Cosplayer Spotlight – Tanysa Cosplay


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About Tanysa Cosplay

My name is Gaëlle Clément, and my cosplay name is Tanysa. I’m 31 years old, I’m married and have a son, and I live in Switzerland. I was trained as a cabinetmaker and I currently teach manual work in secondary school. I love playing World of Warcraft and other games, even though I don’t have that much time anymore. I’m not very fluent in English so I apologize in advance for my mistakes.


Sylvanas from Heroes of the Storm

How did you first get into cosplay?

I always liked seeing cosplays during conventions and events, but I always found something to criticize. But I told myself that I shouldn’t criticize something without trying it. So in 2012 I made my first cosplay and went on stage. I loved it, I stopped criticizing and I kept going on stage.

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

I do it for fun.

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

I prefer making them from scratch

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

I take about 4 months for each cosplay

What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?

My orc from World of Warcraft

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

The first time I was cosplaying during a convention, people were always looking at me, stopping me to take some pictures and I really didn’t understand why at that moment. It felt like I was some kind of star and I really enjoyed it.

How do you feel about group cosplays?

It’s really cool, there is a lot of expertise sharing, human sharing, and mutual aid.

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

I’m currently working on two cosplays, Camilla from the video game Fire Emblem, and a Raving Rabbids from the video game Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle

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

In Switzerland, there is a real community based on mutual aid, so I don’t really see any issues that could divide that community. The one thing that could be an issue for me would be if someone were taking credits for a cosplay they didn’t do. But luckily it’s not the case here.

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

Video Games and armors. The characters need to be badass too.

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

My favorite part is crafting the cosplay

What are your best resources for cosplay materials?

Worbla for the armors. Wood and isolation foam for the weapons.

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

I’m quite claustrophobic, so it was quite difficult when I had to put on cosplay with masks and such.

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

It’s better not to criticize something we don’t know because we cannot necessarily appreciate the time spent on crafting a cosplay, no matter what the final result is. It is really important to respect each other’s work

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

It’s a big community, so one must know how to share and help others because we are all here with the same passion

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

I started doing some cosplays only 5 years ago, so the only evolution I could see was that over time, cosplays are becoming more and more beautiful, more and more well made.

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

I always give myself the means to craft the cosplays that I want to do, so I don’t have that issue

Do you set a budget for each cosplay?

No, I don’t

What does cosplay mean to you?

A fun moment, a moment of escape from everyday life

Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?

Right now, nothing really

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