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It’s been a while, but I’m back with a new episode of my YouTube web series, Dear Bella!

In this episode, Alice attempts to share some fashion wisdom with Bella – while acknowledging that Bella just isn’t mature enough yet to become a fashionista. Through five helpful fashion tips, Alice introduces Bella to the reality that Bella – like Alice herself! – is a petite woman and needs to be dressing properly for her proportions.

Check it out and share – these tips can apply to anyone, and I’ve been wanting to explore the concept of how Alice deals with being “extra petite” while refusing to compromise her fashion sensibilities.

xoxo,
Alice

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Cosplay is a fantastical hobby. It allows you to become someone you would otherwise only encounter in your wildest dreams, if only for a day; allows you to imagine yourself taking on the experiences of an entirely different person. Physically, you alter or obscure your own features to look more like someone else. Emotionally, you try to imitate their state of mind, their actions, and their manner of speaking. It’s fun and it’s appealing because it’s different from the mundane workings of everyday life.

Wigs and costumes and makeup help you transform, and when it’s over – when you’re peeling the false eyelashes from your lids and washing the makeup from your face – you can reflect on how much fun you had. And how ultimately, despite that fun, it’s feels a lot more comfortable just being you.

I don’t cosplay simply as a hobby anymore. I used to. In the past I’ve dressed as Sailor Moon; Chii from Chobits; Ramona Flowers and Roxie Richter, both from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Now, I focus my efforts solely on Alice Cullen and the work I do for Twilight events. It’s an incredibly rewarding experience, and it takes quite a bit of time and effort. In addition to the weekends I spend in character for these events, I dedicate myself to building a pronounced social presence as Alice year-round. And despite how much I enjoy the immersion of becoming Alice and being able to spend so much time with Twilight fans, there are few things that feel better than taking my wig off at the end of the day and letting my own hair down.

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Sorry if that mental image is shattering any worlds right now. Despite popular belief, I typically don’t use my real hair for Alice Cullen, I don’t think I’m Alice Cullen, and I don’t want to be Alice Cullen, despite sharing some personality traits and physical attributes. And that’s because I have a healthy sense of my own personal identity and how to balance that against cosplay.

Why am I bringing this up? Well, my Bella, Christilynn – owner of Inside Bella’s Closet – recently wrote a great think piece called “to the girl who doesn’t look like K-Stew.” It centred on the idea that portraying your favourite character – in this case, Bella Swan – is perfectly attainable even if you don’t look like Kristen Stewart. That you’re beautiful as you are, and your individual love and interpretation of the character is what makes your take on Bella interesting.

The same goes for Alice Cullen. And if you’re an aspiring or even a seasoned Alice Cullen cosplayer and think you need to look like Ashley Greene to be successful, you’re wrong.

I came to this conclusion a long time ago, because before anyone even knew who Ashley Greene was, we all had different visions of what Alice Cullen looked like. When I read Twilight for the first time, I pictured Rachael Leigh Cook in the role. But my close friends would tell you that they pictured me. That’s the beauty of individuality and interpretation. It keeps the world interesting.

So to my fellow Alice Cullen cosplayers – ranging from young girls to women in their 20s and beyond – I ask: why are you so fixated on looking like Ashley Greene when being you is enough? Why is mimicking her poses and agonizing over the way her features don’t match yours so important? Why does it bother you when people tell you that you don’t look like Ashley Greene and treat it as a personal shortcoming? I know why: because inherently, you think your detractors are telling you that you don’t look like Alice Cullen.

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Looking like Ashley Greene doesn’t define you or your beauty as an Alice cosplayer. Your own interpretation of Alice Cullen is more than enough. It’s perfect. And anyone who says the words “you don’t look like Alice!” really means “you don’t look like Ashley Greene.” You shouldn’t be offended by those words. You should feel sorry for those people and their limited imaginations.

