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About Kinetic Cosplay
My name is Chloe, and I’m a 20 year-old business owner and full-time college student from Sacramento. I’ve been cosplaying for five years and it’s been a wild ride, I’ve learned so much and made some amazing friends. I hope to continue my involvement in the community and hone my skills for years to come!
How did you first get into cosplay?
I went to SacAnime for the first time in 2012 and saw a ton of amazing cosplayers; I decided I had to join in next time. By the next SacAnime, I had already made two anime cosplays!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I’m currently making a living off of cosplay already and I’m working hard to grow my business. I’d love to concentrate on designing cosplay patterns in the future!
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I love the creative process so I always try to make as much as I can from scratch.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Depending on the difficulty, I’ve spent anywhere from 2 days to 2 months on my cosplays. I try to dedicate weekends specifically to making cosplays and going to cons.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
My absolute favorite cosplay is Armored Azula. I love how powerful of a character she is and, despite making the costume fairly early in my cosplay career, I’m still very happy with how it turned out and I try to wear it as often as possible! I hope to do every version of Azula some day.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
My favorite experience was receiving an award from Yaya Han for an Avatar the Last Airbender group that I organized.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love group cosplays! I have an amazing group of friends and we always have a great time putting together full crews. We’ve won a few competitions together and are always working on something new.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I hope to finish a couple Mercy (Overwatch) skins before November this year.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I see a lot of discourse on people cosplaying characters who don’t “match” their body type. I’m under the firm belief that anyone should be able to cosplay any character they want and that having a “canon” look should not be a requirement to warrant appreciation.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I tend to cosplay mostly from Western Cartoons, but I’m trying to move over to video games since the designs are more complex, and therefore more fun to put together!
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I absolutely love getting into the creation process and making all the hard work worth it while attending cons. The con community is amazing and I love sharing my appreciation for the characters with others!
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I mainly go to Jo-Ann for Fabric, Hobby Lobby for foam, and Arda for wigs and wefts. Most of my cosplays are made only of these materials.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
I used to be under the belief that once someone in your cosplay group “claimed” a character, no one else in the group would be allowed to cosplay it. This was a terrible way to think and it limited both me and my friends from cosplaying characters we love. Now we have a much better time and often share cosplays!
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
I’ve learned to value good friends over fame. Con experiences are always much better when you’re with positive people.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Don’t be afraid to cosplay whatever you want however you want!
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I feel that the cosplay community has gotten a lot safer and kinder in the past years, especially with the “Cosplay is not Consent” movement and an increase in online positivity.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
I’d love to do Uprising Mercy (Overwatch), it’s a lot of acrylics and a lot of detail though!
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Not really, I probably should though haha. I find time is more of a limiting factor than money.
What does cosplay mean to you?
I believe cosplay is a medium of connection, whether it be to the character you’re dressing up as, or to the community that shares your interests. Almost all the friends I have today are friends I’ve met through cosplay and they are all amazing, beautiful people.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Likely concentration of work or family, I don’t see that stopping me for quite a while though. Even then I would still probably be making costumes for Halloween at the very least.
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