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Cosplayer Spotlight – Jessica

This cosplayer and I share a love of dragons, cosplay, and all things fantasy! Enjoy!

Hi, what can we call you?

Jessica still working on a cosplayer name

What is your favorite beverage?

I am an avid coffee drinker nothing special just black with a little sugar. If it is not coffee than I like sparkling water with slices of lime and kiwi. On occasion, I drink a soda…. shhh don’t tell anyone…lol

When did you start cosplaying?

I started cosplaying when I was young nothing special just a simple vampire or cat. I really got into cosplay when I was 18 years old and was invited to my first anime convention. I went as the cat Boris, from Alice on the Country of Hearts. I had so much fun, I went and started making my own weapons.

Why did you start cosplaying?

I was always the nerd who didn’t fit in during school, cosplay gave me confidence. Cosplay made me feel different and happy, it raised my self-esteem. Being able to change into a costume and become someone different, someone unique intrigued me. I felt when I cosplayed I had a voice.

Who are your cosplay idols?

The first one would have to go to Yaya Han when I saw her for the first time in a magazine I was inspired to make costumes. Another one is Linda Le “Vampy”, her cosplays are absolutely awesome. Xailas, Harley’s Joker and so much more that I may not know by name but admire for their creativity.

What types of cosplay do you do?

I mostly cosplay as superheroes or villains. I love anime and hope to start working on a few anime inspired cosplays. The horror genre is also a favorite type of mine, vampires, zombies, and witches.

What are your favorite cosplays?

The first cosplay that comes to mind is Harley Quinn. For this cosplay, I made my own hammer. I entered into a contest, I didn’t win but just having the confidence to try encouraged me to continue. The next would be my zombie cosplay, I took my then two-year-old nephew to a zombie crawl and he laughed the entire time.

What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?

I have always dreamed of cosplaying as Griffith/Femto from Berserk but doubt this will ever happen. I have tried in the past to put the costume together. Although something always stands in the way of the completion of the costume. I also have a dream of cosplaying as The Doctor from Doctor Who and hopefully soon this will come together.

Do you make, buy, or special order, your cosplays?

I both make and buy my costumes. I usually go to thrift shops and rummage through the prom dresses for my costumes. I do purchase the corsets I use in my costumes. The props I make from scratch, I get looked at weird when I go into a hardware store to purchase pipes and screws and to be asked what am I am making…. oh, nothing special just a wizard staff or hammer.

What do you love about cosplay?

I love the different types of people who cosplay. The first time you put on a costume, you transform into someone new. I like the creativity that comes with cosplaying and designing. The first time I went to a convention I noticed everyone interacted with each other and there was no anger or hostility. Cosplaying makes me feel free and I become more confident when the costume is complete and I realize I did that.

What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?

The negative concepts and backlash of cosplaying and the misconceptions. I have heard some discuss size when it comes to cosplaying. I have heard the whispers from non-cosplayers and the jokes they make towards me and my friends… I would be lying if I said it didn’t bother me some.

Who is your favorite character to cosplay?

Harley Quinn is my favorite character to cosplay. I love the different variations she has when it comes to the costumes. I kind of created my own version of Harley. I love her attitude and personality, nothing gets to her. Harley is who I first cosplayed and this is also why I love this cosplay.

If you could live in or visit any fantasy world, where would you go?

Probably the Shire… I remember reading this novel when I was younger and thinking how fun it sounded. I have always been drawn to the country and the Shire just sounded so peaceful and full of life. Yes, certain hobbits wanted to find adventure but I think I would be quite happy living there and getting some reading done with a glass of tea. The Shire is where I would feel at home and enjoy the simple things in life.

Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?

A little bit of everywhere to be honest? I might see a show and think that would be cool or see another cosplay and think can I pull that off? I enjoy bringing a little bit of my own personality into the cosplays I do or make. I may see an anime and think the costume would make an awesome costume and start working on it. I mainly go to the fabric store and look at the material and I go from there.

What are your “fandoms”?

I tend to lean towards the more fantasy driven like LOTR, Got, Berserk the anime, and World of Warcraft. I love anything to do with elves, dragons and fantasy creatures. Dr. Who is one of my favorite sci-fi fandoms. Harry Potter, Zelda, Anita Blake is my favorite vampire fandom. I have been reading this series since I was 13 years old. I am a huge anime fan and fall into many of the genres found in the different series.

What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?

Be yourself, it doesn’t matter if you wear cat ears and tail if you have fun then go for it. I think sometimes for new cosplayers like myself we get caught up in the talent of senior cosplayers and want to be like them but it takes times. My first convention I went to, I cosplayed as Boris from Alice in the Country of Hearts, I made my tail out of an old scarf. I may not have looked professional but I sure had a fun time. Be happy, be yourself and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t cosplay.

What tips/tricks do you have for other cosplayers?

I would say that you never know when you will find a prop or item for a cosplay. I tend to head to second-hand shops and you can find really unique items and costumes. Look around your house, you would be amazed at the items you have that would make a prop. I made my first prop out of a box and a PVC pipe.

What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?

That cosplay is not just nerds or geeks getting together and pretending. I remember the first time I went out in cosplay I was told it wasn’t Halloween yet, there is a misconception about cosplay. Cosplay is changing and becoming something mainstream and very popular. For some cosplayers, it takes a lot of courage to step out of their shell and they don’t need jokes and insults thrown at them. I think the biggest thing I would say though is to be respectful of cosplayers and ask for photos not just take them, consent is very important.

What cosplays are you working on?

Right now, I am working on a Rose cosplay from Steven’s Universe. The dress concept is finished but now just comes time to put it together. I am also working on a female Joker, Poison Ivy, and Cat woman costumes. I think the one I am really looking forward to is my Jack and Sally costume. I have a few more ideas but haven’t put anything else together.

What cosplays do you want to do if money/time were no object?

I think a Femto costume would be the cosplay I would be most interested in doing if given money and time was not an issue. Dr. Who would be at the top of the list as well. Yuki Cross and Grell would also be a couple of cosplays I would be very interested in doing. Ciel’s beautiful dress would be a beautiful cosplay.

Where can people find your cosplays?

I am working on that now and hope to soon have a Facebook page. Being fairly new at this I don’t have many costumes but I am working on adding to my collection.

Please remember I do not own any of these pictures and the opinions in this survey belong to the interviewee.

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