You are stunning. When you want to be, you are Alice Cullen. But you’re an individual, too – your own person, completely separate from a fictional character. Don’t lose yourself in the race to perfect your cosplay as other people see it. Because there can be hundreds, thousands of Alice Cullens – but only one you.

xoxo,
Alice

The essence of Alice Cullen

Even when I’m not updating frequently, I still get quite a few reader questions hitting my Alice Cullen e-mail account and the inbox of my Facebook page. The majority of them relate to Alice’s appearance – how do you style your hair like Alice’s? Where can I find her clothing? – but every so often, I’m asked a very important question:

How do I act like Alice Cullen?

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It’s a difficult question to answer because there are so many different ways to interpret the character and so many different facets of her personality to consider. When I think of the Alice Cullen I’ve grown to love through both the Twilight novels and films, a number of traits come to mind. Alice Cullen is, in no particular order:

  • Sweet
  • Sassy
  • Intelligent
  • Loving
  • Devoted
  • Competitive
  • Optimistic
  • Resilient
  • Resourceful
  • Adaptive
  • Determined
  • Joyful
  • Quick-witted
  • Kind

As you can see, it’s a fairly long list – and an incomplete one, at that, as I’ve only listed traits that could be considered positive. If I were to list some negative traits, I could perhaps add “sarcastic” or “occasionally manipulative,” among others – because she isn’t perfect. That’s because Alice, like a real person, is multi-faceted. It’s easy to dismiss her as being a trivial character – someone who enjoys shopping and dancing and planning parties – and those are certainly things that Alice loves. But that isn’t who she is, at her core.

That’s why it’s difficult to describe how to act like Alice Cullen. If I were to simply say “offer fashion advice to those around you,” or “walk gracefully, like a ballet dancer,” those would be great places to start – but that isn’t the extent of what it means to be Alice Cullen. Focusing solely on those aspects wouldn’t be a full portrayal of Alice – it would be creating a caricature. It’s the difference between doing an impression and becoming a character.

So how do I play Alice Cullen?

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To begin with, I aim to treat everyone I meet the way Alice treats Bella: like we’re best friends, instantly. Readers love Alice’s character because they want to be her friend, and that’s a powerful thing. So I aim to be bubbly, warm and open, offering compliments and fashion advice and invitations to the Cullen house for parties. And then, when the conversation deepens, I ask them about their lives: their families, their jobs, their homes. Alice is strangely fascinated with Bella because she can have human experiences through her, and when playing the role, I extend that fascination toward every “human” I meet – time permitting, of course! Often times it isn’t possible to have a lengthy conversation with someone because the crowds are so large, but I aim to leave people with some impression of my understanding of Alice’s character, be it big or small.

Of course, Alice isn’t kind all the time. She’s often sarcastic or sharp-tongued, but I tend not to aim barbs toward guests – I save that for fellow members of the Olympic Coven. Guests love to watch Alice playfully argue with Emmett; verbally spar with Jacob; deride Bella’s fashion choices; or tell Edward that as a brother, he’s “sometimes a disappointment.” It provides a level of realism that people recall from Alice’s personality in the novels, while not being mean to anyone who isn’t in on the performance.

Physically, there are a number of details I try to keep in mind when portraying Alice. My voice is naturally high-pitched, but I consciously speak in a higher, lilting voice as Alice. When posing for photos, I point my toes like a dancer. In many cases, I don’t walk – I skip. When entering a room, I often have Jasper twirl me like we’re dancers walking onto a stage. I often stand next to coven members whose size emphasizes my small stature. Bella typically describes the Cullens in physical terms, so I’ve made it a point to pay attention to the physicality of Alice’s character in terms of how she carries herself and how other people perceive her.

There are certain lines of dialogue that are cornerstones of my portrayal as well. Fundamentally, I try to combine modern vernacular with formal language to give the impression of someone who may or may not be older than they appear. I often assure Jasper that he won’t hurt anyone when we’re in large crowds. I’ll gently chastise Bella for her clothing choices. I’ll remind Edward that he promised me a Porsche for Christmas. And when greeting “humans” with a hug, I’ll exclaim that “oh, you do smell good” – because so many people resonate with Bella’s character, and it helps to put them in her shoes.

But ultimately, there’s no right or wrong way to bring Alice’s character to life.

