AI-RiKA NERD of the MONTH

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Harry Potter Hermione Granger Pop! Vinyl Figure

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  ILSN:  Tell us a little bit about yourself? 

Rika Ai: I’m from the Pacific Northwest! I’ve been cosplaying for a handful of years and super love anime, video games, hitting the gym, coffee, and traveling.10869413_337436133111289_5115423194849045317_o
 
ILSN: Do you have any new projects coming up?
Rika Ai: Always (I can never get away). 
 
I currently am working on:
Homura (Homucifer) – (Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Movie 3), Anthy Himemiya (Rose Bride Dress) – Revolutionary Girl Utena
Ginko from Yuri Kuma Arashi.
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ILSN: Who would win in a fight a Titan from Attack on Titans or Darth Vader?
Rika Ai:   Darth Vader. If Darth Vader doesn’t kill the Titan, the fans will.10464017_263168723871364_7489890770212412728_n
 
ILSN: What inspires you when you choose characters? 
Rika Ai:   Their personality! Especially if I can relate to them in some way. I like to joke that they’re usually super driven shonen boys or they’re badass females. If it’s not the personality that I dig, it’ll be the awesome design (or both).1533879_220726791448891_606358337_n
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ILSN: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Rika Ai:   Happy 🙂 Most likely still cosplaying haha.
Maybe I’ll have a waifu and a dog but who knows~
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ILSN: Tell us about your website:
Rika Ai:   Unfortunately, I don’t have a ‘main’ website but I use nearly every social media app there is usually under the name of “Ai-rika”.
 
ILSN: What do you do to inspire yourself?
Rika Ai: I enjoy reading inspirational quotes and save them as a reminder. Especially if the quote can be applied to almost anything. One of my favorite quotes is, “If you risk nothing, then you risk everything.” — Geena Davis”
 
(Cheesy, I know.)
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ILSN: What kind of music do you like?
Rika Ai:   Aggressive dubstep, anime weaboo trash music, rock, pop, almost anything but country music.
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ILSN: What is the nerdiest thing you have done?
Rika Ai:   My entire life. LOL
 
ILSN: Do people ever recognize you when you go out?
Rika Ai:   Sometimes and it happens at the oddest places and usually when I don’t expect it. Most times I’m like “why did I not dress cooler today”.

ILSN: Favorite food? 
Rika Ai:   Sushi, Gyros, Chocolate.11242341_398552720332963_299996478838249653_n

ILSN: Favorite Video Games?
Rika Ai:   Earthbound/Mother 2, Pokemon, Smash Bros. 11427670_395942263927342_6409930325991750713_n
 
ILSN: Give me the links to the following.
Rika Ai:   Websites. ai-rika.com
facebook page https://www.facebook.com/airikacosplay
twitter page https://twitter.com/Ai__rika
youtube link. https://www.youtube.com/user/Airiika
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ILSN: Any final thoughts or words?
Rika Ai:  “Don’t lose your way!” 😀10384583_310970025757900_6639202219519255231_n
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Celeste Orchid NERD of the MONTH

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ILSN:  HI Celeste! Thank you so much for doing this!1236070_552547541467301_780592550_n

CELESTE ORCHID:  Hi Hi!  Thanks so much for honoring me with Nerd of the Month!  I’m very happy and honored to be chosen.

ILSN:  Tell us a little bit about yourself? 

CELESTE ORCHID:  I’m actually one of 5.  I’m second born, and the first daughter.  I’m not very tall; I’m just very photogenic.

 

ILSN:  How did you come up with the name Celeste Orchid?10908_822550544466998_1998761129558688838_n

CELESTE ORCHID:  At first I used an elven version of my real name: Aeroniel.  No one could ever pronounce it correctly.  I knew this would become a problem.  Thus started a made house of planning to create a new name.

I first wanted something very girlly and such.  I was jumping around ideas.  At the time I was listing to TommyHeavenly6.  I thought that would be a good name to kind of have: a start and end like a real name.  So I decided to go with something heavenly.  I searched the thesaurus for some ideas and came up with Celestial.  I thought that was it.  Then I needed the second part to my name. I thought to use my favorite flower/color as a last name.  So at first it was Celestial Orchid.  It didn’t flow correctly.  So I made it shorter but making it Celesté (like the ee in fiancée) Orchid.  So CE-LES-TEH Orchid… A lot of people said it wrong so I changed it to the last draft Celeste Orchid.

ILSN:   Do you have any new projects coming up? 10850187_768474859874567_2672423413361565946_n

CELESTE ORCHID:  I’m always working on new projects.  I’m planning on a few Fire Emblem characters.  I did get to debut my Olivia from Fire Emblem and was very excited about it.  I’m currently in planning for a Sailor Moon costume or two.  I’m also very excited to try to make a huge armor costume from Monster Hunter.  So be on the look out for that costume this year.10277429_658422414213146_5956778349044517031_n

I have this huge idea of making a Pokémon business card set.  I want to make A LOT of Pokémon costumes this year and hand them out.  They will most definitely be one of a kind.

I am currently working towards my voice-acting career.  So hopefully that gets started this year.  Once again, it’s a new project: a new voyage for me to explore.

ILSN:  Do you have a mini bio about yourself?

CELESTE ORCHID:  I’m American-born Filipino.  I was raised in a military family, in Louisville Kentucky.  I grew up with my father and brother loving anime and video gaming.  My dad really got me into a lot of nerdy things.  My mother got me more into crafting and creating.  It was more jewelry work than fabrics and such.11174851_833975543324498_6172193379850305028_n

ILSN:  What is the craziest story you could tell us?

CELESTE ORCHID:  The CRAZIEST thing I have ever done is either go on a naked date OR I actually had a huge hot glue accident.
The naked date was for television.  I had a lot of fun.  It’s just a date without clothes.  You have to be crazy to do something like that.  No, I’m not a nudist.

