Name of the Fangirl: Alison
Fangirl’s Occupation: Star Wars Cosplay Hat Maker
What is her fangirl interest?
Star Wars, Cosplay, Once Upon a Time, Nightmare Before Christmas
Why did you decide to shine the spotlight on this fangirl?
I just recently started my own Star Wars cosplay hat business. I worked my first comic book show (PalmCon) in September and it was one of the best times of my life! It reminded me that you can do what you want to do with your life, if you are willing to push yourself even though it’s sometimes hard and intimidating to do so. You have to get passed the “what ifs?” – “what if I fail” “what if everyone thinks my creations are ridiculous?” – it’s all in your head because one thing is for certain, IF you don’t try, you won’t have anything but regret.
How does this fangirl express her fandom?
I am almost always wearing a Star Wars shirt (even when I have PTA meetings). My son and I play Star Wars games together (Star Wars Monopoly is our latest addiction). I LOVE LOVE LOVE cosplaying as Barriss Offee, even though children yell at me for betraying Ahsoka when I do! I also started a new tattoo tradition at Star Wars Weekends in 2012 – first up was Nika Futterman, and I had her pick my Asajj Ventress tattoo design. 2012 was Ashley Eckstein’s turn! My son and I got to Disney’s Hollywood studios very early to get our wrist bands. I already had the Ahsoka design I wanted, but I wanted it personalized with her autograph. She realllllllyyyy took her time writing it out, and Ahsoka should be joining Ventress this December. I also have a not so secret desire to join my local 501st Squad one day (Everglades Squad) and am currently doing research for my desired character.
What is her favorite quote or personal motto?
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
– J.K. Rowling
What is her favorite fangirl item that she cannot live without?
My Barriss hood. It completes me as a Jedi.
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