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About Rose-Maiden Cosplay
My name is Mary, 25 years old, from Long Island New York and I work as a monitor in a Pre-K, soon to be a teacher’s aide and on the weekends I character for charity with some fellow cosplayers when I can. I am apart of the east coast avenger and i also work for 3 local conventions.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I first got into cosplay because of my love of Final fantasy X. I loved Rikku so much and I Google searched her and found out what cosplay was, I have been addicted ever since.
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 also see it as a future career. As of right now, I’m just getting my foot in the door with local cons and I work for the cosplay promotional teams.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
All the above. It depends on the character and how much time I have free to work on it.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
I think the most time I spent on something was about 3 days, I sewed individual leaves to a suit for ivy.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
Hard to say, it’s a tie between Sailor Moon and my Final Fantasy girls.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
I do a lot of charity work and I work in a pre-k school. So dressing up for the kids and putting a smile on their face is always going to be the most rewarded moments.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I LOVE them! I have about 4 groups of my own that I created. Mortal Kombat, Sailor Scouts, DC playboy bunnies, and a Final Fantasy group.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I plan to finish Lulu from FFX plus a few other FF projects and Princess Zelda.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
Body shaming is a major issue in the community. My bunny group was created to show other girls that it’s okay to be bigger. Cosplay who you want to no matter your size or shape.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Final fantasy mostly.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I LOVE the photo shoots. I enjoy seeing my hard work on film. To see the finished product is such an amazing feeling.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Google is my best friend.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Haters. No matter what you do, there are always going to be people who try to bring you down. But you have to just push on and do what you love.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
I have learned that friendship is a big thing in the community and you can’t always trust everybody but there will always be that small group that you can always call your family.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Never claim to own a character, take your time getting into it, everybody has a different skill level and nobody is ever better than anybody else.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
The cosplay Community has gone down drastically due to the bullying but hopefully with people that band together we can make it a home again.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Princess Zelda, but I would also like to redo Rikku from Final Fantasy X.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Yes, I do, most of my cosplays are budgeted at $50.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay to me means friendship, fun, and confidence. My confidence was nothing when I first joined the community 11 years ago, over the course of time my skill level has gone up and my confidence shines through.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
One word, adulting.
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