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About Beccon Cosplay
I’m Becca or Beccon, I moved to New Zealand in June 2014. I started cosplaying in June 2015 and have been stuck in it every since. I’m 24 years old and work an office job during the day. I try to make at least 4 new cosplays a year, if not more! My current convention plans are Armageddon in Tauranga, Wellington, Auckland and possibly NZ Overload in September.
How did you first get into cosplay?
After I moved to New Zealand from the US, I wanted to make more friends. I heard about our local cosplay event, Armageddon, and decided after years of wanted to dress up that I would. I first cosplayed Asuna from Sword Art Online and it has progressed from there!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I cosplay more for the fun out of it, but I love to enhance my skills and hope to one day be well-known worldwide, however, I don’t expect it to be a full-time job.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
After my first cosplay not fitting me correctly, I decided to start making them. Ever since I’ve made every cosplay. Some items are bought, but most are at least altered to better fit the cosplay that I am doing.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
The amount of time put into cosplays ranges from 8 hours to spending hours every day for a few months. Simple costumes like Kiki were very easy, however, my Erza Scarlet took over 44 hours, just 20 of that was hand embroidering!
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
Currently, my favourite cosplay is Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura. I made her outfit within a week and I think its one of my best so far. A close second would be my Erza Scarlett in her Farewell Fairytail Armour that won Novice Solo at Armageddon.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
The most memorable experience I’ve had is when I’m dressed up as Princess Aurora, and seeing all of the children’s faces light up because they just saw a ‘real’ princess! At one parade I was helping my local children’s hospital and a group of retired ladies was in a van on the side of the road. I curtsied at them and one lady blushed and covered her mouth in awe.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
Group cosplays can be fantastic! There has been the occasional failed group, but as long as you get a group of reliable people they typically turn out amazing.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I’m working on two cosplay’s for competitions right now. Warrior Moon by NoFlutter is hopefully going to be competing first in May, then I’ll be entering my Coronation Elsa in June as well.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
A very hot topic in New Zealand seems to be changing one’s appearance to better fit a cosplayers ethnicity. I understand why people want to do this, to be more accurate, but I also feel that putting your own touch on a cosplay is important. I don’t find it offensive if a Caucasian person wants to use a little bronzer to appear more tan, however full on body tinting to the extreme is where I draw the line. The second biggest issue would be size. For this I say do what you want. Cosplay is for everyone! I’m not the skinniest or the largest, but I tailor my costume to fit so that I’m comfortable and happy with it. As long as you’re happy, who cares about everyone else!
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I tend to lean more towards female anime characters and princesses. I love big gowns, but I also love the Anime characteristics of big eyes and crazy hair!
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Sewing. Hands down sewing wins. I’ve only done a few armor builds and they tend to be to very complicated and being in New Zealand a lot of online tutorials do not apply to us because all of our supplies are different. Whereas with Sewing, it’s pretty easy to find what you need.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Locally we have Spotlight (close to Joann Fabrics) and Pete’s Emporium. These are the two main stores I go to to find supplies however occasionally a stop at the local Mitre10 or Bunnings (Lowe’s and Home Depot Equivalent) is necessary.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
The biggest obstacle I’ve had to overcome would be shyness. I’m pretty much a loner and do not have a bunch of friends and maintaining relationships really isn’t my thing. Getting to know other people has been wonderful as groups become a possibility along with getting suggestions!
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
If there’s a life lesson, it would probably be to be kind to everyone. Cosplayers have bad days just like anyone else and giving them a compliment can make their day 1000x better.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Treat others the way you would like to be treated. I was told this as a child in elementary school and I still think it’s true today.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I’ve only ever been in the cosplay community for a year, but the most noticeable things I’ve noticed is how the most cosplayed genres change with new shows coming into the spotlight. there has been heaps of SAO cosplayers recently along with Love Live blowing up and everyone cosplaying them where a year ago they weren’t so big.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Ciel Phantomhive from Black Butler would be my huge number one. I’d want to get all of the proper very fancy and expensive fabric to make any of his outfits and have everything tailored perfectly!
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
No budget, but I do try to keep costs down by shopping on sale and keeping an eye on how much I’m spending at once.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay to me means community and friendship. Nothing is better than showing up to an event and having several people recognize your character and you!
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
As of right now, nothing that I can think of would cause me to stop cosplaying.
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