This awesome cosplayer is also an author! I love meeting other people that do both!
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
My name is Angela Mason Stone, but that’s a pen name (which kind of happened by accident because my Wattpad is @TheAngelBlinked)
My insta handle for cosplay (plus art) is @disasterartunwritten
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?
Overall? No idea, although I’m partial to cherry vanilla Dr. Pepper. It sounds disgusting but it’s not, trust me. I also go for most types of coffee (everything from black with no sugar to those Starbucks monstrosities that are nothing but sugar) and HOT CHOCOLATE WITH CINNAMON.
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
Seven random facts about Angela:
I’m a Christian before I’m anything else. God is my rock and my salvation. I trust in Him because He is Lord and I’m a child of the Living God.
I’m the nerdiest language nerd you’ll ever meet. I have up to five different writing systems memorized at one time, can read some ancient runes, speak a few words of Tolkien Elvish, and made up my own language at age 13. (San, cso iené ma Angela.)
I’ve got seven cats. Iris Natasha Flynn, Jash Garcia Flynn, (my own personal two, kittens of my precious Lady Idris Lindsay Flynn, RIP) plus Misty, Katt, Bolt, Einstein, and Hariseon (Hari.)
I adore horses and ride in shows every summer on my spunky little devil of a Haflinger pony, Nuru. He’s a show-off, and he bucks for fun. I love him though.
I’ve written over 50 short stories, most of them fanfiction, which can be found on Wattpad under the handle @TheAngelBlinked and on FanFiction.Net under the handle @Writtenhouse. (Warning: they’re ALL sad mwahahaha.)
I have no particular style of my own (because who can choose just ONE) so I mix and match and generally wear whatever my current favorite character would wear because I actually feel most comfortable and confident when I’m in character. (I’m basically doomed style-wise when my favorite character is an early-2000s shop girl AHEM Rose Tyler and her pink sweatshirts. Thank God above I discovered Regina Mills.)
The geekiest things are now built into my autocorrect (such as the words Percebeth, Clintasha, and Garcy, plus the correct spelling of Lana Parrilla’s last name, and, at one time, the word raxacoricofallapatorius.)
WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?
Depends on what you count as cosplaying. The closest thing to an actual con I’ve ever been to was my friend’s brother’s robotics competition, where we dressed up as steampunks because that was the theme. Other than that I guess I’ve been doing closet cosplays (or for Halloween, full builds such as the coolest dragon mask and wings a thirteen-year-old could make in two days) basically since I could pick out my own clothing, but I didn’t start posting them until about a month ago.
WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?
Because it’s fun and I LOVE getting into character (I’m an amateur-but-hoping-to-be-professional actress and the first thing I do when becoming a new character is steal their entire style.) Plus I’ve always loved making props and costume pieces.
WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?
SILHOUETTE. (@silhouettecosplay) She’s the single most incredible Queen of cosplay amazingness I have ever seen. It’s epic how she uses such simple materials to build such complex, detailed costumes, and how well she can transform herself into ANYONE with makeup. Every single one of her cosplays is perfect, and THAT LOKI THO.
Lately, I’ve also been kind of obsessed with @peachyqueencosplay and @macaylacarlene , who both have really awesome Grishaverse designs and are incredible with makeup.
WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?
I love sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk, and modernized incarnations of such. I would love to try some real superhero designs (like maybe an actual Bucky instead of the closer look with a “metal” arm drawn in eyeliner—which, by the way, did not entirely come off until three days later.) As for anime…I suppose I’d have to watch one in order to cosplay for it.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?
Of mine or somebody else’s?
Mine, definitely Regina. Other people’s, I love @silhouettecosplay ‘s Loki and her Danaerys. In addition, I adore @peachyqueencosplay ‘s Evil Queen, @macaylacarlene ‘s Genya, @magissacosplay ‘s Scarlet Witch, and @krissi.q ‘s Black Widow. @ugoandcosplay ‘s Black Panther is also cool as heck. Go check all of them out right now.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?
Well I’m not going to count anything as completely off-limits, but while I may (fairly soon, wink wink) do some Cruella De Vil makeup, I doubt I’ll go to the trouble of making her full costume anytime soon.
DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?
I mostly closet cosplay, or rely on a makeup transformation (hopefully a good one) but I’d like to start making my own stuff—not that I haven’t made the odd costume piece, of course; I’m rather fond of working with faux leather.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?
Everything! Whether I’m hand-sewing a pleather gauntlet, applying that exact shade of lipstick that Regina Mills wears in episode 1×02 (it took me FOREVER to find it) or lying on my deck with a phone and a hand mirror trying to do my own photography, I’m always enjoying myself.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?
