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About Cheerytearyemiri Cosplay
My name is Emily and I work full time at a grocery store, I’m 23 years old, I live in Michigan, and I’m currently in college full time. I’ve been to over 70 conventions and co-founded a convention while I was still in High School with a few of my friends. I’ve staffed dozens of conventions as well and also make AMVs when I’m not at work or in college.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I was bullied for many years and when I discovered the Anime Club in High School I overheard a few people talking about conventions and I figured I’d give them a try. I’m glad I did! I can’t imagine my life without cosplay.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
Cosplay is always fun for me but it’s also something I’m extremely passionate about which is why I’d love to start commissioning costumes/props and hopefully make a career out of it.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I’ve bought a few from friends, made some from scratch and also bought a cosplay and had to fix it up entirely. All of the above!
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
I’ve spent as little as weeks and spent as much as a few months on one project. It definitely took me a long time to finish my Legolas cosplay props!
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
I’ve enjoyed all my cosplays I’ve done so far. My two favorites are Haru from Tsuritama and Legolas from Lord of The Rings.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
My first convention was in 2010 and I cosplayed as Eureka from Eureka Seven. I was so nervous because I knew my cosplay was just a total mess- the outfit was one size too large, the wig wasn’t styled correctly, and my boots were a pair of white flats and white crew socks underneath. Once I walked through the front entrance to the convention I saw dozens of people walking around in such intricate cosplays, I immediately thought I looked terrible and became extremely self-conscious. Throughout the convention, I had dozens of people ask for pictures and tell me how awesome I looked and it boosted my confidence so much that it actually left me in tears at the end of the convention because I didn’t want to leave. It was my first convention experience and the reason why I keep cosplaying.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I LOVE THEM! I keep trying to get groups together but plans change and sometimes they fall apart. It’s fine, I’m just jealous of all the group cosplays I see. I want my own too!
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Babydoll from Suckerpunch, I’m improving my Supergirl cosplay, Felix from Re:zero, and a surprise Pokemon armor cosplay.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
Recently there has been a ton of cosplay shaming going on which has happened to me a lot because of my small chest. People have commented saying I should get implants if I tried cosplaying busty characters otherwise I shouldn’t even try. Which is extremely offensive! I’m not about cosplay shaming at all. I think everyone can cosplay and every cosplay is supposed to be a personal interpretation of a character.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Personally, I like a huge variety of characters! I used to cosplay cute sassy characters, but I’ve also cosplayed as male characters. I don’t like to stick to just one genre.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I spend days just researching items for cosplays and when they come in that’s the best part for me. I enjoy putting everything together and sewing cosplays but when everything arrives it’s the best feeling.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Usually, it’s whatever I find around the house and if I can’t find anything it’s a trip to JoAnn’s.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
My biggest obstacle is my own fear of failing and looking my worst. I always have this fear of everything falling apart at conventions which is why whenever something does I bring a huge kit with all the supplies I’d need to fix my cosplays as fast and accurately as possible. I’ve mostly overcome my own fear of just going to conventions and becoming more confident in my skills.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Life lessons are to not spend all my money on cosplay and try and limit myself to a few cosplays a year. I’ve spent more than my fair share on just supplies alone.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
I think it would be to bring supplies to conventions even if you don’t expect it to break, it still might break.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
There are always new shows and animes coming out so of course, the community is always changing.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
I would love to put together a full armor cosplay and cosplay every single character from Lord of the Rings- hobbit, man, elf, dwarf, and wizard. All of them.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Yes, I try and stay under $200 for each cosplay.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay means everything to me, it’s my whole life. I’ve met most of my friends through cosplaying and going to conventions and I can honestly say without cosplay I would not be who I am today.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
If I couldn’t cosplay new characters I would just fix up all my old cosplays. So I can’t say there is anything that would stop me from cosplaying!
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