The hot glue accident was TERRIBLE.  I was working on my Angel Anarchy Panty costume from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt.  I was finishing up the shoes by wearing them and hot gluing it down.  The ankle part I was working on was rather tight the way I wanted.  I got a TINY amount of hot glue on my finger that caused me to release the fabric piece attached the to shoe to adhere to my ankle.  Needless to say when I took the fabric off of my ankle, the skin had peeled off with it.  I now have a minor skin discoloration on my right ankle.  It’s healed very well and hardly noticeable.

ILSN:   Do people recognize you when you go to cons?   DSCN2628 

CELESTE ORCHID:  I actually have some people recognize me at conventions.  I’m not huge on the scene.  So when people do recognize me, it’s either from a TV show or they’re my friends. Not necessarily fans.

ILSN:   When you were growing up in Kentucky what was the NERD/Geek scene like?148739_353967114658679_972141940_n

CELESTE ORCHID:  In Kentucky, I had a lot of friends in my school that were the nerdy bunch.  We would sit around and talk about animes and video games.  It was pretty typical.  There wasn’t a huge scene unlike now.  Who we knew, is whom we knew.

ILSN:   Tell us about your website? ? DSCN3038

CELESTE ORCHID:  I used to operate a website.  I got really REALLY lazy.  It was celesteorchid.devilsbsd.net.  LOL.  Check it out I definitely hasn’t updated that in forever.  I really just manage my Facebook pages – Godly team Cosplay and Celeste Orchid.

ILSN:   Who would win in a fight Gandalf or Darth Vader?

CELESTE ORCHID:  Darth Vader was first.  He wins.  LOL.  Gandalf actually gets his old fart butt handed to him a lot.  So in all actuality he’s not that strong.

ILSN:   What inspires you when you choose characters?

CELESTE ORCHID: I get very inspired at the design of a character.  I like what it looks like (I’m very drawn to black, white, and blue colors apparently).  Sometimes if I get the chance I watch their series from start to end.  For video game characters, I usually try to watch it on YouTube to understand the character especially if I don’t own the game yet.MarissaFloroPiscesAphrodite

ILSN:   Marvel vs. DC vs. Anime?

CELESTE ORCHID:  I’ve always been an Anime fan.  SO I would have to pick that one over Marvel or DC.  I have always loved Batman first and foremost.  Then it would be Marvel.  I really loved Spider-man and X-men.  Those were my huge favorites of Marvel.  When I got a bit older I started liking Marvel but anime first.   Nowadays, I hardly know anything about DC… pity on my part.

ILSN:   What was your childhood like growing up? 

CELESTE ORCHID:  I had my older brother growing up. I feel like I was the bully to him unfortunately.  He would always take care of me and then I’d find a way to get him into trouble and tell my mom.  Not very good on my part huh?  We’re still good siblings.  I played outside a lot.  My mom listened to me asking to do Ballet or do martial arts.  I got lucky and did both.  I enjoyed it a lot.1417546_600623966659658_51552229_o

ILSN:  Where do you see yourself five years from now?

CELESTE ORCHID:  I think.. five years from now I’d still be playing video games or watching anime.  It never gets old.  I’m still a fan even as I get older.   I hope that I’m still acting and working in the entertainment industry.1149008_546384765416912_1607469008_n

ILSN:  Which cosplay gets the most attention?

CELESTE ORCHID:   I’ve worn Chun Li a few times.  It most certainly gets the most attention.  The best part is that I’m fully covered and not showing skin.  Costumes like that make me very proud that I did a good job on craftsmanship and people’s comments are encouraging to do more great work.

ILSN:  What do you do to inspire yourself?

CELESTE ORCHID: I usually keep an agenda that I write in.  No, it’s not my phone but an actual PAPER BOOK.  Yes, we still have those these days.  I like to look back and see what entries I’ve put in, what my calendar looks like.  If I haven’t filled any of it in, it makes me sad and work harder to do more.  I like being accomplished even if it’s a small bow that I made for my hair.

ILSN:   What do you like to do for fun? 1498968_616794275042627_1933320164_o

CELESTE ORCHID:  My fun times are usually anime and video gaming.  But I do enjoy going to the park for a walk.

ILSN:   What kind of music do you like?

CELESTE ORCHID:  I love the Top 40.  I highly enjoy EDM.  My main dj’s are Steve Aoki, David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Tritonal.

ILSN:   What kind of nerd are you?

CELESTE ORCHID:  I’m more of a trendy nerd.  I like making my own cute accessories without over doing it. I’m not the best at quoting everything.  I enjoy it for what it is.  I LOVE EWOKS FROM STAR WARS.  I’m just a nerd about anime and video games the most.  I do like a good Tetris battle though.10636281_731917066863680_8895284278492897723_n

 ILSN:   Is there anything you are promoting right now?

CELESTE ORCHID:  If there is anything that I’m promoting, it’s be yourself.  SO what if you’re not as tall as XYZ character.  Go cosplay them, have fun!  That’s the point of it.  COSTUME PLAY.  There are no guidelines.  It’s have fun, if you don’t want to do that, then stress about it then.

ILSN:  What is the nerdiest thing you have done?1966874_642865162435538_1831070783_n

CELESTE ORCHID:  I think I freaked out when I saw a moving R.O.B. at a convention.  It was electronic and made my inner fan girl cry.

ILSN:   Do people ever recognize you when you go out?

CELESTE ORCHID:  Not a lot of people recognize me when I’m not in cosplay.  Some stores actually recognize me since I visit them normally.  Every once in a while someone does talk to me and say OH I think I know who you are.  I don’t know if that’s just a pick up line.10393891_697501916971862_3300547390478952973_n

ILSN:   What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?

CELESTE ORCHID:  This one kind of breaks my heart a bit.  But makes me happy.  This guy at Wondercon gave me a cd.  I remember it so clear.  He said,” My friend died while we were working on this CD. I know he would have wanted you to have it.”

It really broke my heart that his friend wasn’t there to give it to me in person, but I still own and cherish the CD.  It’s like an electro mix.

ILSN:   What is the hottest costume you have ever worn? 10256382_766444216744298_2496938188522586196_n

CELESTE ORCHID:  By temperature value I think it has to be my C.C. kimono.  I absolutely love this design and had to dress up as it.

