Cosplayer Spotlight – Mystic Rage Cosplay


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About Mystic Rage Cosplay

Hi my name is Başak Önal. I am 18 and go to high school. I have been doing cosplay for 2 years, my dream job is being a fashion designer and cosplayer. I have a one brother. I can draw and sing. I like video games and anime. My favorite colors are black and purple. I don’t like to speak too much and I am afraid of spiders. I live in Istanbul, Turkey.


Mystic Rage Cosplay

How did you first get into cosplay?

I joined the League of Legends group of cosplayers and I made Warrior Kingdom Katarina

Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?

Absolutely future career! I hope so great cosplayer and fashion designer.

Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?

I prefer to make myself

How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?

10 to 30 hours

What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?

Guild Wars 2 Norm Stag

What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?

One time (2015 Torucon) my Warrior Kingdom Katarina swords were broken and I forgot how to make repairs because I was scared *laugh*

How do you feel about group cosplays?

Not good because people are so lazy and irresponsible…Maybe one day I will find a high-quality group of cosplayers and I will join them but for now, I do not believe I can find one.

What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?

Genderbent Illidan Stormrage

What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?

I don’t like the cosplay community very much especially here in Turkey, the community is not good

What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?

I love hard characters with great armor

What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?

Of course painting 🙂

What are your best resources for cosplay materials?

Eva and Strafor

What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer? 

My family, they feel cosplay is expensive and unnecessary

Have you learned any life lessons as a cosplayer and what are they?  

People like drama, most people don’t trust anyone

What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?

Pay attention to painting and putting on armor full fit your body

How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?

İt will not change over :))

If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?

Worbla and LEDs because my city doesn’t sell worbla and LEDs

Do you set a budget for each cosplay?

Yes, I calculate for every cosplay plan.

What does cosplay mean to you?

My dreams

Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?

Yes, during exams I will prepare and stop cosplay

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