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About La Latina Otaku Cosplay
Name: Carmen, Handle: La Latina Otaku Cosplay, Occupation: student, Age:25, Location: Boston MA
How did you first get into cosplay?
My best friend introduced me to the world of cosplay in 2007.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I have been doing it for fun for years, I love making friends and meeting new people through fandoms.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I personally do all 3 lol, if I can make something I try too. If I can alter something I do that too. But I mainly buy online.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
If I buy the costume, I usually make the accessories or props when I have the materials and it can take me about 2 weeks or 3 if the wig needs styling.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
By far lucky Chloe from Tekken7.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
My most memorable experience would have to be from 2013 when I cosplayed Rita Repulsa from Power Rangers. I felt like a celebrity because I was getting stopped for pictures and videos. It took me an hour to get to the food court. My bad experience was when I had a cosplay malfunction for Wedding Peach in 2012. The pauldrons fell apart in the hotel room and I couldn’t wear it at all. I hate malfunctions, lol.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love doing group cosplays with friends, we get so much attention compared to when we cosplay alone.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Atm, I want to work on Himiko toga, since I already styled the wig.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
People getting in to cosplay now think it’s all a beauty contest. Just have fun doing what you love and network.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I’m a sucker for psycho anime girls lol, but I love magical girls, horror games, jrpgs, and action/adventure games. and many things from my childhood that inspired me to cosplay the characters I love and grew up with.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I love photo shoots, whether its a private or public shoot and attending cons.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Joann’s, Home Depot, Lowes, Michaels Arts and Crafts, and cosplaysupplies.com.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
My biggest obstacle was making a corset for the first time for my Esmeralda.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Be yourself, and be cautious with who you shoot with so you are not scammed.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
You may follow or look up to these famous cosplayers, but remember they are human as well, respect them and they will respect you back. And remember have fun if it’s a hobby to you then treat it like it is one it’s not a popularity contest.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
It has changed drastically, when I started cosplaying no one ever thought about making money off it, or making it their full-time job, or making Paterons, or lewds none of that. It was all about having fun and meeting people and make longtime friendships via public photo shoot, private photoshoots were never a thing either. And sadly there is a lot of toxic people and drama in the community, especially when cosplay became mainstream. But if people want to do all that now go right ahead no one is stopping you, you are in charge of your life, and to do what makes you happy.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Ultimecia from Final Fantasy 8.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
If it’s going to be a big costume I do. I usually buy my stuff ahead of time so I have money for the con or not con crunching.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay has been in my life since 2007 and it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me, I feel confident with myself I feel beautiful, and I have made so many awesome friends through cosplay.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
As of right now no, I don’t see myself stopping for a while.
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