I have written novel sized projects since I was in high school. This has been a bittersweet love since one had to have an agent to be able to be published and one had to be published to get an agent. I sent in works to never hear from anyone. I wrote off and on during my college years and then abandoned hope. Then we became trapped in my parents basement due to the economy, and I needed something to give me hope. So I started writing again. The Knight School Journal is the first project I started. It is what got Peter Mayhew interested in my work. And at the time my friends and I were making Star Wars cosplay costumes and I had started to write about the characters that we were dressed as. I also showed that to Peter who later showed it to another good friend. Maybe....you will see my characters come to life someday in published form. In the meantime enjoy this part of Jedi Isolation, The Knight School Journal, and my thoughts about Star Wars.
As a kid I watched my Mom paint with oils on canvas, and because of my interest in these things she encouraged me to draw and to paint and express myself through various artistic mediums. I am grateful for her kind enthusiasm and encouragement. I still love to paint and draw when I feel the muse.
I have done the voice over commercials for our radio show sponsors not to mention play acting with friends using various characters. Voice Over work is an opportunity that opens doors to everyone. You don't have to look like the character you are portraying. You just have to have the right voice. My favorite example of this is the man that plays Agent Kallus from Star Wars Rebels, David Oyelowo. He looks nothing like the character but his voice is perfect and brings the Imperial Security Bureau agent to life wonderfully.
Costumes can be stagnant and be only for looks. I prefer costumes that are like real clothing as much as possible. I think they should have freedom of movement, and if one is lucky....washable. My serious costume creations started with the Renaissance Era, and I have kept with that attitude throughout other cosplay. For example, a Jedi is not a stiff stagnant character. A Jedi needs to move. A good Jedi cosplay should have a basic ability to use a lightsaber. Yes, it takes practice. A lot of practice.....but most things that are worth it require extra effort. Here I am doing a modest amount of sword play.
Since I was a kid, I loved playing make believe with costumes, some of which were simply old hats and garments no longer worn by adults. I developed a sense of imagination with my friends as we donned these garments which magically transformed us into fantastical people of all kinds. That love of using my imagination and being able to wear costumes has stayed with me throughout my life. It has brought joys and sorrows, but most of all it has kept my imagination alive.