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Cosplayer Spotlight – Aelynn’s Cosplay

 

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About Aelynn’s Cosplay

Small town girl, born and raised, finds her way into the big world of cosplay! Perhaps I was destined to engage in such fantastical practices, with my name ( Aubree ) meaning ‘rules with elf wisdom’… Working as a manager in retail definitely provides its challenges to balancing hours of crafting and weekends off for conventions but I somehow make it work. I currently reside in my own little apartment in Southern Ontario with my furry kitty companion Kabuki, who is the best helper when it comes to making sure I work fast enough so that she can’t sit on whatever it is I’m working on. I absolutely love communicating with other fans and meeting new people, so please don’t be shy!

 

 

Aelynn's Cosplay
Rapunzel from Tangled by Jd Serada Photography

 

How did you first get into cosplay?

Many, many moons ago when I was in my early teens, what started as Halloween dress up, lead to the discovery of fans that put much more effort into their costumes to wear…outside of Halloween. I found out that there was a convention within driving distance and jumped right into that scene dying to participate! My first costume was hacked and pinned pieces of existing clothing from Wal-Mart and cosplay wigs didn’t exist back then so… everything looked a lot different.

How much time do you spend making your costumes?

There’s an incredible variance here…occasionally I spend a ton of time lurking … er, hem… gathering reference pictures… occasionally I need to remake pieces because I wing it so often…and sometimes everything goes according to plan. I’d say on average probably around 25 hours stretched over the course of…weeks…and weeks… maybe months. I procrastinate a lot.

What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far?

Probably Tharja from Fire Emblem Awakening. It was my first large group experience and the friendships I made during that time are some of the best, that I’ll always hold dear. ( We also shared a lot of tears while making the costumes so… that’s like a permanent bond. )

Do you usually get positive reactions from fans?

Yes! I try very hard to bring the characters I choose to live because I’m also a fan and I feel that that is usually reflected in my work and I sense it in excited reactions. I absolutely love being called by the characters name because I immediately relate to this other person, that I don’t know because they’re just as excited to see someone as this character as I am to be portraying them.

What’s the next costume or event you’re preparing for?

Currently in Katsu crunch mode. It will be one of the largest US conventions I’ve attended and I have a roster that’s … probably too big. But you don’t know unless you try! Ahaha…ha…*nervous laughter*

What characters inspire you the most?

Erza from Fairy Tail and Mitsuru from Persona 3. I swear it’s not a red hair thing… They’re both incredibly strong, nurturing, bold, responsible and deal with their internal strife in incredibly admirable ways.

What is your primary area of inspiration for your cosplay?  Comics, anime, games or other?

Mostly video games lately!

What are your best resources for cosplay materials?  

I’m Canadian so… Fabricland is pretty much all I have in my area. A bunch of them. And I can usually find what I need at one of them.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give new cosplayers?

Or one paragraph with lots of pieces of advice??? Just go for it. People will love it. People will talk. Don’t be afraid of negativity. Focus and always come back to your own personal reason for doing what you want to try to do. Be proud of your creativity and DON’T BE SHY TO APPROACH OTHER FANS! You already have an ice breaker! Make as many connections as possible and you’ll only feel more successful.

What’s your golden rule of cosplay?

” Good enough. ” No, really. Every cosplayer has their own standards and reasons for doing what they do ( which I have immense respect for ). Since I don’t compete, for me it’s primarily for the fun that I have and the people that I meet. If I have streaks in my primer, it’s not going to affect a number of memories I make in the costume ( And usually not the photos either unless you zoom in 10x ).

What does your budget run per costume?

I typically try to stay as low cost as possible. I’ll source pieces I can use or alter if it’s cheaper than the fabric. I’ll focus more on complimenting slightly off colours than splurging on the perfect tones. I support myself so unfortunately, adult responsibilities demand most of my hard earned funds.

Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?

Funds aside, probably not. With the connections I make being one of my largest reasons to continue, I feel I’ll always be able to connect with a wide range of fellow fans with similar interests. The drama gets a bit much, the self-esteem can take some blows, but I don’t think it would ever be enough to force me to give up something I love doing.

If money and time were not issues, what’s your number one over ambitious cosplay?  

Mitsuru from Persona 4 Arena

Why do you cosplay?  

I like to challenge myself creatively, step outside my comfort zone with what I wear and make with my experience, and most importantly for the people that it brings me to. A number of friendships I’ve gained and inspiration I’ve found is something I’d never trade.


 

 

 


You can follow and view more of Aelynn’s Cosplay here

 

Photographer Credits

  • JD Serada Photography
  • Ailes Noire Cosplay Photography
  • Herbiecide Erik Parades Photography
  • D. Fundano Photography
  • Rajeeman Photography
  • Stacey Fox Photography
  • Lost Dumplings Photography

 


 

 


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