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About Lauz Lanille Cosplay
I’m Lauz Lanille! Cosplayer, YouTuber and photographer! I’m from Spain and I love making photo shoots and videos with cosplay.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I met a cosplay forum and then I met the community in my country. I started to get interested because it was very related to my affinity for manga and anime!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
Cosplay will always be fun for me. To consider cosplay as a career is complicated. I sometimes earn money with certain works related to cosplay but this is not stable. Cosplay is visual art for me, but I mix fun with effort and work, of course.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
Hybrid! To learn new things thanks to cosplay is fantastic but I don’t only like to learn how to make them, I also like other subjects related like photography, characterization or other aspects. Cosplay is a huge hobby, there are many ways to do it. We should accept all of them!
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
It depends on the cosplay. I usually try to intersperse between simple and complex. Sometimes, I can take only a month or a week. And others, I can take many months.
What is your favorite cosplay you have done so far?
Difficult question! (This question is always difficult for me in the interviews) I can’t decide. They are my children!
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
This question is also difficult, haha. I appreciate many memories: I have known important friends thanks to the cosplay, I have also been invited to conventions (and it’s impossible to decide since some were very nice with me), worked on others with wonderful people too, and I also fall in love with people who talk to me and convey their feelings, I keep all of that with fondness inside of me!
How do you feel about group cosplays?
Well, they are difficult to make but they are fun. I don’t usually participate in them since for me I have always considered that they are a small commitment that you should get involved.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I have some plans but because I keep this secret, I can’t say! I’m sooo sorry!!!! , but on my Patreon I have very dear people that I appreciate a lot for their contribution, so I think they deserve those plans <3
What issues do you see as being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
After 9 years, I have been able to realize that the greatest difficulty in this community has always been having respect for the different path. It’s hard for people to accept that someone else can take the cosplay in a different way than they do. Also, cosplay, since it is a visual art, I have the feeling that it generates many physical complexes from time to time and that competitions (such as contests) encourage these complexes and create discussions easily.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
At first, I used to make adorable looking characters. But I realized that cosplay is fun if your different personalities and you try to interpret everything!
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Of course, the moment to photograph or record!
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
About resources, I always try to buy cheap materials so, I am not the best to recommend. Here in my country, there are some physical stores that you should know to facilitate your way in cosplay, but of course, they don’t have a website. Neither do I have a specific site to buy wigs or contact lenses, only in this case look a lot eBay and Aliexpress!
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
My biggest obstacle in a summarized way is the space and the lack of a workshop. Without forgetting that my economic resources were always terrible.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Many lessons! In fact, I learned about photography, makeup, pattern making, I learned everything … all thanks to the cosplay!
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Well, I suppose my golden rule is that you should take this hobby with passion! and that you are never limited to making a character because they told you that you can only make characters “of these characteristics”, Why? Well because you would be surprised at what the cosplay is capable of.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
It has changed, yes. Now it is even professional. And above all, it’s more normalized and this makes me happy.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Maybe some with very complex armor.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Yes, I usually do it.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Fun, passion and art. Friends and learning!
How do you see the cosplay community 10 years from now?
Hmmm, with more vision and maybe … a professional role! It would be great!
What is your favorite con to attend?
I cannot decide either, there are very nice cons here!
Is there another cosplayer who inspires you or is your role model?
I have many!
Do you consider yourself an inspiration to other cosplayers?
I do not know, I want to think that my feelings reach people.
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
My advice is that you should take into consideration that a cosplayer is a person like you.
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
I am a person like them! and that I love helping them, if I managed to do some things, I know that everyone is capable of doing it too.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Not actually. I think that if a person has to take some time without cosplay because he doesn’t feel like it, it’s completely normal, but if you enjoy a hobby because you really like it, you can return when you want.
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