Hi everyone! My name is Jayme King, I am 26 and live out on the West Coast, in the LA area. I first started with Costumers with a Cause when I lived in Chicago, and I am currently starting up a branch of this amazing group out in SoCal! My life has drastically changed for the better since I met Scott and the rest of the Costumers family, and I wouldn’t change a thing.
Here are a few questions about Jayme we hope will allow you to get to know her a little better:
1. What was your first experience with Costumers with a Cause? And what was your initial reaction?
I first learned about CWC while attending my first ever con, where I debuted my first ever costume. It was an exciting day to say the least. I was meeting tons of new people and one of the photographer friends I had made had mentioned that I should check out this group, and within five minutes I had contacted Scott online and expressed my interest in joining the CWC family. A few weeks later I attended my first event, the fourth of July parade. I’ll never forget walking up to the group and seeing all the love everybody had for each other and thinking to myself “Man, I really hope I fit in with all these amazing people”. And within an hour I felt like I had 20 new best friends. I couldn’t have asked for a better intro, and three years later I’m opening up a branch on the other side of the country. I honestly feel like I was meant to find this amazing group of people at that point in my life. Costumers with a Cause single handedly brought me out of a time in my life where I needed love and support more than ever. And now I am beyond excited to bring that love to the SoCal area.
2. Who is your favorite superhero and why?
Man, this is always a tough one. But recently one superhero has pushed her way to the front lines for my favorites; Wonder Woman. Her compassion and love for others is something I can closely relate to and admire like crazy. Seeing her recent movie was incredibly heart warming and I strive to be more and more like her every day.
3. What was your favorite event with CWC?
There are so many amazing memories to choose from, but I think I would have to say the one hospital visit I did in Chicago. There was a young boy who really wanted to meet the Avengers, so I got a call last minute from Scott asking if I could step in as Black Widow, and of course I said yes before he could even get the sentence out. We went for the one boy, and ended up visiting several of the kids in his wing (because they had all made it to the doorways of their rooms and were smiling from ear to ear watching us). It was one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life, and I really look forward to doing more events like that in the near future.
4. Do you volunteer your time with other charities or causes outside of CWC?
If it were up to me I would just be volunteering full time and saying forget about it to work (but turns out that’s not super feasible). In the last couple years I’ve spent time helping out in homeless shelters, transitional homes, retirement centers, family farms, and assisting in animal rescue and rehabilitation at the Marine Mammal Center up in San Francisco.
5. What is your career/some of your interests outside of Costumers with a Cause?
I’m currently working as a nanny in the LA area, and trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. Costuming has taken up a pretty large amount of my free time, but when I’m not suiting up I love to listen/play music, explore LA, travel, and sit by the ocean (my therapy).
6. What would you say is your biggest passion in life?
I’ve always had a really strong urge to help people, ever since I was a toddler. I started volunteering in homeless shelters, serving dinners and making people smile, when I was 3 years old. And I grew up with a mom who instilled a strong sense of empathy in my brother and I at a very young age. “Be the change” has basically become my life motto.
7. Do you have one charity or cause that you hold closer to your heart than others?
I think the work that St. Jude does for kids and their families is absolutely incredible. I was lucky enough to job shadow one of their Chid Life Specialists back in college, and I was blown away with the level of love and compassion that exists in those hospitals.
8. If you could give one piece of advice to someone who just started cosplaying what would it be?
It’s very easy to get caught up in little trivial things that really don’t matter when cosplaying. The community is so incredible and full of love, but like anything in life there are moments where it can foster insecurities and make you lose sight of why you started in the first place. So my biggest piece of advice would just be to not take yourself too seriously and just have as much fun as you can. Because in the end, we are just a bunch of adults that dress up in spandex suits. So live it up and tap into that child-like happiness we all have buried beneath the many layers of adulting.
Thank you for stepping up and Heading the SoCal Branch, Jayme! Click HERE to get back to the Leadership Page.
Here are a few photos of Jayme: