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About Annie Seixas Cosplay
Hello, my name is Dayanne, but people call me just by my nickname Annie, I’m 25 years old and living in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. I’m just a student and cosplayer. I like to eat, WOW! I love spicy food, and I can’t eat salty or sweet separately, I always pick up a salty or sweet cookie together. My favorite food is sushi! I love games, I even consider myself a “gamer”. I love chocolate too, like everyone, but I’m a bit shy, but I let myself loose enough when people are kind and I’m quite the talkative person, I love meeting new people and I hope from the deep of my heart that your readers like me!
How did you first get into cosplay?
I was still very young when I started watching anime, reading manga since then I have been falling in love with this world, for the characters from the funniest to the most serious. But I still didn’t know anything about cosplay, until someday I started going to conventions in my town, where I found out I could dress as my favorite characters and thought to myself: “AWESOME!” some years later, I decided to put on my first cosplay, which was Sakura from SCC, followed by Saori Kido from Saint Seiya and now they are SO many!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I do cosplay for fun but if it can be a stepping stone for a future career in modeling could be nice. I think one thing connects the other, but what really makes me happy about cosplay is the power to see the joy in peoples faces (boys, girls, kids, adults and elderly). See them all happy in a convention feels my heart with joy and happiness!
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
Some of them I did from the scratch, while others I bought some stuff from the internet. Saori’s dress was totally sewn by me, and Sakura’s cosplay I had to do some adjustments, so it depends on the cosplay.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Athena’s armor is in process for more than a year, and it’s definitely been the most complicated to finish due to the amount of details and the difficulty on that cosplay, the dress was my first job as a cosplayer too, so I do believe its complicated, I messed up a few times before I get the result I wanted and I really liked!
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
Hm… Saori Kido, Definitely! She ended up teaching me a lot of stuff in the cosplay field.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
A bad memory: From the time I participated in my city and one of the jury didn’t like me (I don’t know why) so she scratched off my name from the list and all the other jury’s declassified me.
A very good memory: Every time I see people laughing with me, asking for an autograph in a picture, or complimenting and saying I totally look like some character, that always feels me with joy! Seeing happy people makes myself happy!
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love it! I find it really fun and interactive, I’m crazy to start cosplaying in a pair, and that’s not far from happening! I imagine how it must feel like to walk into someplace where all your friends/boyfriend/girlfriend are beside you to cause that impact! I really dig that idea!
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Hm…I do want to finish 2B from Nier: automata, Athena’s armor, and Rogue from x-men, also Ciri and Yennefer from the Witcher 3! I hope it all goes well and finished within a month!
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
People fighting over fame in the cosplay community is really bad and I think people shouldn’t hassle over that futile.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I like a little bit of everything! I like the cute ones, the more sexy ones, funny, shy, horror, comedy, romance, so… I’m quite eclectic!
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I love all parts of it, even though some of them leave me a little bit frustrated when I can’t get it right, I try to achieve perfection, for so, I study everything about the characters I’m making.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Cloth and EVA/foam!
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Shyness. I was really REALLY shy and I had to overcome that to get up on the stage and parade, where there were lots of people staring at me! Taking pictures also helps, so since I started doing cosplay my shyness has been put aside!
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
The lessons were: Not everyone out there wants you good, while some people wanna see the best of you, you just can’t trust anyone. But there are a few people you can thrust your whole life with, and I do believe it’s like anywhere else: there are good sides and bad sides, you just have to choose which way you want to go.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Do something that identifies you! Doing cosplay just because it’s the hotspot will make your joy go away very easily! Then do some character you really love, identify your personality, study it, run after it and all will go well in the end!
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I’ve been a cosplayer for a very short period of time, but I used to attend at cons a long time ago and the people were really communicative, and today it’s becoming even more communicative and I really like that! It makes me feel comfortable like that.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Queen Esther’s white dress from Trinity Blood! I would spend about 33000 reais to make her and it’s really rich and full of embroidery, and the clothing is basically made by you!
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
No, I just simply stop and think if I wanna do it yes or not, if so, I just go over all the process and start making stuff, even if I quiet slow or super fast, that’s how I like it, if I stop to think about how much I am going to spend I will end up giving up the cosplay on the middle of the way and I don’t like to give up my objectives!
What does cosplay mean to you?
It means good stuff, the best stuff, where I met some wonderful people, I lost my shyness thanks to cosplay, and now it suddenly represents love, friendship, caring, determination and overcome!
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
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