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That’s the biggest reason why offering a tutorial on how to act like Alice Cullen is hard: everything I’ve outlined is just my interpretation. It’s how I pieced her character together through snippets of dialogue or descriptions from Bella’s perspective. I’ve seen other cosplayers beautifully portray Alice in ways that are completely different, and I love that. I celebrate that.

Like every unique garment in Alice’s closet, no two Alice cosplayers are alike – and that’s the beauty of the fandom. But for those who are still finding their voice as Alice, I hope this has helped.

xoxo,
Alice Cullen

1958

After I wasn’t cast in We’ve Met Before, I decided to pour my energy into a creative outlet that was constructive, rather than continue to analyze why I didn’t get the part.

The result of that creative process is 1958, a photo shoot that aims to take Twilight fans beyond We’ve Met Before. It offers a glimpse of Alice and Jasper’s honeymoon as I’ve imagined it: a slice of Americana as the newlywed vampires revisit the spots they frequented while they fell in love.

They end their journey at Finch’s Diner in Philadelphia, with Alice pledging to keep looking toward their forever, rather than remember the time she spent waiting.

Enjoy.
xoxo,
Alice

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Hi, ladies:

Readers have been asking for a long time – like, for a really long time – for an Alice Cullen makeup tutorial. I’ve been upfront about the fact that I don’t feel I’m good enough with makeup to offer a tutorial of any kind. I mean, my own makeup for Alice is barely passable – why would I try to advise others to look like that?!

But here’s where the awesomeness of the Alice Cullen Costuming community comes in!

jessicaalice2One of my favourite Alice Cullen cosplayers, Jessica – known to the Twilight community as FTF Alice – was kind enough to put a tutorial together for Alice’s Twilight look. Jessica has some serious cosplay pedigree: not only is she hosting Forever Twilight in Forks this September, she’s been portraying Alice in Forks since 2009. So when I say she’s an expert, believe me – she knows the character inside and out, and we’re lucky to have that expertise!

In her tutorial, Jessica touches on a number of great points, including choosing makeup that’s right for your skin tone, how to mimic Alice’s small features, and the most important thing of all: how to safely obtain and wear contacts as Alice Cullen. So if you’re interested in re-creating Alice’s ethereal Twilight look, you’re now officially covered by an Alice who’s approved by the city of Forks.

Check out Jessica’s video below!

xoxo,
Alice

Well, after months of tireless campaigning, I didn’t get a role in The Storytellers: New Voices of The Twilight Saga.

I was fortunate enough to be able to audition for two of the Alice-focused productions: The Mary Alice Brandon File and We’ve Met Before. Formal auditions aren’t something I’ve done since high school, and I’ve had little to no traditional acting experience since then, so the process was a little frightening. It involved taping myself reading from each script and hoping that I’d touched on something that both directors wanted to see.

I was happy with both of my auditions. In watching them again, of course, there are things that I see in retrospect – things that I wish I’d done differently or interpreted another way. But that’s just how acting goes, I think: something can feel absolutely right in the moment and then seem off when you have the benefit of hindsight. But for someone who isn’t an actor, I thought I did well in showcasing my understanding of Alice’s character.

Here’s where I made my mistake: I thought that because I’ve played Alice in the fandom for a number of years, I’d be an obvious choice – or at least a frontrunner – for The Storytellers. And from what I was told by both directors, I was, in fact, highly considered. But at the end of the day, event experience in Forks isn’t the same as on-screen experience or technical acting chops. Being able to look, sound and act the part in Forks doesn’t mean you fit a director’s vision of what they’re hoping to see in a short film. And, from a purely logistical standpoint, being thousands of miles away from where the films will actually be shot is a hindrance. Especially if said films are 10 minute productions with very small budgets.

So, was I upset when I learned I didn’t make the cut? Of course. I’ve been following The Storytellers since it was announced late in 2014. The concept and what it was hoping to accomplish by nurturing women in film really spoke to me. I put a lot of time and energy into auditioning, liaising with directors and fans, and just generally trying to put myself out there. In general, I thought I was making life a lot easier for these directors.

“Here I am!” I practically screamed into the void of the Internet. “I already play Alice, I work exceptionally hard, and I’d do it for FREE, if that’s what you needed! Cast me!”

