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About Vicky Kujikawa Cosplay
My name is Vicky (abbreviation of Victoria) and I have been cosplaying for ~3 years now. My nick in the internet is Vicky Kujikawa. Vicky comes from my real name and Kujikawa is the last name of Rise from Persona 4. I’m 18 (soon 19). I’m from Madrid, Spain. In September I will start studying professional makeup and characterization, even though I have made some courses already. I usually cosplay characters from anime and video games, mostly video games (RPGs such as Persona, Tales of, Trails in the sky).
How did you first get into cosplay?
I saw people in conventions dressing as their favourite characters and a friend told me that we should try it and we did it in the next convention.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I cosplay for fun but I think It would be pretty cool to get a (small) name and be invited to some conventions and travel. But that’s pretty difficult and just a few can do that, so I think about it just as a hobby right now.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I always make my cosplays from scratch. It is a lot of work but I feel really good when I see my cosplay completed and I wear it. I also try to make more difficult cosplays each time to learn more techniques and to work with different materials.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
It depends on the cosplay. Until this year, I think I spent between 2 and 4 weeks to make each cosplay, but since now I’m starting to make more elaborate cosplays and some of them specifically for a contest, I spend more time. (For example, in one of the cosplays I’m working on, Death Prophet from Dota2, I have been working since the beginning of the year and I have to finish some details yet)
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
That’s a difficult question, I have 3 in mind. Tharja from Fire Emblem Awakening, Nami from One Piece (15th anniversary) and Yang from RWBY. But I think I would choose Yang because I love one of the photos I have of her.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
A friend and I cosplayed Ranka and Sheryl from Macross Frontier and participated in the cosplay contest in that con and we won the “best performance” prize. We worked very hard and we became very close friends. It was great to see the performance coming together and working.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love them! I really like to find people to cosplay together! You meet a lot of new people and sharing a hobby like that is great.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I’m currently working on Death Prophet from Dota 2, with the skin “Temptation of the Mothbinder” and Velvet Crowe from Tales of Berseria. I would like to make Alisha from Tales of Zestiria and Noir from Persona 5 too, but I don’t know If I will have time for those two this year.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I think that some people are too serious and forget that cosplay is about having fun with other people and not only a competition. It’s fine to be competitive if you are participating in a contest but when you aren’t, we are just a bunch of people enjoying the same hobby despite having a better cosplay or not (regarding the craftsmanship).
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I usually like strong female characters which I feel identified with. Lately, I’ve been cosplaying more video game characters because they usually have more details in their designs.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I love all of the steps but I think the photo shoots are a bit special/different because I feel like a model and It’s not something you usually do. It’s pretty fun. Attending cons is great too. When people recognize your character and you talk to them about it and take photos with them is fantastic.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
When I have to make armors, I use EVA Foam, but I was able to try worbla recently and I really like it too. Using both together is the best option for me, but sadly the worbla is a bit expensive.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
I have only been cosplaying for 3 years now, so I’m still new in the community, because of that, the biggest “wall” is to see a lot of incredible cosplayers with a lot of experience in contests and in crafting participating in the same contests as me. I feel a bit overwhelmed sometimes.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
I have experienced firsthand that you will fail sometimes, and If you really want to get to your goal, you have to try and try again, and learn from your mistakes.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
They should cosplay the characters they want and have fun. That’s the most important thing in this hobby. It doesn’t matter if you buy or make the cosplay, or if your cosplay is perfectly crafted or not, just enjoy what you do as much as you can!
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
As I said before, I have been cosplaying for 3 years so I can’t answer this the way I would want. But I can say that this is a hobby with a lot of new people each year, instead of just a group of people that knew each other as some people say It was some years ago.
Regarding contests, each year you see more and more level in crafting and performances, which I feel is amazing.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Right now I can only think about Medusa, from Dota2 (Serpent of the Emerald Sea). I think It is the biggest cosplay I have in my wishlist.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
No, because even If you think you have finished buying materials for your cosplay, you always have to buy more things. I don’t even want to think about how much money I use for each cosplay.
What does cosplay mean to you?
It’s a very important part of my life now. I have met a lot of people and friends thanks to it and learned a lot making each costume. It helped me realize what I wanted to study too. I don’t think I would be the same person If I weren’t cosplaying.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Last year I stopped cosplaying for a big part of the year and I realized It wasn’t the same for me, I wanted to cosplay and participate in contests. And that It was an important part of me, so no, I wouldn’t stop cosplaying.
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Most of my photos are from a friend, Mocci Art. He doesn’t have a Facebook page, sadly.
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