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About Etherthires Cosplay
Hello! I’m Kailey, a student, an artist, and a cosplayer living in Orlando, Florida. I’ve been cosplaying only for about 3 to 4 years now, but it’s something I’m pretty passionate about. I like an assortment of comics, video games, and manga/anime, but my favorite genres mostly include horror, action, and drama. I know I look pretty intimidating, but believe me, I’m just a huge loser.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I had wanted to start ever since I had gotten into anime and video games, but it wasn’t until about 2013 that I actually decided to buy my first cosplay and go to a convention. My first official cosplay was actually Petra Ral from Attack on Titan!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I mostly just do it for fun, but if it ever grew to be anything more than that I would be beyond happy.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them, or a hybrid?
Hybrid! I’ve been recently learning to make a lot of my own stuff, and slowly I’m becoming better at sewing. I buy a lot of my stuff and then often alter it, but one day I’d like to make all of my own cosplay from scratch: the props, armor, clothes, etc.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
It really depends on how busy I am and the financial status I’m in, so sometimes months, sometimes weeks, but often not any less time than that.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
Either my Seras Victoria (Hellsing) cosplay or my Eva (Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater) cosplay.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
I don’t really have a specific experience in mind, but it always makes me super happy when I cosplay from something obscure and I get recognized for it. Mostly because me and the person who recognizes me end up really happy and generally surprised.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love them! I wish I could do it more often but usually when I make plans, we never end up going through with it.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Makoto Niijima (Persona 5), Takemi Tae (Persona 5), Chain Sumeragi (Kekkai Sensen), and possibly Sengoku Nadeko (Monogatari Series).
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
The drama overall can be extremely divisive, to the point where it sometimes scares me to be a cosplayer. Con communities, especially as you grow to be more well known, can be extremely critical towards everything you do, and it’s a shame. As so many people have said before, cosplay should be fun.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I love this question! I actually really love a lot of badass (and often sadistic) females, from comics, anime, video games, etc. They’re usually my favorite types of characters overall and whenever I end up finding one, it’s instant motivation for me to cosplay them.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Probably the photo shoots or the cons themselves! I love getting out and actually meeting new people, plus I really love seeing the outcomes of the photo shoots and getting really in character just for a few moments during the shoots.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Joann’s Fabric, Amazon, Arda Wigs, and probably Lowe’s or Home Depot. I get a lot more from other websites and etc., but when starting a cosplay, those are often my go-to places.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
It’s mostly an inner conflict that I had to overcome, but I’d say the realization that I’m not always going to be the best, but that’s okay. I used to get jealous of my friends cosplaying the same characters as me because they were almost always better. I don’t know what hit me, but I finally realized that it’s not a competition.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
No matter what you’re into, don’t be ashamed of it. (As long as it’s legal, of course.)
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Don’t expect to go into cosplay being the best, because I know I wasn’t and I’m still not. Cosplay takes practice and a lot of trial and error, always remember that. And never forget that this should be a fun hobby, so let yourself have fun.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I’ve only been in the community for a few years so there’s not much I can personally say about my experiences, but I can certainly tell that in the more recent years, cosplay has seemed to have grown a bit more like a competition of who has the most fans/followers.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Easily Marie-Joseph Sanson from the manga Innocent and Innocent Rouge by Sakamoto Shinichi. It’s, unfortunately, a generally obscure series, but it’s undoubtedly my favorite. Marie-Joseph Sanson is probably one of my favorite characters of all time.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Sometimes. If it’s a cosplay that I’m really passionate about or one that I might consider to be a dream cosplay, then there’s likely to be no budget. Otherwise, I’ll do my best to spend as little money as possible while still maintaining quality.
What does cosplay mean to you?
I’d have to say being/dressing up as some of my favorite characters is a really nice way to just kind of take a leave from my everyday life. When you watch, read, and play all these things, it often makes people wish there were something more in our lives, something fun, something that would make our lives worthy of being a protagonist or antagonist. Cosplay helps me get out of our reality for a bit and just enjoy being something out of the ordinary. Especially when I get to roleplay as the character a bit too.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Unfortunately, probably financial reasons or just the fact that I’ll be probably studying a lot soon. That by itself will probably need for me to take a bit of a hiatus. Permanently stopping though, probably not. I’d like to enjoy the con and cosplay experience for a long time.
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