My hottest and most scandalous costume would be Felicia or Rikku.  Felicia is the all time go to Cat girl.  Rikku from Final Fantasy X-2 blatantly shows off a thong in a mini skirt.  That’s right a THONG and a bikini top.

ILSN:   Favorite food?

CELESTE ORCHID:  I love ice cream.

ILSN:   Favorite Movies?

CELESTE ORCHID:  My favorite movies are House of Flying Daggers, Phantom of the Opera, and Sword in the Stone.10805797_765389830183070_1483082600945624745_n

ILSN:   Favorite Video Games?

CELESTE ORCHID: My favorite video games are Tetris, Animal Crossing, Final Fantasy VIII, and the Soul Calibur Series.  I’m also very fond of the Tekken and Dead or Alive series.10418913_749736568415063_180473708772620558_n

Give me the links to the following.

Websites.

Facebook page  Http://www.facebook.com/my.celeste.orchid

Twitter page  http://www.twitter.com/celesteorchid

YouTube link.  http://www.youtube.com/celesteorchid

Imdb    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4002704/

Also give me a bio, any videos, links you want me to promote such as up coming events.

Watch me on Call to Cosplay on Crunchyroll (episodes 1,3, and 6)
http://www.crunchyroll.com/call-to-cosplay

Or on VH1 Dating Naked  (episodes 2 and 8)

http://www.vh1.com/shows/dating-naked/

Also on ThatHashTagShow I’m a correspondent like Trish Takanawa from Family Guy

https://www.youtube.com/user/ThatHashtagShow

Conventions that I plan on attending (other than the major ones)

There’s Ninja con

http://www.ninja-conla.org

Touhou Con

https://www.facebook.com/TouhouCon

La Cosplay Con

http://lacosplaycon.com

 

Any final thoughts or words?

CELESTE ORCHID:                I have fun doing what I do.  I like making new friends and cracking jokes.  If people see something wrong with enjoying a good time, you have to ask yourself.. Are you still having fun?  Remember it’s not always fun and games until someone loses an eye.  But always make it in the right manner and light.

For cosplaying, it’s all about using Google.  You can use it to find people who already made the costume, techniques, references, images, and the list goes on.  Never be afraid to ask for help.  Anyone who isn’t willing to help is honestly the toxic waste that’s in our community.  Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion on how to do something.  Just don’t think it’s the only way.  We can always keep honing our skills to become something greater.

“Every master was at first an amateur.”

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VIvid Vision NERD of the MONTH

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  10469232_885029248186499_4209099801058034966_nILSN:  How did you come up with the name Vivid Vision?
Vivid Vision:  My nickname is “Vivi”, so I was trying to find a name that would use a part of my nickname in it :p10924594_865649596791131_2644535133484856399_o
ILSN:  How did you get into cosplay?
Vivid Vision:  When I immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong, I discovered that people dressed up in costumes for Halloween!! So then I picked my favorite characters and started to dress up as them in highshool!
ILSN:  Do you like shooting in front or behind the camera?
Vivid Vision:  That’s a tough one! They are both my passions. Do selifes count?? THEN I CAN DO BOTH LOL!!10325529_814700331886058_6428031211059212490_n
ILSN:  do you have a mini bio about yourself?
Vivid Vision:  Vicky Lau is an avid cosplayer with over ten years of cosplay experience. Since childhood, she has had an interest in Japanese anime and culture. Over the past decade she has immersed herself in the artistry of costume design and creation; spending countless hours crafting costumes and props. She is heavily involved in the anime community and has travelled to various anime conventions in North America. Combining her cosplay skills with her new found passion in photography, she continues to expand her creative horizon. 10730134_829629410393150_3624107979723256331_n
ILSN:  Do you have any projects coming up?
Vivid Vision:  Always got cosplay projects on the go. But they are top secret ^_~
ILSN:  Do people recognize you when you go to cons?
Vivid Vision:  Yah! It’s really cool how you get to meet some of your fans in real life!! It makes me urber happy when they come say hi to me!!!! Gives me all the feels!! >w<
 
ILSN:  What inspires you when you choose characters?
Vivid Vision:  MY PASSION TO BE AS AWESOME AS THEM!! ❤10626372_818840341472057_5947524575102169754_o
ILSN:  Marvel vs DC vs Anime?
Vivid Vision:  Anime
ILSN:  What was your childhood like growing up? 
Vivid Vision:  I was a zombie child lol!!! I barely remember what I did, its like going throw a zombie phase then you wake up one day and realize the world around you lol!
ILSN:  Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Vivid Vision:  A princess living in a pink castle eating sushi everyday ❤ 
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ILSN:  Which cosplay gets the most attention?
 Vivid Vision:  Super kawaii ones!
ILSN:  What do you do to inspire yourself?
Vivid Vision:  Eat more sushi! 
ILSN:  What do you like to do for fun?
Vivid Vision:  Cosplay and Photography is ma passion and ma life!!! I do it year round so I’m having fun all the time!10525671_772220082800750_5607495313335525389_n
ILSN:  What kind of music do you like?
Vivid Vision:  Anime and video game OSTS 
ILSN:  what kind of nerd are you?
Vivid Vision:  HUNGRY NERD! 
 ILSN:  is there anything you are promoting right now?
Vivid Vision:  Nope. But I will be adding to my Storenvy collection to sell more prints in the new year :3
ILSN:  What is the nerdiest thing you have done?
Vivid Vision:  Organize a convention, and run it the day of in cosplay…. EVERY YEAR LOL10481691_771489562873802_7522932698544283333_n
ILSN:  What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?
Vivid Vision:  Lol I don’t think anyone can be crazier than me!!!
ILSN:  What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?
Vivid Vision:  My  bikini cosplays made by Scifeye Candy ❤
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ILSN:  Favorite food?
Vivid Vision:  SUSHIIIIIII
ILSN:  Favorite Video Games?
Vivid Vision:  Classic RPGs like FF, Lunar, Suikoden. And Pokemon!!!!!

