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About Scream Queen Cosplay
My name is Tasha Greiner. I’m 28 years old and live in Hanover, Michigan. I’ve been cosplaying since 2011 and have completed 20 characters in that time. I love spooky things and horror movies. I also love cute and adorable things. My favorite anime are Yu-Gi-Oh and Shiki.
How did you first get into cosplay?
After attending my first convention, Dragon Con, I loved all of the amazing costumes everyone wore. It made me want to dress up as the characters I loved, too. From there on, a whim turned into a hobby and a passion.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I cosplay for fun. It’s my passion and my hobby. It’s my personal opinion but when you turn something you love into a job, it ceases to be fun after a while.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I work 60+ hrs a week between 2 jobs so I commission the majority of my cosplays. Small pieces, like accessories, I will make on my own if I’m able to. I’d like to make my own cosplays but adulting takes precedent.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
I plan out my cosplays 6 months to a year in advance. I rushed a cosplay commission in 4 weeks once, styled my first wig and made accessories, never again.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
My favorite cosplay that I’ve done so far is Yubel, the main antagonist from Yu-Gi-Oh GX season 2. She was one of my favorite characters from the show and was a dream cosplay I never thought attainable.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
My most memorable experience as a cosplayer was being asked to be a cosplay guest for MEGGA XP, a local convention here in Jackson. It was one of those “I must be dreaming” moments. Getting to meet my fans and make new ones and getting to know several other very well known cosplayers, it’s something I’ll never forget.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I have mixed feelings on group cosplays. I absolutely LOVE seeing them. Full groups are great to witness. Being in groups myself, I have bad luck since they tend to fall through last minute.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Left for this year I have Ventress from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Kneesocks Demon from Panty and Stocking as well as Change of Heart and Ishizu Ishtar from Yu-Gi-Oh. I’m pretty excited for Ventress since I will be shaving my head for her. Next year’s lineup so far includes Mermaid Leafeon, Elsa from Frozen and a few other surprises.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
There’s a lot of elitism in the cosplay community that is pretty divisive. Cosplayers who come onto the scene looking only to be famous, those who look down on other if they’re not perfect. It makes the community seem unwelcoming to new comers sometimes. I try my best to look past it and make everyone I personally come across feel welcome.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I’m attracted to a vast variety of characters. The fantasy genres inspire me the most. A lot of my characters are strong female characters, many of them villains like Queen Chrysalis and Yubel. To be honest, I adore cosplaying villains in general.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I love every part of the process. Finding good references of characters can be challenging at times but it’s part of the fun. The best parts though are attending the con in a new costume or even an old favorite and meeting like minded nerds and fans. Photo Shoots are great as well for showcasing your cosplays.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Arda Wigs, Jo Ann Fabrics, and Google are a cosplayers best friends.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
The biggest obstacle I’ve faced as a cosplayer was my own lack of confidence. As a Plus Size cosplayer, I had very little confidence in my body. It took a long time to feel comfortable in myself and my appearance. To this day, it’s not the bullies or the stress of accuracy that stand in my way, but myself.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Life lessons I’ve learned as a cosplayer? To always be kind. Cheesy, but the truth. The majority of my cosplay friends call me their con mom because I’m one of the older cosplayers in the Michigan community. Being a cosplayer and being around so many younger up and coming cosplayers who need someone to be there for them and give them a boost of confidence or a friendly smile. You never know who that kindness will help.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
My golden rule is to always have fun. One of the main words in Cosplay is “PLAY”. If you take yourself too seriously it stops being fun and just turns stressful.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
Cosplay has become more mainstream over time so the community had grown greatly. Nerds are more comfortable expressing themselves. People in the community can use cosplay even as a business pursuit, it’s pretty amazing.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Oh goody, that is a good question. I’d have to say Tamiyo the Moon Sage, the MTG Planeswalker. She’s got a gorgeous aesthetic. There’s also a couple Yugioh duel monsters cards I’d LOVE to cosplay if money wasn’t an issue.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Yes, I set a budget for each #cosplay. The more I like the character, the more I’m willing to spend to make it perfect. I’ve spent enough on certain costumes that part of me cries over the amount.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay to me is passion. It’s the freedom to be someone or something else for a short while. It is making new friends and finding new things to fangirl over. But, most importantly, cosplay is what makes me feel beautiful.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Honestly, no. Barring a tragedy that left me unable to afford it, I will probably never stop cosplaying. I even have plans to make costumes for my children when I have some.
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