This princess has some amazing cosplays and an amazing heart. I really enjoyed getting to know them and I hope you do to!
ISO: HI, WHAT’S YOUR NAME?
T: My name is Tisha and I have been cosplaying since 2016. I am a reader and a writer, who previously worked on the site Moviepilot writing about all things geeky that I could. I am married, though my husband is not a cosplayer.
ISO: Who are your favorite fictional characters?
T: I have so many that I like that it is hard to pinpoint. Emma Swan is one that I relate to a lot, having been adopted myself and moved a lot as an adult not sure where I would end up. A lot of her lines resonated with me, especially during the Neverland story arc. It also gave me faith that I could find someone who would eventually love me if someone as lost and lonely as I was could even if it was fiction. I love Rapunzel from Tangled, she has a great energy and when I was younger I related to Hermione so much as a nerd and someone with bushy hair that wasn’t conventionally attractive.
ISO: What are your “fandoms”?
T: I love OUAT, Psych, Lucifer, Disney, The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, Marvel and DC, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Dr. Who, Stranger Things… I am in a lot
ISO: Who are your cosplay idols?
T: Traci Hines (@Tracihines on twitter and instagram), who is pretty well known for being the “real life” little mermaid has always been someone that I have looked up to and she is honestly one of the nicest people. She always has a kind word of encouragement and that is awesome. I also really like Chris Villain (@chris_villain on twitter @chrisvillain on instagram) and have talked to him a few times. Chelsea Rebecca (@carebecc on instagram and twitter) does a great Cersei and made me my Belle outfit and is just an incredible person. I also have a lot of friends that make their own cosplay like Brianne Abbot (@brithedisneygirl) who I am constantly in shock over her talent as well as my friends Kasie Pullan(@kasaundracosplay on instagram and facebook) and Kai Leigh Bowen (@kaileighbow on all social)
ISO: What is the most difficult thing for you about what you do?
T: Not being able to sew and the limited funds for cosplay.
ISO: Do you attend geek events?
T: If yes, which ones are your favorite? I love Salt Lake Fanx. We have such a variety of different fandoms that people have out here, that they try their hardest to accommodate and get the guests that everyone wants. There have been full on campaigns to get some guests,and a lot of the time it helps to garner interest as well as show the guest there is a want for them here at the con. Plus Jess Harnell (Wakko from Animaniacs as well as many other things) comes every year and is awesome every time.
ISO: Why do you cosplay?
T: Selfishly, it is kind of nice to feel like for a moment I am pretty. I have had issues with my looks since a young age, and never thought I looked to great but when I put on a cosplay and become the character… I feel beautiful and confident. Another part of it, though, is for kids. My nieces and nephew literally have taken to calling me Princess Aunt Tisha because I try to stop by when I can in my pretty outfits to surprise them. I love making a kids day becoming a character for them and have spent time volunteering doing that as well as a lot of con just taking pictures with kids. Giving people a chance to meet their favorite character when they might not be able to is pretty amazing.
ISO: What are your favorite cosplays?
T: Harley Quinn is fun because I can just goof off. It was my first cosplay and honestly wasn’t great it was accidental. I got a romper and make up with tights and that was the cosplay, but I was still asked for pictures. I got to meet Mark Hamill dressed as her and kissed him on the cheek which was sweet. I also love doing Princess Anna, the clumsiness helps cover any falling or anything I might do and I love wearing the hoop skirts under the coronation gown.
ISO: What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?
T: I would love to do Wonder Woman but don’t have the money for it, Queen Anna outfit, Odette from The Swan Princess, Ariel in her dress she wears when she comes out of the sea, Black Canary, Sailor Moon
ISO: Do you make, buy, or special order your cosplays?
T: I buy them, whether pieces of them to put together like Sookie Stackhouse or Anastasia, or just the outfit outright if reviews are good.
ISO: What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?
T: While it can be fun to do the most screen accurate or elaborate outfit out there, this is not always feasible and I know this. You don’t have to be able to sew or anything just get the outfit how you can. Kids will still take notice and love every minute of the interaction, whether the voice is perfect, the characterization is perfect or not. They just are happy to be there and meet you. Don’t be afraid to cosplay what you want. My two biggest hits have been Harley basically made out of pajamas and cartoon Belle dress just with the design printed on and a sweater underneath.
ISO: What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?
T: It’s not about attention necessarily or being weird. It is a way for people to express themselves and celebrate fandom in a pure way. Something to keep in mind at cons as well is to gauge situations. If you see someone cosplaying, don’t just try to snap a picture thinking we won’t notice. A lot of the times we do. We would rather you just ask for a picture, you will get a better interaction and better pose that way. Try to be considerate if we are eating as well though. Some of us that is the only time we rest and if we are eating we just want to finish a lot of the time.
ISO: How did you find your geek Niche?
T: I have always been kind of geeky but it was working with the now closed Moviepilot that really made it stand out. I would just write about all kinds of things, from movies to tv shows and theories. There I found out that there were more people like me, and going to con for the first time as well has helped me to break out of my shell and be more open about it.
ISO: What do you love about the geek community?
T: That there is so much scope within it. Whether you write about it, do art, are a cosplayer or just enjoy it mostly to yourself, there are so many ways to express yourself through it.
ISO: What is the most difficult thing for you about being part of the geek community?
T: There can be gatekeeping and elitism in it. People can be harsh and hurtful and at first that can hurt. Just remember that no matter what kind of fan you are to something, no matter how long, that means you are a fan.
ISO: You mentioned you have a unique physical challenge that you have changed into a superpower. Can you tell us about that and how you work with it?
T: I actually have a mild form of Cerebral Palsy. While I can walk short distances and stand, for long periods of time it can be difficult, especially at con, so I had to start going with a wheelchair, even though I did still dress up. It is one of those things though that you should never let stop you from cosplaying. I still have people approach me and ask for pictures, when I am more tired they are more than willing to just stand by my chair and take the picture. Just show a welcoming smile and people will approach you. Kids don’t see the disability, or your tattoos or even your glasses at times. They see their character. Have fun with it.
ISO: How does cosplay help you forge friendships?
T: I have made a lot of great friends through cosplay, because I will have met them at con and just added them Kasie and Kai have always been a big support in my cosplay and cheer me on, showing love and every con we meet up to make sure we get pics. Kasie has even been Elsa to my Anna before, and surprised my nieces and nephews with a visit. Cosplay events charity can help you meet some of the most kind and caring people there are and will show a lot of support if you need it.
ISO: What are some interesting moments that have happened in cosplay?
T: I met John Barrowman (Dr. Who, Torchwood, Arrow) and when I was having issues with my skirts he lifted them helping me and said “Oh honey you have to put some oomf into it”. Meeting Mark Hamill (Joker from Batman the Animated Series and Luke Skywalker from Star Wars) put on his Joker voice when he saw me and cried out “Harley!” When I went to kiss the air next to his cheek he moved so I was kissing him. And just any interactions with kids are always great.
ISO: Anything Else?
T: Stay in character. Something that might be weird for some people but helps a lot for kids, is staying in character for them which is what I try to do as often as possible. If you don’t do it I understand, but especially as a princess, that can be a really special moment for them to be able to meet a character and you don’t want to ruin it for them. Like if/when you meet a celebrity, you would hope that they would be nice and meet your expectations, the kids are expecting a princess to be kind and courteous, maybe to even get to talk about their adventures with you. It depends on the age of the kid, but in general stick in character as much as possible because their parent pointed you out by character name, so that is who they expect.
ISO: Where can people find your cosplays?
T: On instagram @disney.enchantress
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