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About Amy Wilder
My name is Amy Wilder. I am 25 years old, and have been dressing up and conventions since High School. I am currently focusing on Steampunk and Fantasy costuming, and pay my bills freelance modeling, and working at the Pro Costuming Company “Brute Force Studios”.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I have been interested in fantasy and costuming since I was a kid, and discovered conventions in high school. It was at conventions that I discovered steampunk, and have been totally obsessed ever since.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t fun, but that said, I definitely hope that enough people enjoy what I do to support me doing more of it. It would be amazing to make my living doing what I love!
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I do both! I love to showcase the work of designers I love and support their work, and am an avid collector of vintage clothing, but I am learning to make more and more of my own clothing and accessories, and have had a hand in the design of several of my custom pieces.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
It can be between five minutes in front of the costume closet, to years planning and acquiring pieces and perfecting details.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
I’m quite partial to the suit of dragon armor I collaborated on with Thomas Willeford of Brute Force Studios.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Definitely, all the amazing and lovely people that I would never have met if I wasn’t cosplaying!
How do you feel about group cosplays?
The more the merrier!
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I hate all of the elitism I see in cosplay, and in fandom in general. There is no “wrong” way to cosplay, and no “wrong” way to be a fan except the way where you bully others that don’t do it like you. Never forget that once upon a time, we all came here to have fun and finally feel accepted.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Steampunk and High Fantasy have always been my favorite genres, and I think my style has been very influenced by manga and anime, as well as historical costume.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Definitely the cons and the photoshoots! Sharing my vision with others is why I do this.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Thrift Stores, Flea Markets, and Estate Sales.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Learning that it’s okay if not everyone likes what I do, as long as I like it, and as long as it keeps making me happy.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Don’t ever stop having fun.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing, worry about doing what you want to do, and doing your very best.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I think that Cosplay has grown, and gotten far more serious over the years, but I love seeing more and more people having fun, creating, and celebrating their passions!
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?
All the super extravagant steampunk and fantasy in all the eye-popping locations.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
No, but I really should start doing that…..
What does cosplay mean to you?
Exactly what it sounds like. Costume Play, we’re dressing up in awesome outfits we wouldn’t normally get to wear, and having fun!
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
If I could no longer afford it.
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