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About PurrPoison Cosplay
Hi, my name is Erica and I cosplay under PurrPoison Cosplay. I’m 27 years old in North Queensland Australia and I’m a hospitality manager. I’m pretty much just me and you’ll either love me or hate me. I love seeing the enjoyment bringing characters alive gives to people. It’s something that everyone can get involved with no matter their age, size, ethnic background, abilities! everyone is accepted!
How did you first get into cosplay?
I first got into cosplay when my then partner owned a gaming store and I would do promotional stuff for him in the store.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I love to cosplay it’s certainly fun and I genuinely would like to make a career in it but to be honest I’ll just go with the flow.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I prefer to make my costumes but any that I have purchased, I mainly use a base as most of the time I’ve ended up modifying them quite a lot.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Depends on the cosplay and how much detail I go into but can vary from a few hours to a couple of weeks.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
My proudest cosplay would be Poison Ivy as she is my original piece and I made her by hand. As with myself Ivy has grown and changed over the years and I really love the direction I’ve taken with the character.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Most memorable would be when I was doing a promotion dressed as Ariel from The Little Mermaid. I had a little girl run up to me wanting a hug so I crouched down and she was that excited she jumped on top of me and I almost fell over.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I like the idea of group cosplays but am yet to participate in one.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
The final cosplay that I completed for 2017 was Misty from Pokemon, Kanto and orange islands. I also have another in the works which is completely handmade to be finished early 2018 but that’s a secret so hush, hush.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I suppose one of the biggest issues in the cosplay community is the continued over-sexualization of characters.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I don’t have a specific genre as long as the character inspires me or I have a love for the character.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
The creating part. I’m not artistic so I cant draw my ideas down so when it’s in my head and comes through to my creation I get really excited.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
The internet, bunnings, and spotlight.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
I’d have to say it’s doing the very best version of a character that you can and not having to fit in a specific expectation or mold.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
I wouldn’t say I’ve learned any life lessons as such but probably just more about accepting myself and others and the characters they choose and that confidence really does come from within.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Just to have fun and not take anything too seriously. Just remember everyone is unique in their own ways. And it doesn’t matter your size, age or background anyone can be anything.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I feel that it has grown in such amazing ways but am also disappointed at how much negativity there is especially in smaller cosplay communities. I feel that people should be more about building each other up and helping each other out then tearing each other apart.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Ooohhhhh that’s a tough one! One that I’d ultimately love to do is a Twi’lek from Star Wars though.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Nope, I just wing it. I don’t really like having to stick to a budget. But in saying that intend to not go too overboard.
What does cosplay mean to you?
To me, it’s all about bringing characters to life and seeing the enjoyment it brings to people.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
I don’t think so. I’d maybe step back for a bit but never completely stop.
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