When we set out to create a weekly feature of geeks and cosplayers, one thing I wanted to do was make sure we include an interview with every single one of them. By doing this, we give some insight as to who is behind the characters they portray.
One thing I learned was that, in a world where being a geek is cool, and people who watch “The Big Bang Theory” think that they are at the pinnacle of the nerdist subculture, the girls we featured are extremely knowledgable in games, music, comic books and movies. In other words, they are the real deal.
Our featured girl this week is no exception. This exotic beauty has quite the following already. For those that don’t know her, Ani-Mia is a daddy’s girl who grew into his geeky shoes. Like many of our other girls, Mia has a normal 9 to 5 job and considers cosplaying a passion.
Now let’s get to why you came here in the first place, Miss Ani-Mia.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’ve been a huge geek since I was a kid. My dad has always been into science fiction, comics and gaming and I’ve always been a huge daddy’s girl so I grew up loving all the same things. I’ve always tended to be a little shy but when I’m cosplaying, I become a whole different person. Since I started cosplaying in early 2008, I’ve made it my second job that I love more than anything. Along the way, I have taught myself to sew, to work with different materials and to not be afraid to challenge myself with more and more difficult cosplay costumes.
What you like to do for fun?
When I’m not costuming I love to watch movies (though I do a lot of this while I’m making costumes since I have to multitask) and animes, read comics and play video games. I always have a FPS handy for days when I’m in the mood to rampage and an RPG for when I’m wanting to adventure.
What do you do for a living?
I wish I could say that cosplaying is my full time job but for now, I have a normal, boring desk job as a recruiter for companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Expedia. I will say though, recruiting for Microsoft was fun considering we got Nerf guns at our desks. Let’s just say, I play too much COD and was the only one that really utilized hallways and crawl spaces.
What type of videogames/tv/movies do you like?
This is such a hard question for me to answer because I have so many loves and likes. I’m a total entertainment otaku. So the easiest way to do this is a list and I’ll try to give you the short and dirty version:
Videogames: Anything SquareEnix or Bethesda are my absolute favorites. I have over 400 hours into just one character in Oblivion and am working my way to that on Skyrim. I’ve played every Final Fantasy and have all of them saved onto two memory cards with 100% completion on almost all of them. Also a big COD player and I have a tendency to cuss a lot during matches. Oh, and all the Metal Gear games.
TV Shows: Anything by Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, Firefly), Doctor Who, Dexter, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, Weeds, Walking Dead, Castle, Ghost Hunters, South Park… (I watch a lot of tv shows and movies because I usually have to put something on while I’m crafting even if it’s just for the background noise. I was never a big music kid growing up, I watched a lot of tv and movies).
Movies: Boondock Saints, Labyrinth, Star Wars, Shawn of the Dead, Battle Royale, Fanboys, The Last Unicorn, The Aliens Trilogy, Legend, all the Batman movies and I love horror movies in general.
What is your favorite comic book?
It would be a tie between the first comic I ever read, Elfquest, and my all-time favorite, X-Men. I fell in love with the fantasy world of Wendy and Richard Pini’s Elfquest and have loved elves ever since (if there is an elf race option in an MMO, I pick it and almost all my D&D characters are elven in some way or another.
Tell us something interesting about you.
I’m an achievement whore and have a HUGE weakness for cupcakes. When it comes to baked goods, I’m a lot like Stocking from PSG. I was also ‘that girl’ that had a million unicorns in her room growing up but then I also had every GI Joe and some Transformers too.
Why did you decide to dress like the characters you portray?
I cosplay a character for one of two reasons. I either already know and really love the character and even if I don’t look like them, I will still cosplay them to show my love. The second reason is that as an art major, I can fall in love with the look of a character or their outfit for the sheer artistic beauty. But if I do find a character and I don’t know anything about them, I research and play the game or watch the anime or read the comics and fall in love with the character. I never go into a cosplay without falling in love with all aspects of the character I am portraying.
Anything else we should know about you?
I’m super easy to talk to and I love to meet new people. I encourage anyone who follows me on Facebook or Twitter to message me with any cosplay construction questions they may have and if I can, I will try to help out. I am always willing to answer questions and help out other cosplayers because I enjoy the community as a whole and all the people in it.
Be sure to follow Ani-Mia on her Facebook page!
If you are interested in becoming one of our girls of the week, send 5-10 photos and answer the questions above to Daniel@AngryWeb.net.