While Kansas City always has a ton of talent to offer, Rose Ballentine is definitely one of the best. She’s been a dedicated cosplayer for many years as well as a professional model, showcasing her wide range of abilities in every way she can. Read on to learn more about her anime obsession and the many aspirations for her life.
How did you get into cosplay?
I was into cosplay long before I started modeling in 2012. I’ve been an anime fan as far back as I can remember; staying up late watching Adult Swim, dying my hair black to match Sango from Inuyasha, excessively reading manga, buying card captor accessories, playing DBZ at recess, etc… I think I started actually cosplaying for real back in 2007/2008 at my first convention (Naka Con). I’ve tried to go every year since and plan to go this year as well.
How many characters are you currently cosplaying and what are they?
For Naka-Con, I cosplayed as Molotov Cocktease from Venture Brothers and Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians.
What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far and why?
Tough choice! I’ve done many cosplays from Kim Possible to Misa Misa from Death Note, but my favorite to model was Poison Ivy. The photo shoot was very fun. I got some excellent photos back. I felt as though I could get more in character as her, and my followers/fans really enjoyed it too.
What’s your favorite way to craft?
My favorite way to craft is to spend some time making lists of supplies I need, making a storyboard, allowing myself enough time on each object (but end up procrastinating like hell), and then finally burying myself in my room and completely focusing on my art. I like to use my sewing machine, random bits and pieces I’ve collected over the years, thrift store clothing, and other items to complete each craft/cosplay.
What’s your favorite crafting item to work with and why?
I love styling wigs, but recently, I’ve started creating staffs and that’s definitely my favorite use of time. They do take about a week each to create depending on how much time and effort I put into them, but I love making them. It gets messy and it’s hard work to sand, but the finished product makes me feel very satisfied and they’re just gorgeous!
What are your cosplay goals?
I’ve been a successful freelance model for the past 3 years, but I’ve been looking to branch out into more forms of art such as singing and acting. I hope that my career in modeling blossoms into possibly voice acting, singing at burlesque shows or recording, and becoming more established in the U.S.
What’s your dream cosplay and why?
Midna from Zelda: Twilight Princess
This is because I’ve been told many times that I have a very similar bone structure/body type as her true form and because I LOVE her character design. It’s very intricate and detailed, the colors are magnificent, and her character in general is hilarious and beautiful.
What advice would you give someone who wants to get into cosplay?
I would tell anyone getting into cosplay to not fear or be offended by what others think. Some people can be very harsh and critical for no reason. Cosplaying is simply dressing up as a character you enjoy. It’s supposed to be artful and fun so it shouldn’t matter if you don’t fit a specific size, ethnicity, or gender of a character.
Just cosplay to cosplay.
What other interests do you have outside of cosplay?
Way too many to jot down. I enjoy modeling, singing, acting, gaming, baking, playing tennis, watching anime or Netflix, reading, crafting, hanging out with friends, etc…
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why?
Most likely Hisoka from HunterXHunter.
Other than having the BIGGEST crush on him, his design is cool and his personality is awesome! He would also be quite the dinner guest being a magician and all (As long as he doesn’t murder me).