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About Eimei Gal
Hi everyone Eimei Gal here! I not only model (Amanda Falls Model & Artist) but I am also a cosplayer too! I am in my early 20’s and loving it! I am USA bound and hope to travel to Japan and other countries to further my passions in fashion and modeling! I am currently a hard working college student who enjoys nothing more than her hobbies and life pursuits! I play video games to distress on my off time and cosplay when the opportunities arise. I also enjoy modeling and helping bring peoples ideas to life! I use to break dance and have more so stemmed off to hip-hop, J-Pop and K-Pop dances. I am super artsy but also love to keep active and keep a mental sweat going. I can be peppy and sometimes evens shy aha and love the camera! I am more than happy to meet others and say hi and enjoy the conventions as well. I aspire to hold panels more so and attend as a Cosplay Guest Appearance!
Fun Fact: I have done K-Pop Dance Covers, for example I was Kairi in Dead Fantasy Girls Generation Gee Dance Cover and was recognized by Monty Oum himself. It was such an honor to perform this piece and to make it a reality.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I first got into cosplaying before I even knew I was cosplaying! My parents dressed all of us kids up to be Power Rangers at the age of 5! I was the yellow one, but in all truth, I wanted to be the White Power Ranger. Now that’s my very first memory I can recall of me cosplaying. Though it wasn’t until years later in Middle School when I stumbled upon my brother’s comic books that I took a huge spin into cosplaying. It was nothing like Dad’s comic books… There were no superheroes, no villains it was just a story of a great teacher who was young and fearless! It was a manga book come to find out! I ended up seeing so many of these in bookstores and I always pictured myself in those stories. I had watched Cartoons since I was a wee little one and had no clue it was Anime till I was probably 12. I was that little girl that ran up to my storybook heroes at Disney and hugged them in amazement, so naturally, I wanted nothing more than to dress up as them too! Just add a lovely spin to my childhood and I was more interested in dressing up as these Anime, Video Game, Comic Book Hero Characters than any old princess and wallah you have a kid cosplayer in me! My very first convention was a wonderful but small community whose contracted ended early. I remember cosplaying as Alice in Wonderland with a good friend who was a Lolita. This is how I got into cosplay, it just took me was a little push in the right direction!
How much time do you spend making your costumes?
When I make a costume it all depends on the character. Some costumes can take 2 hours or weeks. It also depends if it something 100% hand made or partly hand made with clothing articles that I already have. For me as long as it is a character I am inspired by and my craftsmanship looks to standards I am set!
What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far?
So my favorite Cosplay I have done so far is going to have to be my Princess Mononoke! That was a hard one to choose because I am so attached to my, The Flash cosplay I did when I was younger. Not only did I win 1st place in a costume contest with it, it also is just so much fun to be in character with. I can run around like a spazz queen while playing the part of a warrior princess and on top of it all not having to worry about being glomped! If you have ever watched the Hayao Miyazaki film of Princess Mononoke, you can see what I mean.
Do you usually get positive reactions from fans?
Yes! The positive reactions I receive the most from others are at the Conventions themselves. People feel at east to approach me and ask for a photo! I also remember how someone was happy to see how I was in Character with my cosplays before. I even had a large group fangirl scream when I was Rukia from Bleach when I declined a hug in character! Playing the character is the fun part of any cosplay for me, and I feel that is what brings out the most positive moments from those around me.
What’s the next costume or event you’re preparing for?
I just attended Holiday Matsuri as a festive themed Poison Ivy from,”Batman: The Animated Series.” My next cosplay is going to be Sophitia from Soul Calibur the video game for soon to come, Soul Sword Rangers production! I can’t give too many details as of yet but filming should take place in spring next year and can’t wait till then!
What characters inspire you the most?
Characters that face a life challenge and rise above from it by doing the right thing or just the funny ones hehe! Here are a few that I am really inspired on, Princess Mononoke, Rogue – X-Men, The Flash, Kyo Shoma – Fruits Basket, Ayumu Shiiba – Life, Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV – Cowboy Bebop, Link – Zelda and many, many more!
What is your primary area of inspiration for your cosplay? Comics, anime, games or other?
I would say my primary inspiration for my Cosplaying is 0h that is a tough one because I would say Video Games but then there is Comics and I’ve done many Comic Book characters already! Hehe please don’t make me choose between the two.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
My best resources for cosplay materials tend to be Salvation Army, scrap materials from my jobs, art supply stores (with research on coupons and what stores have the better price) and even online! Every now and then I find a good vendor too but that tends to be for my fashion coordinates over my cosplays since I make most of the cosplay I have.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give new cosplayers?
Don’t worry what others think and Cosplay characters that inspire you! There is no better way to go about cosplaying than being in character as someone you can relate to. Being in character is the best thing when cosplaying and always strive to improve until you are happy with your very own character cosplay!
What’s your golden rule of cosplay?
My golden rule of Cosplay for me would have to be quality. The one thing I don’t ever want to present to the community is a half done cosplay. I want to show my true craftsmanship and the finished art piece, not the in-between parts (those I’ll save for the tutorials)! So as long as you are having fun dressing up as whoever inspires you, go for it! I know I will and at full speed!
What does your budget run per costume?
Oh, noes not my budget! I am a very frugal shopper. So when it comes to my cosplays I try to keep my budget very much so on the affordable side! The only times I have spent a whopping amount *cries inside* is when I ran out of time or there were supplies that I chose for more durability and quality when making my costume.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Sadly there is! I have put cosplay on hold a few times due to school, work and helping my family out. I always say family comes first! Now to say there is nothing that would make me stop cosplaying for the rest of my life, would be a true statement! I may take breaks to get things back in order but I could never stop cosplaying officially. There was a turning point in my life where I almost did stop completely, though. I was faced with my very first group cosplay challenge in life. There were tons of us girls and boy were there tons of High School drama. I had never been in a large girl group before and always hung out with the guys. So I was in for a surprise. But as a whole, we all stuck through it till the end no matter our differences and made a wonderful group. Though it really made me question my cosplaying, I learned it more so taught me a lesson on how team work really works and cosplay just happened to be what brought us together. If that couldn’t stop me, nothing will!
If money and time were not issues, what’s your number one over ambitious cosplay?
Oh, you can make a girl dream, can’t you?! I would have to say one of the girl characters from the video game, Dynasty Warriors! There are too many I want to cosplay as and the weapons are to die for! I have played so many of these games since childhood, I would be in heaven walking around as a Dynasty Warrior.
Why do you cosplay?
When I was younger I was raised with comics books, superheroes, video games, Lord Of The Rings on cassette tapes and dress up clothes. I was only 5 years old I believe and already had my favorite Halloween costume, the Yellow Power Ranger! Then one day in early Middle School I was introduced to manga’s, Japanese fashion, and everything cute. Which by the way I was very much a tomboy growing up, so being cutesy was out of the question. Then I stumbled upon cosplay and it fit perfectly into my life! It allowed me to be girly without all the, “You fight like a girl!” and “No girls allowed!” comments, while still feeling like one of the dudes~ I could be girly but also be an individual at the same time. I was ecstatic to have found it while growing up. So for me, I cosplay because it allows me to self-express without having to hold back a thing about me and it allows me to escape most of what makes “Being a Girl” a bad thing and instead of being a good thing!
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