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About Lady Sundae
My name is Lady Sundae, I am 22 and I live in France. I am currently a digital communication & marketing officer for two companies and I have been a cosplayer for 4 years. I love creating armors from video games! I have been a cosplay jury for many cosplay contests in France, I have won several cosplay awards, invited in international conventions abroad and I have worked with prestigious companies such as Riot Games, the creators of League of Legends!
How did you first get into cosplay?
I saw the Blizzcon catwalk when I was in high school, and I was totally amazed by people recreating the costumes of their favourite characters. I didn’t realize immediately I could do that, but I learned about cosplay that way. Then, years after, one of my friends in class told me she was planning to go to a big convention in a city near ours, with geek-themes such as video games and comics. She told me people went there wearing cosplays (I never did any convention before!) and I decided to create one for my first convention ever. After this, I never stopped cosplaying!! It’s been 4 years now.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I wish it could be my career! Working in something you are passionate with, it is definitely a dream for a lot of us! I am one of the lucky ones in my country (France) who’s able to get some money out of cosplay through streaming, selling old costumes or prints… But it is far much less than all of what I spent to build my costumes, travel to conventions and invest in self-marketing. If I can get to earn more money in the future through cosplay, why not?
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I have made almost all of my costumes by myself because I am extremely passionate about making the costume. Honestly, I don’t really like to wear them! Now that I have a job and more money but less time, I tend to commission to amazing artists some pieces I don’t feel comfortable doing by myself, so I can be sure my costume is top-notch. I am much more about having an excellent and very accurate cosplay, instead of making everything from scratch! I am also a cosplay competitor in cosplay contests so I have to craft everything by myself when entering a cosplay contest.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Huh… Too much? Haha! It depends. I have learned a lot about speed-crafting and I can make full worbla armor with tons of details in 2 months while having a full-time job and going to the gym, but it is an insane rhythm. I would say 3 months for an armor, and maybe 1-2 months for a cloth outfit.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
I love my Lux cosplay from the game League of Legends! I think it is the costume that suits me the most (same face, personality, physical appearance). It is widely recognized, and I have tons of amazing memories wearing that cosplay.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Being part of the LCS Summer Split team with Riot Games in Bercy (Paris) was incredible. I felt extremely honored to be asked by Riot Games to be a part of the cast to participate in that event with incredible cosplayers and pro players. I had such a great time! Wish I could do that again.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I regret not being able to do more ! I used to do only group cosplay, because I like to share that hobby with my friends and I think we always have an amazing experience being part of the same cosplay group altogether. Sadly I cannot really do this anymore as I always have obligations now going to conventions, such as holding my booth, judging the cosplay contest…
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I am working on my Barioth armor from Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate right now for a big cosplay contest: the national Cosplay Championship. I plan to work next on my Tracer cosplay, and Blackcat DVA. I’m a gamer, so I am always working on game characters!
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
Elitism is a terrible problem in France. We have so many people lacking respect or tolerance toward others because they believe they are “real cosplayers” and some others are “fake cosplayers”. Guys, we’re all nerds dressing up. People should stop judging others who are just enjoying their hobby. I believe everyone should be accepted without judgment in that hobby, as long as they respect others.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I almost only cosplay video game characters. I tend to pick either a badass warrior or a cute and mischievous character. It’s definitely my brand aha !
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I would say crafting. I love creating stuff, from patterns to the final parts of painting. It reminds me I can do stuff with my hands, and help me to stay creative in a very conventional world.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Advertisement time: CosplayMat ! I am sponsored by that brand, it’s a great brand for cosplay supplies in France. But I loved them before getting sponsored, and I appreciate a lot the fact they always deliver my supplies in less than 3 days. For a cosplayer always being in a hurry, it’s great! I also love Aliexpress because I am very frugal, and you can find tons of stuff for very cheap if you don’t need it right now.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Hmmm… I think learning to showcase myself was a terrible obstacle for me. I haven’t overcome it totally as I am very nervous doing selfies, videos of myself and stuff, but I learned to show my body, to feel confident and not afraid of existing and being somebody. Doing tons of lectures and workshops really helped me also to feel confident when doing group projects in school and having to talk in front of people, or even at work!
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Not everybody is your friend, and you will lose some of them because of jealousy issues. Cosplay is a glittery-world, where some people manage to get attention, and some don’t. You can think your friends could overcome that, but unfortunately, some of them can’t. I’ve lost really good friends because of this and I still think it is a shame; but honestly, lesson learned.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Rule 1: Respect others. Be kind towards others and avoid judging people. People outside cosplay are harsh enough against us, let’s just be a big family all together.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I’m a very young one in the cosplay community as I have only been there for 4 years. I think people have learned how to market themselves and I see more and more “small” cosplayers (with really small fanbase) having Patreons, marketing them as guests, wanting to earn money through cosplay. I don’t think it is bad, but it is kind of weird for me!
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
If money AND time AND space AND storage AND transport weren’t a problem, I would do Desert Queen Zagara from Heroes of the Storm. I fell in love with the character but I never want to do big costumes like this ever again because it is a pain in the ass!
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
My budget is 150€ / month dedicated to cosplay. Any additional amount of money earned through cosplay can be spent for cosplay during the month. This way I can craft without restricting too much myself.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay is all about creativity. There’s one character you are cosplaying but millions of ways to create it and to give your own style. This is what I love.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Not having money anymore aha ! Cosplay is so costly that I may have to stop one day because I don’t have money to spend on this. Or maybe I’ll find another creative hobby, who knows? But cosplay is really my thing right now.
You can follow and view more of Lady Sundae here
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