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About Kerrit Cosplay:
My name’s Kerry, I’m 20 years old currently studying film production at university. I’ve been cosplaying for 2 years and also do quite a lot of cosplay photography
How did you first get into cosplay?
I attended a convention a few years ago with a friend who was a cosplayer, I was just taking photos at the time but being with her I got an insight into this incredible little community where everyone’s so supportive and it’s so easy to get talking to new people and make really good friends. I cosplayed to the next convention I went to with her and I’ve been absolutely hooked ever since!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
Initially, I just did it for fun but now I’m considering going into art department in the film industry so it’s a really great starting point for experience
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I make them from scratch where I can but so far almost all of my cosplays have an element of bought stuff in them, as I develop my skills I’m able to make more and more of my costumes though
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
It really depends but I usually make them over the course of a week or two
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
I think Rey (Star Wars VII) is the costume I’m proudest of because it’s my most accurate but Jaylah (Star Trek Beyond) is my favourite to wear, even if it does mean getting up early to paint myself white
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Probably little kid’s reactions to you when you’re dressed as a princess! I’ve had little girls asking to take pictures of/with me and parents asking me to film a message for their kids that couldn’t come to the convention, it always feels so special to be able to bring that little bit of Disney magic to life
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love them! I’ve only done two so far but it’s so much fun having a group of people to mess around with and pose with for photos. One of the best parts of cosplay is the community so it’s like that but better
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I have tons of plans for this year, I’m not sure how many I’m actually going to be able to finish but the first ones I’m doing are fem Jim Kirk (Star Trek Beyond), Wonder Woman, and Lexa (The 100)
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I think issues of who can cosplay what – I’ve seen people told they can’t cosplay certain characters because they’re the wrong body type or don’t look like the character enough which is ridiculous, cosplay isn’t about trying to look exactly like a character, it’s about showing your love for that character and pushing yourself creatively and it’s not down to anyone else to police what you can and can’t do.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
My favourite genre is probably sci-fi because the costumes are always so cool and of course I always love cosplaying badass ladies because it’s so fun to embody that for photos
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
That’s actually quite a hard one because I love pretty much every part of it, but my favourite part is probably the attending the convention because I get to see all the amazing friends I’ve made through cosplay and meet even more amazingly passionate and talented people
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Probably just eBay to be honest! That and Primark whenever I need a cheap pair of trousers or t-shirt or something like that – I’m a student so I always try and do everything as cheaply as possible!
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
If I’m honest it’s probably my mum’s sewing machine! It was awful and I spent more time taking it apart and putting it back together to try and get it to work than I did actually sewing, months of begging and I got a sparkly new one for Christmas so now I can focus on improving my skills rather than just trying to get it to sew at all!
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
It’s definitely helped me to become more confident and expand my social skills, I’m a lot less shy now than I used to be
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
It sounds like a silly golden rule but always weather your cosplays! Unless they’re meant to look shiny and new (Disney princesses for example) most costumes are meant to at least look worn in, and especially if you’re cosplaying someone like Rey who lives in the desert you definitely want your costume to look a bit grubby
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I’m fairly new to the cosplay community so I’m still really finding my feet in it but cosplay is definitely getting more popular and “mainstream” and some people are getting bitter about that and trying to gatekeep the hobby which is no fun for anyone really
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Oh definitely Cinderella’s ballgown from the 2015 live action movie, that dress is absolutely gorgeous but if I ever do it I’d want to do it properly with all the hundreds of metres of fabric it needs
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
I try to but I’m not too strict about it, I try to justify spending extra money on stuff that I know I’ll reuse for other cosplays later, I still manage to spend under £50 on most costumes though
What does cosplay mean to you?
It’s a creative outlet for me really, I love making costumes and it’s really satisfying being able to wear the finished thing at the end and show that work off to everyone. The social side of it is also incredibly important to me, I’ve made so many really good friends through it which I never expected to happen but I really feel like I fit in with this weird little community
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
I think only if I completely ran out of money and all of my friends stopped cosplaying, that would just make it too stressful and no fun but that’s not likely to happen so I’m going to carry on cosplaying for the foreseeable future!
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