lines to form an aisle next to the main door where they were going to let in all the families. There are maybe a hundred of us all in costumes ranging from Star Wars to Disney princesses to superheroes to elves. And the volunteers opened the door at the start time, and all these families came in. Each family had at least one child with a wheelchair or a walker or a feeding tube and oxygen masks. And they fall filed down this aisle the cosplayers formed towards the main stage, stopping occasionally to get pictures with us. The kids were so excited when they saw a character they recognized, and although some of the parents seemed hesitant, maybe just tired, they also seemed happy and excited for their kids.

I just remember looking at these cool kids and a couple of the mercs next to me (me included) saying that they were glad they had their helmets on to hide how much it affected them emotionally. That was a really great event and one of the reasons FantasyCon is my favorite convention.

What is your favorite cause to support?
The Krayt Clan has worked a lot with Make-A-Wish Utah, and they’ve always been so great. I love what they do. Also, one of my favorite annual events is a Toys for Tots drive held at Hastur Games that involves as many local cospalyers and cosplay clubs as we can get, and it gets bigger and more fun every year!

The silliest/strangest thing you have done for a cause?
I think the silliest thing I’ve seen wasn’t one I actually participated in, just took pictures of. It was my very first event and the only one I attended (not including Salt Lake Comic Con 2013) right before becoming an OM. There was this tiny train for children and a bunch of Mandalorian Mercs. You may be able to guess what happened in an effort to have fun with the kids and attract attention and attendance for the event, which I believe was for families with babies in newborn intensive care units.

On a side note, was also near Halloween and in the parking lot of a Halloween costume store, so after the event, we went into the store and all the mercs posed in silly costume pieces like feathered boas while I took pictures. It was quite cute.

Who inspires you?
Local cosplay inspiration Neff has served as an inspiration for me and many others in my local cosplay community. I literally would not be doing this if it weren’t for him, and I would not have stuck with it this long if not for his genuine kindness and caring personality.

Advice for CAUSEplaying: I’ve had social anxiety my entire life. It’s been very difficult to put myself out there at event after event and be a people person to strangers. However, I kept pushing my comfort zone a little bit each time, and now I’m usually very comfortable at events. So my advice is that if you have any insecurities that might make it so you feel you can’t participate even though you really want to, work on them a little bit at a time. Surround yourself with positive, strong people, and their strength will eventually rub off on you, and you can pay it forward in your own little way.

What CAUSEplay events do you have coming up?
I’m taking a break for 18 months to be a nurse specialist for my church in Uruguay Montevideo starting the beginning of May. I’ll be back at CAUSEplaying again in November 2016!

Do you prefer to be called a cosplayer or costumer?
I like cosplayer, because costumer makes me think more of theater costumes, which is actually one of my unfinished degrees.

What was your first costume/cosplay?
I actually went as Bellatrix Lestrange first; if I remember correctly, it was back before she had a character design in the Harry Potter movies.

What is your day job (a.k.a. how I pay for my expensive hobby)?
I’m usually a technical writer.

If you could have any job what would it be and why?
I’ve been asked this question before in a job interview back when I first started university, and my answer is the same now as it was then — a photographer for National Geographic.

Tell us something random about yourself: I cry a lot during many movies. Like the last Harry Potter movie.

Star Wars or Star Trek: I love Star Trek. I really do. Leonard Nimoy is one of my favorite actors alongside George Takei, and the whole franchise holds a very special place in my heart. But…I honestly get more emotional and more excited over Star Wars. So I’ll have to stay Star Wars it is!

Marvel or DC: I think both studios have their strengths and weaknesses. I do have to admit, though, that I enjoyed the Justice League and animated movies long before the MCU came to be, and next to X-Men, those superhero TV shows are my first superhero memory. However, the X-Men were the ones I got the geekiest over. So this is tough, but perhaps I’m going with Marvel for the moment.

Favorite Comic Series: The Sandman

Favorite Comic Character: Delirium from The Sandman

Least favorite comic character and why: I honestly can’t think of one off the top of my head.

