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About Goevte Cosplay
Hi all! I’m Goevte Cosplay and I’m a 26-year old cosplayer from the north of Sweden! I tried cosplaying for the first time in 2012 and today it’s my favorite thing to do. When I’m not cosplaying I’m studying in med school to become a doctor.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I’ve always had an interest in manga and later also anime, so when a friend of mine told me about conventions and cosplay it sounded really interesting! I’ve always liked dressing up and being creative, so this sounded like a perfect match to me at that time. And I was right!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I only cosplay for fun at the moment, and I don’t plan on making a career in cosplay.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
When I started cosplaying, I modified clothes and made only props and simple details myself. Nowadays, I make all of my cosplays myself from scratch, with one bought cosplay as an exception.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Difficult to say, since I usually work on my cosplays from time to time and can have long breaks in between. But a more advanced cosplay usually takes me about 6 months to a year to finish from the day that I actually start working. I kept track of time when I made my Sinon cosplay, and I spent about 100 hours working on that one. But one time I worked every day on a challenging cosplay for only about a month to finish it in time, I wouldn’t do it again though!
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
I really like my Sinon cosplay since I worked hard to improve my sewing on that one and because I really like Sinon as a character. It is also a bit out of my comfort zone, but when I wear it I feel so badass!
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
It has to be last year when I was attending a cosplay convention and actually competed on my birthday. I had a stressful day, hadn’t really slept or eaten well, and after the pre-judging another cosplayer slammed a door in my back, causing me to get soda all over my cosplay. Even though I had to walk up on stage with wet clothes, I had such fun day meeting new and old friends and ended up winning my first big award in a competition!
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love group cosplays! It’s really fun cosplaying together with others and if I haven’t already planned something together with friends I try to find other cosplayers from the same origin as me during the event.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
This year I’m planning to finish Zolyn (TERA Online) that I will compete in the Swedish Cosplay Championship. Also, I’m hoping that I’ll have time to finish Flamie Speeddraw (Rokka no Yuusha).
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
All the time I see opinions on what a ”real cosplayer” is, and it makes me really sad. “They only buy their cosplays, they only cosplay sexy characters, all they care about is competitions, they don’t know the character they are cosplaying, they should cosplay a character with their body type etc.” There are no rules for cosplaying! Everyone can choose to cosplay the way they want and I feel like we shouldn’t be too quick to judge people for what they do. What I’m trying to say is that in my opinion, there’s no right or wrong way to cosplay. Still, it’s pretty common that I see these kinds of discussions over cosplay, which I think is a waste of time.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I have cosplayed as very different characters, from cute girls to old men, and also from different genres. Most of my characters come from anime, but a character with an interesting personality, backstory and fun design will definitely get my attention!
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Wearing your finished cosplay and forget all the sleepless nights and tears and blood you’ve shed! 😉 I really like researching for future projects and finding new inspiration. Shopping for supplies is always fun, and even better if you get to do all those things in company with another cosplayer!
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I like working with cheap materials such as craft foam and cardboard, and I try to find everyday things that you can use, for example, a floor mop. Worbla is also really fun to work with when you need a sturdy base. When it comes to wigs, Arda is a favorite for a high quality, gravity-defying wig!
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
I think that the biggest obstacle for me was when I started cosplaying. Where I’m from, there wasn’t really anyone that cosplayed or knew what cosplay was and it was difficult for the ones around me to grasp the concept of dressing up as their favorite characters. “What’s the point of this?” In the end, I and a friend visited our first cosplay convention, taking a train far away south, not knowing what to expect. Don’t let fear and other people’s opinions stop you from doing what you want!
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
I have definitely become more self-confident since I started cosplaying. I’m usually a shy person, but when I’m cosplaying I tend to forget my insecurities and be more extrovert. I have learned that I’m capable of taking on difficult challenges and to believe in myself, which has helped me in other parts of my life.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Cosplay is for everyone! No matter your age, your height, your skin color, etc., you can cosplay! Also, if you’re making your own cosplay, don’t be time optimistic!
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
First of all, the community has really grown in the past years! More and more people are exploring the world of cosplay and it has brought both good and bad things. I feel like it has become more focus on the competitive part of cosplay lately and the pressure to produce perfect results and qualify for the big competitions can become a bit excessive sometimes. On the other hand, it is wonderful to see so many people all over the world connecting and sharing their interests and fun memories together!
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?
I’m actually working on one of my dream projects at the moment, Zolyn from TERA Online! Maybe I bit more than I can chew, we’ll see… An over ambitious cosplay I’ve wanted to do for a long time is one of the outfits from Aion Online, the design is so detailed and they have huge wings!
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
I usually don’t, but I still try to keep track of how much money I spend on my cosplays to make it easier to plan future projects and take that part into consideration. Also, when I can I try to find fabrics and materials that are cheap.
What does cosplay mean to you?
It means a lot to me, it is my source of inspiration and positive energy and I’ve met so many amazing people through cosplay.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
That would probably be a lack of time in the future. Even though it’s a fun and creative hobby, it’s time-consuming and I’ll probably don’t have that much time later on in life. But I’m not planning to stop yet, as long as it brings something positive to me and others.
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