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I am a 32 year old cosplayer and photographer in Canada. I go by CosplayKittyKat on Facebook and Tumblr. I enjoy cosplaying with my friends and husband. It’s a wonderful way to escape and to meet new people. There is no better feeling than spending weeks or months on a cosplay and then to see it all put together for the first time. Then to have people appreciate all of your hard work and want to take your picture like you’re a big deal. I love seeing other people’s cosplays and to learn how they made them. I love learning new techniques of making costume pieces and trying new things. It can be frustrating at times but very rewarding in the end!
How did you first get into cosplay?
I always enjoyed dressing up. My first cosplay was probably when I was 9 yrs old and asked my mom to make me a catwoman costume from the Batman Returns movie. I really started getting into it about a year ago when I started putting together a catwoman cosplay. After that I was hooked!
How much time do you spend making your costumes?
I spend several weeks, sometimes longer making my costumes. I own my own business so I am very busy and don’t have a lot of spare time but when I do, I am working on cosplays.
What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far?
My favourite cosplay is actually my unfinished New 52 Black Canary. It was my first body suit and my first try at worbla armor and I love the way it all turned out. I still need to add some things to it but I can’t wait to have it completed so that I can take some photos of it.
Do you usually get positive reactions from fans?
Yes, for the most part I receive very positive reactions, which is always the best part. I am picky and have great attention to detail so a lot of thought goes into each of my cosplays. Some of the versions of characters that I do aren’t always the most well-known (New 52 Black Canary and Poison Ivy) but when someone recognizes it, they absolutely love it.
What’s the next costume or event you’re preparing for?
I have some cosplays that I need to complete for some photo shoots. My next new cosplay will be a fall poison ivy. After that I will be working on a zero suit samus cosplay for the Calgary Expo.
What characters inspire you the most?
Catwoman, Black Canary, and Poison Ivy.
What is your primary area of inspiration for your cosplay? Comics, anime, games or other?
Mostly comics, some games.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Spandex World is great for fabric. We have a local plastics store here that sells worbla for a good price. I like Michaels for stuff like paint and craft foam. I shop online for anything that I can’t find locally.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give new cosplayers?
There’s no wrong way to cosplay and don’t let anyone tell you differently. As long as you are having fun, that is all that matters. Whether you purchased a pre-made costume, put it together with various pieces or made the costume from scratch, there are many levels of cosplay. Not everyone is crafty or skilled with a sewing machine and that is totally ok. Also, don’t be afraid of cosplaying a character that you may not physically resemble. Whether you have a different skin color from your character or if you don’t have that overly perfect comic book body, that’s totally ok. Cosplaying is for everyone.
What’s your golden rule of cosplay?
There is no incorrect way to cosplay. The main rule is to have fun! As long as you’re having fun, you are cosplaying.
What does your budget run per costume?
Usually a couple hundred dollars.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
If cosplaying stopped being fun, I would stop.
If money and time were no issue, what’s your number one over ambitious cosplay?
Samus Varia suit.
Why do you cosplay?
It is a fun way to escape reality and be creative. I love doing photoshoots and attending conventions where you instantly feel accepted. I am naturally a shy person so cosplay helps me get out of my shell.
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