Favorite Book: My favorite book changes fairly often, but currently, it’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

Favorite Video Game: Portal 2

Favorite Convention: FantasyCon

Affiliations (clubs or groups): Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Keyaroscuro

Instagram: https://instagram.com/keyaroscuro/

The Hero Behind the Mask: Neff AKA Ori Cabur

This week’s Hero Behind the Mask features someone I have known for a long time and I owe much to, Ori Cabur.  Because of this individual the Utah CAUSEplay community has blossomed with many different types of clubs all aiming to make a difference, some of which I have participated with and found my passion through.  He has made the Mandalorian Mercs of Utah grow and succeed to raise money for various charities and put smiles on faces.

Thank you for getting people together to make something great!  Thank you for inspiring so many people to give back to the community and make a differences in others lives.  You have and will continue to bring out the best in people.   Ori, I can’t wait to see what you accomplish and inspire others to do next.  Thank you for everything.  –Mala

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Name: Neff AKA Ori

Location:  SL, UT

What got you into CAUSEplaying?
Truthfully, I really wanted to have a Boba Fett helmet on the wall. And I thought that I could make one myself. I signed up with a costume club online and as I spent time on the site, discussing costuming with the other members of the forum, I began to really get interested in the prospect of costuming for a cause. So down the rabbit hole I went 😉 I began to hand design and craft a Star Wars Bounty Hunter costume. Once that was completed (it’s been a work in progress ever since) I started looking into my local community for events that either financially helped or directly helped charitable organizations or people in need. I’ve been hooked ever since.

What keeps you CAUSEplaying?
The different people from the various walks of life, that get into this little hobby of ours, are what keeps me coming back. I have the good fortune to be a part of a community that just keeps giving 😉

And I’ve had the pleasure to be able to help, and keep helping, those around me that could use a little support.

What was your first CAUSEplay event?
It was a Walk for MS. I had never really been in costume at an event of any kind prior to this.
I was beside myself with a smile from ear to ear. I really enjoyed interacting with the kids and families that attended the event.

A mother of a child with MS approached me during the event and thanked me for coming to the event and helping to make the event fun for the younger generation.

What is your favorite costume to wear while CAUSEplaying, and Why?
Well, I really only have one costume. But that doesn’t stop it from being my favorite.
I am a proud member of Krayt Clan, which is the Utah Chapter of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club.
I costume as Ori Cabur, a custom Star Wars character based on the famous Bounty Hunter, Boba Fett

Most memorable CAUSEplay moment :
I will remember it as long as I live. I was at a fundraiser for Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. And there was a little child that was deaf, she attempted to communicate with me through sign language, and I don’t know the language. And it is rather hard for a deaf person to lip read when you are in a helmet that they can’t see through. But she approached me and pointed to the floor, so I knelt down so that we were almost eye to eye. She then started to feel my helmet with her hands, and as she did, she began to grin, and then to smile. She was so excited by the bounty hunter helmet. She then pointed at my blaster, and motioned for her to hold it. I then offered it to her, and she got so excited that she was bouncing with a really big smile. She then took the blaster and turned her back to me, and was standing between me and Darth Vader (who had walked up behind her) and pointed the blaster right at Vader.

Then much to her surprise, the fearsome Dark Lord of the Sith put his hands up and then started to slowly back away.
The little girl then turned back to me with a smirk on her face that said “ I just scared Darth Vader away”.

I later was able to communicate with the little girl’s mother, who informed me that she came running to her and told her about how she protected a brave bounty hunter from the evil Darth Vader.

It is moments like this, that make me very glad that I wear a helmet that hides my face, I’d hate for people to confuse my allergies with tears 😉

What is your favorite cause to support?
My absolute favorite Cause is the Make~A~Wish foundation. Too many amazing moments to count.

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The silliest/strangest thing you have done for a cause?
Well, for the most part, Dancing in armor tends to get the crowd excited.

