Meet Kennedy Cannon.
My name is Kennedy, and I’m 20 years old (but if you ever ask me my age, it will take me some time to remember because I still think I’m younger than I actually am). I’m from South Jersey, I love anime and k-dramas, and I’ve always been known as the bookworm within my friend group. My current obsession is And The Trees Crept In, which is a lovely, haunting, and magical read by Dawn Kurtagich. My other favorite authors include Sarah J. Maas, Penelope Douglas, Kresley Cole, Marie Lu, and L.J. Smith. The one thing they all have in common, besides being amazing writers, are the strong female characters that they write. Give me your sarcastic, your flawed, your morally-gray—and I will fall in love with them immediately. These are the women I look up to, and the women I aspire to portray within my own stories. I’ve dreamt of being a writer since I was little, but it was seeing the impact of the Twilight series on the world that really cemented the idea for me. Creativity has always been one of my strongest traits, which is why designing custom Funko pops has become a hobby of mine.
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The first custom Funko pops I ever made weren’t perfect—as first drafts never are, which every writer knows—but I still fell in love with the process and creativity of making them. I consider it my own form of fan art, since I’ve never been very good at drawing. The pops were of Aelin Galathynius from Throne of Glass, Feyre Archeron from A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Adeline Amouteru from The Young Elites. You can always tell which are my first custom pops because they have the worst eyebrows. I can barely even do my own. As everyone always says, practice makes perfect, and over a period of time, I bettered my techniques. Though I’d been asked before if I’d consider selling them, it wasn’t until several friends of mine asked me to make them pops for gifts that I realized it was an actual possibility.
As a bit of a perfectionist, I always thought that my pops were never truly ready to be sold. Until then. The feedback from my friends and family and just people who contact me through social media has been so amazing. I love being able to create a little piece of the world that readers fell in love with. My favorite part of making them is the vision—the less it looks like the original, the more I consider it a success. For example, Julian from The Forbidden Game who was made from a Karl Mordo figure and required a complete makeover. New skin tone, new hair, a silver rose. He was one of my first literary crushes, so I had to make sure I did him justice. Some of the smallest details are the most important (Feyre Archeron’s tattoos, Kaz Brekker’s scars, Blue Sargent’s colorful hair clips) when it comes to a character. After all, these tiny quirks are part of the reason we fall in love with them. I love when fans of a book are able to recognize right away exactly who a custom pop is meant to be. It means I’ve done my job.