an About Me thingy

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In case anyone cares, I wrote a small story about how I got where I am. It's not a big deal, it's just in case people actually WANT to know about me as an artist before buying my hoodies or something ^_^

I'm going to start this story farther back than I should, but really it took a lot of adventures to get to where I am right now-- twists and turns and loop-de-loops and it all brings me here.

I've been in love with costuming since I was about 11-years-old. I handed my dance studio's costumer a book of my sketches of costume designs for all of my different dance numbers, and although she was unable to make any of my little squiggle drawings into a reality, she encouraged me to keep trying. And so I did.

I left dance and started costuming at a high school theatre at 15-years-old-- since I was homeschooled, they let me be in their plays if I did costuming for them. By the end of my junior year, I had enough hours in costuming that I could've lettered in Theatre-- at a school I didn't even go to. I spent every spare moment either costuming, helping with set design, or performing.

When I won the role of Jasmine in Aladdin Jr. in a prestigious community theatre in my area, my life pretty much changed entirely. I had done small roles before, but nothing ever like this-- this character had a place in little girls', as well as adults', hearts and I wanted to live up to their expectations. Not only did I watch the movie about 60 times between the start of rehearsals to opening night, but I lost ten pounds, tanned, whitened my teeth, dyed my hair, got extensions, and wore fake eyelashes for the first time. I was told I didn't need to go to the extreme, but I had this expectation for myself to convey the character to the best of my ability. In the end, the experience changed me. After each performance, Aladdin, Genie and I went out to meet the audience. I hugged and talked to hundreds of little girls and boys who believed I was the real Jasmine. I saw their beaming faces, clutching their little Jasmine dolls, as they hugged who they thought was their favorite princess, when in reality it was just little me. I never knew that putting on a costume and living a role could make people smile the way that it did.

As you can imagine, when Aladdin Jr. drew to a close, I wasn't ready for it to be over. I wanted to live this dream over and over again and keep making people smile. I was a 16-year-old determined to be an official Disney Princess.

Flash forward to February of 2012, and already I had auditioned to be a Disney Princess four times with no success. I realized, though, that I could still make people smile by working at Disney-- or at the very least I would be able to see those smiles, even if I didn't cause them, so I joined the WDW College Program in Florida as a costumer.

It was a living hell. I worked in a warehouse full of drab uniforms under a manager that was a spitting image of Dolores Umbridge who was determined to make me look bad whenever she could. I found out more about how to become a Disney Princess, and realized it was a dream I more than likely could never achieve due to my facial structure and other aspects I couldn't change, and although I hated giving up, I went home to Minnesota in the beginning of April.

Unemployed, heartbroken, and lost I turned to My Little Pony to brighten my spirits. I had been watching it while I was in Florida, but it became my life source once I got home. Nothing could put a smile on my face like those shows, and it kept me going through the next month. On my birthday while everyone was at work, I made my first Rainbow Dash hoodie, dying to get back into sewing again. As you know, that first Rainbow Dash hoodie was the first of many, and it brings to me where Rarity's Boutique is today!

I told this story to also explain my love of cosplaying-- I can make people happy by being a character they enjoy and hold close to their hearts. I get to put smiles on peoples' faces all over again. It's like being a Disney Princess, except I don't have to change who I am to make people happy. THIS is why I cosplay. THIS is why I run Rarity's Boutique. I really just want to put smiles on peoples' faces, because, in turn, nothing makes me smile more.

This is who I am.

© 2012 - 2021 Lisa-Lou-Who
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 I like what you do and what you are. Keep smiling.

that-gamer-girl's avatar not good with words..... at all. So im just gonna say AWESOME. and please take that as a compliment. :)
Mistgod's avatar
Fabulous story! So awesome! That's it, I'm watching your page to see what happens next! You are an inspiration my friend. Oh and you put a smile on my face!:iconjarryplz: lol No really, thanks. Ain't life awesome!
VinylScratchFan's avatar
Of course I care. I am probably one of your biggest fans Rarity. It's very nice to hear more about the woman behind the hoodies. Or as I have come to call you out of love and respect: Rarity.
link20102010's avatar
Great story, glad you have something to bring so much happiness to you(cosplaying). Also, yay Minnesota! :)
DoucheFry's avatar
A great read, very interesting to hear about your life so far :) Keep up and at 'em ~
ShadowSketch91's avatar
just shows that the big company's nevergive a fuck about the little people...
i applaud your ability to move on, and im glad to read that you became the costume maker you are today, i really am
Wolfman1994's avatar
i like your dusk at the beach pic.
ShadowSketch91's avatar
well thank you very much, appreciate fact you gave my stuff a look
Wolfman1994's avatar
you're very welcome.
noki-day's avatar
Dang, that's an awesome story (at least the costuming and Jasmine bit!)! I'm sorry about that Disney thing....I've flirted with the idea before, but I heard rumors that I'm too tall at 5'7". They're pretty crazy about that.... And I hope your crazy ex boss didn't make you carve things into your hand! But it's really exciting to see all of your amazing hoodies and costumes and I'm glad you're able to do something you love now!
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