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Cosplayer Spotlight – Commander Cosplay

 

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About Commander Cosplay

Commander Cosplay
Cosplayer, model, and vlogger
18
Pennsylvania

 

Commander Cosplay - Arabian Knights. Photo by Chris Bombardo.
Arabian Knights. Photo by Chris Bombardo.

How did you first get into cosplay?

It seems like just yesterday! My best friend had introduced me to anime, she told me about the cosplay community. From there I started attending conventions, in cosplay of course. My first costume was Fionna the Human from Adventure Time.

Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?

I mostly do cosplay for fun, though, I would consider a career in cosplay if given the opportunity. As of right now, I am young and do not see my cosplay career going further.

Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?

I make a majority of my costumes, though I do buy costumes if I am doing a large group cosplay. For instance, I buy most of my Love Live! cosplays.

How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?

It really depends on the workload of each costume. The most time I spent on a costume is thirty-two hours. I am still making alterations and adding things, but this is one of my most recent costumes. It is based on Japanese artist Sakizou’s Fairy design.

What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?

That is really hard to say, I love all of my costumes. If I had to pick a recent favorite, it would have to be my gender bent Miguel cosplay from The Road to El Dorado. I am very carefree and happy when in that costume, not to mention, I put a lot of work into it.

What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?

I met one of my best friends through cosplay, she has been my partner in cosplay since then.

How do you feel about group cosplays?

I absolutely adore them! It can be a lot to handle, especially if it is a group of five or more girls. I would recommend planning a group cosplay with friends or strangers. If you keep close friends in the group, the risk of people dropping out last minute is less likely.

What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?

I have a lot in store for this year, but my next large project is for a group of nine plus girls. We will be doing a group based on Hannah Alexander’s Princess designs, and I will be doing Cinderella.

What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?

Within the past couple of years, the community has become more welcoming. With that being said, it is important that every individual understands consent. If an individual is dressed as your favorite character, make sure you ask their permission to take a photo.

What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?

I am into comics, television shows, and anime. In anime, I lean more towards romantic comedies, mostly because they provide a good laugh with a cute love story. However, when it comes to comics I prefer action, with a little bit of romance sprinkled in.

What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?

Planning out a costume is probably my favorite thing to do. I am a college student, and I do attend conventions outside of my home state frequently. Budgeting is heavily involved in my cosplay life, and it is important for everyone! I also love the feeling of putting on a costume and debuting it at a con for the first time.

What are your best resources for cosplay materials?

I work mostly with fabric and beading. In the past I have used Worbla for a few projects, but not recently.

What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer? 

I find it hard to avoid individuals who have harassed me at past conventions, especially when I have a public cosplay account. Luckily it hasn’t become too big of an issue. I am always surrounded by friends at conventions, I’d suggest this for everyone.

Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?  

Yes, as you become more involved in the community you will notice things will change. I have been in the community for five years, and it has been changing in both good and bad ways. Keep an open mind and a positive attitude.

What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?

Once again. budgeting is your best friend! If you are determined to make a certain costume, make sure you have the time and funds.

How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?

Cosplay has become more mainstream over the years, which is not necessarily a bad thing. People are able to create jobs inside the cosplay community, which is fantastic.

If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?

I have a few that come to mind, but definitely New Years Honoka from Love Live! School Idol Festival the game…

Do you set a budget for each cosplay?

Absolutely, I never pick up any costumes that I know I cannot afford.

What does cosplay mean to you?

Cosplay has changed me in so many ways. I became more open to social environments, communicating and interacting with strangers who enjoy things you love is great.

Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?

Most likely money, if I seem to be running extremely low on funds I will quit. However, if it is not that extreme I will just take a break.



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