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About Sparkle Stache
Sparkle Stache is an outgoing cosplayer and Actress from Sacramento, CA. She is an award-winning Cosplayer with a natural gift for public speaking, stage presence, and entertainment. She has worked professionally for a variety of gaming and industry companies including Shuiesha Inc., Tencent Games, and many more. She has many awards under her belt including a judge’s choice award from Wondercon 2017. She promotes Cosplay positivity and the ability for anyone to cosplay absolutely anything. She has been actively cosplaying for the past 3 years and regularly attends and competes in conventions throughout the United States.
How did you first get into cosplay?
Basically by attending conventions and seeing people dressed up. Along with some friends and I all wanted to cosplay together.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
A little of both. Acting and cosplay can occasionally cross over but Cosplay is mostly for fun. If I could survive making a living creating costumes I would.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I enjoy both! Sometimes buying a Cosplay exceeds far beyond my creation abilities (and is easier sometimes) and sometimes making the costume is cheaper or more fun.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
I spend anywhere from a few days to a few months.
What is your favorite cosplay you have done so far?
My favorite Cosplay is my Pylon from Starcraft that I wore to Blizzcon 2017.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Probably all the times that I get to geek out with people who enjoy the same fandoms as me. Those are my favorite memories.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I LOVE THEM THE MOST!
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
One Piece is hands down my favorite fandom, and last year I started a passion project to cosplay all of the Straw Hat pirates. I have been steadily creating them and plan to finish them this year.
What issues do you see as being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
In my own personal opinion, I think people (not only in the cosplay community but in society) should be a bit better about being more accepting and open-minded to things that may be strange or different to them. We all only get one life we should live it enjoying as many things as possible.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I LOVE VILLAINS and silly strong characters. Ones that have a do-good attitude and ones that are off the wall odd. Some examples are Hisoka from Hunter X Hunter, All Might from My Hero Academia, and Alarak from Starcraft 2.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photoshoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
My favorite part is actually competing! I grew up on stage so any time I get to walk or perform I enjoy the most.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
GLUE GUN FOR LIFE! Lots of foam, more glue, and sparkles.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Being my own worse critic. Often I feel my cosplay isn’t good enough for what I’m trying to achieve BUT with a little nap and anime binge watching I get out of that funk and push forward to create something I love.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
A lot of self-confidence! Cosplay has helped me view myself in so many different ways that it boosted my confidence for everyday things!
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
It is okay to not finish a costume; the stress of con crunching is not worth the result. If you’re not happy doing something then please take a min or two to think about what you really want out of that specific cosplay.
Also, go to Joanns and get some of those armpit sweat guards; it’s’ like pads for your pits if you start sweating. And pile on deodorant, please.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
All communities change. I think as long as you’re able to live your life fully to the best of you’re ability that’s all that matters. Change comes and goes in all things.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
I WANT TO BE SMAUG (The Hobbit) ON A PILE OF GOLD! Also, I’d probably have an actual Thousand Sunny ship (One Piece) built that I’d sail around in.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
I do! All of my Cosplay money currently comes from my Patreon subscribers. I try to stretch my dollar as far as possible but Patreon is the full funding behind my cosplay creations.
What does cosplay mean to you?
In one word: Fun
How do you see the cosplay community 10 years from now?
I can see technology bringing us creators more and more. Also, things growing with competitions.
What is your favorite con to attend?
BLIZZCON! And probably Anime Expo.
Is there another cosplayer who inspires you or is your role model?
SO MANY! There’s tons and tons AND TONS of cosplayers who inspire me daily. A lot of my friends who cosplay are huge inspirations to me too. I think because I see a bit more their daily lives, so it just makes me admire them more for juggling so much and doing their best.
Do you consider yourself an inspiration to other cosplayers?
I like to think that I make a positive impact on people sometimes, but I’m not really sure. It makes my heart melt if people ever tell me I helped them in one way or another.
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
Everyone is different and has different comfort zones. You know yourself best so my advice would be to only put yourself in situations that you’re comfortable with; make that very very clear to whoever you’re working with. As for me, I’m a very outgoing Extroverted person so I don’t mind asking for a photo myself at a con or if someone asks me (Politely please) I almost always say yes.
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
Nothing that I can think of? I’m a pretty open person so I share lots of tidbits about myself to the internet.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
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