Cosplay: Behind The Mask REAL TALK
Cosplayers get real about hot topics in the cosplay community.
Ashley has a deep love for cosplay and even deeper love for sewing. Ashley loves to create costumes from scratch and bring them to life. Ashley’s favorite characters to cosplay are Blair from Soul Eater and Rias Gremory from High School DXD. Ashley gives back to the community by hosting panels, and teaching people how to excel at cosplay. Ashley also does cosplay photography which gives cosplayers a chance to have high quality photos that shows off their work. Ashley began her cosplay journey in 2006.
Ciara's bubbly personality and contagious laugh brings positive energy to the cosplay scene. Ciara’s favorite characters to cosplay are Hatsune Miku and Lady Death. Ciara has used her love of cosplay to launch her own fashion line, Fashion Fantasy. Ciara works as an IT consultant when she is not cosplaying. Ciara began her cosplay journey in 2008.
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Dan's enthusiasm for cosplay is next to impossible to match. Relatively new to the cosplay community, Dan is always seeking new ways to expand his cosplay arsenal. Dan was introduced to cosplay by his girlfriend, Ciara (See above). Dan saw that cosplay was more than putting on a Halloween costume and he wanted to give it shot. Since then, he's never turned back and cospaly has become more of a lifestyle. Some of Dan's favorite characters to cosplay are Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy and Ryuko Matoi from Kill La Kill. When Dan takes his costume ensemble off for the night, he works for an IT consulting agency during the day . Dan began his cosplay journey in 2015.
Shane is cool, calm, and never cracks under pressure. Shane is currently pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy. Some of Shane's favorite cosplays are Green Arrow from The CW and White Ranger from Power Rangers. One highlight of cosplay for Shane is giving back to the community. Whenever possible he throws on his White Ranger Suit to put a smile on a child's face who needs it. Shane began his cosplay journey in 2010.
Taylor is a fun quirky cosplayer residing in Central Florida. Some of her favorite characters to cosplay are Haruko from Fooly Cooly and Lord Frieza from Dragon Ball Z. When it comes to Taylor’s silliness ,IT'S OVER 9,000! With that said, any silly, funny, and wriggly character are a perfect match for Taylor. Taylor teaches yoga and Jiu-Jitsu to conceal her secret identity. Taylor’s mission is to bring yoga to the cosplay scene by encouraging everyone to practice yoga at the cons. Taylor began her cosplay journey in 2007.