Last way of the work week! Make it even better with this awesome cosplay interview! Some great thoughts and awesome pictures!
Hi, what is your name?
When did you start cosplaying?
I first started cosplaying back in 2014 at Con Bravo, which at the time was a smaller con in my city. I was cosplaying as Rei Ryugazaki from Free! at the time.
Why did you start cosplaying?
At the time, I had just become interested in anime again after many years of losing interest. I fell back in love with the hobby and it brought back a ton of nostalgia, so I thought it’d be really fun to cosplay as the characters I’ve grown to really love and respect. Also at the time, I didn’t have a lot of confidence and often spent my days studying, so cosplay was my way of gaining that confidence and expressing myself.
Who are your cosplay idols?
Some of my local cosplay role models are @philmizuno and @castlecosplay, and my international role models are @twincosplay.mex, @leonchiro, and @moderatelyokaycosplay. All of these talented cosplayers have an incredible passion for the art and really inspire me to work harder every day. Everyone should really check them out!
What types of cosplay do you do?
The main types of cosplays that I do are mainly video games and anime. I mainly focus on cosplaying from One Piece since it’s my favourite anime of all time.
What are your favorite cosplays?
I have done several cosplays over the years, but the following are my favourite: Doflamingo (One Piece), Viktor (Yuri on Ice), Sora (No Game No Life), and Mihawk (One Piece).
What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?
I would love to cosplay Kefka from Final Fantasy VI, but due to the difficulty, I don’t think I ever will be able to. There’s something about his vibrant colours and evil smile that makes me fall in love every time.
What do you love about cosplay?
The thing I love most about cosplay is the community, as well as the friends I’ve made along the way. Making and wearing the costume is amazing and very rewarding, but meeting and spending time with all my fellow cosplayers at conventions and photoshoots is what keeps me striving.
What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?
Deadlines. Between school and my job, I find it very hard sticking to a schedule or routine. I often fall victim to the “con crunch” because I’m most productive days before the convention.
Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
By far Doflamingo is my favourite character to cosplay. Not only is he very comfortable to wear, but I’ve gotten amazing feedback for him from other cosplayers.
Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?
I get all my inspiration from my friends (who are all amazingly hardworking) and my role models within the cosplay community.
What are your “fandoms”?
One Piece is my biggest, followed by Final Fantasy, Naruto, and all sports animes.
What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?
Do not be ashamed to buy your cosplays. When I first started cosplaying many people told me that “it didn’t count”, since I was purchasing them. This is the most conceited thing anyone can tell you, so please ignore them. Buy that cosplay and wear it as much as you want!
What tips/tricks do you have for other cosplayers?
My two biggest tips would have to be: 1) Follow a routine for making cosplays, so you don’t get overwhelmed. This will also increase the quality of your final product. 2) For taking photos, lighting is key. You’ll look absolutely amazing in your cosplay, so don’t let some bad lighting ruin that for you.
What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?
Definitely how welcoming the community is. If you’re looking for a place to fit in, especially when it comes to anime, video games, comics, etc., you’ll easily find people of the same interests as you through cosplaying.
What cosplays are you working on?
I’m currently working on Arlong (One Piece), Orochimaru (Naruto), and trying to decide on a character to cosplay form Boku no Her AcaBoku no Hero Academia.
What cosplays do you want to do if money/time were no object?
I’ll have to go back to Kefka on this. Just look at all the colours?!
Where can people find your cosplays?
You can find my cosplays on my instagram at @voltageist (where I’m most active), but also on my Facebook at Voltageist Cosplay.
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