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About Bamzy Cosplay
I’m Bamzy, a 24-year-old Cosplayer from Toronto Canada! I’m a mechanic by day and a cosplay crafter by night!
How did you first get into cosplay?
Attended my first con in 2008 and seeing all the people dressed up, loving life and becoming their favorite characters brought me so much joy, I knew I had to partake the following year
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
It’s just a Hobby for me. Yes, I make a small income from my Patreon, but all funds made through my cosplaying goes right back into the hobby!
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
A good mix of all! Sewing is my weakness, so I’m not afraid to purchase and alter an existing costume/ piece or commission the more detailed stuff from others I know are fantastic with a sewing machine. But armor and props are my passion to build!
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Depends on the build! Some small stuff can be a few days, and the big armor builds can take 2 months give or take
What is your favorite cosplay you have done so far?
My Blastoise Armour Gijinka is my favorite costume to date. The costume was designed for me by a friend, and I made the entire costume. Seeing everyone reactions to it each time I wear it or post pics online.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Easy. Colossal Con 2016, the Friday evening my now Husband proposed during our Overwatch cosplay shoot. My photographer was in on it and what started out as our routine photo shoot turned into the most memorable con moment for me. He caught everything on camera, and friends hiding around the corner got it all on video. An amazing moment caught forever.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love them. Sometimes its hard to get a large scale group together but when its possible, and everyone is standing all in a row in the costumes we all slaved for weeks over, it is so rewarding.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I do not have any more builds as of right now. Just finished my Death Wing build that took 2 months so I am on a mini craft break. All the next few outfits ill be shooting are older costumes or new ones sponsored to me!
What issues do you see as being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I’d say where people stand on lewd costumes as of late. I think anyone can do what they want with their body and share it. If putting on a wig and Lingerie is your way to cosplay. Do it. If wearing full fursuits is how you cosplay. Do it. My motto in life is, do what you want, just don’t be an asshole! haha
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Video games and Anime are the biggest drives of my cosplays. Usually, strong women figures or designs with armor and large props have my attention
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I love walking onto the con floor for the first time and seeing everyone react to all your effort and work with a new costume and Photo shoots are a big part of my enjoyment with this hobby because it lets me really channel the character in the shots.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I swear by my EVA foam, Heat gun. If it can be made of foam, I will make it lol TNT cosplay supplies, and cosplaysupplies.com are my go to!
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Really, my own confidence. Cosplay has really helped me become more confident in my physical appearance, as well as feel finally accepted in a community, that I’m just another weirdo in a world of weirdos that love what I love and that it is really not weird at all!
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it at all. The world can be very toxic and un-accepting. Finding these small gems of communities where one can finally feel accepted is very rewarding and comforting for some people. It is sad that even within these groups people still put each other down when we should be uplifting each other and celebrating together
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Cosplay what you want. Don’t let size, race, gender or anything or anyone tell you that you cant ‘pull it off’
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
With social media being a thing and now whats called Cosfame, people have been obsessing over following numbers. we all get caught up in it, but we can’t let that define us as good or bad cosplayers.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Id love to do a fully armored Samus from Metroid that lights up and makes noises!
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Yup! I think it is important to do that with every costume! But always budget for mishaps because they always happen, especially during last minute con crunch
What does cosplay mean to you?
Its just my passion and hobby that gives me something to look forward to throughout the year
How do you see the cosplay community 10 years from now?
I’m really not sure. Its changed so much since I started in the community 10 years ago, it will only continue to grow and change.
What is your favorite con to attend?
Colossal Con in Ohio!
Is there another cosplayer who inspires you or is your role model?
Kamui Cosplay is my Armor and prop Sensei. Her tutorials and books have helped me grow so much with my craftsmanship
Do you consider yourself an inspiration to other cosplayers?
I think I am from some of the kind words I’ve been shared with by those who follow me! Still weird to think that though.
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
Always ask before you take a photo! We almost never say no, unless we are in a private shoot/ eating/ resting/ going somewhere. We are humans too! Be respectful of our needs! Also, never touch us without consent, even something as simple as a tap on the shoulder to get out attention, I’ve seen friends and even had my own costumes damaged or broken from someone trying to get my photo by touching
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
I wish they would come up to me at cons and events! I’m really shy myself but I love it when they approach me and we can chat for a bit!
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Maybe when I have my own kids I will slow down, but it will only be because I know I’ll be making them cosplay haha
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