Mizzi Mie NERD of the MONTH

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This months NERD of the MONTH is MIZZI MIE!  She is a gamer, cosplayer and has her own youtube show!  She is from the PI and lives in So cal.

Ilovesexynerds:   Do you have a mini bio about yourself?
MIZZI MIE:  Filipino, Leo. 3d Artist. Cosplayer. gamer. foodie.10897083_403456609827666_4973220810769003973_n
Ilovesexynerds: What is the origin of your cosplay name Mizzi Mie?
MIZZI MIE:  It’s a funny story really! Back in the day I used to play a lot of Tekken. I even got those Tekken data cards.
Last time I got one I had to think of a tag name for my card. Invader Zim is one of my all time favorite cartoons so I got creative with it.
Miss.Zim sounded weird and so did mizzim. I wanted it to sound cute so… Mizzimie. thats about it
Ilovesexynerds:   What is the craziest story you could tell us?10818360_421625581344102_1572995827380021656_o
MIZZI MIE:
HOLY MOLY recently there was a huge fire here at Downtown Los Angeles and I got to witness 10mins after it started. Ive never seen a fire that huge ever in my life. I was standing about a block and a half away from it.

Ilovesexynerds:   Do you have any projects coming up?

MIZZI MIE:
Yup~! its a secret. ;P

Ilovesexynerds:   Do people recognize you when you go to cons?
MIZZI MIE:
Sometimes! It’s still all new to me and I’m really humbled and at the same time awkward about it too. ❤10427350_407232546116739_1941191967573341370_n

Ilovesexynerds:   How did you get into doing cosplay costumes?
MIZZI MIE:
I’ve always loved cartoons/anime/games/movies and discovered cosplaying around 2007.. I didnt really think about doing it myself until i decided to cosplay during anime expo 2012! I’m still pretty new to it all tbh. I love it though. no regrets!10696402_385199521653375_3110806251197722766_n

Ilovesexynerds:  What inspires you when you choose characters?
MIZZI MIE:
I mostly do characters I have an attachment/admiration/love for. I wouldnt really want to spend time and money on a cosplay I have no idea who it is unless I’m paid to do it to promote something then sure. However the cosplays that I make myself are ones that I love.Ilovesexynerds:   Marvel vs DC vs Anime?
MIZZI MIE:
Anime>Marvel>DC
Ilovesexynerds:  What was your childhood like growing up?
MIZZI MIE:
I grew up spoiled tbh. but after moving here to murica I grew to be “independent”.   Anyway, grandparents bought me and my siblings our very first gaming console; the PlayStation. Yup! Sony girl right here haha I remember playing space invaders with my mom way back when. that’s when my love for games came from. my childhood wasnt too hard. I enjoyed it although I dont remember most of it.Ilovesexynerds:   Where do you see yourself five years from now?
MIZZI MIE:
Godlike. lol idk man.. its hard to say… I wanna say I would like to have a family by then but who knows?936691_411834758989851_4482484446497889651_n
Ilovesexynerds:   Which cosplay gets the most attention?
MIZZI MIE:
Popular and well made ones. details details details!
Ilovesexynerds:   What do you do to inspire yourself?
MIZZI MIE:
I surround myself with people I want to be like.. people who are better than me in life.. you know what they say, “if you’re the smartest person in the room, then you’re in the wrong room”.
Ilovesexynerds:   What is the one cosplay you are most proud of?
MIZZI MIE:
As of now I want to say Sivir armor from league of legends. I didnt expect that cosplay to turn out better than what I imagined. It was my first time making armor and using worbla. thank goodness for all the tutorials.10422174_423331447840182_4221551255057692607_n
Ilovesexynerds:   What do you like to do for fun?
MIZZI MIE:
Play video games, go to the arcade, getting boba… I’ve been taking archery classes atm and i love it!
Ilovesexynerds:  What kind of music do you like?
MIZZI MIE:
RnB, HipHop and OPM
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Ilovesexynerds:   What kind of nerd are you?
Hmmmm.. the one thats into anime and video games xD
Ilovesexynerds:   Is there anything you are promoting right now?
MIZZI MIE:
Not much. I do like promoting for my friends though. I dont mind helping out 🙂
Ilovesexynerds:   What is the nerdiest thing you have done?
MIZZI MIE:
Ohhhhh man… i have no idea.. When you hang around nerdy people, being nerdy is kind of a normal thing haha10442440_406563372850323_8093228902517653114_n
Ilovesexynerds:   Do people ever recognize you when you go out?
MIZZI MIE:
Hmmmmm.,, it’s happened a few times. kinda funny actually lol
Ilovesexynerds:   What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?
MIZZI MIE:
OHH! my Gnar plushie from Steph&Steph 😀

Ilovesexynerds:   Favorite food?

Asian food!
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Ilovesexynerds:   If you were an animal what kind of animal would you be?
MIZZI MIE:  A lion. I love lions. or some kind of big cat!
Ilovesexynerds:   Nintendo vs Xbox vs Sega ?
MIZZI MIE:
Nintendo > Sega > Xbox
Ilovesexynerds:   Favorite Movies?
MIZZI MIE:
How to train your dragon 1 & 2 😀10525799_312290128944315_977287937773905008_n
Ilovesexynerds:   Favorite Video Games?
MIZZI MIE:
all time?
MegaMan Legends
Bust a grove/move
Tekken
Bayonetta
God of War
Ilovesexynerds:   Give me the links to the following.
youtube link. Mizzi Mie’s official Youtube page
MIZZI MIE:
Ilovesexynerds:   Any final thoughts or words?
I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has supported me especially the ones who have been there from the start. I LOVE YOU, GUYS ❤ ❤

NERD of the MONTH Meryl Sama

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1781616_817851821579406_8387925359850137320_o  ILSN:  Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Meryl Sama:  Hello everyone! I’m Meryl-sama, a cosplayer and amateur model from Italy! I started doing cosplay 5 years ago, but I began sewing my own costumes and getting more serious about his hobby only half and a year ago, in March 2013. At the moment I’m living alone in Milan, Italy. I’m a student and a part time worker.

