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About Baeged Cosplays
Baeged (aka Mikki)’s love of dressing up was apparent even as a baby, but her passion for creating and crafting cosplays flourished when she was tasked with designing a clothing line for a high school fashion show. Now, with nearly a decade of crafting experience under her pistol belt, her bizarrely intense love for the Metroid series, and a few shots of “liquid luck”, Baeged has branched out from creating costumes just for herself to taking commissions from around the world. Focusing most of her attention on pattern drafting, wig styling, and mastering her glue gun skills, Baeged has devoted all of her spare time to honing her craft. Baeged Cosplays is excited to share her knowledge with everyone who will listen.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I got into cosplay in sort of a weird way. I was doing a fashion show for my high school and was tasked with designing and creating a line of clothing. I taught myself how to sew, and started to apply that newfound knowledge to outfits of characters I liked from different movies. I went to a convention, saw people were cosplaying there and was hooked ever since.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
Just for fun! It would be cool to do as a career, but that isn’t my goal.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I make mine from scratch unless I want it to be made out of a material I don’t know how to work with
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Anywhere from 5 hours to a month
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
Revy from Black Lagoon
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Generally, the faces of the people you see at conventions. People get super excited to see their favourite characters walking around, and it’s a great way to make friends who share similar interests
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love them! Get the squad together!
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I’m currently working on Miu Iruma, from Dangan Ronpa V3
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I think people are forgetting that, although we’re all trying to look exactly like the characters we’re portraying, not everyone is going to, and that’s ok. People are getting cosmetic surgery, reviving blackface, putting others down, etc. just in the hopes that they will be the most accurate version of the character. It’s not right. If the costume itself is good enough, you shouldn’t have to change your physical appearance for us to understand.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I like portraying badasses
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Sewing and general creation of the costume, and then wearing it and interacting with other people at a con
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Local shops have everything. I live in a big city, so things are pretty easy to come by.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
In terms of creating cosplay, learning how to work with worbla. In terms of myself as a cosplayer, just accepting that I’m not going to be the very best (like no one ever was) and just have fun and be the best I can be
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Many. I would suppose the best one is to keep an open mind and make sure lines of communication are always open
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
If you want to cosplay that character, do it.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
There is much more of an emphasis on creating cosplay as a career. Almost every cosplayer I know has made a profit out of their work, whether it be commissioning costumes, selling prints, Patreon tiers, etc. When I first got into cosplay, I would have never thought that this is the direction it would head in.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
I already did it, tbh. It was my latex Zero Suit Samus
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
I try not to go over a certain amount for each, but I have to be realistic. Some costumes require too much money, and others I can make with stuff already floating around my fabric bin
What does cosplay mean to you?
An excellent question!
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
An incredibly large sum of money, and very little else
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