We’re back with a new Member of the Week, Parker Grace. She is one of our younger, talented folks who started cosplaying with her family. She loves putting smiles on faces with her Princess Anna and so much more. Check out what else she does below.
How did you get into cosplay?
My mother is very into it, as well as my brother. I started doing smaller closet type outfits and made my way into purchased ones. It’s been about two years since I started cosplaying.
How many characters are you currently cosplaying and what are they?
I am currently cosplaying five characters, 3 regularly.
I regularly cosplay Princess Anna’s coronation gown which is new this year, my steampunk assassin outfit which was my first, and Amy Pond kissogram which was my second cosplay.
I also have an Amy Pond time of angels cosplay and well as a Madonna lucky star costume.
What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far and why?
My favorite cosplay is definitely my new Anna coronation gown cosplay. I just love being able to make all these smiling little children so happy with meeting their favorite princess. It’s definitely a dream come true for me to make others day like that, especially children.
What’s your favorite way to craft?
Though a lot of my outfits are bought, I have some that are hand made. I prefer just to hand sew, but I do love the sewing machine, on the occasion I’m actually allowed to use it.
What’s your favorite crafting item to work with and why?
Definitely just your basic needle and thread. It may seem so simple but there are so many things you can make with it!
What are your cosplay goals (e.g. professional, hobbyist, charity, gateway to another career, etc)?
I’m hoping to start doing birthday parties with my Anna coronation gown cosplay but charity events would definitely be my #1 goal.
What’s your dream cosplay and why?
To be able to go to charity events and help raise money. My mother is the co-founder of a charity called CHD Families that raises money for heart defects. My twin brother was her reason for starting it. He was born with only half his heart and has had five open heart surgeries. Well the point of this being, during our meetings, I watch the children and there was a time when a large group of Star Wars cosplayers came and posed with the kids. It made their day like I’d never seen before. I really hope that one day I can do something like that.
What advice would you give someone who wants to get into cosplay?
Watch your favorite shows and play your favorite video games and search for characters you look like or may be able to pull off. Then, either start sewing or start shopping. Also, never be afraid to ask for help. I know of many excellent websites that have definitely helped me. My mom is a big help as well. She has helped me with so many of my costumes and I owe most of this to her.
What other interests do you have outside of cosplay?
Outside of cosplay, I’m your average high school freshman nerd. I either sit around playing Pokemon, watching South Park, or doing who knows what with my twin brother. I also am into drama and enjoy singing. My amount of choir and voice lesson experience help has made it so I can sing things for children at cons while dressed as Anna.
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why?
I would have to say Amy Pond from Doctor Who. Because of the character Amy Pond, I dyed my hair red and really got into everything cosplay. Amy Pond is played by Karen Gillan and her character is so funny and upbeat. Just the kind of person you would like to be best friends with.
You can find more of Parker’s work on Facebook.