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About Candy’s Cosplay and Art
Name: Kira or Candy’s Cosplay and Art
Occupation: Education to become a Nurse
Age: 22 Years
Conventions I visit mostly: Comic-Con (Dortmund, München), Gamescom in Cologne, Weekend of Hell, Japanday Düsseldorf
How did you first get into cosplay?
I was 13 years old when I was obsessed with anime and manga, especially Naruto. My best friend and I watched AMV’s on YouTube and found a cosplay video. That was the moment where we both know, what we have to do next.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
For now I am doing it for fun but I can clearly see it as a stepping stone for a future career. Cosplay not only let me be creative, it also helped me through rough times and helped me a lot with developing my personality through puberty.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
It is different. Most my cosplays are a mix of everything. I prefer doing cosplays on my own but sometimes my skills in sewing and tailor are too inexperienced because I focused a lot on bodypainting/makeup.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
Lilith from Borderlands 2 and the one i am working on at the moment. It is going to be Gamora from the Guardians of the Galaxy with a big dress (Dinner/Date version)
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
My most memorable experience as cosplayer was when my best friend and I became a compliment for our TWD-partner cosplay on Comic-Con from Laurie Holden (Andrea from The Walking Dead). She stopped signing to show her love to our work.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love group cosplays. More people from the same show/movie/manga/anime always make fun and you can do a lot of cool and funny pictures.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Gamora Dinner Version. Last cosplay for 2017.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
Body shaming. Sad but true, in our community it is a big issue. You don’t need to be skinny to cosplay a thin character. The best part of cosplay is loving what you do, to wear what you feel comfortable with, having fun, meeting new people and perform the character you cosplay to your personal character. There is always too much body shaming, especially on the internet.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I am mostly inspired by strong, badass females in science-fiction movies/shows. Of course, I would also cosplay male characters but I could identify myself more in characters like Mystique from X-Men, Gamora from GOTG, Michonne or Beth from The Walking Dead, Black Widow from Avengers etc.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
My favourite part of cosplay is doing the makeup and receive some reactions to it. I would love to work as makeup artist someday so if something has to be perfect in my cosplay, it needs to be the makeup or bodypainting.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Definitely the issue with darkening your skin for cosplay and the backlash.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Yes, I have. I have learned to be myself no matter what happens. I smurf in so many roles but the best role I can be is myself and that no one can destroy my self-confidence. I learned to handle bad comments from bored people on the train or wherever you are. I got stronger to it.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Just do whatever you want. Do the cosplay you want and rock the next convention or photoshoot!
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
Every community changes over the time and I am still with the opinion, that the cosplay community is the best of all.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
That is a good question because there would be a lot of cosplays I favourite for this. But I think it would be a remake of my Mystique with new skills and no money or time factor.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
No. It is always expensive at the end because sometimes the piece I bought first don’t fit and I need to buy a new/ another one.
What does cosplay mean to you?
My life. Every stress I had, every fight I had, every bad day I had is gone when I start working on my cosplay/makeup. It’s the compensation to my daily work and the daily problems we have everyone.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
My family and the people I love. If they would suffer just one minute under it I would stop. If they would need my help and that would mean I would not have any time for cosplay, I would stop cosplaying.
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- Markus Zidorn mostly took pictures of my Cosplays. He is an Hobby Photographer and I just love every work from him.
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