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About Dani Skye Cosplay
I’m Dani Skye, a full time student and Maryland based cosplayer!
How did you first get into cosplay?
I used to watch convention panel videos and cosplay montages before I started attending cons myself. Once it came time for me to attend my first con I didn’t want to go without a cosplay so I did Kagome from Inuyasha.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
Cosplay is just a hobby for me but I wouldn’t mind if it became something more.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I make the vast majority of my cosplays. I’ve only bought 2 things for cosplay and one of them was more of a Halloween costume for me.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
I would estimate 60-80 hours minimum.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
My Sylveon armor set or my Great Ballgown!
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
I was once heckled on the street by some random passerby when I was walking from a parking garage to a convention. It really put me in a down mood for a lot of the day but being inside the con helped make it better again.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love them and wish I had the opportunity to be in more of them!
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I’m currently working on an Overwatch/WoW crossover armor set and then I’m going to be working on Mt. Lady from My Hero Academia.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
Sexy vs nonsexy cosplays. Some people get really mad that the cosplay community is becoming more sexualized. I personally think cosplay is a form of self-expression and anyone can cosplay whoever they want however they want.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I tend to be drawn more to cartoony cutesy characters or fan art designs of character. I’ve done a lot of original/fan art Pokemon cosplays.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
My favorite part is making armor and painting it. I love walking around cons and having people recognize and appreciate my cosplays!
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I get a lot of my supplies on Amazon or at Joann Fabrics. I like to get my EVA foam from TNT Cosplay Supply and my Worbla from Cosplay Supplies online.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
The biggest obstacle I face is trying to one-up myself with my newest cosplay. I’m always trying to improve my crafting skills.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
I’ve learned to love myself more and embrace my nerdy side. I used to be kind of secretive about my nerdy interests but now it’s at the forefront of my personality. Cosplaying has vastly helped improve my self-confidence.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Cosplay should be fun, don’t take yourself too seriously.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
There’s a feeling of trying to keep up with other people due to the rise of social media. I also feel like costume quality has dramatically increased over the years.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
I would make a ball gown for every type of Pokeball.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
A very loose one. I try to save and use coupons where I can but if there’s a certain material or tool I need and there aren’t cheaper options that are still good quality I’ll buy what I need to get the job done.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay consumes my life when I’m not at school or work. It’s my passion and leaves me with great memories when I attend cons.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
I can see general life issues making me temporarily stop cosplaying but I don’t think I’ll ever completely stop.
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