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About Alex Rose Cosplay
Alex Rose Cosplay is a cosplayer and freelance photographer from Canada. She’s been cosplaying for 11 years and won numerous awards for her craftsmanship.
How did you first get into cosplay?
Always a big fan of Halloween and any occasion to dress up, in high school, I had some nerdy friends who told me about it and I was instantly hooked.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I do it for fun, but I have been a guest at several local events and have a Ko-Fi account where I take donations
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I prefer to buy them when I can, but I do enjoy making things like props. armor, and accessories. I also do commissions.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
On average, one month.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
Android 18 – Dragonball Z.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
A tie between getting mistaken for a famous cosplayer who happened to do the same cosplay as I was wearing, and running into Jessica Nigri while cosplaying a Mimikyu version of her Pikachu cosplay.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
Love them! But they’re always so hard to coordinate! :'(
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Currently working on Hela from Thor: Ragnarok and 002 from Darling in the Franxx.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I feel like there are three types of cosplayers that all think their way is the right way to cosplay. The sexy/famous ones who just enjoy doing their thing, the master crafters/costumers who demand accuracy and perfection, and everyone else just doing whatever they want and having a good time. The fact is, they’re all right. The problem is that they want others to do cosplay their way.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Strong, powerful women, and traps.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Photoshoots, and meeting other cosplayers from the same series at events.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I like to use thrift shops a lot for base garments I can modify, as for materials, cosplaysupplies.com for worbla, arda.ca for wigs, and foammart.com for foam.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Learning to accept that none of my cosplays will ever be perfect.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Avoiding drama will make cosplaying more enjoyable, always bring bobby pins and tape.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Don’t spare any expense on quality wigs, shoes, and photographers for your costumes. Those are the things that will make or break your cosplay.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
As the community has grown and become more mainstream, there’s been a huge boom in the “famous/professional” cosplayer industry. 10 years ago it was impossible to imagine the ease of making cosplay a profitable, full-time job. It’s amazing to see the different ways cosplayers have monetized their hobby.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
A life-sized D.Va Meka (complete with me as Junker D.Va).
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
I’ve done so many cosplays that I can easily estimate what it will cost for a new one (usually $200-300), but if I’m making something large and elaborate, I don’t even bother trying to budget because I know there will be unexpected expenses.
What does cosplay mean to you?
A fun, creative hobby that I enjoy and that’s brought me so many good memories and made me so many good friends.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
My mental/physical health declining, being tight on money.
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