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About Trisha Layons Cosplay
Trisha Layons, a student from Moscow, Russia.
How did you first get into cosplay?
My friend introduced me to cosplay when I was 11 and at first, I thought it was very expensive and hard, so I really got into it at the age of 14-15.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I would say it is just a hobby but I wish I could turn it into a job of some kind one day.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
It depends on the difficulty of the costume and the amount of spare time I have. I think the main part os cosplaying is the process of making stuff yourself when you look at the final result and take pride in the work you’ve done, But sometimes you do not have enough skills or materials, so it is better to commission in that case.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Half a year, roughly speaking.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
I love every single one of them because I try to do my best every time, to be fully satisfied in the end.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
The moment you get noticed by other amazing cosplayers or companies (for example, Naughty Dog, the creators of Uncharted game series, liked my cosplay on Twitter)
How do you feel about group cosplays?
It is always a risk of some kind as you depend on other people so you gotta make sure they are all reliable.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
DC Bombshells- Hawkgirl
Suicide Squad movie- Harley Quinn
Batman animated series- Catwoman
Cinderella 2015- Cinderella
DC comics- Fem Superman
Silent Hill- Fem Pyramid head
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
Russian cosplay community is very strict and rude tbh. You can be easily bullied for nothing, for example, I got negative comments on my Spock cosplay because I had fake ears (like seriously). Or if the shade of your fabric is slightly different, or buttons are slightly bigger etc. But these comments are usually left by some lazy people who can do nothing themselves. Russian cosplayers are very nice and friendly at conventions or when you talk to them face-to-face.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Comics and video games.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Photo shoots are the best. The moment you can fully enjoy your complete look and really feel like the character.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
We do not have much in Russia. We have to order materials from abroad.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
The downside I experienced is mean comments on my work, but I have learned to let it go by now and don’t pay much attention (Russian community, again)
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Do not give up no matter what. the feeling of satisfaction at the end is totally worth all the effort you have put into that.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Do it for yourself, it is just a hobby for you to enjoy. Do not let any negative comments bring you down.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I do believe cosplayers have become more kind and often encourage each other. It is really nice to notice.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Hawkgirl from Injustice: Gods among us
This costume is extremely difficult but so beautiful
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Not always, I just can’t help starting a new one even knowing I do not have money aha haha
What does cosplay mean to you?
It is my the only hobby but it means a lot to me. It helps to develop various skills, from makeup and crafting to photography.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
I can’t come up with any factors, I hope that nothing will.
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