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About CrimsonAlice Cosplay
CrimsonAlice Cosplay, keyholder at GameStop, cosplayer, salon assistant — 24-years-old, from Long Island.
How did you first get into cosplay?
When I was in elementary school, my friends used to go to an anime club at the library. I always wanted to go but never said anything. When I was older, I-CON was around — I was finally going to go to a convention with my friends. At the time, I liked Hatsune Miku so I threw together a Miku cosplay after the one I bought never came.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I do cosplay for fun. I would love if it became a career, but as of right now I also love both my jobs.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I like making my cosplay from scratch; I get a lot more feedback. Sometimes I’ll use pieces of things I bought though.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Accumulatively about 2 hrs to 2 days, depending on the cosplay.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
It’s a tie-up between Autumn Ivy and Sakizou Terra.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
I have to say meeting Monty Oum as burlesque Poison Ivy. He liked the cosplay, so I promised him next Comic-Con that I’d make a burlesque Ruby Rose for him to see. Unfortunately, he never got a chance to see it due to his passing (RIP). I still went as Ruby to Comic Con as a tribute to him and to maintain my promise to him.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
They are fun but a lot of coordination is needed.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I’m working on a Winter Ivy for Winter Con. I’ve started my AnimeNEXT cosplay one being Celes from Final Fantasy.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I feel there really shouldn’t be as many problems in this community as there are.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Most of my cosplays are art, games, or anime.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I have to say the process of taking what’s in my mind to reality and getting shoots of the final product.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Being comfortable showing off parts of my body. Bombshell Harley was actually a turning point for me. (Thank you to ArrowStar Cosplay for that!)
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
I’ve learned I’m more capable of what I thought I was.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Use coupons at Jo-Ann’s!
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I feel the community has grown larger but split into two types of people: the shallow/pick your cosplay apart side, and the warm welcoming/get to know each other/help one another side.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
I would say as of right now my Stigian Zinogore cosplay from Monster Hunter.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
I should but I don’t; I want everything perfect.
What does cosplay mean to you?
It means bringing things to life and having fun.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Not that I’m aware of.
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