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About Melissa Pearce Cosplay
My name is Melissa Pearce, I am a Canadian cosplayer and a creative soul. When I am not cosplaying I work as a Marketing Manager for a teeth whitening supply company.
How did you first get into cosplay?
My boyfriend brought me to a Cosplay Convention called Anime North in Toronto. I was blown away because I had never seen or heard of Cosplay before. I couldn’t wait to get evolved with this new community I had discovered!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I started off by doing it for fun, but I know this niche is only going to get bigger and bigger. I have done a few gigs to make money from cosplaying. Ideally, I would like to make a career out of it because there is so much potential for this industry.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I prefer creating my cosplay from scratch. I have always been a very creative person and enjoy learning new techniques and pushing myself to perfect my craft. But I have purchased a few costumes before, such as body suits. I believe creating cosplay’s isn’t for everyone, I don’ t think there is anything wrong with buying it or having someone else make it for you. Cosplay is for fun and for everyone!
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
For every new cosplay I make, it seems I spend more time and energy on it. For example, the last costume I created took around 2 and a half months because I put more effort into it.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
My most memorable experience was when I created my Wonder Woman costume. It was my first time using worbla, I was so proud of how it turned out. I wore it to the convention ConBravo in Hamilton and made it on the front page of the newspaper! All my hard work paid off, I was happy that my costume made an impact after all the hours I put into it.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I usually work solo, but would be interested in doing a group cosplay in the future.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I prefer not to disclose my upcoming cosplays, as I usually tend to change my mind. …But stay tuned for lots of armor!
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I’m tired of people creating boundaries for people to follow based off of what is “normal” or “okay”. Anyone can cosplay anything they like. I don’t care what color the person is, what age, what they look like, what gender they are, if they made or purchased the costume, etc. Let people be who they want to be and don’t pass judgment. Cosplay is about having fun so let’s keep it that way.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I tend to choose badass video game vixens! But I also love comic book characters as well, DC and Marvel!
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
My favorite part is putting the finished costume on after all the hard work spent creating it. That’s the moment really embody the representation of a character.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I prefer purchasing materials from nearby stores, I love supporting small local businesses. Thrift stores and dollar stores have a lot of helpful items and materials that can be used for low prices. But there is always Amazon if you can’t find everything you are looking for!
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Personally, my biggest obstacle has been my mindset. Before cosplay I wasn’t the most confident person, cosplay has really brought me out of my shell and comfort zone. It has changed the way I think about myself and the skills I possess. I don’t care what people think about me anymore. Confidence is key if you don’t believe in yourself nobody will.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Do what you love and always put your happiness first. Life is too short to be worrying about others judgment and opinions. Dress up however you want, travel the world, meet new people and live your life to the fullest every day.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Never stop learning, watch lots of tutorials. Become the best you can with whatever resources you have.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I am fairly new to the Cosplay community so I don’t have much input for this topic. As far as I know, Cosplay is becoming more mainstream and accepted more openly now.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Hmmm…. this is a tough one. I would have to say Alexstrasza from World of Warcraft, also a D.VA Meka would be pretty sweet!
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
No… I probably should but I usually just buy whatever items I want to make my cosplays.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Costume play, being anything you want, meeting friends, traveling to conventions and having fun!
How do you see the cosplay community 10 years from now?
I think the cosplay community is only getting bigger and more popular. 10 years from now it will probably be 10x bigger! I believe a lot more people will be accepting of this community.
What is your favorite con to attend?
Is there another cosplayer who inspires you or is your role model?
Yaya Han is such a great role model. She is so talented at what she does and knows how to market her business. Also, Jessica Nigri is one of my favorites, I mean she’s gorgeous and hilarious how could you not love her?
Do you consider yourself an inspiration to other cosplayers?
I do consider myself an inspiration, considering the short time span I have been cosplaying, I have taught myself so much and have progressed a lot.
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
Ask politely if they are free to take photos, be patient and friendly.
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
I really love meeting new people, if you ever see me at a convention please come up and say hello!
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
At this point in time, there isn’t anything that would make me stop cosplaying. It’s a strong passion of mine and I love it!
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