Finding the time to make costumes or do photoshoots. Case in point: most of my wacky makeup looks happen at 2:00 AM after 263794875 episodes of Once Upon a Time.
Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
At the moment it is 90000000% Regina Mills. I swear, she is my dream character. I relate to her on so many levels and she’s exactly what I’ve been trying for with almost every character I’ve ever invented. I’ve only been a Oncer for a few months, but I’ve become Regina so thoroughly that I chopped off all my hair (I’ve always been a long hair girl) I’ve started eating apples (instead of bananas) and I wear my cosplays of her to work on a regular basis. It is SO much fun to strut about like a Queen.
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
THIS IS AN IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION. Middle Earth. Storybrooke. Narnia. Gallifrey. Hogwarts. Panem. Artemisia. The Bunker (#clockblockers.) Redwall Abbey. The Millenium Falcon. The Enterprise.
How about I just write them all on a board and then throw a dart?
Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?
Obviously the characters I’m cosplaying, but also my mom. She’s not a cosplayer herself, but she’s always been savvy with a sewing machine and she’s been the head costume designer for our little 4-H theatre club since it started in 2015. And WOW does she deliver. The club (@4htheatre on insta, go check them out) has a teeny-tiny stage, a handful of actors who meet once a week…and broadway-quality costumes. 80% of which are made by my mother, and most of which are put together in about a week. And they’re INSANELY creative. Like, instead of buying faux fur for the Nana costume in Peter Pan, she chopped up a sheet into 6-inch strips and sewed all 4000 of them onto a sweatshirt and pants. Or for Alice in Wonderland, she built a two-foot-tall Hatter’s hat entirely from scratch, covered it in black leather, and fitted it specifically to the head of the actress. My escapades with pleather and chains pale by comparison.
WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?
Oh there are so many. First one was Winnie the Pooh, of course. It only snowballed from there. Currently, my top 5 (7) are these:
Once Upon a Time/Timeless (it’s a tie)
Doctor Who/Star Wars (another tie)
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?
I kind of am a beginning cosplayer, so…idk. I’ll figure it out eventually.
WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?
When doing a makeup transformation, focus on the shape of the eyes and the shape of the lips, because that’s what people notice first. And you can do a lot with eyeliner and shadow. It’s like drawing: where you shade darker looks more hollow and indented, so study a guide picture of the character you’re trying to mimic and, for lack of a better description, draw their features onto yours. (It works. I once made my sister into Park Jimin for Halloween.)
Also when making a dress, don’t make it entirely out of satin. Just don’t. It’s stiff as heck and looks so fake it’s ridiculous.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?
That most of us are doing this because we enjoy it, not because we’re weird (okay we are a little weird) or because this is some kind of declaration of our sexual desires (I mean come on, can’t things just be enjoyable for themselves?)
WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?
I’d love to say I have some concrete plans, but to be honest I just don’t have the time at the moment. I’n the future, I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE to make a full Evil Queen cosplay from scratch. Alas, for now I’ll have to stick to raiding thrift stores for the perfect closet cosplays.
WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?
I kind of answered this in the previous question, but I’d also love to do Rumplestiltskin, Maleficent, Loki, the Wicked Witch, (I like villains) Bucky, Shuri, and Galadriel. More attainable ones would be Genya Safin, Queen Levana Blackburn, and Future Lucy Preston. (Keep an eye on my insta for Grishaverse stuff once I find time to do a shoot with my friend and her awesome Darkling cosplay.)
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?
Instagram? I’ve never been to an actual con. (I want to. I REALLY want to. Especially if I can meet Lana Parrilla, preferably while I’m dressed as Regina.)
Which Disney character did you want to be as a child?
Kind of a strange answer—Jasmine 1000%, Ariel definitely, and Pocahontas for awhile. But I remember really loving Beauty and the Beast and deciding at age 7 (8? Idk.) that if I EVER had the chance to be in a Beauty and the Beast stage production, I was ABSOLUTELY going to be…the teapot. All the other girls wanted to be Belle, but I honestly had no interest in being the bookish village girl who kisses the Beast. I wanted to be Mrs Potts and there was no changing my mind.
It was because of her deeper-than-average, slightly raspy singing voice, tbh. I thought it was fascinating, and I spent literally years trying to copy it. Coincidentally, my favorite actresses now all have either low or raspy voices, and I always try to mimic them—to my own detriment. I once spent two months doing an uninterrupted but fairly bad impression of Sophia Bush, and just recently I broke my throat because I was trying to sing like Lana Parrilla.
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