Who inspires you?
This question brings a lot of people to mind…. But I will simply say that each and every time that I get out to these great events, I am constantly impressed and inspired by all the amazing people that I get to CAUSEplay with. I work with several different Costume Clubs, and several different individuals in the Cosplay Community, and they are truly some of the most amazing people I have ever met, and I am proud to call these people my friends.

Advice for CAUSEplaying:
The bottom line, is that it has to have meaning.

The character that you decide to portray, and the causes that you decide to support, they both have to mean something to YOU. It can really cheapen the experience if you are just simply wearing a costume, or just going out to all the events. But if you really invest yourself in the character, really bring that character to life…. And if you really do support the cause… then it can be some of the most amazing experiences of your life. And if you really put yourself out there, then the people that the event is for, will see, that you are there for them, that you really do care for the cause that they are fighting for.

What CAUSEplay events do you have coming up? .
The Annual Toys for Tots drive with Hastur Games and Comics
November 22nd 2014 from 11am – 6pm

Do you prefer to be called a cosplayer or costumer?
Either works for me. No preference

What was your first costume/cosplay?
Technically it was a Pirate. Just a run of the mill pirate.

What is your day job (a.k.a. how I pay for my expensive hobby)?
I am a Grease Monkey 😉 I am a service Tech for Commercial and Industrial Equipment.

If you could have any job what would it be and why?
I would love to be able to pay my bills by doing Cosplay and CAUSEplay…. But I’m pretty sure that is a pipe dream. But what I would really love to do is to do special effects and set design.

What is Cosplay Night at the Penalty box all about?
So, Cosplay Night at the Penalty Box started due to a friend of mine (Bill Rowe) that had just purchased and renovated a Bar in Murray Utah. He approached me and mentioned that he had been following my Cosplay adventures with my friends, and he really wanted to get involved. He asked me what it would take to get Cosplayers to come down and hang out at his great new bar. I told him that I would see what I could come up with.

I then started asking around to see if the local costuming community would be interested in having a designated night down at the bar to have fun and showcase their latest and greatest costumes. The response that I received from everyone was very positive. So we had a great first gathering of costumes.

But during that first event, it donned on us that we could really take it a step further. Since we all really enjoy CAUSEplay events, we decided to turn Cosplay Night into a charity driven event.

So each event we raise funds for a different charity. We have helped the Angel’s Hands foundation, the B.A.C.A. organization, and the Make~A~Wish foundation.

Cosplay Night is held on the second Friday of every month, and there is a $5 cover charge that goes 100% to the charity, and then the Bar donates 10% of their income that night to the charity as well.

The other added bonus is that Cosplay Night is designed and meant for EVERY COSTUMER of all experience levels. It is a “Sanctuary” from Costume Clubs. We ask that all attendees leave there Costume Club at the door, along with any hard feelings about costume clubs.

And so far, it has really been a fun success.

The Penalty Box is a wonderful place, located at 3 West 4800 South, Murray Utah

What is the ultimate goal for Coplsay Night?
Fun, Cool Costumes, and Fundraising for a great cause.

When is Cosplay Night?
Second Friday night of EVERY month

What inspired you to create this?
SOOOOOO many awesome people in the costuming community, We really needed a friendly event where everyone can let their hair down. And as we joke “ Accidentally” raise money for a great cause.

How hard was it to arrange this?
It has been a work in progress, we really have been relying on word of mouth to let all the people in the costuming community know that it is a fun way to hang out and showcase your favorite costumes.

If someone wanted to create something like this in their area what would you recommend?
First off, I would recommend that you find an establishment that would be willing to host it. But that establishment would also have to go into it, knowing that it isn’t about having a million people show up and make them rich. So, a smaller “dive” kind of place would be best.

But then you need to have the support of fun non-judgmental people to really get it off the ground.
It really depends on costumers setting aside differences, and egos to make it successful.
It’s about fun, and charity.

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Tell us something random about yourself:
I can’t stand Sponge Bob 😉

Star Wars or Star Trek:
….. STAR WARS!!!!!!
Actually I really rather love them both

Marvel or DC:
Marvel for life

Favorite Comic Series:
Too many, but I really loved the Old Man Logan Story

Favorite Comic Character:
Kurt Wagner

Favorite Book:
… as in the ones without pictures…. ?

