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About Heresetai Cosplay
My name is Therese, but I go by Heresetai most places online. I’m 31, from Norway, and I work as a librarian.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I got into cosplay through friends. I had several friends who cosplayed, and after having watched them do it for a while, I eventually decided that I wanted to try it as well, and I loved it!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I mainly cosplay for fun. While I’m sure it would be amazing to work with cosplay full time and have it as a career, I don’t know if I have the drive or motivation to go for that personally. It is a lot of work. I truly admire the ones who do though!
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
Depending on the cosplay, I either make them from scratch, buy or hybrid. Sometimes I want to spend a lot of time on a cosplay, learn new techniques and get everything as screen accurate as possible. That’s when I make everything from scratch. But other times I just want something simple and easy and don’t want to spend months working on it, and that’s when I either do a hybrid or buy it/use what I already have.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
That really depends on the cosplay. Some cosplays are quite easy, while others are very detailed and complicated. I can spend between a week and several months.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
First of all, I’m very proud of all of my cosplays. I spend a lot of time on them, and I truly like them all. That being said, my favorite cosplay tends to be the last one I made, and it’s no exception at the moment. My last cosplay is season 7 Sansa from Game of Thrones, and I love it.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
My most memorable experience happened just a few weeks ago. I competed in a cosplay competition in Norway, and I won. That was amazing enough in itself, but by winning, I also qualified for the Nordic Cosplay Championship (NCC), which has been a dream of mine for a couple of years. I’m very, very happy and excited about that!
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love group cosplays! There is nothing quite as fun as a bunch of nerds getting together in cosplay and geeking out over the same thing.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I will probably only make one more cosplay in 2017, and that will be Amanda from Dream Daddy. But I’m also researching and buying things for my NCC cosplay next year, which will be Glinda in her bubble dress from Wicked the musical.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I feel like insecurity is a big issue in the cosplay community. Our community tends to attract people who are different and don’t fit the square mold of the rest of society. While that is a wonderful thing, we often bring insecurities with us, because we might have been bullied or left out because of being different (I speak from experience). Those insecurities sometimes lead to misunderstandings and jealousy between cosplayers, which I find very sad.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I usually go for strong female characters with an interesting personality and story. It’s very important to me to connect with the character somehow because I love the play part of cosplay so much.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
All of those things have great appeal in their separate ways. I’m quite fond of researching though, and I love going to a con with a new costume – especially if I get to be on stage with it.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Local shops mostly for fabrics and online websites for other stuff. I use eBay quite a lot!
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
My own insecurities, to be honest. In the beginning, I was struggling a lot with thoughts of inadequacy, but also thoughts of jealousy towards other cosplayers who I felt were better than me. That was something I just needed to work through. The more people I got to know in the community though, and the more I worked on my own skills, the more confident I became in myself and my work.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Don’t push yourself too hard and focus on having fun! At one point I became very absorbed in cosplay and the need to be “perfect”, which only ended up with me crashing and burning and going into a depression followed by a period of me not wanting to cosplay. Trust me, it wasn’t worth it. Please take care of yourself.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
When you plan your cosplays, plan for them to be finished before you actually need them to be finished. That way, if anything goes wrong, you’ll have time to fix it without losing any sleep or going crazy.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I think the biggest change I have seen, is the growth of the community and the general acceptance from people outside of the community. Cosplay has suddenly become cool and something that’s interesting, not just something weird that a bunch of freaks do.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
My dream cosplay has for years been Glinda’s bubble dress from Wicked the musical, and I’m going to make that next year! So I guess I need to find a new dream cosplay now.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Not really, but in general I try to keep things as cheap as possible.
What does cosplay mean to you?
To me, cosplay means to have fun with friends. When I cosplay, I always have the time of my life, and I make so many memories with my friends. I have also met many new wonderful people through cosplay, and I’m so thankful for that.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Financial issues. Cosplay is not cheap, and I would never sacrifice my personal economy for cosplay. Also, if it ever stops being fun. I don’t want to cosplay if I’m not having fun.
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