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Cosplayer Spotlight – Nolf Cosplay

This is the first workday of the week. We need something to cheer us up…and this cosplayer is a great thing to do that! Enjoy this cosplayer interview! 

WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

You can find me at facebook.com/nolfcosplay and on @nolfcosplay on Instagram. When I decided to make a cosplay page/Insta I thought about a name for a longtime. I had some nicknames from my past, but those didn’t seem to fit me anymore. Everything I came up with just didn’t feel right, so I decided to use a shortened version of my last name. Friends, colleages, even my bosses call me my that nickname. It’s straight forward and just really me, simple but I really like it.

Dustin Henderson (Stranger Things): picture by Cosplay Cloud

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?

I’m always in to try cold drinks everyone tends to dislike: supersweet and weird tasting beverages, you know, those kind of drinks you don’t really like but can’t stop sipping of? Yeah…I’m weird like that XD I’m also mildly addicted to lipton green tea, eventhough drinking it has quite the effect on my bladder.

TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.

I’m a teacher, with a master’s degree in classical languages. I started off my career teaching ancient Latin, but decided to participate in a brandnew innovative educational project where I teach a little bit of everything XD. As a person I like to be seen as an outgoing and creative personality. I love to flirt with the boundaries of normalcy and think/act outside of the box. I’ve been participating in GISH, Misha Collins’ epicly weird scavenger hunt for 4 years now and these kind of activities make me feel truely alive!

WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?

I started lowkey cosplaying in 2015 because I suddenly fell into a brandnew social circle of gorgeous nerdy friends. Step by step, I started to make more cosplay items myself. I’ve always had an intrest in doing hair, so wig styling quickly appeared to be one of my talents.

Art Nouveau Megara (Disney’s Hercules – design Hannah Alexander): picture by Viera Photography

WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?

I love creating the look and seeing myself transform into a completely different person. I personally don’t like to act too much like the character, I still love to be and act like myself during conventions (except for when I’m on stage). To me it’s more about the look and the creative process behind it. I don’t always make my own costumes (because of lack of time mostly), but usually I do put a lot of effort in wigstyling and figuring out the make-up. I’ve been a dancer in my younger years and I love to be on stage. Quiting dance made me miss the spotlights. Participating in cosplay competitions (preferably with an act) gives me a similar experience. My brain is always in need of creative stimuli, which I get plenty of in my job. Cosplay gives me the opportunity to be creative without the pressure of deadlines.

WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?

I don’t really follow famous cosplayers, because that’s not what’s it about for me. I do this for me and me only. Of course I do follow some cosplayers on social media and when I see a costume or look I like, I will show appreciation. I love to discover less known cosplayers, because those who promote their pages the least are often the ones with the most talent. There’s a lot of ego and drama in the community (especially in the ‘elite’ circle) which I’d like to stay away from.

WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?

I do a lot of fantasy- scifi cosplays: characters from Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Disney,… I find a character I like, feel connected to, feel inspired by or think of as a challenge to match the look,… and try to nail it as much as possible at an affordable price. Cosplay always needs to stay a hobby, but I like some challenges. For example, when I was asked to join a Game of Thrones group, I didn’t want to be one of many sexy ladies, so I chose to do Lord Varys. I like to go for the unexpected. PS: baldcaps are a pain in the butt!

Jack Harkness (Torchwood/Doctor Who): picture by Spacekiwi Photography (Ianto: Serendipity Crafts & Cosplay, 11th Doctor: Blue Box Madness)

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?

My favorite cosplays are the ones from Team Starkid, because it’s the fandom I’m most passionate about and is relatively unknown to the bigger crowd. I like how they are totally allowed to look shabby, because the original mostly is made with no budget and looks shabby as well. Apart from those I’m very proud of my Art Nouveau Megara dress, the first dress I made myself from scratch with no sewing experience whatsoever. It was my first wigstyling project, my first worbla creation,… basically my first everything and it looked…stunning! It made me believe I could do anything!

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

I’m not a skinny girl, yet very happy with my body. I know how to make this body sexy, but I’ll stay away from too revealing cosplays. Not because I’m afraid for possible reactions, but because it’s just not something I would do. I would love to do some boudoir cosplays and do a private shoot, just because I’m curious how that would look like with my body type. I’d never publish those pictures though. Even that concept I’d approach differently, I’ve allready joked with my friends about a boudoir Treabeard cosplay ;-).