Favorite Video Game:
Force Unleased and Bubble Bobble

Favorite Convention:
Phoenix Comic Con, but Salt Lake Comic Con is definitely a close second

Affiliations (clubs or groups):
Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club, ORB

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kraytclan
Twitter: @OneNeff


Let me know how you are getting involved! I want to hear your stories!! And adventures!! Or tell me about a CAUSEplayer or a group you think are making a difference! Email AdventuresWithMala@gmail.com with your stories! If sending info on an individual person please let them know you have done so, to reduce the creep factor of a stranger contacting them for a potential interview.

The Hero Behind the Mask: Jon Robinson AKA Ronan Angelos

I had the opportunity to meet Ronan Angelos during the Salt Lake Comic Con 2013 Costume Contest.  This man was very new to costuming at the time but he took 2nd place in the Intermediate category (entering as a beginner!).  Little did we know we would become friends after that adventure!  Since then we have both participated in several charity events getting to know each other and at many conventions.   This man is newer to costuming but has accomplished some amazing things, just check out his Facebook page to see what he has done!  He actively supports his local costumers and cosplayers through a Facebook group called Anyone Can Cosplay.  He even has a YouTube channel where you might learn an thing or two!  Thank you for always upping the bar and being an example that you can make anything you set your mind to!   –Mala

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Name:  Jon Robinson AKA Ronan Angelos

Location:  Salt lake City, Utah

What got you into CAUSEplaying?
The very first time I started cosplaying I realized the joy it brings to the little kids. So Once I found out there was a local group that used their cosplaying skills to benefit kids and charities, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

What keeps you CAUSEplaying?
Knowing that I brought a smile to someone’s face. And no matter what that person is going through, for those brief moments I am a super hero for them.

What was your first CAUSEplay event?
It was an event that was to benefit Lupus research. I was still new to the whole cosplay scene and only knew a couple people in the group. Everyone made me feel welcome and had fun while helping to raise money for research.

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Charity event at Hogal Zoo

What is your favorite costume to wear while CAUSEplaying, and Why?
It would have to be my Mad Eye Moody. It is a very recognizable costume and range of the fans is huge. Everyone from a little kid to a grandparent loves harry Potter.

Most memorable CAUSEplay moment :
During one Con I was able to be part of a Make-a-Wish event and granting a wish for a Little kid who wanted to be the Doctor (from Dr Who) When it was my time to interact with him, I made him my world. Even though we were surrounded by lots of people, it was a very special moment to be able to interact and see his face light up when he we done with my part. It was truly humbling to know what he was going through and to know I was able to help him get his mind off it.

What is your favorite cause to support?
After the above event, it is now Make-a-Wish.

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The silliest/strangest thing you have done for a cause?
You mean apart from dressing up in a costume? It would have to be wearing a huge armor costume and riding a peacock on a Merry go round at the zoo.

Who inspires you?
Sounds corny, but my mom. She has nothing to do with causeplay, but she is a great example of service. She is 84 and bed ridden. But she has done over 1000 crocheted baby blankets for local hospitals and other groups. She doesn’t let her frailties stop her from helping others.

Advice for CAUSEplaying:
Do it for the right reasons. When you are doing an event, be there for the kids. Don’t do it to show off your costume to other cosplayer. Kids don’t care how great the craftsmanship is, they just care that they can get a picture with their hero.

What CAUSEplay events do you have coming up?
There will be a Toys for Tots drive on Nov 22nd at Hastur Games & Comics 6831 S State St, Midvale, Utah 84047

Do you prefer to be called a cosplayer or costumer?
Cosplayer, because I not only make the costume, I play in it.

What was your first costume/cosplay?
It was a Space Marine from the game Warhammer 40k

What is your day job (a.k.a. how I pay for my expensive hobby)?
I’m a Systems Administrator (IT Guy)

If you could have any job what would it be and why?
Ever since I saw the behind the scenes from the original Star Wars, I have always wanted to build models and props.