ILSN:   What is the cosplay scene like in Italy?
Meryl Sama:   Unfortunately, the Italian cosplay scene is getting worse and worse lately. People like to flame about everything regarding cosplay. Everyone is against each other, when we should actually try and get along, helping and welcoming new cosplayers and understanding other opinions and mentalities.

ILSN:   What is the craziest story you could tell us?
Meryl Sama:   Last year, I was wandering around a con, dressed as Lara Croft. As I walked past a guy I heard him say: ”Woah, are they real?”. I  turned around and looked at him: “Really?” “The guns! A-Are the guns real?” “Yeah, and I can use them, you know”. He murmured a “ha-ha, sorry, bye” and went away.  Thinking back at it, it kinda makes me laugh!10516881_876418232389431_1867946517026513202_n

ILSN:   Do you have any projects coming up?
Meryl Sama:   Of course! My next costumes will be from Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill sagas. I’m also preparing more Lara Croft versions and other cosplay from indie video games.

ILSN:   Do people recognize you when you go to cons?
Meryl Sama:   When I’m dressed as Lara or as a Metal Gear character, someone recognizes me as Meryl-sama. If I’m wearing a new costume they hardly recognize me, I guess I’m just too different from my usual self, so I should be happy about it!20707_860915947272993_854626531282614031_n

ILSN:   Tell us about your website?

Meryl Sama:   I have many account on various websites, but the one I more active on is my Facebook page. There, I usually post one photo per day and I display all of my complete photo sets, with my comments, descriptions and opinions on my costumes and works.10906201_874206715943916_2563176227835981135_n

ILSN:   How did you get into doing cosplay costumes?
Meryl Sama:   I first discovered cosplay 7 years ago, at a con in Milan. Since then I dreamed about doing my own costumes, but because of school and other reasons, I haven’t been able to do so. Now that I finally have some time (not too much, but I try to create as much as I can), I’m happy to spend it to sew/make new cosplay!10952395_884211421610112_5235903034595184856_o

ILSN:   What inspires you when you choose characters?
Meryl Sama:   I choose characters to cosplay basing myself on 4 points:
1. Personality: if she’s strong, independent and has charisma (like Lara Croft or Strangelove, for example), I will surely like her and probably choose her as a possible
cosplay.
2. My love for the series: as it’s happening with Metal Gear and Silent Hill, if I love a series very much, I end up doing as many cosplay as I can from the series, to pay it a tribute.
3. Versatility: sometimes, I like to cosplay as characters that don’t reflect my favourite tipe of personality (see point 1), but that I like to act as. An example of this might be my Lisa Garland cosplay: she’s not strong at all, but she’s real, she acts just like any normal person in a dangerous situation would, and I love to emulate her when cosplaying!
4. Friends’ groups: my Rarity from My Little Pony is a clear example of this: I don’t follow the show, but when my friends asked me to help them create their MLP cosplay group, I joined to give them a hand. And I’m glad I did, since we had so much fun together!10947266_882217698476151_5064035072489948519_n

ILSN:   Marvel vs DC vs Anime?
Meryl Sama:   I like them all. I think if something is good, then you should watch/read/hear it. I don’t care about the mean of expression: it can be a comic, a manga, an anime, a book etc.
If the story, the characters, the message are interesting, then I will most likely follow it!10945756_885099741521280_4901340789128693914_n

ILSN:   What was your childhood like growing up?
Meryl Sama:   It wasn’t easy growing up in a small, old-mentality city, where everyone thought videogames, TV and alternative kind of  music were evil. But I continued going on with my passions. I kept on playing videogames (the first ones were Spyro, Crash Bandicoot, Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider for me), reading comics and listening to the music I liked. Most of the people kept judjing me bad, but I knew they were just narrow minded people who was afraid of other cultures, and I was right in the end.10421240_830030407028214_5707407713491688596_n

ILSN:   Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Meryl Sama:   I hope to have a job that I like and to keep being who I am. I also hope to continue with cosplay, since it gives me satisfactions and makes me happy. Find true happiness will always be my ultimate goal in life.
ILSN:  Which cosplay gets the most attention?10955640_886408284723759_5236475910417256031_n

It must be my Lara Croft cosplay. Probably because Tomb Raider had (and is having) a great success in Italy: parents and children love Lara, people of all ages recognize the character when I’m dressed as her and often ask to take photos with me.
What do you do to inspire yourself?
I study great cosplayers’ works and learn from them and from web tutorials how to get better at sewing,doing my make up, posing etc.

ILSN:   What do you like to do for fun?
Meryl Sama:   Playing videogames msut my favourite hobby. I like complicated and/or long stories, like those in Final Fantasy, Metal Gear saga or Legend of Zelda, for example. To relax myself completely I like to read books, play Just Dance or watch funny videos on the web, possibly with my friends.10171878_855531424478112_5389187491835674784_n

ILSN:   What kind of music do you like?
Meryl Sama:   The concept is always the same for me! I don’t have a favourite kind: I like all type of music, if a song has beautiful melody, lyrics and gives you strong feelings, I will listen to it and love it, no matter what kind it is. If I have to choose a favourite singer/group I would say Dolores O’Riordan and Coldplay. I also love Akira Yamaoka’s compositions and Akiko Shikata’s voice.

ILSN:   what kind of nerd are you?
Meryl Sama:   I’m the type of nerd that’s always searching for something new: as you could read, I love and follow every existing mean of expression, from videogames to books, to animation, to TV shows. Though I have some favorite works, I never get stuck on one or more of them in particular: I just love to discover new and interesting stories!

