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 Judit Bermejo otherwise known as Juby HeadShot. JoypadAndMe chatted with her about cosplay and her thoughts and here is what she said.
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 have always been fan of anime and video games. I remember that everyday I spent a lot of time watching Dragon ball and when I was 3 I started playing video games with my youngest uncle…. My favourite games were fighting games such as King of Fighters, Final Fight, Fatal Fury, Mortal Kombat and a lot of games I can’t remember.
All my life has been decided by my preferences, even my career (I have recently graduated in East Asian Studies) and I loved cosplay since I first saw people dressing up as anime or game characters! OMG that was so cool! But it took many years until I had enough confidence in myself to make cosplay.I was really worried about what people could think about me, luckily nowadays I have that confidence that I need and I totally trust myself.
Q) What was your first cosplay outfit and why did you choose that particular character?
My first cosplay was Katarina (original skin) from League of Legends. I was like “wow, I like that girl, let’s do cosplay… OMG so f****** difficult! D: ” yes, I loved League of Legends but I was a totally noob at cosplay XD Now I can’t believe what has happened during all this year.
Q) How do you pick out which characters you want to create?
Mmmh…. First of all I have to like the character’s appearance and then the personality.
Q) Does outfit, body style, overall perception of the character and attitude affect your decisions when deciding which character to take on?
Q) What have been the reactions you have had from some of your creations?
I usually receive support messages and good critics of my cosplays, but sometimes I received messages in which my preference for sexy cosplays are criticized too. Anyway, I’m happy because I’m more used to get good reviews about my cosplays than bad ones.><
Q) What’s been the hardest cosplay character and costume to produce?
Without doubt, Katarina has been the hardest. I made the swords with wood and used foamed pvc, fimo, and foamy for the armor parts, my room was a totally mess with all those materials, pieces,etc.
Q) Have you ever had any extreme reactions from onlookers and fans for you creations both good and bad?
Wow yes! When I dressed up as Red Card Katarina I appeared 3 times with 3 different photos the same day at the website EloHell and I had just uploaded the photos on DeviantArt. What’s more,some cosplay websites like sharemycosplay or isonlycosplay were interested in Red Card Katarina photos and my FB increased around 800 likes in less than 3 days! It was crazy! ><
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?
That’s a good question and it’s a point that I really care of! It’s true that I like photoshoots but the thing is when I do it I care about all details and “force” to be the most accurate as I can.
When I prepare a photoshoot I usually prepare a model viewer of the character, I try to care about all details, make up, outfit, props, movements and expressions. That’s why you to have in mind the character u are playing, because it’s not the same as kawaiiSuperSonico or the hot Poison.
In my opinion the location and realism of photos are very important, I always try to fit the place and the character I’m playing. I usually prefer outdoor photos because of the natural light but, If the photographer or I want to create a photomontage, it’s better to use the photo studio where I can accurate more the positioning and I don’t have to care about environmental problems.
Q) What’s been your favourite experience during your cosplaying time?
The thing I like most and I look for at doing cosplay is getting recognized by my cosplay and it makes me completely happy taking some photos with people who liked my work, not just by playing the character.
Q) How much interaction do you have with your fans and followers of your cosplaying creations?
I always try to answer all my followers by Facebook, Twitter and DeviantArt. To be honest, I’m very active at social networks and like to exchange opinions with them, I’m open to help and give some advice, etc.
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?
Mmh…It’s quite difficult to answer it. The community is normally kind, supportive and interested in improving skills, but sometimes, as all hobbies have, some people is not on the mood or they have competitive problems, it’s a thing that you can’t always control.
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?
I think the cosplay will evolve into ever more careful techniques as worbla, resulting in a greater number of cosplays that leave you speechless.
On the other hand now it’s very popular making genderbender cosplays or make custom cosplays versions based on a fanarts.
Q) What have you got planned for the future in regards to new creations and appearances?
Now I have just finished Shiro’s cosplay (from Deadman wonderland) and working on Mai Shiranui. Later, I want to start Loiza’s version of PopStarSona or another cosplay I always wanted to do as RyofuHousen, Black Cat, Morrigan, or Kitana, but in Kitana’s case I’m waiting for the new Mortal Kombat X.
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 advice is just enjoy this hobby and do what you want despite of other’s opinion 😀
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We here at JoypadAndMe would like to thank Juby 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.
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