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My name is Nikki. I live in Canada. Believe it or not I am 27 years old and soon to be 28. I work at a movie theater part time but a full time 2nd year student in Fashion Design. I started cosplaying when I was 17 and I started to pick it up more when I was 24-25.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I got into cosplay when I wanted to obtain Rinoa’s duster from Final Fantasy VIII. I was obsessed with it that I would find any piece of clothing in the house to make it, haha I never did get that duster.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I do it for fun but I would like it to go somewhere as a future career thing. But first, I want to make my store a success along the way with me by making things with my own design on the products.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
In order for me to determined if I need to buy or construct the cosplay myself, I need to take a look at it.
For instance, Jean Grey’s dark phoenix cosplay, I can make 90% of it on my own. The 10% of the cosplay is the base of it which is the suit that I don’t have the patterns for so I’ll buy that. If I know I can not make more than 50% of the garment, then I will purchase. Sometimes purchasing a cosplay can save you money than buying the fabric myself. Like Kagome’s school girl outfit from Inuyasha, I would rather buy that off of eBay for $35 then spend almost double the amount of money and supplies to make it myself.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
That all depends on how much detail is on it or how many layers it has. My longest cosplay that I am currently making is my Mad Moxxi because I am taking my time on certain pieces than others. I started Mad Moxxi in the beginning of September 2016.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
My favorite cosplay so far?
From what I made, I really like my Suicide Squad Harley Quinn from the movie. I honestly love the makeup I have to wear for that cosplay and I think I am starting to like doing cosplays with a bunch of makeup on my face since I like painting my face for cosplays. As a purchase, I love my Gwenom cosplay. Even though I did not make the suit, the make up I presented for that cosplay is my favourite.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
My most memorable experience is when I wore Princess Kenny back in 2015, I think? and everyone from social media sites as well those to attending cons, and saw me dressed as Princess Kenny, were super stoked to find someone who would wear a cosplay like that. I like to wear cosplays that no one really does. I get drawn into doing those types for some reason and I love being the “Omg, someone is cosplaying so-and-so from that-one-anime/show” you know? haha
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love group cosplays. I tend to not go into massive ones at cons because there is always going to be people who end up not making it or decide to not bother with the group in general. So I try to not get into groups. Especially with random people, I don’t know.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I plan on finishing up Mad Moxxi, Team Skull Grunt (female), Andrea from Reboot, Shiny Pink Butterfree Trainer, and possibly start at some point the original suicide Harley Quinn 🙂
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
The major issues I see in the community is when I see people judge people on cosplays when it comes to their weight. There is no size in cosplay. Cosplay is for everyone and I always want the community to be positive. Or when it comes to people who cosplays a white character and they are African-American. Like, I don’t understand why it matters. I like I said, cosplay is for everyone. Why does it matter about weight, the skin colour you have or the race you are born into…like it doesn’t matter. Cosplay is for everyone!
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Girls with long pink, blue, or red hair. I love doing cosplays with characters that have crazy coloured hair.
I get inspired by the design of the cosplay and colour. Video games are my #1 genre to do cosplays. Comics and anime or in between.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
My favourite part when it comes to cosplaying is when I start a project and sewing it is turning out amazingly. I get excited when I have to do a certain stitch and I am like “okay, no puckers and no fabric getting caught” cause then I don’t have to rip out the seams and do it again. I like going through a process once instead of 3-4 times like I do in my sewing samples for school, haha constructing is literally the best part. Knowing you made your cosplay all by yourself, is an amazing feeling. And then doing photo shoots afterward or someone getting a picture of you in your handmade cosplay, it’s a feeling that fills you up all day.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Research fabrics that are best for the cosplay.
Knowledge in fabrics is a good key to obtain especially when it comes to handling and constructing.
What if you got the perfect fabric buuuuuuuut it can’t be ironed the way you want it because what it is made of that you didn’t know. Like what if it burns easily, what if it shrinks rapidly after each wash if you want to keep it for a long time. And of course, this didn’t happen to me 🙂
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
My biggest obstacle as a cosplayer is traveling. I do not drive so traveling on train or bus limits my bags.I do not want to travel with a props or armor because I worry if they get crushed or damaged along the way. I too don’t want to carry said items if they are too big for my suitcase or my bins.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
I learned in life that there are always going to be people in the cosplay community to judge you no matter how much you try to prevent that. People are going to have a preference when it comes to cosplay (body wise) and you should always remember that no matter what, there are people in the community that will have your back.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Always share your techniques.
Never hide your talents.
I would be happy to share my wisdom with people who asked how I constructed my cosplay, or how I made my armor piece, or how I made my prop. Sharing is caring!
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
Even though I have stated in my previous questions on how I feel about the negativity in the cosplay community, I feel there is more of the positive community than the negative. When one person says something awful about a cosplayer, there is always 20 people to have your back. There are now forums/groups on facebook or other sites that have rules to follow by in them. If you don’t follow, you get a verbal warning, if you continue to do so, when you get deleted or banned. Which I feel is a great way to have people be safe in the community.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Alexstrasza from World of Warcraft, The Queen of Dragons.
The cape would be a very flowy delicate fabric that would be light as hell, and my armor would be made completely out of worbla as well as the accessories.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Honestly, $150-$200 is my budget. Considering my body suits that I get from Zentaizone and Heroestime are over $125+
I believe so far, my Mad Moxxi cosplay is roughly $200.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Imagination. Being someone who you always want to be.
Creativity, by bringing your designs to life.
Cosplaying is an escape to some.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
I don’t think anything will stop me from cosplaying. I enjoy sewing on a daily basis. I love keeping my hands busy and having my designs come to life. I love meeting up with new people at cons, I love doing shoots, and I love the cosplay environment alaltogetherCosplay is for life for me.
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