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About Camomo Cosplay
Name: Camomo Settles – Occupation: Currently a senior at Wilmington College – Age: 22 – Location: Ohio – I have been cosplaying for 8 years!
How did you first get into cosplay?
I first got into cosplay my freshman year of high school. I had been reading manga for years, but it wasn’t until my best friend took me to my first convention that I discovered the incredible world of cosplaying!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
Right now I see cosplaying as just for fun. If it turns into something more then that would truly be amazing, but right now it is just one of my favorite hobbies.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I prefer to commission my cosplays because I am not good at sewing at all. I tried for years to improve my sewing skills, but I had to realize that it is just not something I am good at. So I would rather commission someone who does have a passion for sewing and gives them all the credit.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
I spend between $100-$200 for each commission right now, but it can vary drastically depending on what I want.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
So far my favorite cosplay that I have done so far would have to be my Princess Kidagakash cosplay. She was my favorite Disney princess growing up, and it was truly a dream come true to cosplay her for the first time. I still cosplay her even now.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
My most memorable experience as a cosplayer was last year when I went to a cosplay event dressed as Princess Kidagakash, and these little girls ran up to me really excited. They really thought I was that princess and told me that one day they wanted to be just like me. That experience is one of the main reasons I cosplay because I want to be an inspiration to the little kids and young adults who want to cosplay.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I honestly love group cosplays so much. I have been apart of quite a few, and they were so much fun. I love that everyone wants to work together to get the best result as possible.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Right now I am working on getting another commission of my Princess Kidagakash.
I am also working on a gijinka Primarina and gijinka Cubone from Pokemon Sun and Moon.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
One issue that I am constantly talking about is race facing which is basically when people tan or paint their skin in order to portray another race. The people who do race face and support say they do it for accuracy, but there is nothing accurate about painting your skin to be another race. Race is not a costume, and it never will be.
Another issue is people who use cosplay in order to become famous but are not honest about their intentions. I personally do not have a problem with those who use cosplaying in order to gain attention, but those who are not honest about it.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I enjoy cosplaying characters that are strong and powerful the most.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I would have to say my favorite part of the cosplay process is attending cons, because I get to see so many of my friends, meet new cosplayers, and see amazing cosplays.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Amazon, Etsy, aliexpress, and my friends who sew.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
The biggest obstacle I have had to overcome as a black cosplayer is the racism in the community. I have come across many cosplayers who have made racists comments towards me because I choose to cosplay outside of my skin tone and race. There have been times where I have wanted to stop cosplaying because I did not want to deal with the judgment and racist comments anymore, but I knew that I had to keep going in order to bring more exposure to black cosplayers.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
I believe one of the main life lessons I have learned through cosplay is to not let anyone stop you from doing what you love. I love cosplaying from the bottom of my heart, and I cannot let the hurtful comments, and lack of representation stop me.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
My number one gold cosplay rule is to be considerate and to treat people who you would want to be treated.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I feel that over time the cosplay community has been become more accepting of all different types of people. However, I still believe the community still has ways to go to truly represent every single person.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?
I would have to be Brandy’s ballroom dress from when she starred in Cinderella written by Rodger and Hammerstein. It has been my dream cosplay for years.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
In general, I do not like going over $200 for a cosplay, but I will if I have to.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay to me is a way for me to bring my favorite characters to life. No matter what the race, gender, or skin tone of the character is I love bringing them to life the best way that I can. Cosplay also means to me a close sense of community and love.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
No I do not believe there is anything that would make me stop.
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