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About Skarlet Cosplay
My name is Sonia, I live in Italy, Verona. I’m 25 years old and I work as seamstress! <3 Nice to meet you! <3
How did you first get into cosplay?
Thanks for the interview! Sorry for my English but I always been bad to learn languages XD, I’ll make my best! I started to get in this world in 2009. My middle school friend introduced me to this world and I started to read comics (I was already playing video games) and go to conventions. But I seriously started to make costumes four years ago.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I see a future career in this world. I’ve studied tailoring and actually I take cosplay commissions and not only! I’m working on my personal Etsy Shop and I can’t wait to open it!
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I usually prefer to make costumes from my self but I always ask for someone else for wigs! Actually, I’m not able to make them!
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Depends on the difficulty of the work! I usually take one month!
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
I’m very fond of Karma from League of Legends but I think my favorite is Tarecgosa from World of Warcraft!
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Sincerely, I don’t have one in particular! My friends make my cosplay experience so good!
How do you feel about group cosplays?
Cosplay groups and community has become really bad and sometimes it’s hard to read some critiques. But the only important thing is what you think about yourself and don’t allow to anyone else to say who you are. Surround yourself with friends and go ahead, always!
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Ahahaha it’s a hard question! I always decide what to do when I wake up in the Morning, I will make same with my costumes! Actually, I’m working on various commissions, so I put them above all!
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
What divides most cosplayers are envy and insecurity. I believe the Internet has fomented the ego of many people, who they have flattered themselves too much. They have lost sight of what is most important and I don’t mean just the fun. I have seen lots of friendships ending because of these motivations an that is so sad
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I have always been inspired by female warriors! I’m approaching with princesses but I prefer armored girls!
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
My favourite part of the creation of a cosplay are the final touches on the costume while for the armors I like the painting part. The most critic and yet magic moment of the whole process is when everything is finished and the last task is try everything on!. XD
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I usually buy on Internet (Aliexpress, CosplayM, eBay, Amazon, Tessuti.com etc)
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Probably, insecurity. I didn’t love my self so much!
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
I have surely learned a lot from cosplay starting from the fact that you really can’t love others if you don’t learn loving yourself first. Wearing a costume doesn’t mean hiding but express many sides of our own personality and spread creativity.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
I don’t really have one, but recently I have seen many people doing cosplay just aiming for fame, not really for their own pleasure or fun. My piece of advice for who wants to start is: Celebrity must not be the one and the only target, it might be an effect, at most. The only thing that has to speak for you and guide you is passion.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I honestly don’t care much about the community. I am sorry to see some changes, social media have surely made worse some factors of it but I am not worried, sincerely. Life doesn’t turn around this environment. Priorities are health, friends, passion, work…everything else is secondary!
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Sincerely? I don’t know yet!
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
What does cosplay mean to you?
To me cosplay means creativity, it’s a challenge and it puts ourselves to the test. It also means taking care of our physical and emotional self.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Time and age will surely make me quit cosplay, one day. In my future, I would like dedicating myself to other fields and sew costumes for other sectors.
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