Gogo is co-owner of the award-winning Corsair Distillery and moonlights as a writer, editor, pin-up gal, and occasional performer. Her varied work history includes social work, commercial and music video production, teaching, featured columnist and editor. Whatever her day job, Gogo has always found a way to work in her love of costumes and performance through dance, modeling, and cosplay.
How did you get into cosplay?
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t into cosplay. I started creating and dressing up in costumes for no reason when I was a pre-teen. I remember cosplaying as some of my favorite characters and going into Philadelphia for good, silly fun with friends on weekends before I even had a driver’s license. We just didn’t call it cosplay back then. Working as a go-go dancer while in college and graduate school and performing burlesque gave me even more opportunities to cosplay (and while getting paid to dance – bonus!). I’ve always been a geek at heart, and cosplay is an important creative outlet in my life. About 8 or 9 years ago, I started going to comic, anime, and pop-culture conventions, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop.
Who was your 1st cosplay and why?
First cosplay was as one half of The Blues Brothers. I grew up watching that movie countless times with my dad, and it’ll always be one of my favorites. I’m a huge fan of drag – or crossplay – and part of the choice behind that costume was the opportunity to sing a duet of “Rawhide.” However, I can’t remember if I was Jake or Elwood, so I’ll add that my first convention cosplay was of Poison from Street Fighter. I adore Poison and was able to perform as her in cosplay burlesque. And her hair! I have a thing for pink hair.
What do you geek out about?
I’m a voracious reader. Books and graphic novels are like drugs to me. When I get into a good read, I have a seriously difficult time putting it down. Lately I’ve been reading a good deal of modern and urban fantasy, though I’ll read any genre, provided that I find the work compelling. I devoured all of the Song of Ice and Fire series in less than a month. I geek out over certain video games, especially FPS like Borderlands, survival horror like Resident Evil, and the over-the-top shenanigans of Saints’ Row. I also geek out over American animation like Archer and The Venture Bros., and I’m shamelessly devout Whovian. Beyond that, I am really into mixology, foodie stuff, and cats.
When you’re not cosplaying, what do you enjoy doing for fun?
I don’t cook much, but I absolutely love mixing drinks. Once upon a time, I had a sweet gig as a bar and nightlife reviewer, and now, with the distillery, I’m even more interested in mixology. I’ll happily spend hours concocting cocktails. I also game frequently, most often with dear friends on Xbox. I travel whenever possible, preferring tropical climates with great beaches and interesting culture, or foreign cities and locales drenched in history. I also write original, and sometimes NSFW, fiction with a dear friend. A few of my short stories have been published, but I honestly prefer to keep that kind of writing as a hobby.
What would your dream job be?
If I could go back in time, I would love to pursue being a voice actor. It’s something that I’ve never done, always wanted to, and greatly admire. And/or, if I could, I would become a special effects makeup artist or 3D designer. I’m absolutely in awe of the artistic and creative talent that goes into that work. I can create characters and creatures with words, but to bring them to life through physical make-up or digital art… Wow. That would be a dream job.
What do you enjoy most about cons?
I adore the conviviality of conventions. I love the crowds, the excitement, and the eye-candy of so many people in costume. Connecting with con friends and “family” from all over the country, meeting new people, and making new friends are always top priorities. Of course, I love being in cosplay, and having a blast as whatever character(s) I’ve chosen to portray. The best thing about cons is the serendipity. You never know what unexpected and wonderful things are going to happen, you just know that they WILL happen.