Our Angry Girl this week is an East Coast girl who hails from New York City. Picking up the hobby in 2009, Cendrillon considers herself new to the cosplay scene.
Like our other girls, Cendrillon is a geek at heart who has been playing video games her whole life and is pursuing a career in 3D animation.
Enough about Cendrillon in our words, read what she has to say about herself in her own words in this week’s feature.
Name: Cendrillon aka CallaLady
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi! I’m from New York City. My cosplay name is Cendrillon. It comes from the opera of the same name meaning Cinderella. I started cosplaying in 2009, so I’m still very new to the cosplay scene. I started under the name CallaLady, which I wasn’t fond of, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted my cosplay name to be. I grew up playing video games all my life and have always had a very active imagination. My mother is very supportive and often helps me with making costumes. She’s a big comic book fan and gets just as excited and passionate in helping. My friend and fellow cosplayer, Dokudel had been trying to get me to cosplay since we were in high school together. I always loved the idea of cosplay, but was too shy to actually try it until I went to my first convention in ’09. Two months later, I debuted my first cosplay at New York Anime Festival and from there, I was hooked. I’ve never looked back and have met a lot of great friends.
What you like to do for fun:
Play video games and draw! There have been many, many days spent in front of my television playing games like Left 4 Dead, Call of Duty, and now Halo. Unfortunately, I haven’t been drawing as much as I’d like to, but I used to stay up to 6am drawing. I like to draw people and create stories in my head and on paper. My friends and I have our own set of characters that we frequently draw from stories we’ve created. I really like to do anything that channels my creativity, which is why I enjoy cosplaying so much. I also like to see Broadway plays and operas at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan when I get the chance.
What do you want to do for a living:
Right now I’m pursing a career in 3D character animation and photo illustration. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in computer art from the School of Visual Arts. I love the exquisite feeling of making a 3D model come to life with personality. It’s a lot of fun and even requires some acting to get the right look and personality for a character.
What type of videogames/tv/movies do you like:
I love shows and movies that live in a mystical realm of fantasy and magic. Shows I’m really into are Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time, True Blood, and Being Human. I also love computer-animated films, as it is my career. As for video games, I can talk about them all day long. I’m big on FPS, RPG (western, JRPG, and MMORPG), Adventure, Puzzle, and if you catch me in the right mood I’ll play a racing or a fighting game. I literally have stacks of video games. My current obsessions are Mass Effect, Halo and watching the Super Sentai series subtitled in English.
What’s your favorite comic book?
A tough question because I’ve been very behind in my reading. The last few series I was keeping up with were DC’s Earth 2, Green Lantern: New Guardians, and Red Lantern Corps. The only Marvel books I was reading were Deadpool and the Avengers vs X-Men when the Phoenix Force Five was happening. I’ll openly admit that I tend to read more DC comics. While I really like Marvel and many of its characters, I find it harder to jump into Marvel’s books without knowing what’s been going on.
Tell us something interesting about yourself:
My neighbors call me a female “Caesar Millan” or the “Dog Whisperer” because all their dogs listen to me. When I take my Black Lab on her doggie play dates, I sometimes teach the other dogs good behavior or tricks while I’m there. I can almost always get all the dogs (which is usually a group from 4-8 dogs) to sit and wait patiently as I hold the ball for fetch. I’ve even taught some of the dogs how to roll over.
Why do you decide to dress like the characters you portray?
Choosing a character usually correlates to my current obsession. When I’m watching a show, playing a game, or reading a comic, I think to myself “I really love this character” and I’ll take it from there. Sometimes I’ll see a character design and immediately want to recreate it. There are also times when one of my friends will approach me and ask me to be apart of their group cosplay. From there I start thinking about how I would make the outfit if I were to do it and before I know it, I start buying materials and begin crafting. I also feel that I subconsciously pick strong, confident women to portray because that’s how I want to be.
Anything else we should know about you?
Sometimes I’ll drag my sister with me to conventions and make her cosplay and even though she’s 7 years younger than I am, I’ve had people confuse her for me. Some of the outfits I’ve worn, were originally created for and worn by my sister.
To see more of Cendrillon’s work, follow her 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.