I've been watching Anime since before I can remember, and playing video games since I was 4.
I grew up in a military family so we were able to travel a lot before I even was middle school age.
Spending about 6 years in Okinawa, Japan pretty much sealed my fate as a lifetime fan of Anime and Japanese Fashion. I cosplayed alittle in 1995 for that years children's day, and misc holidays and festivals but that was before I knew what cosplay was.
I officially started cosplay in 1999 when I went to nekocon with an old friend. After that point I was thrilled with the thought of cosplaying as your favorite Anime/game character with other people with the same love.