For my last semester in college I’m required to take a capstone class (think like super senior project class) for photography. I basically had to choose a theme for a photo project that I will work on for the whole semester. I decided on portraiture, specifically portraits of cosplayers in costume. At the time I thought it would be amazing and unique and really fun, and I still think that now, except I’m having a teeny bit of trouble actually getting cosplayers to photograph. I’ve got 3 months so I’m not going to worry about that quite yet…

With all of the research that has gone into Cosplay Portraiture I’ve definitely been inspired to make my own costume. I’ve been looking into making a costume for Rey from the latest Star Wars movie. I really admired the character and thought the costume looked simple enough (but very cool at the same time). So I started doing some more research, looking for bits and pieces of the costume and very quickly learned that actually putting together a decent cosplay is hard.


Source  (I mean who wouldn’t want to look this amazing?)

Let me tell you. I have searched through amazon, looked up diy videos, compared cosplays already made… and it’s gonna be some work. Work I think I might be willing to do. I have no sewing skills, no costuming expertise or experience really. But I really want to try this. I’m sort of laughing at myself as I type this (I do that a lot in case you all were wondering.)

I’ll keep you updated on my progress 🙂


A Little Confession…

I have a confession to make.

For years, like since I was in middle school ages ago, I have wanted to become an actress. Yeah, I know, seems like a silly confession, but for me it’s weird because I’ve never told that to anyone. But it’s also something that I think about. A lot.

I never went through with this secret dream of mine, never asked my parents for classes, kept content with school plays and silly programs here and there. I never told anyone because I thought most people would brush it off, what did it matter anyways? While I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do in college, what my major would be, my mind would wander to joining theater programs while simultaneously laughing at myself because what program would accept someone with zero training?

My sister and I went to see the new Star Wars movie today (we were absolutely blown away by it of course, if you haven’t seen it already, I would highly recommend!) It’s movies like those that really make me wonder what life would be like if I had ever decided to go down that path. I learned later on (after doing some stalker research on everyone in the movie) that the actress Daisy Ridely, who plays Rey in the film, had been an waitress just before being cast in the movie. How amazing is that? Now she’s part of this multi million dollar success, and it’s almost like her world completely turned around because of one chance.

I don’t know what it is exactly that pulls me to being an actress so much. It’s not money or fame (believe me, fame is something I’m not sure I’d ever be able to handle). But perhaps it’s the idea of a chance to be someone I could only wish to be. To pretend to have a life that’s so much more epic than the one I have.

I’ve wondered if it’s to late to get into acting, even if it’s just silly classes somewhere. I think it might be, but then I think of people like Daisy who just gave it a chance and managed to catch a break… it may only ever be a dream.