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About Nova Kyra
You can call me Nova Kyra, I am a cosplayer, model and bikini enthusiast who is based out of central Florida. I have been cosplaying since 2010 and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I had a few friends who were going to Anime Weekend Atlanta that ended up with an extra ticket and they invited me. I’ve always loved video games, anime, and comic books – and I knew if I didn’t dress up I was going to hate myself later. So I went online and bought my very first cosplay…I wore it all three days lol
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
For the most part, I cosplay for fun. I have started entering more costume contests though, to challenge myself. So far I have one a dozen different awards in conventions all over the country. However, if game found me that would be cool too I guess.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
For the most part, I make my own cosplays. However, I have ZERO skill in the armor department. I can not grasp the concept so I stay away. However, I have commissioned props and wig styling before…so I guess I’m a hybrid lol
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Anywhere from 12-120 hours. It really depends on if I am entering something into a costume contest or not.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
Probably New 52 Supergirl. She’s a character that everyone knows and loves – and the number of children who get all excited to see Supergirl gets me every time.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
The best experience was when my husband proposed to me at the end of a costume contest at Nerdacon 2012.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love them. To be able to do something with a group of friends just makes me feel good on the inside. A lot of people prefer to cosplay solo…but the way I see it if you have friends who are willing to be in a group with you- that’s much better than going at it alone.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
So far I am working on Rydia from Final Fantasy 4. It’s very challenging for me as the attention to detail is more than I usually notice. However, this will be the first costume I enter into a “master” category so I want it to look amazing!
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
Unfortunately, there isn’t one answer to that. There is a lot of toxicity in the community. There’s a lot of backstabbing, discrimination, lying, vanity, and trash talking across the board. I’ve seen some of my best friends be torn to tiny little pieces simply because of the color of their skin because they chose to do a “sexy” cosplay because they bought their costume…the list goes on. To be honest, I hate it. I don’t know what the right way to solve it is, but I feel it starts with supporting each other and bringing each other up – rather than tearing them down. Being kind is free. It costs you NOTHING to say one positive thing about someone.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I like sassy girls, outgoing girls, and ladies with a little bit of personality.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
When I finally finish a costume and I walk onto the con floor. That is my favorite part.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I will spend hours looking at photos/screenshots of what I want to make…then I start planning on types of fabric. But it all starts with the screenshots.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
I don’t know if this counts, but my issue is I’m just the “cute” one…I have a lot of friends, lots of people know who I am…but I’m not the sexiest girl in the room and I don’t particularly stand out.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
BUDGET. Put your real life first. Yes, I love cosplaying….but I also own a house, I paid off my student loans before 25 ((not having a job in my field)), I own my car…and, for the most part, I’m a successful adult…however, you have to put your muggle life first. Conventions are great! But no con is worth getting evicted.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Be kind to each other. Always try and compliment someone else.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
It’s more competitive in terms of “likes” and “followers.”
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
I want to make a large and obnoxious ballgown. Something like Charlotte From the Princess and the Frog.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
I try to…but I usually go over it. I buy one piece at a time so sometimes it’s hard.
What does cosplay mean to you?
It’s how I can express my creativity. It also helps me release stress in a healthy way. While some people paint or read or draw…when I’m sewing and creating I feel at peace and it means the world to me.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
I don’t know what else I would fill the void with if I stopped…so I don’t have an answer for that.
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