But, you know, sometimes hard work isn’t enough. Sometimes loving something isn’t enough. Sometimes your experienced or the people you know or WHATEVER isn’t enough.

And that’s okay.

For months, I tied my idea of self worth up into this contest. I felt like my role as Alice for Forks would be somehow diminished if I wasn’t cast. I felt like I would be letting a dream I’ve had since 2008 slip through my fingers. I felt like I’d be a failure. And I’m not.

Why? Because I tried. I took myself so completely out of my comfort zone just by auditioning that I consider that to be an achievement in and of itself. I can’t even play charades without feeling deeply uncomfortable, and there I was, COMPLETELY putting myself out there for the judgment of directors and their team. And not only did I try – I got personalized responses and feedback in return. In the world of acting, I’ve been told that’s golden. And even if I didn’t get either part, it did feel good, in the end.

The one thing I’m still struggling to let go of is my own sense of entitlement. I keep picturing a plethora of random actresses auditioning for Alice just because it would be a job and a credit – actresses who may not have read Twilight or may even have mocked it in the past. I keep imagining that an actress who doesn’t understand or like Twilight fans got the role. I keep thinking, “fans know and like me as Alice – doesn’t that count for something?”

At the end of the day? Not really.

Here’s what I keep reminding myself:

  • You got an opportunity, even though Twilight events are your only experience. That’s more than a lot of inexperienced actresses can say.
  • The directors gave you a fair chance. They don’t owe you anything. They didn’t even owe you THAT. Just be grateful you got the opportunity.
  • Sometimes, it just doesn’t work. Whether it’s logistics or the directors having someone specific in mind, there are a million reasons why ANY actor may not have been cast, even if you nailed your audition.

And here’s the positive that I need to focus on:

  • Again: YOU GOT NOT ONE BUT TWO AUDITIONS. And you were the only Alice cosplayer, to your knowledge, to get them!
  • You got personalized acknowledgement from BOTH sets of directors! Directors who don’t like your audition or who weren’t seriously considering you don’t write you back. The end.
  • Twilight fans were incredibly supportive throughout this process, and they’ll continue to be supportive. That doesn’t stop just because you weren’t cast.
  • Let’s face it: You came out of your shell to do this. And that’s a good thing.

So where do we go from here? Up, as always. To St. Helens, home of the first Twilight film, with friends this summer. Back to Forks in September. Because Twilight isn’t over, and I am not a failure.

xoxo,
Alice

If you want something badly enough, at some point, you have to be willing to reach out and take it. So here I am, stating it outright: I want to play Alice Cullen in The Storytellers: New Voices of The Twilight Saga.

The competition, aimed to create film making opportunities for female directors and screenwriters, is an interesting one. Hosted by Tongal and Lions Gate Films, as well as curated by a panel of accomplished female filmmakers and actresses – including the likes of Stephenie Meyer, Kristen Stewart, and Octavia Spencer – it’s an opportunity for Twilight fans to truly step into the fictional universe they’ve enjoyed for so long. Using The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide as a basis, it’s also an opportunity to take an unexplored aspect of Twilight, flesh it out, and make it canon.

And, if you’re someone like me – who was been unofficially been portraying a character from The Twilight Saga for years – it’s a chance to take your passion to the next level.

There are three screenplays featuring Alice that were selected by the judges. One follows Alice through her shock treatment therapy as she forgets the most horrifying aspects of her human life; one takes a look at her transformation into a vampire and the gentlemanly groundskeeper who fought to protect her; and one explores Alice’s first meeting with Jasper in a Philadelphia diner. That means three separate looks at her early life, three separate interpretations of the character, and yes – three different actresses bringing Alice to life in new and exciting ways.

And it would be a dream come true to be one of them.

So, since there’s nothing like a little shameless self promotion – something that many women, myself included, struggle with – here are the five reasons I should portray Alice Cullen in #TwilightStories. And, since I’ve met so many amazing people within the Twilight fandom, I’ve asked a few of them to provide their honest opinions of my portrayal of Alice, which I’ve shared here as well.

