7. Do you do cosplay events or competitions? Do you have a favorite you like to attend and why?
I don’t usually do competitions.
I don’t think I’m quite at that level to be honest.
Instead, I do conventions to make friends and inspire people around me.
My main effort, however, is my charity work.
I’m a Cosplayer with Kids Can Cosplay. Kids Can Cosplay does hospital visitations, homeless shelter visits, charity events, and conventions. I use my cosplay characters to connect with and inspire children to open their creative minds through cosplay.
I am a video game streamer on Twitch; Twitch is a service that allows me to play video games and connect with viewers live on the internet. There, I do monthly charity events for different non-profit organizations and often incorporate my cosplay to help raise funds.
Through the Twitch Charity events, I’ve raised over four thousand dollars for these organizations.
I also am part of a podcast called Geek Boots Military Nerds. Geek Boots is a group of men and women from each branch of service who are also in the Cosplay community. Every week, we discuss a variety of topics, from movies to comic books, to military life. It’s a way to connect with people like me to be themselves and know that they can take pride in their life stories as well.