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About Constellation Cosplays
My name is Lexa, I am currently a part-time waitress at a local restaurant, but once I finish up in college I do want to be a mortician. I am from the lovely state of Pennsylvania. I also have an addiction to anything fluffy and can meow.
How did you first get into cosplay?
About 4 years ago was when I was first introduced to cosplay! I was super into the Syfy channel and they had just come out with this show called Heroes of Cosplay I watched every episode I could and when the show sadly came to an end I got the brilliant idea to try cosplay out for myself, so once I graduated high school I started cosplaying!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
As of right now I cosplay just for the fun of it, being in college, having a job, and cosplaying is hard enough already, by adding the career aspect to cosplay I would definitely overwork myself. Though if in the future I were to be able to use cosplay as a little side job I definitely would, I mean who doesn’t dream of having something they are passionate about becoming their job?
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
As of right now I mainly buy most of my cosplays, but I am slowly starting to get the hang of sewing and crafting so hopefully in the future people will be able to see more cosplays made by me!
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
For the one cosplay, I actually made myself I spent a whole month working on it! I feel like as I start to get better with sewing and crafting I’ll be able to cut that time in half!
What is your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far?
My favorite cosplay so far has to be Raven from Teen Titans. It is my favorite because it is the only costume of mine that I’ve made by myself!
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
My most memorable experience would probably have to be the first time I wore Raven to a convention! It was Thursday at Katsucon and it was my first time ever wearing her out, so I wasn’t all that confident in how I looked like her. We didn’t even get to leave the hotel before random people were telling me how great I looked and hearing those things made me much more confident while cosplaying her!
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I LOVE group cosplays! I see group cosplays as a way to make more friends in the cosplay community! Not only do you get to make new friends in groups, but you also get to learn a thing or two from these people you meet!
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I am currently working on Shiny Chariot from Little Witch Academia, an armor Umbreon from Pokemon, and an armor Hanayo from Love Live!
What issues do you see as being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I don’t know if it is a big issue for the whole cosplay community but in the small group of cosplayers from where I’m from I know people can look down on people who buy their cosplays and don’t make them. I feel that it shouldn’t matter if you buy or make your cosplays because to me when I cosplay I don’t do it to show off a costume I do it so I can become a character that I admire and wish I could be!
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Characters that are more outgoing are the ones I usually end up cosplaying. I cosplay these kinds of characters because I myself am very shy, so by cosplaying these characters I completely become them and when that happens I ditch my shy personality for a bit and fully take on this outgoing personality
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I have two favorite parts of the cosplay process. My first is when I am getting ready to get into cosplay. Just watching myself slowly transform into someone else is super exciting for me, I love the feeling when I have my whole cosplay on and I look in the mirror and I don’t see me anymore I see outgoing Nico Yazawa or Powerful Raven. My second is getting photos back from photo shoots! When a photographer sends me my photos back it’s like Christmas all over again for me!
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I tend to go to Joann’s for fabric. For crafting supplies I either find stuff at Joann’s as well or I just go to WalMart in hopes of finding something that I could mold into being a prop.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
A huge obstacle for me was becoming more confident with my body. When I say that a lot of people just laugh and ask why I wouldn’t be confident in my body because of how skinny I am. Yes, I am skinny, I am grateful for it, but it’s hard to be confident in your body when people are constantly telling you to go eat something or to gain weight. Thankfully through cosplay, I’ve seen many cosplayers with my body type and though it took me some time I am now much more confident with my own body!
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
I can’t say that I’ve learned and life lessons quite yet from cosplaying.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Don’t compare yourself to others! Compare yourself to you! In the beginning, I compared myself to a ton of different cosplayers and I made myself feel like I wasn’t good enough to cosplay by doing that!
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I really haven’t been part of the cosplay community that long so I don’t feel I’ve seen any drastic changes while I’ve been a part of it.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Definitely Aisha from Elsword! She was always my main character and I’ve always wanted to cosplay her I just never had the time!
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
I try to, but I almost always go over it!
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay to me means becoming someone that I wish I could be.
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
Always ask to take a picture of someone it is very rude to just to take a picture without them knowing. I myself don’t like being touched when approached unless you ask beforehand or I know you. I am not one for hugs because I am usually overheating in my cosplays, but if you ever catch me just walking around a convention, not in cosplay I am down to give a hug, just ask first!
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
That I am a terrible student and can’t get good grades to save my life!
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Having a family would not make me stop completely, but I would definitely have to take it down a few notches with spending money on cosplays and conventions.
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