When I read a book, my mind automatically starts conjuring up what the people in it look like. This seemed especially true for the character Alice, and I had a lot of opinions of how she should be. So imagine to my surprise the first time I got to meet Vee and be pleasantly surprised by the pure energy that vibrated off of her. People don’t often live up to the hype that I place on the character in my mind, but Vee was definitely an exception. She brings such joy, thoughtfulness, and life to Alice that it radiates. Not only does she bring those qualities to her portrayal, but Vee brings little quips to the character that so many wouldn’t pick up on in the same way. I honestly cannot imagine someone else being able to personify a character in the same way that Vee has been able to.

– Melissa R., Stephenie Meyer Day and The Cullens’ Winter Escape attendee

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And by that, I mean I’ve done this before. I’ve been professionally portraying Alice Cullen since 2013 and have been featured as part of the Olympic Coven, the world’s premier Twilight acting troupe, at the following events:

  • Stephenie Meyer Day – 2013
  • Mystic Falls at Twilight Girls Getaway – 2014
  • Stephenie Meyer Day – 2014
  • The Cullens’ Winter Escape – 2015
  • Forever Twilight in Forks – 2015

Being part of the Olympic Coven isn’t just a matter of dressing up as a character and responding to their name for a weekend. You need to carry yourself like that character; you need to craft your sentences to match the way they would speak; and you need to have an unparalleled understanding of their history in order to realize them in a real world setting. It’s similar to playing a Disney Princess at Disneyland.

We may not be on a screen or a stage, but it’s one of those situations where all the world’s a stage. If I can portray Alice Cullen across the length of a weekend, using acting and improvisational skills to adapt to just about any situation, I feel confident in my ability to bring her to life for a five to ten minute short.

Vee is the perfect person to play Alice Cullen. When I think of the character that Stephenie Meyer was describing in her books, Vee embodies her character perfectly. Not just anyone can play Alice, and it takes much more than just looking like her. The first time I met her while in Forks Washington, it was a surreal experience. It was like Alice had stepped off the page of the book, and was standing right in front of me. Not only does she look like her, she is tiny and pixie-like, just how you would imagine Alice would be. She makes you feel like a child again, where for a moment you are able to make believe that your favorite character exists. For those that are fans of the Twilight Series, meeting Vee is truly a gift, and she definitely merges fantasy with reality.

– Alisa L., Stephenie Meyer Day attendee

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2. DEAR BELLA
When I realized that I had no video content that demonstrated my ability to be in character as Alice, I created it. After all, no one was going to cast me on moxie alone – “I swear, I’m a good Alice!” – so I had to prove that I could fully become the character. I knew I wanted to create a YouTube series, but I needed a reason for Alice to be talking directly to a camera and a way to excuse my low budget set up. Dear Bella was the answer to that. Through a video diary format, it allowed me to explore Alice’s thoughts, feelings, and motivations during key points during The Twilight Saga – content that we’ve never actually seen.

The Twilight fandom is all about those “missing moments.” It’s part of the reason why fan fiction exists; people want to experience the story they love from new and unexplored perspectives. The feedback I’ve received from this project has been extremely positive, and I feel it has demonstrated not only my understanding of Alice’s character, but my ability to become her, as well.

I’ve had people tell me that when they watched Dear Bella, they felt like they were Bella; like I was their best friend and I was speaking directly to them. That makes me happier than I can express. That makes me feel like, as Alice, I’ve done my job.

When I first saw ‘Alice Cullen’ at SMD 2013, I was impressed with how close she was to Alice in looks and behavior. She is petite. She is very energetic, as ‘Alice’ and as herself. I’ve seen her interact with Twilight fans and her Olympic Coven cast mates. She has played off of both very well. Teasing with ‘Emmett’. Put out by ‘Bella’s’ poor fashion sense. Playful at times with the fans and ‘Jasper.’ Also open and friendly with fans. Her recent ‘Dear Bella’ videos are an excellent showcase of a wider range of situations and expressions. I highly recommend her to be ‘Alice’ for any of the Storyteller films.

