Hi Tara it is a pleasure to feature you on SimplySxy. Please share with our readers a little about yourself and where you’re from?
Hi there! so excited to be featured! I’m an actress, model, filmmaker and cosplayer. I’ve been acting basically all my life, since I was 4 years old. I just recently added professional modeling to my list of things I do and I’m completely loving the experience! I live on the West Coast now…BUT…I’m originally from the East Coast! I’m quirky, nerdy and very much a homebody. Partying is not my thing. I much prefer a good book or an episode of Star Trek TNG. I’m also the host of “Nerdtabulous” on YouTube! People in the acting world know me as Tara-Nicole Azarian, but the cosplay world and YouTube know me as Tara Cosplay.
How did you get started into cosplay?
Well, I was THAT kid who always had to be a princess or a fairy every time we went to Disney. Mom would help me deck out in complete princess attire including facepaint. So, cosplay has always been in my blood. I began to do “grown up” cosplay when I was about 12.
Which common misconceptions about cosplay still exists today?
Oh I think the biggest one is that some people think that the cosplay community is a bunch of weirdos…and they are very, very wrong! Cosplay is a form of art and artistic expression and the cosplay community is full of outstanding and talented people. Yes, lots of us are kind of shy in person, but just say, “hi” we’ll talk back to you, I promise!
What is the best compliment you have received?
Honestly the nicest thing I hear is that I’m kind. When someone comes up to my table at a convention, I give them my full attention. I’m very protective of my nerd community and I want every fan of mine to feel special. I’m human and I’m sure I fail on this sometimes, but I try very hard to make every Tarabyte (fan) feel special.
What do you enjoy most about acting?
Ohhhhh acting is amazing. It allows me a socially acceptable outlet for behaving ways that normally would not be okay. I love to play against my natural personality type. Playing mean or crazy is a ton of fun and helps keep me normal in my real life…I get all my funk out on set.
If you could change one thing about the world, what will it be?
I’m going to sound like a pageant queen here, but “world peace.” I hate to see people suffer…especially children. I just really wish that the powers that be could stop the whole who’s junk is bigger contest and just negotiate like evolved humans. Hate is taught. We need to see the similarities in one another and come together to make a safe and peaceful world. That’s what I’d like to see anyway.
What song would you say best describes you?
“Why Not” by Hilary Duff. I feel like life is short and whatever goals or dreams I have I should jump in with both feet and just go for it. Go big or go home.
What do you find attractive in the opposite sex?
I like a tall man. As far as looks go, that’s the only thing that catches my eye. What attracts me to a man is if he is kind. Kindness is so undervalued in our society, but it’s a deal breaker for me. If you are arrogant and full of yourself, I will have zero interest in you. If you are a gentleman, open doors for me, listen to me, respect my feelings, connect with me every day (even if I’m away working) then we’ll hit it off.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Tara. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
I think intelligence is sexy. I graduated High School early and run my own business so I am attracted to intelligence. A smart man knows what he wants, how to get it and how to keep it. That is very sexy!
Yes! I have been cast as “Carol” (one of the leads) in the new feature film, “Candy Corn” by director Josh Hasty. I also just wrapped a short film called, “The Best Words” which is now doing the film festival thing!
Images courtesy of Tara Cosplay
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