Q) What was your first experience of seeing cosplay in the gaming community?
The first time I ever saw cosplay was when I went to MCM in 2010.
Q) What was it about cosplay that got you interested in it?
It’s was how much fun everyone was having at the convention and the awesome costumes I saw that got me interested.
Q) What was your first cosplay outfit and why did you choose that particular character?
I did a group Naruto cosplay with my friends, I was Itachi from Naruto. I was really into the series at the time and he was my favourite character.
Q) How do you go about picking a character to cosplay as? What are your thought processes in the decision making?
I usually go for something from a series or a game I really love, as well loving the character and/or the outfit.
Q) What’s been the hardest cosplay character and costume to produce?
At the moment I’m working on Zinogre armour from Monster Hunter, even though that’s no where near finished, it’s the most difficult cosplay I’ve worked on.
Q) Have you had a personal favourite character that you have cosplayed as and if so, what made it so?
My favourite character changes, I was quite fond of Lara Croft for the longest time, but now I’d have to say cosplaying Quiet is my favourite. For some reason it makes me feel more badass than Lara.
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?
It depends on the difficulty of the outfit, I can put together a Lara Croft in a couple of days, my Miranda Lawson took about 6 months to make and this armour is going to take me even longer than that.
Q) There must be a financial investment when it comes to some of these outfits, have any been fairly extravagant?
Some of my costumes have been fairly pricey, mainly because I tend to over spend on fabrics. If I find the perfect fabric I will buy it no matter how much or where it’s located but it’s always worth it in the end.
Q) When it comes to photoshoots, how much imput do you have in the composition of the shot? How important do you feel location and ‘realism’ is to the overall image?
I tend to let myself be directed by the photographer, each photographer I work with has their unique vision and style and I want to help them achieve that as easily as possible. Having said that, photographers are very open when I suggest a particular post or shot. Locations are extremely important to a shoot, it enhances the costume and the cosplayer.
Q) What have been the reactions to you and cosplayers in general that you have seen from public both at conventions and elsewhere in public?
I’ve been in full costume in public (not at a convention) before and it’s always been really interesting, most people just stare with a confused look, other who recognise the character will usually just shout the name at you, it’s quite fun. At most conventions I go to there are usually a lot of other people in costume, so the reaction are different from in public, usually you’ll get asked for a photo, but the character name shouting still happens, haha.
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?
There cosplay community is amazing, from my experience they have been incredibly supportive and always willing to give advice. There are several large communities as well as smaller sub group for specific comics, games, movies or TV series.
Q) Cosplay seems to have taken off more in the past few years, do you have any thoughts as to why this might be?
I think it’s to do with more exposure of it on the internet and media, as well as cosplayers being used for promotional purposes by companies.
Q) What’s been the stand out moment for you during your cosplaying? positive or negative.
The most stand out moment was when a fellow cosplayer said that I gave them the inspiration to cosplay a certain character. I was so moved by it because I never expected for something like that to happen.
Q) There seems to be far more female cosplayers around compared to males. Are there any reasons for this do you think considering in recent months there has been a lot of talk about the majority of games having male character leads and a supposed lack of strong female lead character? Surely with more male characters you would expect to see more male cosplayers?
In reality there are a lot of male cosplayers, when going to events it’s quite an equal mix, unfortunately it only appears to be less because they do not get the attention they deserve. I think it may be due to the continuing fascination with women involved in geek culture as if it’s still something unheard of, which we’re ever so slowly growing out of.
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 character to be explored?
In my short time cosplaying, I’ve seen the quality of costumes improve every year. With the availability of better materials, the sky is the limit on what you can create. I believe costumes will continue to improve and cosplay will become even more mainstream.
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.
For anyone who wants to start cosplaying, start small and simple and give yourself plenty of time no matter what the project is. For those who want to step it up a notch, don’t pressure yourself with an imaginary deadline. Finally, advice for anyone is, have the best fun ever, because we are just regular people with a love of nerdy things prancing around in costumes.
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