In our never-ending quest to bring you a wide range of cosplayers from all around the world we love to give people the opportunity to talk about their creations and their love of what they do. Here we have DustBunny. DustBunny is an award-winning cosplayer from LA. When we say award-winning we mean it, on her Facebook page is a list of her awards including,
2014: First Place EZCosplay Costume Contest (Totoro)
2014: Second Place Arda Wigs Spring Contest (Totoro)
2013: Second Place Geekie Awards Cosplay devision (Mad Moxxi)
2010: Best of Friday AnimeUSA (Kirin)
2008: Judges Award AnimeUSA (Kokoro)
JoypadAndMe chatted with DustBunny regarding her experiences with the cosplay world and her thoughts and advise for other cosplayers. Check out what she had to say below and when your finished why not check out some of the photography links to see more from Dustbunny as well as other great cosplayers.
Q) What was it about cosplay that got you interested in it?
When I first started cosplaying it was 2003. I was invited to my first anime convention, Katsucon by a friend of mine. She told me that people dressed up at the cons. I thought that was the coolest thing so I did it and it was awesome.
Q) What made you decide that it was something that you wanted to get involved in and did you intend for it to go as far as it has for you?
I was involved when I made my first costume. Costumes themselves no matter how simple take up time and money so your already invested. And once you finish you just want to make more. I just never expected it to become half of my life.
Q) What was your first cosplay outfit and why did you choose that particular character?
My first costume was Kagome from Inuyasha. I picked her because I loved the character and the show.
Q) How do you pick out which characters you want to create?
I pick the characters based on different things. Sometimes I just want to dress like a character. Other times it might be that I want to challenge my skills as a costume maker.
Q) Does outfit, body style, overall perception of the character and attitude affect your decisions when deciding which character to take on?
I don’t think so. I will shy away from some characters if I feel it won’t look good on me.
Q) What have been the reactions you have had from some of your creations?
The best reaction I get is when people tell me how inspired they are by my costumes to make their own or to start cosplaying themselves.
Q) What’s been the hardest cosplay character and costume to produce?
Liliana Vess from MTG.
Q) How long does it take you to design and create the majority of your character pieces on average? Has there been any Exceedingly long creations?
Depends really but most of the time 1-3 months.
Q) There must be a financial investment when it comes to some of these outfits, have any been fairly extravagant?
I try to stay under $300 when I make a costume. I like to reuse items to help with the budget.
Q) When it comes to photoshoots, how much input do you have in the composition of the shot? How important do you feel location and ‘realism’ is to the overall image?
If it is a shoot that I paying the photographer for I have all creative control. But at most con shoots it’s for fun so I don’t stress about it needing to be perfect. Location is very important to me if I am doing outside shoots.
Q) Whats been your favourite experience during your cosplaying time?
*Making memories with good friends. Cosplaying is no fun alone.
Q) How much interaction do you have with your fans and followers of your cosplaying creations?
I try to be as close to my fans as possible. I love responding to the questions and being as available as I can.
Q) What’s the cosplaying community like as a whole? Are they all generally supportive of each other or are there different sub groups inside the community?
The community is really a wonderful bunch of creative people. It’s rare in life to find others that love something as much as you and having common goals is important.
Yes people are very supportive. And we sort of have to be to make great costumes. Yes there are different groups but those change over time and they are not different from each other.
Q) Cosplay seems to have taken off more in the past few years, do you have any thoughts as to why this might be?
Internet, movies and video games
Q) How do you see cosplay in general evolving in the future? Are there areas that it can expand into and are there more lavish characters to be explored?
My hope is that cosplay will become more mainstream and the cosplayers be looked at as artists and creatives.
Q) What have you got planned for the future in regards to new creations and appearances?
I have a few costumes in the works but nothing is more than 10% done. lol.
Q) Do you have any words of advice for anyone wanting to get into cosplay or wanting to step up a gear in regards to their outfits and the characters they want to portray?
My biggest thing would be to take sewing classes, makeup classes and learn that in cosplay you will make mistakes a lot. So give yourself a lot of time to finish. And don’t quit.
We here at JoypadAndMe would like to thank DustBunny for her time and we look forward to seeing more of her at as many events as possible. If you want to find out more about her or follow her on social media then check out the links below.