– Pam R., Stephenie Meyer Day and The Cullens’ Winter Escape attendee

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3. PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES
I don’t look like Ashley Greene – I’m not shy in admitting that. There are stylistic similarities, as my hair and wardrobe as Alice are inspired by the abundance of visual references from The Twilight Saga, but fundamentally, we don’t look alike. And that’s okay, because Ashley’s interpretation of the character was just that: an interpretation. Another actress may have played her differently. Another actress may have had different hair, or different wardrobe options, to suit their facial structure and body types. It’s also unlikely that any director chosen for The Storytellers would be searching for an Ashley Greene lookalike to portray Alice – not when the franchise has been there and done that.

So, no, I don’t look like Ashley Greene. But I do look like Alice Cullen.

No, I’m not espousing the virtues of my “unearthly beauty.” Give me a break. What I’m saying is that I have extremely small bone structure, I’m very slender, and I’m short. I have black hair, dark brown eyes, and angular features. I’m most often described – sometimes to my annoyance – as a “pixie” or an “elf” or, the worst, as “tiny.” I carry myself gracefully. My voice is high pitched. I look young – dependent on styling, often up to 10 years younger than I actually am.

So, potential directors, you could cast some 5-foot-10 stunner to play Alice. Or you could cast me, the girl whose favourite piece of jewelry is a charm bracelet from when she was seven years old. Because children’s trinkets are the only things that don’t fall off my baby-sized bones. Literally. My wrist is smaller than the average two year old’s.

I guess if I’m not cast as Alice, I could always model for Gap Kids.

Vee not only takes great care in her costumes, wigs and make-up to portray her character, but she brings to life the very essence of Alice Cullen. She puts herself directly into the characters shoes (literally & figuratively), feels what Alice would feel, says what Alice would say, and stays true to the character in every sense and manner imaginable. She has brought to life one of my favorite characters from Twilight in such an indescribable way. She draws fans in immediately and intimately and can often do so simply through a glance.

She makes others feel so comfortable and at home with her. She is creative and ever so imaginative and invents new and exciting ways to interact with her fans. One great example are her “Dear Bella” episodes. I am forever grateful for all of the time, energy, money and dedication she has put into her cosplay, developing her fan base, and interacting with us all. I am truly in awe of her as a person, as a cosplayer, and of course, as my Alice Cullen.

– Kathryn R., Stephenie Meyer Day and The Cullens’ Winter Escape attendee

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4. SOCIAL PRESENCE

For me, my role as Alice doesn’t end when I leave an event. The Twilight fandom thrives on human connection, and I work hard year-round to maintain that with the people I meet at each event. I have an Alice Facebook profile that’s separate from my real life profile, and a separate, public “fan page” where anyone who’s interested can stay up-to-date on what I’m doing. In addition to that, I have the backing of the Olympic Coven’s social media pages behind me. At the time of writing this, my social media presence is:

Not including all of the Twilight fan and event pages that know me and enjoy my portrayal of Alice, that’s a reach of 11,109 Twilight fans. And this is a competition that’s contingent on fan voting. With $100,000 on the line, every director in the competition will be thinking strategically, and things like reach and opportunity for promotion will undoubtedly come into play.

In my opinion – whether it’s me or not – this is why it’s important to include Twilight fans in each production wherever possible. They understand the fandom, and the fandom wants to see one of their own succeed. Don’t forget: the Twilight fandom is the reason E.L. James has sold 100 million copies of Fifty Shades of Grey.

So would I use my social presence to campaign for a short film I was involved with? Absolutely. Tirelessly. Happily.

Alice knows the potential in people–both good and evil–because of her gift of foresight making her a person who could be jaded or fearful but chooses to layer beauty onto everything she does, and Vee has taken this piece of Alice and used it in her work with the Olympic Coven both during events and in maintaining their online presence with class and a subtle humor that comes through everything she does without pretense.

Vee has an aura of youth about her, as well as a sense that she might be much older in mind than her outer appearance would suggest, which really completes this picture of Alice Cullen that you get when you see her and speak to her in costume–she’s human, but otherworldly, and brings to enthusiastic life the glittering world of Twilight in a seamless manner many cosplayers–myself included–would love to be able to do with the same amount of seemingly unconscious ease.

