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Born from a family of artists and out-of-the-box thinkers, Holly Conrad cites her first cosplay experience at the age of four when she strapped a pillow to her back and called herself a koopa. Mentored by her grandfather, Dorse Lanpher, a pioneer in visual effects animation with Disney and Don Bluth Productions, Holly grew up in Redlands, CA as a gifted illustrator, artist, and self-taught costume designer.
After graduating with a degree in Medieval History (and Sorcery) from University of California, Santa Barbara, Holly switched career paths and began working in special effects shops for clients like Disney, Universal, Warner Brothers and productions like Robot Chicken and Titan Maximum, the latter of which won an Emmy for costume design. In 2010 she was featured in Morgan Spurlock's Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, she then co-founded a company with her best friend Jessica Merizan called Crabcat Industries. Crabcat focuses on promoting an inclusive teaching community to build costumes, props, and practical special effects. Recently they were announced as returning cast for the SyFy show Heroes of Cosplay.
Holly is stationed in Los Angeles where she works as a full time artist and designer, making YouTube videos on the side. She lives with her husband Ross, an animator, and her precocious cats Doctor Orpheus and Mojo.
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