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My name is Tanya Bayer aka lilithheimdall, I’m 22 years old and I’m a model and cosplayer from Ukraine
How did you first get into cosplay?
I’ve loved cosplay since I was 12 years old.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
It’s my hobby
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I like to do my cosplays myself
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
That depends on the character and the costume, sometimes I can do it in a day, and sometimes I spend months
What is your favorite cosplay you have done so far?
My favorite is Alexstrasza from World of Warcraft
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
My most memorable experience was my first Comic Con with my own costume
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I think that it’s very interesting and much fun
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
It’s a secret, you’ll see it in the future 😉
What issues do you see as being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
The quality of cosplay
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I love cosplaying characters from movies and games, my first inspiration was Harley Quinn, and also I was playing World of Warcraft 5 years and always wanted to do my own costume
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I love the process of making a costume, photo shoots and the most favorite is attending cons
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I usually use EVA-foam and I order it on the internet
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Money and time
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Never give up and believe in yourself!
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Work hard! Do the costume best as it’s possible and don’t forget that it must be comfortable when you will wear it!
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
It’s getting bigger and more people gets interested in this!
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
I want to cosplay all famous characters from World of Warcraft
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Yes, I’m trying to do it less expensive and don’t miss the quality
What does cosplay mean to you?
It’s my hobby that gives me good emotions and great life experience
How do you see the cosplay community 10 years from now?
I think it will be bigger and more interesting
What is your favorite con to attend?
I wish to visit Blizzcon!
Is there another cosplayer who inspires you or is your role model?
My inspiration is Jessica Nigri
Do you consider yourself an inspiration to other cosplayers?
I’m getting many emails from people telling me that I’m inspiring them to do their own costumes
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
Any support is very appreciated! And the attention is very important! If someone likes your work that means that you’re doing a great job!
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
I never buy costumes from the internet! I’m trying to do all by myself, except the wigs that I’m using
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
If I get bored with this (I think that will never happen)
You can follow and view more of lilithheimdall here
- I do my photos myself
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