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Cosplayer Spotlight – Miss Convertible

Miss Convertible

 

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About Miss Convertible

Name: Janette Bratz
Age: 32
Occupation: Tailor
Location: Dortmund, Germany

 


How did you first get into cosplay?

I am fascinated by pretty costumes since my early childhood. I trained as a tailor and nearly all of my costumes are made by myself. Friends called my attention to conventions.

Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?

I cosplay mostly for fun, but I always welcome little jobs involving cosplay like doing commissions or promotion in costume. I get such job about once in a month.

Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?

All are made by myself. Only a few accessories are brought to complete my outfits.

How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?

Different. Simple cosplays take a day, complex ones take weeks or longer.

What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?

There are many I love, but my favorites are Ariel and Catwoman

What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?

A very well-known cosplayer I didn’t meet personally before, came to me at a convention and told me she was watching my internet activities for a long time and really loves what I do. I felt very honored.

How do you feel about group cosplays?

Great but you have to have the right people for that.

What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?

Lara Croft in armor and Batgirl

What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?

The rivalry seems to be getting too big nowadays. Of course, everybody wants to do the best he or she can about his or her cosplay and that’s good, but don’t forget. Cosplay is for FUN!

What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?

Disney princesses and comic villainesses.

What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?

Sewing and attending conventions

What are your best resources for cosplay materials?

The Dutch fabric market 🙂

What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer? 

To take part in a cosplay competition in front of a big public. I was really nervous ^^°

Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?  

Not yet

What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?

Less stress, more fun!

How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?

Yes. There are better resources and materials than there were ten years ago, we have much more possibilities of how to get our cosplays done, nowadays.

If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?

Toothless from “How to train your dragon”

Do you set a budget for each cosplay?

No, but I always try to make my cosplays as low priced as possible while making it as highly qualified as possible.

What does cosplay mean to you?

Something I can live out my creativity and my crafting skills. And I am so happy to be able to share this hobby with my friends at conventions.

Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?

Yes, clinical death. 😉



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