Certain people leave a lasting impression on you from the first time you meet them. Tim is one of them! A genuinely nice person who is amazing with the kids at the events. Tim is one of the Admins for our Central Florida Branch.
Hey there! My name is Timothy Olmo. I was raised in Florida. I’ve only been cosplaying for about a year and a half, but I’ve loved every second of it. I’m a huge DC fan, an athlete, a gamer, a Superintendent, a Superhero, and an optimist. I can do anything I set my mind to. My life has changed since the moment I met Scott and Jennifer Whipple, and I’m so glad that I met them. I honestly feel like we’re making the world a better place every time we suit up.
Q & A
Who is your favorite character and why?
Superman has always been my favorite superhero. He represents hope, strength, compassion, honor, and leadership. With all his powers, he does what he feels is right, and saves people out of the kindness of his heart. He’s the kind of hero that we can all aspire to, and especially in today’s day and age he’s the kind of hero we all need. He has all these powers, and can do anything, but instead of being selfish he uses his powers to help people and live selflessly
What is your job?
I’m a Superintendent for Gilbane Inc. I manage subcontractors, and push them to hit deadlines, so we can finish buildings in time and make the buyer happy. I work hard, and I work 55 hours a week or so, but whenever I can get a weekend off I’m usually at some some sort of charity event doing my best to put smiles on other people’s faces.
How hard do you push yourself?
I often push myself too hard. I’m probably my own biggest critic, and I always give 110% but often think back and say I could have done this, or I could have said that instead. I critique myself all the time, but it helps a ton when doing events. It helps to really get in character.
What do you like most about CWC?
I like the overall atmosphere we bring to people. At every event we do, you can just see all the happiness we bring to people. We always stay in character, so when we get questions like “How did you get here?” And I respond with something like “I flew in all the way from Metropolis to see you today!” Their expressions say volumes about how happy they are to be standing next to their favorite superhero, and we know we’ve done our job. The people that make up the core of CWC are such good hearted people and the happiness we bring is contagious.
What is your most memorable volunteer experience with CWC?
There are tons of awesome stories, and memories, but I would have to say it was at a hospital visit. There was a little boy, he was 3 at the time. We walked into his hospital room and his sister was holding him, he had an arm cast. When we walked into this room, his eyes lit up and he focuses on me. He could not believe he was in the same room as Superman. His mom says he doesn’t let anybody hold him, and right on cue he throws his arms up to be held by Superman. So I pick him up and he touches my Superman emblem. He says “I see you.” I say something along the lines of “I flew all the way in from Metropolis to see you today.” He wasn’t in full control of his movements, but he kisses my shoulder, and I say “Aww, thank you!” He then repeats “I see you”. And I simply say “I see you too!” He was star struck and it was the the most adorable thing. So we take the group shot with me and all the Superheroes, and princesses, and I go to hand the boy back to his sister. The moment I let go he reaches right back up for me, so I pick him back up and we take one more picture together, and then I tell him something like “It was a pleasure meeting you, and we gotta go visit other kids now.” And the mother sincerely mouthed the words “Thank you so much.” It’s just moments like these that make everything we do worth it.
If you could rid the world of one childhood disease or illness what would it be?
It would definitely be cancer. It’s such a terrible thing for anyone to have to go through. I’ve lost people that I care about, and I see the effects of the people’s family’s that go through it. It’s such a devastating disease, and not to lessen any other disease, but if I had the ability to rid the world of just one, it would have to be cancer.
What is your favorite character to cosplay? When was the first time you coplayed that character and did the experience go as planned?
It would have to be Superman without a doubt. It’s such an iconic character, and beloved by all. So every time I put on the suit, it makes me feel like I need to be the best version of myself. My first time cosplaying Superman was at Megacon, and my first suit was alright, but I’ve come a long way since then. At Megacon, there was a deadpool with a giant chunk of kryptonite that he carried around. So he saw me and pulled it out in the middle of the aisle. I fall to the ground, and act like it’s hurting and a kid runs out and yells “stop it! You can’t do that, kryptonite hurts Superman!” The deadpool said “oh, I didn’t realize it was hurting him.” I got up and sped off but it was kinda the first time I really suited up and got in character. It wasn’t scripted, and it was the most adorable thing. I then became a part of CWC through Scott who I also met for the first time that day. We linked up on Facebook, and I’ve been a member of CWC ever since.
How would you describe yourself?
I’m definitely easy going. Very calm, trustworthy, loyal, a leader, and a people person. I would rather make it to the top with my team, then to walk over everyone just to get to the top myself. I analyze every situation, and try not to rush into situations head on. I love helping people, and bringing happiness to people whenever I can.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone who just started cosplaying what would it be?
There are tons of reasons to cosplay. Do it for whatever makes you happy. Cosplay characters that you enjoy, and always have fun while doing it. I often hear Spider-man cosplayers complain about cyber bullying, and how they’re going to quit cosplaying, and I often tell them not to quit because of other people. Cosplay because you enjoy doing it, and it’s fun.
Thinking back to all the charity events you have been a part of, name one that really sticks out in your head and what makes that one the most special to you?
I really enjoy doing hospital visits, but I’d have to say my favorite event every year is Nathaniel’s Hope’s make em smile event. It’s a huge event every year with tens of thousands of people. Tons of sick children, and they line up to talk and take pictures with their favorite Superheroes. We bring them hope. Whenever the kids see Superman, or Captain America, or the Flash, and they shout out our names and they come and talk to us, we just know we made their week. The parents often tell us the kids aren’t gonna stop talking about this, and to make this real for them is exactly why we do what we do. To bring that many people hope is truly an honor, and I feel blessed to help so many people when they truly need it.