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Tell us something random about yourself:
I was trained in Psychological Warfare in the Army as my job.

Star Wars or Star Trek: -Hard decision, I would have to say Star Wars though

Marvel or DC: Marvel all the way

Favorite Comic Series: It is a lesser known one and was only like 20 in the series, it was called Nth man from marvel. It was about 2 kids that grew up in an oppressive orphanage. They both had some powers. One turned into a super spy and the other turned immortal and made some bad decisions along the way.

Favorite Comic Character: Captain America

Favorite Book: Too hard to decide, but favorite series is The Horus Heresy series. It is a story set in the Warhammer 40k world, but 10k years before when they split the Empire.

Favorite Video Game: Fallout series

Favorite Convention:  Only been to 3 so far, so I would have to say the first SLCC

Affiliations (clubs or groups):  Mandalorian Mercs and Rocky Mountain Muggles (a Harry Potter group)

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Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/JRobinsonCreations

Facebook Cosplay profile: https://www.facebook.com/ronan.angelos

Google+:  https://plus.google.com/+RonanAngelos

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ronan7557

Instagram: http://instagram.com/ronan7557

Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/ronan7557


Let me know how you are getting involved! I want to hear your stories!! And adventures!! Or tell me about a CAUSEplayer or a group you think are making a difference! Email AdventuresWithMala@gmail.com with your stories! If sending info on an individual person please let them know you have done so, to reduce the creep factor of a stranger contacting them for a potential interview.

The Hero Behind the Mask: Harley’s Vintage Kisses

I want to introduce you to a personal friend and an inspiration for CAUSEplay. This little vixen is obsessed with detail and accuracy, which pushes her to make amazing costumes and learn new things.  She isn’t afraid to share her knowledge, posting tips and WIPs on her Facebook page!   So, make sure to follow her to see what new tips she has or what she is working on.  She also has a huge heart for such a tiny gal, always going the extra mile to make sure the kids are smiling at charity events!  Love your face and can’t wait to see all your new adventures!!!  –Mala

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Name: Harley’s Vintage Kisses

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

What got you into CAUSEplaying? 
I was invited by HEROIC Inc when I appeared in my Harley Quinn costume for the opening night of Dark Knight Rises

What keeps you CAUSEplaying?
There is nothing, I mean NOTHING like the feeling you get when you see a disabled or special needs child meet their favorite super hero.

What was your first CAUSEplay event?
It was a community event at the local library themed, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. They had police, fireman, truck drivers, and all sorts of different careers children might be interested in, including super heroes.

What is your favorite costume to wear while CAUSEplaying, and Why?  That’s a double sided question, lol! I like to wear Harley Quinn because I get to be giddy and silly, same with my Gir (from Invader Zim) mascot costume, but they are not the most comfortable. Harley Quinn started out as a 2 hour makeup ordeal. Now I have it down to about one hour, depending on the method and product I use that day. Gir requires zero prep, but I need assistance getting in and out of the costume and need a dedicated handler, or spotter, while in costume. Wearing Gir is like wearing a portable Sauna. I truly like wearing Black Canary for comfort reasons, but she isn’t nearly as popular with kids as Harley and Gir.

Most memorable CAUSEplay moment :
I get just ONE?? There were a couple events I was wearing my Gir costume and I had little girls take a huge liking to me. One event the little girl didn’t know what I was, and when my spotter informed her I was a dog the toddler kept finding sticks around the park and bringing them to me. At various times she would just come out of nowhere and give me a huge hug. It was SO adorable. Similar things have happened where I get a little girl around 3-6 want to just keep dancing with me (yes, I dance as Gir). Other times I’d let them scratch Gir behind the ear and tap my foot with excitement when they did. This would be followed by a gale of laughter form the little ones and they’d keep coming back to dance, give me hugs, and scratch my ears, haha! The funny thing with my Gir costume is the visibility is so limited for me inside the costume half the time I don’t even realize someone is posing next to me for a photo, let alone what they look like, so later on I see pictures of myself or get comments as I make new friends “YOU’RE GIR!! OMG! MY KIDS LOVED YOU!!”

