Shannon has been cosplaying for over a decade, the last several of which she has been crafting and competing. She always knew she was different growing up because she loved dress up more than anything. Over the years her playing dress up has blossomed into her successful cosplay career which is still on the rise. She started when she was only twelve years old, and has made upwards of over thirty custom costumes in the time between then and now. She primarily specializes in armor and props, making things such as full plate armor or life sized swords axes and bows. In her downtime from crafting and competing, she likes to play video games preferring RPGs and FPS. She also participates in some character dungeon delving with her dungeons and dragons group that she plays with every week.
Going by the name Sheikahchica Cosplay, Lindsay has been cosplaying since 2009, with 65+ costumes (including variations) under her belt. She has been featured on numerous websites, such as Kotaku and Geeks Are Sexy. She has also appeared in the Women VS Cosplay 2017 calendar and the Star Wars 40 Years of the Force special edition magazine by Time Magazine. She is an artist, writer, and gamer, previously writing for the former Examiner.com as their Cleveland Girl Gamer Examiner. She currently works with the Tangent Bound Network as a con correspondent. Also an actress, she has appeared in Marvel’s The Avengers, and is the female lead in the upcoming movie Forever Knight by Curseborne Films. One of Lindsay’s greatest passions is giving back through costuming, raising funds for charity, and volunteering through the 501st Legion, the Rebel Legion, Heroes Alliance, and the Columbus and Cleveland Ghostbusters. Lindsay believes that CAUSEplay is about the impact you leave behind – encouraging others to follow their dreams, being a hero to those who need one, and leaving smiles in your wake.
Zac Taylor of Electro Z Cosplay was born in Wheeling, West Virginia and resides in Ohio. He has always been interested in acting and martial arts. He officially began training in Taekwon-Do when he turned ten years old. He has been lucky enough to have trained under and with many renowned Masters and Grandmasters. In Taekwon-Do he is a sixth degree black belt, international instructor, national and international champion, world competitor, and class A umpire. He has been a member of team USA multiple times and an official at world championships. He has helped spread Taekwon-Do in his local area through many demonstrations. In 2016 he opened his own Taekwon-Do school (Taylor Taekwon-Do Academy). He has attracted many black belts to his school and loves training and developing students as well as helping them achieve their goals. Also, he is a founding member of ITF HQ-USA where he is the Ohio State Representative.
Zac very much enjoys entertaining people. Through cosplay, he loves to bring his favorite characters to life and smiles to people’s faces. Although he has been dressing as his favorite characters for as long as he can remember, he began trooping with the 501st Legion in 2011. He is also involved with other groups like the Heroes Alliance that gives him the opportunity to do many charity events. Besides charity events he has also worked with some of these groups to help entertain at conventions. He feels it is very rewarding to have helped make someone else’s day, even if just for a short time. His most notable cosplays include The Flash, Emperor Palpatine, Anakin Skywalker, and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, among others.
Outside of cosplay and martial arts, he has had the opportunity to combine his skills to get into acting and stunt work. Recently, he has become a stunt team member of Steel Legion Stunts. He has been involved with various projects including fan films and 48 hour film competitions. The projects he has been involved with such as The Three Chocolatiers: The Cotton Tail Of Revenge, and Unclean Hands have even won awards for best fight choreography. He will also be featured in the film The Order.
Steampunk enthusiast, Ghostbusters addict, furry, and an all-around well rounded cosplayer. I got my beginning as a costume and prop maker from watching my mom, a seamstress by trade, make quilts and my costumes for Halloween since about the age of 5. At around 12 years old I asked her to show me how to use a sewing machine. It was the spark that has led me down a path of creativity that I am very grateful for. Since then, I have ventured into different materials and techniques for other various things and props for my cosplay. EVA foam is a gift from the crafting gods! My first big endeavor was a wizard staff about 16 years ago which has led me to many great things and pushing myself to try and outdo my previous project. If it brings a smile to someone, I know I have done a great job.