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About Bamzy Cosplay
Hi there! I’m Bamzy, a 23 year old Cosplayer from Toronto Canada! I have been cosplaying since 2010 and my love for this hobby and community grows with each passing day. I am a big sucker for props and armored costumes and I hope you guys enjoy my work!
How did you first get into cosplay?
I attended my first convention in 2008. It was Anime North, one of the largest conventions in Canada and North America. From the moment I arrived, I was amazed by all the incredibly talented people in costume and knew it was something I had to try
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I mostly do cosplay for myself and just the enjoyment. I don’t believe this could ever be a full-time career for myself, but I have taken on some cosplay commissions and have even started to sell Prints, so maybe it could be something?! Only time will tell.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
As much as I love to craft, I know my strengths and weaknesses. Me and sewing don’t get along very well hahaha but armors and props are my favorite thing to make. I used to try to make everything, but it lacked in the sewing areas, so now I commission most of my sewing pieces from my local friends who are insanely talented and they commission my props and armour! It’s a great way to show off each other’s work to the world
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Depends on the level of complexity. My armoured Blastoise gijinka took well over 100 hours in total, but something like my Tenryuu only took 8 hours.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
It’s hard to pick a favourite, but the costume I am most proud of is my Blastoise Armour Gijinka. It was designed by myself and my good friend, and I believe it came out beautifully
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Most memorable experience has been most recently, attending a local convention I had a bunch of people approach me to tell me they follow me on Instagram or Facebook and love my work. It was amazing being able to interact in person with my followers.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I absolutely love group cosplays! I think it’s more fun than doing solos! But they can be very hard for some. Not everyone loves the same series or even the people in the group. I believe you have to pick and choose your battles. If it’s not for you, don’t be afraid to turn down the cosplay.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I am currently working on 2B from Neir Automata and swimsuit cosplays for Colossal Con!
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
Lately, the issue I see come up lately is people shaming others if they did not make every single part to a costume. That is so incredibly wrong to me. Never be ashamed if you have bought a costume online, and if you commissioned something, please share who made it for you. They deserve the credit!!
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Strong females with weapons always catch my eye. I’m a sucker for a prop
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Painting is my favorite crafting process because the piece is finally coming all together, but at cons, I love doing photo shoots and bringing life to the character I am being.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Worbla and my heat gun are my babies. We make magic togeather
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
My self-confidence! I have always had a hard time growing up with how I look. I was always teased on my appearance and put down. Cosplay was the first time I had strangers approach me and tell me that I am beautiful, that I bring their favorite characters to life and appreciate me, for me. It has been a crazy self-confidence booster for me, and now I can look myself in the mirror and say “wow, you actually look good” even if it is with me hiding behind contacts and a wig. Hey, baby steps right? haha
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Hard work pays off. People can tell when you pour your heart and soul into a costume.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Everyone can cosplay however and whomever they choose! Never let your size, race or gender hold you back. If you want to be a plus sized black male Sailor Moon, YOU DO JUST THAT! do it for you and nobody else.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
Being in this community for 10 years now, it has changed so much. For better and worse. Better because its more accepted in society, and people are sharing how they make stuff online so the craftsmanship quality has risen as a whole! Worse, sadly people are making it into a popularity contest. It’s become all about follower numbers and doing a costume first
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?
I can’t choose just one!! but maybe D.Va’s Mech that I could climb into and lay down in so it looks just like in the game Overwatch
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Yes always, I do a breakdown on what materials I will need, research my wigs and shoes, and from there, decide if it’s possible to achieve in my current financial standing. I have a home of my own, and I’m actually getting married this year, so sometimes you have to be a responsible adult and know that some costumes just aren’t feasible right now and save them for another time when you can’t spend that money with no regrets
What does cosplay mean to you?
Everything. It’s my passion and major hobby in life
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
I can’t see anything that would force me to stop. I cosplay with my Fiance, and we have every intention of one day bringing children into this community!
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