This self described “low-key” cosplayer has some pretty epic outfits! I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.
Iso: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
Chelsea: Chelsea – I am not very active on social media, so sharing them would be somewhat pointless. I can be found on Tumblr and most major fanfiction sites under Black Rapture.
Iso: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?
Chelsea: Coffee – although a lot people would say I only like a little coffee in my cream.
Iso: TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
Chelsea: Nothing much to tell – I live with my boyfriend in the Atlanta area and enjoy going to the movies and live shows. I do administrative work in the Pharmaceutical Tech field and like playing The Sims and doing arts n’ crafts in my spare time.
Iso: WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?
Chelsea: If memory serves, my first year cosplaying at a convention (DragonCon) was 2015. That was my 10th year attending. But I’ve always been the person who puts way too much effort in to a Halloween or Costume party.
Iso: WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?
Chelsea: I have always loved dressing up and costumes. I think I didn’t cosplay until my 10th year at DragonCon because I am a perfectionist. I didn’t want to do it until I could do it right.
Iso: WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?
Chelsea: I don’t follow other cosplayers very much. I really love Rupaul and the drag scene, which I consider such an amazing form of transformation. Also a big fan of the epic Halloween costumes of Neil Patrick Harris and his family.
Iso: WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?
Chelsea: I guess I would call it nostalgic cosplay, for the most part. I have done Carmen Sandiego and Miss Frizzle (The Magic School Bus) for several years. This year I added Crowley from the Amazon Prime show Good Omens in honor of David Tennant finally attending DragonCon.
Iso: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?
Chelsea: I really enjoy creative mash-up cosplays.
Iso: WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?
Chelsea: I would love to do either an elaborate Skyrim armor costume or an elaborate Disney princess ballgown, but either would require a lot of help from other people!
Iso: DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?
Chelsea: I aspire to learn to sew one day, but for the moment I put together cosplays from existing pieces that I scour from the internet and thrift stores. I do minor modifications myself like switching out buttons or anything that can be done with hot glue. The only piece I have had made from scratch was my Miss Frizzle dress. I hired a great seamstress to do it for me, but I made all the accessories myself.
Iso: WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?
Chelsea: I just think clothes aren’t really much of a production these days for normal people who aren’t being invited to galas or places where you get to wear something significantly different than what you usually wear. It’s awesome to be able to wear something that takes a lot of effort and preparation.
Iso: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?
Chelsea: Accepting that sometimes you can’t get it “exactly” right and you have to be okay with a close approximation or substitution.
Iso: Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
Chelsea: Probably Miss Frizzle – I absolutely love seeing the smiles on people’s faces, especially adults who used to watch the show when they were kids.
Iso: IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
Chelsea: I’m a big Harry Potter fan, so probably the Wizarding World!
Iso: Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?
Chelsea: As someone who doesn’t sew/do elaborate constructions, it’s important to pick things that I know I can piece together myself from existing pieces. I don’t like asking for help with my cosplays even though I have friends who can sew very well. Cosplaying for my is about being able to do as much of it as possible myself. The exception was when I got a seamstress to make my Miss Frizzle dress, but that was a character I have always loved and really wanted to do – and I felt I couldn’t do it right without a custom-made dress. I was unable to find anything that I felt like was good enough at the time (now Miss Frizzle dresses are all over the internet, of course).
Iso: WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?
Chelsea: Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Stargate, Marvel, DC, Neil Gaiman, Game of Thrones
Iso: WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?
Chelsea: That the most important thing is enjoying yourself and not obsessing over small details that only you will notice anyway!
Iso: WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?
Chelsea: Unless you are okay with standing in one place and never being able to move (which many people are okay with haha), do things to make it comfortable for yourself. If you are going to be walking around in it try and incorporate POCKETS.
Iso: WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?
Chelsea: How amazing and empowering it feels to walk around as someone other than yourself.
Iso: WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?
Chelsea: I aspire to do a Marriott carpet cosplay in the future, but am not sure exactly what yet (DragonCon-goers will understand this weirdness).
Iso: WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?
Chelsea: I’d love to do a giant Elizabethan ballgown that was the Marriott carpet pattern.
Iso: WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?
Chelsea: I’m a pretty low-key cosplayer, I don’t really have any sites specifically devoted to my cosplay.
Iso: What is the hardest part of being a cosplayer?
Chelsea: Toning it down for Halloween!!!
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