Meg has always been my favorite character. She was different from all of the other Disney leading ladies; sassy, witty, willing to sacrifice her own life for the people she loves. She wasn’t perfect, she was a loner. She was also done of the first characters to really show brokenness and realistic hurt, but overcame the walls she put up and allowed herself to love again. I see a lot of myself in Meg, and I’ve always admired her, so I wanted to bring her to life. The first time I did Meg I had Pegasus and Phil with me. For DragonCon I had my best friend do Hades. For the next Megacon I’ll have all four, plus a Hercules; my group keeps growing every time!
There’s been a ton of great interactions and memories, but honestly my favorite EVER was getting to meet Susan Eagan (Meg’s voice) and getting to show her my costume and homage to the character, and hearing that she genuinely loved what I had done! That was a moment a lot of cosplayers dream of so that for sure is my favorite, with Meg at least
PLEATING. FOR. DAYS. God the pleating. There was no good patterns that I could find, and when I first made this costume I was still very much a newbie. My friend Ashley helped me create and piece the pattern for the dress, and then I shopped for the proper materials for WEEKS until I finally found the right chiffon. It was a lot of trial and error until I got the look that I wanted. Then, I pleated for literal days. It was the most technically challenging costume I had ever made. Now that I’ve gotten more experience and knowledge under my belt, I’m going to be redoing the dress to make the construction more technically skilled and even better.
Cosplay has allowed me a creative outlet that has seriously helped with my depression and anxiety. The countless hours of work, goal setting, constant keeping my hands busy really gives me a focus, and the sense of accomplishment when I finish and see people’s reactions at the Con can’t be described. As a professional actress and performer, getting to choose my favorite characters and cast myself into their shoes is amazing; I get to be whoever I want to be!
I love seeing how excited people get when they see their favorite character, and I love the open, welcoming, and accepting nature of the Cons and the Con goers. It’s a community that lets you be whoever you want to be, and for a lot of people it’s a welcome escape from the sometimes shitty realities of the real world. I’ve never apologized for being a huge nerd, but man it made growing up difficult. But at the cons, being a nerd, fan girl, geek, what have you, was celebrated. I finally found a community where I truly belonged, and a place where I could just be, me; By being everyone else 🤣 I’ve been a performer for most of my life, so having photos and videos taken of me is second nature; but having people want to take photos of the characters and costumes that I chose and I created; there’s nothing like it. It gives you such a feeling of accomplishment, pride, and self worth. And seeing the hard work that everyone else puts into their cosplays inspires me to step up my game every time.