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About Sammy Cohen
My name is Sammy Cohen and I am 21 years old. I’m from the Netherlands and I work as a barista at a cupcake cafe. I stopped with my education till I am 100% sure what I want to do. I love to draw and be creative.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I always loved Batman and I went to a convention without cosplaying and I loved to see all the costumes. I decided to try it myself and picked a female character from Batman that would fit my body: Harley Quinn or Batgirl. But I chose Harley Quinn.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I see it as both to be honest. I would love to work on it in the future but I have no idea how yet.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I prefer to make them myself because then I am so proud of it. I also like to make it so it is a fun hobby.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Pfff… I have no idea. Depends I guess. A lot of time, that is for sure.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
Classic Harley Quinn or the gender bend of Robin.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
At a convention an autistic boy wanted to take a picture with me as Harley but he was so shy that his parents had to ask. He was about the same age as me and I pretended that I was Harley and he hugged me and told me that he was the biggest fan of Batman. He truly believed I was Harley Quinn and that was so special for me.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I like it. I am joining a few groups to cosplay now but I love to be a lone wolf.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
A Harley Quinn dentist version and I really want to make a cat woman cosplay but I have not started in it yet.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I have no idea to be honest. Never thought about it.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Stubborn, funny characters because I can relate and I like them the most. Like Harley Quinn and Robin the sidekick of batman.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Photo shoots and attending to cons because at cons I see all my friends and the people I got to know because of cosplaying. I also love the shoots because it feels amazing that I can show my cosplay and that I am proud of it.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Going to fabric shops or markets and just feel it and also watching tutorials so I can see what other people use.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
To be honest nothing really. Sometimes the props because I do not know how to make them but I have a boyfriend who can make them really good so that’s helpful.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
That you should not worry about what you look like, if you like something you should just do it. Show that you like it and be proud of it.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Don’t think you can’t do it, just do it.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
We became more open and prouder of what we are and what we do. First we were shy and scared people would think it would be weird and now we are proud to show the world our cosplays.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?
I would make a real big armoured female version of cyborg from the justice league because it looks so cool but it is impossible to make.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Not really, I rather spend more money on cosplay than I spend it on other things.
What does cosplay mean to you?
It means a lot because it means that I can show what I like and be proud of it. Being able to be what I want to be and show how creative I am.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Not really. I think I will do it till I die.
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