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About Alice Infinity Cosplay
I am a cosplay model known as Alice Infinity Cosplay. My real name is Jessica. I am from the Atlanta, Georgia area. I have Asperger syndrome and I’ve been cosplaying since 2011.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I have Asperger’s Syndrome and I am really big into Anime and Video games. I also loved to dress up. Then I found out one day that these things called Conventions existed to where they combined all of this stuff. I went to my very first convention in cosplay, hoping I could make new friends. Having Aspergers I always found it hard to connect with people and make friends. The convention community accepted me as I was and I loved getting to portray some of my favorite characters. So I became hooked on cosplay and the convention world.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
For me, it’s both. I do a lot of cosplays just for fun and to just enjoy the hobby and craft. Then sometimes I do the cosplay modeling aspect of it professionally.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I do both. I on average because my mother is a vendor at conventions and because I will have guest appearances at conventions sometimes, I will be at conventions two – three weekends out of a month every month. So a huge factor is time. I don’t have the time to make all of the cosplays I wear. But I do like making some of my costumes because I love the art of bringing my favorite characters to life by my own hands.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
On average about a month.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
The first time I got to run/host a cosplay contest. It was a lot of work but I really enjoyed putting together a cosplay contest and hosting the contest. I have since gone on to do several more for other conventions and I always love it. It’s a lot of work but it’s always rewarding to me. I love seeing all the wonderful costumes.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love group cosplays, I always try to do at least one group cosplay a year. It can sometimes be hard trying to get three or more cosplayers together to do a cosplay group but when it works out, it is awesome!! I mean what’s better than being your favorite character with other people that also love the fandom too?
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Demon Hunter from Diablo 3, I’m kinda nervous cause it’s my very first full armor build.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
Bullying. I see it all too often either online or in real life where one cosplayer will belittle or bully another cosplayer for various different reasons. I personally just would like all of us to get along and all be geeks together and have fun while we cosplay. We should support each other in cosplay or if you don’t have anything nice to say about someone’s cosplay then just don’t say anything at all. It’s very simple.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Video games and Anime.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
My favorite part is attending the convention and showing off my cosplay and maybe running into other people who are fans of whatever genre I am cosplaying from and possibly making new friends. I have made so many friends through cosplaying.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Research and shopping around. I look for the best prices so that I can save money where I can when I go to get cosplay supplies.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
My own self-esteem. The saying is true for me that “You are your own worse critic”. I sometimes won’t feel like I’m good enough to cosplay a certain character or that my costume I made doesn’t look good enough to wear it to a convention. I have to struggle with my self-esteem a lot and remind myself that it’s okay that my costume isn’t perfect and I am good enough to cosplay whatever character I want.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
The only person that can stop you from doing what you want to do is yourself. You will be surprised what you can do when you put your mind to it. It may be hard, it may be scary but will power is a strong force.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Don’t ever feel like you can’t do a certain cosplay. You are beautiful and you can cosplay whoever you want. So go ahead and cosplayer your favorite character. Just do it!
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I feel like over time that the cosplay community has become more well known and more popularized than it was a few years ago. More people outside of the cosplay community are aware of it and it seems there is a lot more people that have joined the cosplay community over the past few years.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Goddess Madoka from Madoka Magica
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Yes. I have made a cosplay on $50 dollars before. The budget varies from cosplay to cosplay but in most cases, I keep my budget around $150 for each cosplay.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Freedom of expression. When I put on a cosplay I feel like I am expressing myself and I have more confidence to do so.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
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