My name's Carly, and I've been cosplaying since 2008. I live in NY, not far from NYC, and attend east coast conventions.
I work in the publishing industry on light novels and manga. It's a lot of work, but I get so excited when I see the books in stores! Before this, I was a games journalist and critic.
I tend to cosplay from video games and anime -- frequently characters who are younger than me because I haven't lost my baby face.
I think cosplay should be fun and a creative outlet for people who really like a character and/or love dressing up!