ILSN:   Is there anything you are promoting right now?
Meryl Sama:   Lately, I helped promoting Games Week, a very interesting and famous Italian con about retro and modern videogames and technology. We walked the streets of Milan cosplaying videogame characters and promoting the event, we also went to a Game-themed party after that. It was a lot of fun! A video of the event is coming soon

ILSN:   What is the nerdiest thing you have done?
Meryl Sama:   Once, I played Final Fantasy IX for 10 hours, non-stop. I was 17, home alone, and I didn’t realize how fast time passed… Guess this happens when you’re into a great game!ilovegamers4

ILSN:   Do people ever recognize you when you go out?
Meryl Sama:   It happened only once, though I was surprise, since I like to keep my work and hobbies separate. Most of the people who work with me and see me everyday don’t even know what cosplay is and some of them even have a bad attitude towards nerds and gamers. Italy has a long way to go!1393689_881198485244739_2221727395204644859_n

ILSN:   What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?

Meryl Sama:   I love when people sends me their own representation of my cosplay. A fan sent me a bunch of re-edited Elfen Lied photo of me as Lucy. He changed the eye color, making a strange but cool horror revisitation of it. At first it kinda scared me, but I liked it a lot, guess it’s because I like horror so much!
ILSN:   What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?
Meryl Sama:   I think it must be my bikini version of Cècile Cosima Caminades. It’s an official swimsuit version you can find in the game Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. It’s a kinda revealing, but I feel at ease with it!

ILSN:   Favorite food?

Meryl Sama:   I’m vegan, so I have to say I just can’t choose between vegan pizza or Japanese avocado maki!10382833_763105887054000_5133008213079953806_n

ILSN:   Favorite Movies?
Meryl Sama:   Blade Runner, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Tron, Leon, Up, Saving private Ryan, Kill Bill, Apocalypse Now, Schindler’s List and others.10941825_884629721568282_6218997085493226050_n

ILSN:   Favorite Video Games?
Meryl Sama:   Final Fantasy IX, Metal Gear Solid 3, Silent Hill 2, Tomb Raider IV, Chrono Cross/Trigger, Dragon Quest IV, Ace Attorney saga, Ghost Trick, Kingdom Hearts saga, Tales of Vesperia, To the Moon, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (though Ocarina of Time is objectively better, I loved TP’s atmosphere) and more!

 

Websites.
facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Merylsama
twitter page https://twitter.com/Merylsama
youtube link. ( I don’t have a youtube public account)
Also give me a bio, any videos, links you want me to promote such as up coming events.

My deviantart account: http://meryl-sama.deviantart.com/

My tumblr: http://meryl-sama.tumblr.com/
My cosplay.com account: http://www.cosplay.com/member/321548/
My world cosplay account: http://worldcosplay.net/member/12353510386944_767566526607936_7789069332725376356_o

ILSN:   Any final thoughts or words?
Meryl Sama:  My greatest objectives when cosplaying are having fun, being happy and share my works about characters and sagas I love with other fans all over the world! So if like my works, you are welcome to share it, just remember to give me and the photographers credits! Thanks to everyone who already follows me and to new followers to come!

Wong Cosplay NERD of the MONTH

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The new nerd of the month is Wong Cosplay from Brazil.  She is a cosplayer, gamer and odel.  Check out her interview here.
ILSN:  What is the origin to your name wong cosplay?
Wong Cosplay:  my nick come from Ada Wong – Resident Evil.
She is my Favorite Character.1511071_773037476128895_1673675495320757657_n
ILSN:   Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Wong Cosplay:   My Name is Heloana Cristian,I’m From Brazil
I Speak Portuguese and English, i’m Model, cosplayer/cosmaker
Designer too, i love do so many things !!
Violin, Photography and some handmade. 😀
ILSN:  Do you have a mini bio about yourself?1799983_805798006186175_8333567525639080128_o

Wong Cosplay:    no by While… 😀

ILSN:  Do you have any projects coming up?10626519_653203324778978_1973995076445681566_n
Wong Cosplay:   Yes, Sure! I’ll do All Ada Wong’s Versions, and another characters from
Disney, Tomb Raider , Marvel, DC comics, Movies and etc… 😀
ILSN:  Do people recognize you when you go to cons?
Wong Cosplay:   Yes of course! it’s is so cool!! I love take some pics with my fans and
the people who enjoy my work.10421221_675588102540500_5323944586027036960_n
ILSN:  Tell us about your website? ?10704016_673536396079004_2645497538082171842_n
Wong Cosplay:   Now i’m working in this,an biggest Part exclusive of my work
will be there ! Cosplays, tutorials and WIP, Life’s Model making of, and
some Photoshoots of Heloana Cristian’s Style. LOL
Coming Soon 😉
ILSN:  How did you get into doing cosplay costumes?11392915_784052725027370_7742399970140823640_n
Wong Cosplay:   Playing the Capcon’s Game Resident Evil.
I had to try Because i love Ada Wong.10885479_699885370110773_392581088929864190_n
ILSN:  What inspires you when you choose characters?
Wong Cosplay:   Personality ever! designer of the clothes and Props
attracted me also.10940494_720272474738729_4306683130927977295_n
ILSN:  Marvel vs DC vs Anime?10945002_719313971501246_3407446916880198482_n
Wong Cosplay:   I Like all then! Some Character in true.11220815_773769869388989_186633620413348920_n
ILSN:  What was your childhood like growing up?
Wong Cosplay:   Artist ! i always wanted be Artist , a famous Person, do it Cool Things.
one day Maybe I can 😀 hahahah
ILSN:  Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Wong Cosplay:   I’d Like to know E.U.A and China.
I hope Reach there someday.
ILSN:  Which cosplay gets the most attention?11393110_783778851721424_1721088127855805200_n
Wong Cosplay:   Ada wong (Resident Evil 4) Boa Hancock from One Piece, and
Ariel from the little Mermaid. works with so many handmade
need most attention of my part.
ILSN:  What do you do to inspire yourself?
Wong Cosplay:   i see some Tutorials and take some knowledge to Continue my Work.11024204_758026894296620_6876285764604355188_o
ILSN:  What is the one cosplay you are most proud of?
Wong Cosplay:   my First Cosplay, Ada Wong Resident evil 6
I really love this costume this take so many time to be perfect.
ILSN:  What do you like to do for fun?
Wong Cosplay:   i Play some games and Listen Some Music.
ILSN:  What kind of music do you like?
Wong Cosplay:   I Love Rock’n’roll !! is my favorite kind of music.11891040_826583067441002_2476704428741946780_n
ILSN:  what kind of nerd are you?
Wong Cosplay:   Otaku Nerd and Computer nerd, i think So… i love Cosplays, comics , Computer, internet Web and things like that.
ILSN:  Is there anything you are promoting right now?
Wong Cosplay:   My Official FanPage on Facebook and Another social network of WongcosplayBr
At WorldCosplay, Flickr,Instagram, twiiter,G+ …
ILSN:  What is the nerdiest thing you have done?11666140_799792513453391_8831566432629058867_n
Wong Cosplay:   Programming languages HTML and CSS . Lol
ILSN:  Do people ever recognize you when you go out?
Wong Cosplay:   Yes, most often
my dentist got my autograph, it’s so fun!
ILSN:  What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?
Wong Cosplay:  an Invite for he’s Fan made movie,I never thought I would win something like this
but but he lived in another state.
ILSN:  What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?
Wong Cosplay:   Ada Wong – Resident Evil 6 ( It’s Soooo hot on the Brazil OMG)
ILSN:  Favorite food?11259121_777206542378655_2934533761297007332_n
Wong Cosplay:   I Love Pasta 😀
ILSN:  If you were an animal what kind of animal would you be?
Wong Cosplay:   An Cat. Sometimes i need Rest a Little bit hahaha
ILSN:  Nintendo vs Xbox vs Sega ?
Wong Cosplay:   Nintendo Of Course :3
ILSN:  Favorite Movies?
Wong Cosplay:   Kill Bill , A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Iron Man.
ILSN:  Favorite Video Games?11329851_798138530285456_2234274457859311366_n
Wong Cosplay:  The king of fighters, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider,
God Of War and several other.
ILSN:  Give me the links to the following.
ILSN:  Any final thoughts or words?
Wong Cosplay:   Thank You So much I Love sexy Nerds by this interview ! Thanks a lot For All Fans Of Wongcosplaybr and
Heloana Cristian too!!
Kisses From the Brazil! ❤

