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About Double Trouble Cosplay
Marie and Sam, two 21 year old weirdos from St. Louis Missouri who found a love for the same passion and came together to create a collaborative cosplay team.
How did you first get into cosplay?
Marie: I started watching anime and learned about conventions. I thought these people dressing up as these characters were so cool so I wanted to try my hand at it.
Sam: One of my friends invited to go with her to a convention, she told me they do something there called cosplay, where they dress up like their favorite characters. I didn’t know this was an option…thus I got excited and began crafting.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
Marie: I absolutely see it as a stepping stone for my future career. I want to design Equestrian show clothing and start my own line. Cosplay helps me to create a portfolio, build the skills necessary, and have fun while doing it.
Sam: I see it as an expensive hobby but none the less I do it just for fun!
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
Both: ALWAYS FROM SCRATCH! We take great pride in making all of our cosplays by hand, we enjoy pushing ourselves, getting creative, while expanding our skill set.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Both: It varies. There is no precise answer but we make it a priority to try to create the character to a tee, so it can take no less than 2 months to as much as a year.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
Marie: Star Guardian Lux because she has a bright bubbly personality and she is fun to portray.
Sam: Midna! When I first saw her in Twilight Princess I immediately fell in love with her design but I wanted to wait till I built up the proper skill set to really tackle her, I’m extremely proud of the outcome.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Both: PUTTING ON AND REMOVING BODY MAKEUP! Storytime! We’ve cosplayed as Darth Talon and Maladi which requires tons of red ink. Since we only use alcoholic based inks it requires a special remover, or in our case intense rubbing. Neither of us bought remover so we showered together in our bathing suits to remove it all which resulted in our tub looking like a murder scene in the process.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
Both: We love it!
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Both: Good question, no clue.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
Both: Discrimination. We are all just a bunch of nerds dressing up and having fun. There’s no difference between us and people need to realize that. Anyone can cosplay whoever they want!
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Both: A lot is from video game characters.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Both: Attending the con and making friends. Being able to walk up to another person who is cosplaying from the same series as you and getting to nerd out about your similar obsession or just seeing other peoples’ cosplay in general.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Marie: Learning to be okay with my body. Cosplay has pushed me out of my comfort zone and I am so thankful for that.
Sam: Procrastination/Con-crunch. Still not fully over it but together we have made remarkable improvements.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Both: Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Be goofy and weird and don’t let people tell you it’s wrong.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Marie: Iron your cosplays before you wear them! You spent all this time making it so make sure it has that extra polish.
Sam: Always use alcoholic based inks for full body makeup over water based. The ink will stay on all day through sweat and hugging people and you won’t have to worry about ruining your cosplay.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
Both: The cosplay community has gotten so big since we have started cosplaying and we think it is great that people are starting to see how awesome it is.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Marie: A massive big sister cosplay with real metal and leather pieces!
Sam: Lightning Farron from Final Fantasy 13 WITH a horse-form Odin that is somewhat operational!
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Both: A soft budget, sometimes we go a little over or less. We always shop on sale, discount, and with coupons.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Both: Happiness, positivity, goofy, inspiring.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Marie: If I die. I just love cosplaying so much that I will always find a way to fit it into my life.
Sam: Even if money became an issue I would find a way to manage, but I would never give up on the cosplaying community so I will always try.
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