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- Let’s get started, you’ve built a successful company of costume design and cosplay, how do you manage all that? What tips do you have for starting your own business?
I started out just selling my old costumes on eBay and that grew into making costumes for others. I started ThreeMusesClothing.com in 2005 and started selling retail brands as well as my handmade items to round out the selection. Eventually that got too big to keep doing at home so I opened my boutique in 2009 with a focus on cosplay and corsetry.
With eBay and Etsy anyone can test out a business before they invest a lot of money. It helps to start small that way and learn what sells, how to price things and how to handle customer service.
- So where did your Nerdness come from and what kind of story is behind it? Childhood? Formative years?
I can’t remember not being a nerd. I loved school, reading, computers and video games. My favorite TV shows were Wonder Woman and the Incredible Hulk when I was little. I guess I just never grew out of it and later learned to embrace it.
- How did Candy Keane get her start, what was your very first cosplay: character/event/story?
I won my first costume contest in kindergarten and have loved dressing up ever since. My first big cosplay was Aeon Flux and my first big convention was DragonCon. DCon is what got me hooked on cosplay and I started going to other conventions after that.
- Could you tell us what shows/comics/books/ movies that inspire you to dress up? Role models? Actors/Actresses you aspire to look like? How would you describe your style away from cosplay?
I love super hero movies. I always look at the costumes in those. Comic books are filled with great inspiration as well. And games! I’m really all over the place. I don’t aspire to look like any particular actress unless I’m cosplaying their character from a movie. I do a lot of Milla Jovovich characters- LeeLoo, Alice, UltraViolet. It wasn’t on purpose, she just happens to do characters I like.
My style away from cosplay is so different, very low key; Brema (she works with me in the shop) describes it as “surfer nerd.” I usually wear board shorts and a nerdy shirt, ponytail, no make-up. Anytime I have to wear a nice dress I feel like I’m cosplaying because I have to do my hair and make-up. I enjoy the contrast though. It’s fun to do the transformation.
- Can you share the design aspect of your costume(s), and how they came about? Any good shopping tips? Hardest one to make? Tell us about Three Muses Clothing?
There’s a lot of questions there! I have made hundreds of costumes and there’s different design elements to each and there’s something that’s harder on one than it is on another. Also, something may be hard the first time and then it gets easier. I was doing a warrior Wonder Woman with a chestplate and using Worbla for the first time. I had to completely rip the whole thing apart and re-do it twice. I learned a lot on that project!
Three Muses Inspired Clothing is my costume and corset business that is both a website and boutique. I don’t have time to make tons of costumes for other people so the store is stocked with things people can use to put together their own original costumes. We have a lot of good building blocks like corsets, accessories and even Worbla.
- What are some upcoming events or projects you are a part of/or looking forward to?
All my focus is on Halloween right now! I’ll be doing one convention during that time – a local one called WasabiCon that’s Halloween weekend. I’ll be doing a couple panels there, most likely on corsetry and working with Worbla.
- What are your biggest pet peeves while Cosplaying?
Being uncomfortable! I know sometimes you have to suffer a little for the sake of it looking good, but I try really hard to make my stuff as wearable as possible. I hate having to cut my time short on the con floor because I’m ready to rip my costume off.
- You meet thousands of fans across the country at events, how do they inspire you? Any that have really made a specific impression?
My favorite thing is to see people wearing costumes I’ve made, or ones they’ve done with pieces purchased from the shop. I enjoy it when they send me pics and tell me what it was like wearing it. I often feature them on my blog when they do. Everyone who does that inspired me to keep doing what I do.
- You say you blog as well, can you tell us about that?
I’ve had my blog A Mused Life since March 2007. I write about stuff going on at the store, events we are doing and also write reviews about events and products.
- Do you have any good dating stories about breaking the news that you cosplay? Or how does your significant other feel about your nerdness?
Well, I met my husband while he was dressed as Braveheart and I was a genie so I didn’t really have to break it to him that I liked to dress up. He really enjoys going to the conventions with me and even makes most of his own costumes. He’s pretty much not a nerd at all. He’s a Special Forces Green Beret, so I guess he’s actually pretty cool. Good thing nerd stuff is actually cool stuff too. Our jobs are in two separate worlds, but that keeps things interesting! The funny thing is going out to conventions and seeing people dressed in stuff he regularly wears for work.
- If your nerd dream came true: what are you starring in, and who are you starring with? Actor/actresses/writer/directors?
My nerd dream would be to have my own comic book series. It wouldn’t necessarily be based on me, since a super seamstress probably wouldn’t be very exciting, but to have a character based on my appearance would be cool. Because then I could make the outfit and do the most accurate cosplay ever!
- Tells us about what you want your followers to know about you: what are your passions in life? Any advice for our readers and your followers?
My passion is life is pretty obvious – making costumes! And just creating things and being crafty overall. I also love food, wine and cooking. I love going to foodie events. Unfortunately it’s hard to mix costumes with those events. Nobody wants to be in costume while trying to sample food and drinks! The most successful combination has been Oktoberfests. Its fun to get a group together dressed as beer wenches and attend those events. My friends and I will work a costume into anything with a theme.
- Thanks for sharing your insights and your time!
You can follow Candy, and shop her store below
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