Natalie Victoria NERD of the MONTH

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The new NERD of the MONTH is Natalie Victoria!   She is an actress, Model and Social Medial Consultant!    She is also the star of DeadHeads and Chemical peel.  She is one of the nicest down to earth people.

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IloveSEXYnerds: Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Natalie Victoria:  I’m an actress and a writer.308768_244243218958167_68183153_n

IloveSEXYnerds: Tell us about the cult classic movie DEADHEADS.NatalieVictoria-8
Natalie Victoria: Two inexplicably coherent zombies awake amidst a zombie attack, and decide to take a road trip to find the one’s lost love “Ellie” who I play. Ellie is Mike’s long lost love. He sets out to find once he wakes up as a zombie from a 3-year sleep. Ellie is this sweet girl-next-door who is slightly clumsy and awkward in her own way. Okay, she is kind of a big clutz, but very lovable. I loved it! She’s a slow reveal until the very end of the film, which allows audiences to discover who she is along the way.284144_204486779600478_2098924_n

Along the way, the two zombies are unaware they are being chased by the agents of a ruthless company with its own agenda and the comedy and adventure unfolds from there…I don’t want to give it away, but it’s got adventure, comedy, and romance all rolled into one movie with a ton of pop culture references. If you loved films from the 80s like Goonies and Back to the Future, you will love DEADHEADS.

Oh and I also play the zombie bride – which was devilishly fun to play as well… I mean really, what actress wouldn’t love ripping a guy’s chest open, pulling his heart out, and sinking her teeth into the flesh of his still beating heart?293138_231053326943823_651410349_n

IloveSEXYnerds: Do you have any new projects coming up?
Natalie Victoria:   1. ABSTRACTION (action/crime/thriller) CoStar Role, Releasing January 27, 2015 via Breaking Glass Pictures.
2. LAST SHIFT (thriller/horror) CoStar Role, Releasing late 2015.
3. THE LOOKOUT (crime/drama) Starring Role, currently in post-production and hitting film festivals in late 2015.NatalieVictoria-71507896_745460632169754_6571291716213781991_n

I am also looking for great projects and interesting directors to work with, so I am hoping to find some new surprises this year out there and really push myself as an artist. Currently though, I have two web series I am working on, I am developing two short films, a feature, and finishing two other scripts – so it’s going to be an exciting year and I can’t wait!163289_151010548281435_4547387_n

Want to rent me tonight?
• DEADHEADS (zombie/comedy/romance) Starring Role as “Ellie”
Rent now on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, or watch on ShowTime Networks On Demand.

• CHEMICAL PEEL (thriller/suspense/horror) Starring Role as “Rae”
Released via Lionsgate, you can rent now on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes.575803_491719687543851_2111868846_n

IloveSEXYnerds: What would you be doing if you weren’t a model/actress?
Natalie Victoria: I am definitely first and foremost, an actress. And although I can take a pretty picture or two from time to time, I am certainly by no means a professional model. If I weren’t acting, I would be donating my time to help others in need.998544_542125335836619_1960816461_n

IloveSEXYnerds: Do you have a mini bio about yourself?
Natalie Victoria: Sure! It’s on IMDB here, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2210947/216407_176466889069134_7293853_n

IloveSEXYnerds: What is the craziest story you could tell us?
Natalie Victoria: I went to a house party for a birthday, and several hours later woke up at the bottom of a steep staircase in a pool of my own blood with my head cracked open…fast forward to ambulance then hospital, needles in my head to several staples later and I was fixed and home safely. I haven’t been to a house birthday party since. Nothing surprises me anymore. Everyone is crazy. I live in LA.NatalieVictoria-14

IloveSEXYnerds: Do people recognize you when you go to cons?
Natalie Victoria: For me personally, I do not go to cons. I used to go to comic-con years ago, but I stopped going once it became over-commercialized. It’s just not my scene anymore. That said, I don’t feel it makes or breaks your “nerd status” to attend/not attend. Maybe I will go back in a year or so. Never say never, right?1535703_617836881598797_1163166988_n

