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About Ari Ruben
My name is Ari Rubin and I am a 29-year old Canadian professional working model, entrepreneur, and owner of the cosplay and costume rental platform wishrent.com and cosplayer living in Germany.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I got into cosplay through LARP. 😉 Since I was making costumes for original characters for LARP (namely my elven character) I decided I would also like to recreate my favorite TV-show and movie characters. 🙂
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
Both 🙂 As I am a professional working model and actress (who can sing) I hope that cosplay can also be a doorway for me to do more of what I professionally love as a walking act/guest/judge at cons. I do it mostly for the fun, however. If it would stop being fun, I would stop. 🙂
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I make my costumes entirely out of scratch and prefer to do it that way as I want to be known not just for my transformation skills but also my craftsmanship and accuracy to the original movie costume. 🙂
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
It really varies. The shortest one ever took me five hours to make. The longest one ever, about two weeks. 🙂
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
Ah, I don’t know. I love them all so much! My favorites would be Maleficent, Wonder Woman and Katniss Everdeen from the look-alike factor and Cersei Lannister for the fun factor (as well as the craftsmanship factor). As Cersei, I had my own septa to shame me at cons and I got so many people to laugh and smile and enjoy themselves. As Maleficent I was able to make a lot of kids happy and as Katniss a lot of young teens. 🙂 Those are my three favorites (character-wise I’d have to say Maleficent though).
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Being confused as the original actor for several of my cosplays and being asked for autographs. 🙂 Hehehe that was awesome!
Other than that, being shamed through vast crowds by an incredibly awesome Septa Unella as Cersei Lannister. 🙂 I also had much inc
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I generally cosplay on my own but if one has the right people with an open spirit and attitude to cosplay with, I absolutely adore group cosplays! 🙂
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I am currently working on Queen Ravenna from the Winter’s War movie! Several thousand feathers later I hope I shall be done 😀
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
The rift between cosplayers who take off their clothes and the cosplayers known for their craftsmanship and transformation skills.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Strong women! I can only cosplay strong or intelligent women! Other than that I am mostly inspired by film or TV/books in my cosplays!)
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
All of the above. 🙂
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
MyCostumes, local fabric stores, eBay, the Internet. 🙂
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Getting the word out that I exist 🙂 Marketing!
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Be kind and gentle and nice to everybody. This is a hobby by outsiders for outsiders and shaming doesn’t belong here. The community is generally very supportive and I’d like it to stay that way. 😉
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Everyone is fighting a hard battle so be nice to each other. Have fun when you cosplay and support each other in the community! Other than that, try to develop your cosplay skills: watch tutorials, learn new skills, risk doing something hard and never be ashamed. Remember, one only gets to live once.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
It’s become a lot more profit-driven.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Queen Ravenna – but I am working on that now. Otherwise, I’d love to build an actual gigantic dragon for my Dany. 🙂
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
I try, but often FAIL 😛
What does cosplay mean to you?
To inhabit and play a character as close as possible as one can. 🙂
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
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