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Cosplayer Spotlight – DaniDarlingCosplay

This adorable cover is a great way to end our cosplay week. Also, I’m at my first Con of the year! Anyone else going to a con today?

WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

Danielle Nash (@danidarlingcosplay on IG)

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?

Hot chocolate, although my stomach usually hates me for drinking it!

Photo cred: – @cwolfeimagingcosplay

TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.

My name is Danielle and I’m 25 years old. I work full time as an office manager for a pet sitting company, but cosplay is my true passion. I’m recently engaged and I live with my fiance and 5 pets.

WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?

I wore my first cosplay to Indiana Comic Con in April of 2016, but I made my first cosplay for Youmacon in November of 2017.

WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?

Growing up I always loved wearing costumes and pretending to be a character. When I discovered cosplay and realized there was a community where I could become any character I wanted, I immediately fell in love. There is nothing more satisfying to me than putting on a costume for the first time once its finished and seeing it all come together!

WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?

My absolute biggest idol will always be Jessica Nigri. She was the first cosplayer I ever saw and she never fails to blow me away away with her work! Inaste is an incredible cosplayer from Europe and I swear she is a worbla wizard! A few others that I really admire are Kinpatsu cosplay and Kamui cosplay. They have some amazing tutorials and patterns for sale on their websites!

WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?

I kind of do a mix of a lot of different cosplays! I’ve done several anime characters, as well as some video game and Disney cosplays. I’ve also done some original creations and those are some of my favorites!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?

My personal favorite out of all of my cosplays is my Bowsette! I put a lot of time and effort into her and I’m so happy with the final results! My winter fawn is probably my other favorite 🙂

Photo cred: – @greatlakescosplayphotography

WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?

Angewomon from Digimon. Her design is absolutely stunning, but I dont know that I’ll ever take the time to do her the justice she deserves.

DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?

I do a little bit of everything! I made my fawn and Mononoke from scratch with the exception of a few accessories. With my Bowsette and Sailor Moon, however, a good portion of the costume was purchased. I always try to make at least one element of whatever cosplay I’m making so that I can say I put a bit of my personal touch into it 😊

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?

I love the endless possibilities and freedom that cosplay offers. I get to really push my creative boundaries and bring these characters I love to life!

WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?

Staying motivated, especially with bigger projects. Between life and my anxiety I sometimes find myself struggling to feel the drive to put 100% into my work. I do my best to overcome it, though 😊

Who is your favorite character to cosplay?

I had a blast cosplaying Bowsette this year! She is such a sassy and raunchy character that I really got to act over the top with her. I just really got into it 😅

IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?

Harry Potter’s Universe, without a doubt! It was the highlight of my teenage years and even now as an adult I obsessively watch the movies on repeat. Go Slytherin!!!

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR COSPLAYS?

I get my inspiration from both the artwork of a character and seeing the amazing cosplays others create! I have made multiple cosplays simply because I felt connected to the art depicting them. And then others, like my fawn, were completely inspired by the work of fellow cosplayers! The cosplay community can be such a supportive group and I love how much we all love each other ❤

WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?

My biggest fandoms are Disney, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and My Hero Academia!

WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?

DON’T EVER COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHER COSPLAYERS!!! When I started I would compare everything I made to people who had been doing this way longer than myself and it would deflate any and all confidence I had. The pros have a much higher source of income and have access to supplies most people can’t afford, so just work with what you can and be proud of your cosplay!!!

WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?

Makes sure you have all of the cosplay “essentials”! Having a dremel, heat gun, hot glue gun, box cutter, and foam are crucial to making anything such as armor! If you plan to do sewing I would suggest buying a beginners refurbished machine from somewhere like Walmart for $50 bucks. I did that and it’s perfect for all of the simple sewing projects I take on. Lastly, for the love of god dont fall prey to con crunch! Nothing is worse than rushing to finish a costume the night before a convention or shoot. Give yourself plenty of time to finish your cosplay with extra time in case you need to touch anything up 🙂

WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?

A tip for non cosplaying convention guests: PLEASE don’t ask a cosplayer for a picture if you see them sitting down eating or taking a break! It can be exhausting to be in a cosplay all day, so we need to take breaks every once in a while. Its rude to just walk by and snap a photo while I’m shoving food into my mouth. And it’s even more rude when I tell someone I can’t take a photo at that moment and they give me attitude about it. We work really hard on our costumes and we want any photos taken to do them justice. If you want a photo but see them eating, ask if you can come back after a certain amount of time when we are done or ask where you can find them later that day. We love taking photos, we just want you to be courteous about it 🙂

WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?

I’m currently working on an original creation by @maii_maii_magnolia of a forest fawn! It’s much more detailed than my first one, so I’m excited to see how it turns out! Once I’m done with that I will be doing K.Da Akali!

Photocred: @talcott.photography

WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?

Moira from Overwatch and full dragon armor Rias from High School DxD! They are my ultimate waifus and whenever I create them I want them to be perfect!!!

WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?

My main account is on Instagram @danidarlingcosplay and then I also post from time to time on my Facebook on my page Dani Darling Cosplay! I hope to launch a TikTok account after the holidays!

Where would be your dream location to do a cosplay shoot?

Japan and Disney World are my two dream sites! There are so many cosplays that I would love to shoot in Japan, it’s such a beautiful country! Shooting a genderbent version of Sora from Kingdom Hearts in front of Cinderellas Castle would be one of my ultimate bucket list cosplays!!!

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

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