– Tiffany A., Stephenie Meyer Day and The Cullens’ Winter Escape Attendee

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5. SHEER ENTHUSIASM

Last but certainly not least: I am a fan of Twilight. I love Alice Cullen. I adore the fictional world that Stephenie Meyer created. And in some way, I would love to pay homage to that on a grand scale.

Although I can and do act, I am not an actress. Not by profession. In expressing an interest in this project, I’m not thinking of Twilight as a launching pad for something larger. I’m not an actress who dislikes Twilight but sees the opportunity associated with being involved with the franchise. No; I’m a character actress. Specifically, I’m an Alice Cullen character actress, and I’ve dedicated hundreds of hours of time – and my own money – to bring her to life for Twilight fans.

If I’m cast in The Storytellers: New Voices of The Twilight Saga, you aren’t just getting an actress. You’re getting my unbridled love for the character, my dedication to bringing her to life, and my desire to see the project succeed. At the risk of rejection and ridicule, I’ve campaigned tirelessly via social media and my blog. I created Dear Bella in response to directors asking for footage of my interpretation of Alice. At the risk of looking arrogant or self absorbed, I’ve created this blog post. And I’ve decided that I’m not going to worry about the perception or what may people think of me as a result.

Why? Because this competition is an opportunity for women in film. As I mentioned up front, we, as women, are socialized to be demure, to share credit, and not to self promote. It’s a complex part of the reasons why women in the working world advance less than their male counterparts do. So, in the spirit of The Storytellers, I’m being proactive and putting what I want into the world. I’m owning my accomplishments, espousing my virtues, and letting everyone know why I’m a valuable asset.

Alice Cullen isn’t afraid to assert herself, and in this matter, neither am I.

My family and I have lived in Forks most of our lives and have owned businesses, in some incarnation or another for much of that time. One dreary afternoon I was sitting in my shop, Alice’s Closet, when the door opens and in bounces Alice Cullen, incarnate. I literally had to do a double take. She was just a tiny bit of a thing, dressed in full baseball regalia and with the brightest yellow eyes I’d ever seen. Her hair was flipped to perfection and she had the pointy, pixie-like features that are so associated with Alice when reading the Twilight Saga.

I couldn’t believe my eyes! I’d seen cosplayers in town before, on many occasions, but none who were so perfect in the look. She glided over to the counter and introduced herself as Viktoria and told me she was here from Canada. Just listening to her talk and her mannerisms (as herself) made her even more perfect. Her wit and sense of humor were spot on and her laugh was like a tinny bell ringing. I was mesmerized, to say the least.

When my friends and I took over planning Stephenie Meyer Day in Forks we knew we wanted to bring a sense of immersion to fans, much like a trip to Disneyland so when it came time to start casting for Bella, Jake and the Cullens I knew EXACTLY who would be my Alice. Due to her real life profession she couldn’t make the first two years, but in the third year she changed jobs and I finally had my prize. I could finally share her with everyone and she delivered. She was impeccable in her looks, and interacted with fans just as I would imagined Alice would.

– Staci C., Stephenie Meyer Day Organizer

The next step for #TwilightStories is to name the top 25 prospective directors, which is exciting for those who are eagerly waiting to hear back. When these talented ladies are selected, they’re the ones who will be building a vision, assembling a cast, and ultimately, bringing the stories to life.

And for now, since I can’t see the future, all I can do is wait.

There is much more to cosplaying than being a well-constructed look-alike; you must bring the character to life! Vee has done an amazing job of exuding Alice’s fun-loving and adorable personality wherever she goes. Interactions with her make you feel as though Alice Cullen is your best friend. While you are speaking, you are her Bella. I had the privilege to interact with her in costume while I was portraying Aro at Stephenie Meyer Day in 2014. During a short demonstration, Vee was able to improvise, and end the scene perfectly in character – helping me to respond appropriately because of her being flawlessly in character. I have even referred to her out of character a few times as “Alice” without even realizing it. Vee would be a marvelous and indisputable pick for the Storytellers project.

– Shandra M., Stephenie Meyer Day and The Cullens’ Winter Escape attendee

xoxo,
Alice

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