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About Regal Reign Cosplay
Allie aka Regal Reign Cosplay is a 25-year-old actor from the NY/NJ area. She has been cosplaying for 3 years and is excited to continue. Some of her favorite fandoms to cosplay from are Game of Thrones, Marvel, and Star Wars.
How did you first get into cosplay?
It started with renaissance faires for me. Some of my college friends brought me to my first faire and I loved the aspect of dressing up. Then I discovered the convention scene and everything snowballed from there.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
For me, cosplay is about having fun and having a creative outlet. I don’t have any intentions of making it into a career but hey if the opportunity were to present itself I would not say no.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
Most of my cosplays are either commission or a hybrid. Patterns for clothes are a little daunting to me so most of the time I will purchase elements from thrift stores and modify them to fit my needs.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
It depends on the cosplay and its need. For Rey since she needs the clothing as well as props. It took me about 2 months to create both of those elements, whereas my Carrie White it only took a day to cover the prom dress in fake blood.
What is your favorite cosplay you have done so far?
My favorite would have to be Rey. It was only my second time building props and I was so proud of how her staff came out as well as the clothing elements. I feel so confident in that cosplay and it makes me feel good that others enjoy that cosplay as well.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Two years ago I was apart of a group cosplay at the Stranger Things convention. I was Barb and we had a Nancy, Steve, and Hopper. This con did not have a lot of cosplayers attending so we stood out a little but everybody loved it. We had so many people asking for pictures with us, there was even a point where we had a line! It was so crazy and memorable.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love group cosplays! Meeting people who are apart of the same fandom as I is wonderful and I love making new friends.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
A lot of my cosplay plans got put on hold due to the pandemic but the number one cosplay I would like to complete is Boleyn from Six the Musical.
What issues do you see as being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
Gatekeeping. I hate when people say someone shouldn’t cosplay a character because they don’t know enough about them. Just because someone is a new fan doesn’t mean they aren’t good enough to participate.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Probably my favorite genres for cosplay include fantasy or period costumes! I love the look of all of those pieces and always feel the need to wear it myself!
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photoshoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I have a tie for my favorite. I love researching for cosplays because it always reminds me of how much I love that character and why I wanted to cosplay them in the first place. I also love the photoshoots because I finally get to see the pay off of all the hard work I put into the cosplay.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I love going to Joann’s and Micheals! It’s always a fun time to go there and find exactly what you need! For closet cosplays or cosplays with everyday clothes, I love using Poshmark!
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Getting started honestly. I had no idea how to get started and how to accomplish all of the cosplay ideas that I had in my head. Finding ways to make those into reality really helped me jump into the cosplay world.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Having a creative outlet is something everyone needs. Having those moments to let your creativity shine makes your world a little brighter.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
ANYONE CAN COSPLAY. Your gender, size, skin color, skill level, does not matter and does not designate what characters you can/cannot cosplay.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I feel like it’s gotten bigger and more people know about it. Every convention I go to year after year the number of cosplayers always seems to grow and when I tell people “oh I cosplay” I don’t have to explain what cosplay is as often as I used to.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
I would love one of the immaculate gowns from the TV series The Tudors!
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
I don’t set a specific amount that I have to stay under but I usually use Excel spreadsheets to keep track of how much I am spending.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay means being creative and getting the chance to portray a character that you look up to and want to emulate.
How do you see the cosplay community 10 years from now?
I see it growing and becoming more mainstream.
What is your favorite con to attend?
I love going to Katsucon because not only do I get to see my local cosplay friends that I usually go to conventions with but also my internet friends from all across the country
Is there another cosplayer who inspires you or is your role model?
All cosplayers inspire me honestly! The work they put into their costumes deserves praise in every moment!
Do you consider yourself an inspiration to other cosplayers?
I’m not sure, I would love to be. But I’m still new at this and haven’t gotten to build up a name for myself quite yet.
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
Cosplayers are still humans, please treat them as such. Always ask permission for photos before taking them. For me, please come and say hi but please understand I may not be able to stay and chat at a con.
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
I can be really nervous sometimes when I initially meet new people but once I start having a conversation I’m good!
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
I don’t believe there would be anything that would truly stop me. I may take a break for a little bit but I don’t think I would stay away permanently. I know I would find my way back.
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