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

As I said before I do make some of my cosplays from scratch, others I order, or assemble with closet items. It all depends on current finances, time,… I always try to give some special attentions to my wigs. Working on them really relaxes me and it’s something I believe to be good at.

Muse Thalia (Disney’s Hercules): picture by Memories by Dimi Photography

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?

The think I like about cosplay the most is the creative process behind it. Being at home, thinking about how to get the look together, trying out different techniques and ideas, ranting about failures to friends,… I’m not gonna lie, I also like to get attention and being asked for photos when a cosplay turned out really well. Not often I have the time to put an act together in a competion, but when I do, I really enjoy the creative process behind it, the rehearsing, and eventually the show. I love to put some thought in those acts and to take them next level. I’m very proud we won a prize almost every time we joined a competion with an act, eventhough our costumes were never the most complicated or perfectly sewn.

WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?

I used to love the cosplay community but I’m moving away from it. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, being 30 years old now. I feel like there’s a lot of drama, hate and ego. A lot of cosplayers seem to have forgotten what’s it really about and I do not wish to be associated with that kind of behaviour. To me it’s not about fame but about celebrating creativity and geekiness. It often baffles me that people, who used to have difficulties to fit in their entire life, now exclude and even bully others in the community.

Samwise Gamgee (Lord of the Rings): picture by Gishari Cosplay, edit by Viera Photography (Frodo: Viera Cosplay)

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER TO COSPLAY?

I love to cosplay Jack Harkness from Torchwood/Doctor Who because he’s just…sex on legs. I have a short hairstyle, similar to Barrowman’s cut, so it’s not difficult for me to portray him recognisable, yet very female. Be honest: if Jack Harkness would have boobs, wouldn’t he be proud to accentuate them in his outfit? My own personality is very outgoing and flirty so I have no issues to connect with the character 😉

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

Middle Earth, no doubt. I was a huuuuuge LOTR fan when I was a teenager. It used to be my escape world when I was feeling lonely and misunderstood, as many romantic escapistic teenagers do. I love Tolkien’s poetic language, his epic poems and how this entire world, with several languages, mythology,… is literally created by one man.

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR COSPLAYS?

I just choose a character I love and go from there. I tend not to do too much research on how to make things, I like to do things my own way. Yes, I do not always use the most practical techniques and materials but I seem to wing it just fine. My Art Nouveau Megara for example looks nothing like the majority of the Hannah Alexander Megara cosplayers, because I didn’t try to be like them. I’m totally fine with that!

Winter Belle (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast): picture by me

WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?

I’m a big fan of tv-shows like Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Sherlock, Supernatural… and the like. Apart from that I used to be obsessed by Lord of the Rings, I love Harry Potter, but like the Starkid parodies more. Basically my most favorite fandom in the world is Team Starkid. I feel like those people really approach things as I do, absurd with a peculiar sense of humor. My favorite show at the moment is Shameless USA, which doesn’t really fit grenrewise with the other fandoms I like.

WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?

Do it for you and literally nobody else! It’s ok not to look perfect, but just do you and put love and passion in your looks. Or don’t…as long as you have fun.

Killer Frost (CW’s The Flash): picture by me

WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?

As soon as you stop having fun, don’t do it anymore. It is just a hobby, if it stops feeling like a hobby, there’s something wrong.

WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?

They don’t have to know everything about us, don’t they? 😉 Let’s keep our cult a little mysterious haha!

Lord Varys (Game of Thrones): picture by Spacekiwi Photography

WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?

For now, not much. My current job is really demanding and it doesn’t leave a lot of time to work on cosplays. I’ve finished another River Song cosplay I’ll be showing at a convention in March, but it’s very closet. I’m planning on making a Dumbledore cosplay, but not sure when I’ll be able to start. But hey, no pressure, it will be there when there’s time.

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

I’d love to do an Ursula cosplay and I might do it once. Hannah Alexander’s winter Belle is gorgeous as well, but I’m not ready for a second Hannah Alexander creation.

Bing Bong (Disney’s Inside Out): picture by Cosplay Cloud

WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?

I have a Facebookpage and an Instagram, search for nolfcosplay. I’m most active on my Facebookpage, because you know, I’m old and I don’t fully understand Instagram XD. Things are very organised by character over there and there’s a lot of WIP images. I think it’s the most interesting medium to follow my work.

What’s your favorite thing to do at a fantasy fair?

Getting married to all of my friends in a pink inflatable castle. Amazing. I’m already planning on whom to get married to the next time. 😄

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

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