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About Teas Cosplay
Hello everyone! My name is Astrid aka Teas Cosplay, I’m 27 years old and I live in France. I am an administrative employee in a garage, which is convenient to have the equipment or advice from colleagues. I am also the “mom” of a cute chihuahua, Irya! I am also a lover of Disney and tattoos. I hope to make new friends!
How did you first get into cosplay?
I knew cosplay on the internet but I started to enter this world with Facebook
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I cosplay just for the fun. I don’t think I can make a career with this. But why not?
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
For some cosplay that I prefer to buy (because I just want to have a good time with friends …) but in general, I prefer to do it myself, look for my fabrics, and other supplies
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Sometimes, for a simple cosplay, between 2 at 3 hours. But other, for cosplay more important, 5 hours per day for many weeks/month
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
For the moment, my favorite cosplay is Megara, design by Hannah Alexander
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
My most positive experience, it was this year when a cosplayer that I admire took a photo of me and told me that I did a good job!
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I have different feelings. I think it’s great, more fun, more encouraging, but sometimes I feel like an obligation, I’m afraid to make a mistake, to miss my cosplay
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I can’t finish this year, but I’m working on Ali Rose, of the movie “Burlesque” (with Cher and Christina Aguilera) during the song “I’m a good girl”
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
For me, this is the point of view. For some, it is a pleasure, and others as a competition. Buy a cosplay or do it yourself. The resemblance to the character (such as skin color, corpulence) is important for some to the point of criticizing the work of a cosplayer if it is not present. And jealousy I think, people are not objective
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Different types of characters inspire me. There are Disney princess, magical girl, characters that I love since I was a child.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I have 3 favorite part (so difficult to choose only one)
– Shopping fabrics, supplies…
– And conventions
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I find many on Internet (eBay, Aliexpress, Etsy, Arda Wigs, Wigisfashion and other shops…), a shop too in my city for worbla, sewing thread, and on Paris or sud of France for some fabric
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Learn how to manage a sewing machine, and make better finishes, yes especially this point!
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Maybe patience, control of myself, and win against shyness
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Take a project that you really care about. It’s much more encouraging and a real pleasure when you wear it once finished.
Do not hesitate to inquire to learn a new technique, ask for help from other cosplayers, an opinion. There is a lot of tutorials on the internet, as much use it. And it is by experimenting, by making mistakes that we learn and improve.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
Since 2014, I have not seen a big change, or at least in France.
After all, I could call change is that we’re talking a lot more about “cosplay for all”, and “cosplay not consent”
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
It’s hard to say. Maybe a new version of Princess Serenity (SailorMoon) or Belle (it’s my favorite princess) or make a mermaid tail silicone!
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Not really. It’s following the cosplay, the character, but in general, I try to be careful
What does cosplay mean to you?
For me, cosplay is a way of living a lot of my passions: I loved the theater, disguised myself. As a child, my dream was to become a stylist. With cosplay, I feel like I combine everything
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
No nothing. Slow down maybe, because of personal projects, but not stop
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