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Make-A-Wish-Duckie-Derby as Gir

What is your favorite cause to support?
I’m honestly not sure I can pick a favorite. I’ve really enjoyed supporting the down syndrome walks, MDA events, and anti-bullying.

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Anti-bullying Fair as Harley Quinn

The silliest/strangest thing you have done for a cause?
It’s no holds barred when I embody a character for these kids. Harley Quinn flails a chicken or rubber mallet about while encouraging kids to come dance with her. I’ve done hula-hooping, cartwheels, line dances, and obstacle courses while wearing Harley Quinn. After 4 hours of literally dancing, skipping, and running I am one tired lady.

Who inspires you?
My friends inspire me the most. Most my friends are involved in costumed charity work and their big hearts continuously instill my faith in humanity.

Advice for CAUSEplaying:
Remember you are there for the children. They should always come first. Second, WEAR COMFY SHOES!

What CAUSEplay events do you have coming up?
The Purple Dash a 5K for Epilepsy Awareness

Do you prefer to be called a cosplayer or costumer?
It depends on if I am costuming or cosplaying. 😉 Honestly, I genuinely embrace the character and act in addition to dressing up, so I’m okay with either term.

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Walk With Angels as Black Canary

What was your first costume/cosplay?
I was probably 13 when I dressed up as Princess Leia in the white robes from A New Hope. I spent lots of time studying her costume and looking in to the details, like how glossy her lips were. I also put an Ewok costume together for my younger sister. Then in High School my cousin made a Sailor Mercury costume for me. The first costume I had made (by the same cousin) as an adult was classic Harley Quinn in 2008. I wore it to the Chicago Comic Con.

What is your day job (a.k.a. how I pay for my expensive hobby)?
I’m an account manager for one of the waste/garbage companies. Yeah….not nearly as awesome as being a billionaire by day and vigilante by night.

If you could have any job what would it be and why?
A professional super hero for kids in need. But that would defeat half the purpose, since it would no longer be charity/volunteer work, but rather a job. I can’t imagine anything better than bringing smiles to children’s faces all day. Too bad the Disney Princess market is so competitive. Since those are not likely, I think being a voice actress would be superb! Think about it; it’s okay if you don’t look like a super model, or have fancy clothes, or even if you smell funny! You just come in your sweats, have a seat in a little box, and talk to yourself in various voices all day.

Tell us something random about yourself:
I eat souls to sustain the lustrous shine in my hair.

Star Wars or Star Trek:Star Trek for the sake of humanity, lessons, and warm fuzzy feelings. I always liked Star Wars, but there wasn’t enough for me to love. Star Trek has endless seasons and tons of movies! Star Wars wins the bad ass costumes contest and action side of things, though.

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Never a dual moment with Harley’s Vintage Kisses!

Marvel or DC: DC! I relate to more of their characters. Favorite Comic Series:Sailor Moon, actually. My 13 year old self fell in LOVE with the TV series and opened the gates to comics and anime. Batman would be second, cliché, I know.

Favorite Comic Character: Harley Quinn (Original classic derived from the 1990’s animated series, NOT the newer versions!)

Favorite Book: Wheel of Time series

Favorite Video Game: Skyrim

Favorite Convention: Otakon and SLC Comic Con

Affiliations (clubs or groups): HEROIC Inc, Dolls & Gents (Vintage/Pinup Charity Group). Huge fan of the Mandolorian Mercs.

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

Additional awesome to share:
Here is a link to article on Fox13 News about the Down Syndrome walk. I’m on the featured photo for the article with two freaking adorable girls I helped through the obstacle course.


Let me know how you are getting involved! I want to hear your stories!! And adventures!! Or tell me about a CAUSEplayer or a group you think are making a difference! Email AdventuresWithMala@gmail.com with your stories! If sending info on an individual person please let them know you have done so, to reduce the creep factor of a stranger contacting them for a potential interview.