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My name is Amber, or SpaceCake. I’m from Indianapolis and as a licensed hair and makeup artist, I love anything super artistic, so cosplay is my world! I strive to make this a career for myself and bring more love and positivity into the community. I also play fighting games competitively, so you can find me with my fiancè in the game rooms at con a lot! 😀
How did you first get into cosplay?
I’ve been in love with cosplay since I discovered it in middle school, but I grew up quite poor and couldn’t afford to ever try it out. Then I met the man who later became my fiancè, who cosplays and attends SO many cons a year and he showed me the ropes!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
Both. The way I see it, why shouldn’t a fun, confidence-boosting hobby be my career? I firmly believe you should have fun with your job, so my goal is to make cosplay my job.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
A hybrid. If I can make it a bit easier on myself, I will and won’t hesitate to commission or buy items or full cosplays. Sometimes there’s just not enough time or I’m not quite skilled enough yet to make certain things.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
It varies. Because I work full time and play fighting games competitively as well, usually a week or so depending on what the cosplay is.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
Poison Ivy. She was my first cosplay ever and she’s always been one of my favorite characters in the Batman universe. She’s tough and sexy and wearing leaves all day was interesting!
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
I was Squirtle with one of my friends at Colossal one year and we had no clue or intentions of attending any Pokèmon photoshoots because we apparently misunderstood and thought they were on another day. The second we stepped out, people started screaming for us and we got swept into a MASSIVE Pokèmon photoshoot. It was a ton of fun and we met amazing people that day and more Squirtles to join our Squirtle Squad!
How do you feel about group cosplays?
They’re fun, but I don’t like doing them as much as I used to. I prefer to cosplay the characters I 100% love and truly want to do and prefer to them on whatever day of the con I please. I try to not live on a strict schedule at cons, and group cosplays can take that away sometimes.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Oh man, I have a LOT! Currently, I’m focusing a bit more on fighting game characters. So I have genderbent Vega, C. Viper, genderbent Blanka and Juri from Street Fighter and Jack-O from Guilty Gear right now.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
The body, race and slut shaming. It doesn’t matter what body type you have or what color your skin is. Cosplay WHATEVER you want. And quit calling those of us who like skimpy and little bitty cosplays “sluts”. We’re all here to have fun and all love the same things. The hate needs to stop and people need to be more loving and accepting. We’re all here for the same thing.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I love tough and sexy. Fighting game characters, warriors, assassins, etc. Anything that will make me feel strong and unbreakable, I’m here for. I usually go for game characters, but will also often go with comic, manga and anime characters.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Researching and then attending cons. I research every single character I create, so I can fully understand their background, why they are the way they are and also how they would pose. And then attending cons, because I love when people recognize who I’m cosplaying and interacting with everybody.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Usually Joanns, but I’ll order some things from Amazon or even go thrift shopping!
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Myself. I had an eating disorder for ten years and cosplay has really helped me relearn to love my body and that I am beautiful and perfect in my own way.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
You never know what other people are going through. Cons and cosplay can be a person’s escape from real life, so always be kind and courteous. We have similar interests, so there’s no need to be hateful and rude.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Don’t be afraid. It’s intimidating for sure to start cosplaying, but don’t give up and don’t be afraid if it isn’t 100% accurate or even done or if you have to buy it! There’s no shame. We all started somewhere.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
It’s become both more welcoming and more hateful. The community seems to be helpful than it used to be, with so many tutorials and such online now, but it’s also gotten more hateful as more and more people turn cosplay into a career.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Raiden from Metal Gear Solid. With all his armor, and the moving visor (and all the moving pieces altogether)! He’s actually a goal for Katsu ’18, so here’s to hoping I can knock it out!
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Not really. I buy as I can and try to find sales and such.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay means fun and love. Love for the community and the characters you do, and fun with your friends, old and new, at cons!
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
I don’t believe so. I love it. It makes me happy and I have so much fun, I don’t think anyone or anything can take that from me.
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