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About Remy Domino Cosplay
Remy Domino is an award-winning cosplayer from New Orleans with over 12 years of cosplaying under her belt. After attending her first con back in grade school and marveling at all her favorite characters coming to life she knew she could never attend a convention without a cosplay ever again! A promise to herself she has kept ever since.
Entirely self-taught, she started off with sewing back in 2005 and over the years she worked up to learning advanced techniques with a specific focus on the use of thermoplastics, foam, and advanced painting techniques. (Worbla is her absolute favorite!) Over time she gained the confidence to compete with her creations and present panels on all she learned. She hasn’t looked back since and has established herself as a firm member of the cosplay community.
Remy is always looking to learn something new and try out new materials, each character presenting a special challenge and a new opportunity. Her craftsmanship and creations have developed over the years into a cosplay style of her own as she continued to draw inspiration from comics, anime and video games. She especially enjoys reinterpreting male characters into original female designs which still keep the heart and essence of the character and she also loves combining different versions of a character into unique new designs. This creative style of cosplaying has become her signature move!
When Remy’s not living the cosplay life, she works as a practicing attorney (just like Daredevil!) Somehow she still finds time to do it all! Her cosplay dreams are to one day attend the World Cosplay Summit and to compete at New York Comic-Con.
How did you first get into cosplay?
My friends! In particular, I had a friend who’s sister was big into fashion design. They taught me to sew and it kinda snowballed from there!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
For funsies, but if I could make a career out of it I would go for it in a heartbeat. I genuinely love the craft.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I usually make everything myself. For me, the crafting of the thing is half the fun, especially because I like to compete! I’ve bought and altered stuff for non-competition cosplays though, no shame in that!
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Depends on how complicated the character is. Generally 2-5 months. I work full time, it’s hard to fit it all in.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
Probably Lady Loki! There’s nothing more fun than being the mistress of mischief at a con lol!
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
It’s hard to decide! Probably the first time I competed on my own after having been out of the community for a few years. Lady Loki was a labor of love and it meant a lot to me that people reacted so positively to me when I didn’t know anyone there. The people I met that day are now lifelong friends.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I think they can be difficult to get everyone organized and actually done on time but when the stars aline and it works out they’re the most fun you’ll have at a con! It’s all about being with your friends after all!
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I just finished Noctis from FFXV and I’m about to start a gender bend Bakugo Katsuki from My Hero Academia. I might also have Lightning from FFXIII in the works later this year.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I think body positivity and elitism are problems but there’s been a great movement towards bringing people up from the downs. Cosplay is for everyone.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I like all the nerd things! Video games, comic books, and anime are all influences. Lately, I’m going through a Final Fantasy stage lol.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Definitely attending cons, but making the cosplay is a close second. I love debuting a new cosplay and getting to see all my friends. There’s a lot of people I only get to see at cons so it means so much to me to get to spend time with them and show off all the stuff we’ve been working on.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
TNT Cosplay Supply and CosplaySupplies.com are life savers. I also show local fabric stores and when I’m traveling I’m always on the lookout for a place to investigate for new materials.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Self-esteem for sure. It takes a lot to put yourself out there. You gotta just go for it.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
I’ve learned to be confident in myself and to have patience with people. I find it easy to talk to just about anyone now since I have so much experience gushing over our favorite fandoms with total strangers. It’s given me the confidence to just be who I really am.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Cosplay the character you want to be! Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t because you don’t look like the character or because they want you to be someone else in a group. Cosplay is for you to enjoy! You do you!
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I’ve been doing this a long time lol. Cosplay is way more mainstream than it used to be. There’s a social acceptance that has developed, non-nerds and cosplayers actually have respect for the craft now which is awesome. There’s also SO MUCH out there now for materials and tutorials we just didn’t have 10 years ago. It’s awesome!
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Oh man, I’d love to do an Oswald and Gwendolyn group from Odin Sphere. It’s obscure, but I really love that game and the characters are beautiful.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Not usually. I tend to buy things as I need them so it’s hard to keep track of what I’m spending. I also have so much accumulated over the years that a lot of the time I have chunks of what I’ll need already in the closet. Yay for keeping literally everything!
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay is about friendship and crafting to me. We work together to bring each other up, constantly teaching and learning from one another. Work hard to look fabulous and play hard. I have so many amazing friends I would never have met if not for cosplay. It’s absolutely worth it!
How do you see the cosplay community 10 years from now?
Bigger and better! The movie costumers of tomorrow will all have started as cosplayers!
What is your favorite con to attend?
MechaCon! It’s my local con and all my besties attend. It’s wild!
Is there another cosplayer who inspires you or is your role model?
Kamui cosplay! I love her tutorials and her cosplays are beautiful!
Do you consider yourself an inspiration to other cosplayers?
I don’t know, I hope so! I try to help anyone who asks!
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
Call out and make eye contact to get our attention and then just ask! I’ll hardly ever say no unless I’m late for something and can’t stop. Please don’t touch without asking permission first. Many cosplays have fragile pieces on them that could be damaged. Just be polite!
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
I’m really approachable! Please come talk to me!
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Nope! I will always find a way!
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