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About White Knight Cosplay
I am a 46-year-old cosplayer, costumer, prop maker, model and public speaker. I am out of Anderson, South Carolina. I teach classes on sewing, costume making, prop making, and building self-esteem through cosplay. I also have teamed up with Ghost River Photography to create the League of Extraordinary Children, a project that turns special need children into the superheroes that we know them to be.
How did you first get into cosplay?
My husband is a huge comic book collector and when we went to our first convention, I was fascinated by all the fantastic costumes. With a background in theatre and costuming, I was instantly hooked!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I definitely do it for fun first and foremost, but it has blossomed into a character and costuming business.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
Predominately I make them from scratch, but occasionally I will purchase components of the costume.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
That varies so much with each costume. I’ve had some that I can knock out in a few days in the workshop and others that have taken me months of steady work. I am usually working on several costumes at once, so time spent is hard to gauge. I spend most of my spare time working on costumes.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
Snake Armor She-Ra. She was my first costume with extensive armor and it was a great challenge.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
When I was dressed as Xena, I had a little five-year-old boy absolutely speechless and unable to come and talk to me because he was sure I was the real Xena and was totally starstruck. He and his mom watched Xena together and it was his favorite show!
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I think they are great if you have some reliable cosplayers in the group. Often group cosplays fall apart because some cosplayers will bail and not do their part. But I have had so much fun working with some awesome cosplayers on group projects. Building props, picking out coordinating fabrics together and encouraging each other has been a great experience.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Mother Gothel from Tangled, Poison Ivy, Phoenix ball gown and perhaps another armored costume.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I think that those that criticize and put down cosplayers are a problem. Most of my work is about encouraging others and I get frustrated seeing others who are tearing them down.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I love strong, warrior women that still maintain their femininity.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
My favorite part of the process is the creative process of designing the costume and deciding what materials to use.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I have a great fabric warehouse locally, All About Fabrics, that is only open one weekend a month, but has fabulous fabrics at a great price. It’s my starting place when I begin a new project.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
My own limitations. When I started, I didn’t think I was young enough, attractive enough, talented enough, etc to do this. Once I got out of my own way and just jumped in and did it, it all came together and has been a great journey.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
To keep challenging myself. Each costume has a new challenge, a new skill that I want to learn. It keeps me growing as a cosplayer.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Have Fun!! If you are not having fun, find out why and make the changes you need to so that it is fun again.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I do. I think more and more cosplayers are looking to cosplay as a get-famous/get rich quick plan and they are missing out on the what made them get into cosplay in the first place.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Armored Hawkgirl from Infinite Crisis
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Not usually. I try to find my materials as inexpensively as I can, but if a costume is expensive, I will spread the expense out and just take a little longer to create the costume.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay is a creative outlet that allows me to connect and encourage others. It is also a great way to build confidence and lift up the community.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
If I stopped loving what I do.
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