How did you first get involved with Costumers with a Cause, and what has been your favorite or most memorable event so far and what made it memorable?
I’ve always had a strong desire to be involved in charity work, but often struggled to find opportunities. Eventually, I met some local Ghostbusters, joined their team and started doing events. Some of them were also involved with CWC, so I eventually decided to expand my character repertoire and start doing events for CWC as well. The rest, as they say, is history.
I can’t say that I have a particular favorite when it comes to events. They’re all pretty special in their own ways. That said, one of the moments that truly touched me was receiving a message after an event from a former student (I spent much of my life working in education). Her son had gotten a photo with us at a movie theater fundraiser, and even after watching the movie considered us his favorite moment of the night. That was a special personal moment due to my history with the parent.
Our members put on many faces in CWC. What is your favorite character you represent and what is it that you like about that character?
Personally, I’ve always preferred to do characters that aren’t the most popular, superstar characters that are done by a ton of other people. I like to offer something a little different. That said, you still want the characters you do to be recognized and appreciated by your audience, so I often try to walk that line of lesser done but still well-known characters. That may be due to the fact that I’ve always seen myself as more of a side-kick than a star character even in my personal life. For these reasons (and more), I’d say that Beast from the X-Men is my favorite character to portray, and around the holidays I really enjoy doing Yukon Cornelius from the Rudolph holiday special.
Based on your experiences with us, how would you describe what we do to someone who knows absolutely nothing about us or who we are?
As the admin who handles new member requests for my branch, this is actually a conversation I have quite frequently. I describe us as folks who use our existing love of cosplay as a way to give back to our community.
What do you feel are your best assets, talents, and gifts are, and how did you acquire them?
I would say my work ethic is probably my greatest asset. If I commit to doing something, I’m going to do it to the best of my ability, because I take pride in the work I do.
It seems that lately we are hearing about more and more children who are being bullied or have self-esteem issues, body issues, etc. If a child came to you with any one of the many issues you are aware of, what advice would you give them?
Having experienced my own fair share of bullying and low self-esteem, I like to simply support others (children or otherwise). I want everyone to feel like they aren’t alone, and that the best thing to do is just be your authentic self. The people who matter will accept you for you, and everyone else just doesn’t matter.
Imagine: You are on a deserted island. There is absolutely no way off this island. You are totally alone, with the exception of a magic genie who wants to grant you 3 wishes. Getting off the island isn’t one of them. What would your 3 wishes be and why?
I got nuthin…
Many of our members tell us stories of special situations or circumstances in their own personal lives which causes them to have a special place in their heart for charity organizations. Is there any charity or organization that holds a special place in your heart?
I grew up in a family of educators and spent many years in that field myself. This tends to give you a sense of responsibility to care for all children, whether they’re your students or not.
What is your favorite amusement park, and what is your favorite ride within that park?
I rarely visit theme parks anymore, but I used to be a big Disney fan. Haunted Mansion and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad were my favorite rides, but honestly my favorite thing was simply walking around enjoying the atmosphere in the parks.
Secret time: What is one thing about you that you think would surprise someone who thinks they know you pretty well.
I honestly can’t think of anything…
Who is someone you really admire? They can be real or fictional, alive or passed on. What is it about them that you admire and why?
Mr. Rogers had/has a lot of influence on the type of person I want to be, and the caring I want to bring to my community. Jim Henson and many others within the Muppet creative team inspire my creativity as well as my desire to use that creativity in a positive way for the world around me.