IloveSEXYnerds: Tell us about your website?
Natalie Victoria: My website is currently under construction –but you can visit my IMDB for all the latest on my films and acting projects, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2210947/1907906_756436647738819_4940100070704649049_n

IloveSEXYnerds: Who would win in a fight Darth Vader or Gandolf?
Natalie Victoria: Gandolf! He defeated a Belrog demon who is supernatural in nature and can not be defeated by a mere human seeing as he has the ability to shroud himself in fire, darkness, and shadow. So yea, I would have to say the wizard. Gandolf says, “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!” and you won’t…!179436_160812773967879_2592201_n

IloveSEXYnerds: What inspires you when you choose characters?
Natalie Victoria: Anything that scares me. When I first started acting, I was always cast as the love interest or sweet girl next door – as my craft matured, I now find myself drawn to more complex characters who are multi-layered in both their emotions and motives. You are not sure if they are good or bad or somewhere in between. I look for strong but vulnerable roles – that are layered and real and raw.

IloveSEXYnerds: Marvel vs DC vs Anime?
Natalie Victoria: Definitely DC – They have all the dark & complicated characters. And let’s face it, they have Batman. HOT!

IloveSEXYnerds: What was your childhood like growing up?
Natalie Victoria: Imaginative, creative, and adventurous.314837_229399387109217_1591580399_n

IloveSEXYnerds: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Natalie Victoria: Acting, writing, and producing a myriad of projects both for amazing directors and under my own production company, and making a bigger difference in this world by helping others in need and those who are hurting.

IloveSEXYnerds: What do you do to inspire yourself?
Natalie Victoria: I usually take a long walk or hike – inspiration comes easy when you clear your head from the noise of day-to-day nonsense and incessant ringing of technology.76597_429407030441784_448530802_n

IloveSEXYnerds: What do you like to do for fun?

Natalie Victoria:   Something unexpected.

IloveSEXYnerds: What kind of music do you like?

Natalie Victoria:   All types, I am an artist! Vintage music from the 20s, 30s, 40s – pop, rock and roll, classical, jazz, alternative, electronic, oldies, and more. I like to immerse myself in all types of tunes depending on my mood or focus.

IloveSEXYnerds: What kind of nerd are you?

Natalie Victoria:   I didn’t realize there were categories.

IloveSEXYnerds: Is there anything you are promoting right now?
Natalie Victoria: My latest film “ABSTRACTION” (action/crime/thriller) CoStar Role, Releasing January 27, 2015 via Breaking Glass Pictures. Be sure to check it out on VOD/DVOD and select theatres!404267_312375868811568_1801071731_n

IloveSEXYnerds: What is the nerdiest thing you have done?
Natalie Victoria: I don’t see myself in terms of labels like that so I can’t say anything I have ever done is “nerdy”. For me, I just happen to like and know and collect a lot of things from what is considered a “nerd culture”… doesn’t mean I am a nerd. Just an appreciator of great stories and characters. So although, I hate being defined by labels, I’ll be your honorary “nerd” for this month. 😉148653_622769007772251_1118673280_n

IloveSEXYnerds: Do people ever recognize you when you go out?

Natalie Victoria: 
I live in Los Angeles so working actors, celebrities, artists, and the like – we all see each other everyday and it’s not a big deal. But sure, every once in a great while you have someone come up to you at an event and say they know you from a film you have done and get excited. That’s always nice, to be recognized for your work as an actress and artist – I don’t mind that at all. 😉526713_366032283445926_1735210848_n

IloveSEXYnerds: What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?

Natalie Victoria: 
For Halloween? Um, I don’t know if it’s the “hottest” but my favorite Halloween costume I ever did was a year ago for Game Of Thrones – I was Princess Daenerys. As far as professional costumes go, most of my wardrobe for films are pretty tame since I play characters based in reality vs. something like scifi. Although, I would love to shoot a sci-fi film like ALIENS with a great script one day!149246_145872058795284_4418356_n

IloveSEXYnerds: Favorite food?

Natalie Victoria: 
I don’t eat. I am an actress. 1794657_635707073145111_1422845966_n

IloveSEXYnerds: Favorite Movies?

Natalie Victoria: 
Too many to name – I don’t think your audience has time for me to babble…we could be here all night! Here’s some; ALIENS, BraveHeart, The Last of the Mohicans, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Star Wars (4, 5, & 6 only), and The Matrix Trilogy – but mainly the first one, Gone with the Wind, V-the MiniSeries, Predator 1 and 2, The Thing, The Blob, Black Book, Schindlers List, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Die Hard 1 and 2, Once Upon Time in The West, The Count of Monte Cristo, Whiplash, Blue Valentine, Casablanca, E.T., Terminator 1 and 2, Planet of the Apes (60s version), Edge of Tomorrow, Snowpiercer, Back to the Future Trilogy, Goonies, X-Men Movies, District 9, RoboCop, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Jurassic Park (all three), any Marvel movie, they are just great! – Come on DC, I am counting on you!….and let’s see… Indiana Jones movies, Kill Bill (1 and 2), The Raid (1 & 2), Lethal Weapon (all of them), heat, casino, good fellas, the departed, Carlito’s Way, City of God, Nightcrawler, Inside Man, Moulin Rouge, Great Gatsby, The Shawshank Redemption, Rudy, Ben-Hur, King Kong, The Searchers…oh stop me now!69016_138389642876859_4279093_n

IloveSEXYnerds: Favorite Video Games?

Natalie Victoria: 
I love all the HALO Games, Assassins Creed, and Destiny – but I haven’t been able to play video games too often due to my workload and shooting schedules. I just don’t have the time anymore, which is sad because video games are so much fun!549713_402755516440269_288547158_n

Give me the links to the following.
Websites: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2210947/
Other website: http://www.natalievictoria.com
facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/natalievictoriaofficial
twitter page: http://www.twitter.com/natalietweet
instagram: http://www.instagram.com/natalievictoriaofficial
youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/user/nvictoria