"Let's go to Comic-Con!"
It all went downhill from there.
I took the plunge and attended San Diego Comic-Con on a whim in 2015 and was instantly hooked.
As a full-time IT professional with a Master's degree in Engineering, I don’t have as much time as I’d like to devote to creating, but I do what I can to plan and develop new builds. Getting to (re)create the characters I love is honestly my favorite part! I tend to cosplay characters I can relate to in some way, those that represent marginalized communities that I am a part of (LGBTQIA+, plus size, etc), or those who are often overlooked. I cosplay the characters I love, regardless of whether or not I look like them - because more often than not, I don’t! That's the fantastic thing about cosplay and the surrounding community: all the support and encouragement, especially along the lines of body positivity and acceptance. I love the idea that it's never a question of whether or not someone can "pull it off"! Anyone can cosplay, as long as you enjoy what you do!
I try to be down-to-earth and relatable, especially on topics regarding topics such as self-image, mental health, or other struggles that seem to affect every aspect of my life, including cosplay!
I enjoy working with charities, too, primarily through the Star Wars costuming organizations like the Mandalorian Mercs, Rebel Legion, and 501st Legion. These groups not only allow me to do what I love and put some good back out there in the world, but I also love the challenge of building my costumes up to the required screen-accurate standards.
I’m also a streamer on Twitch and can be found on most socials (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok, etc.) as @CosplayMeg!