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About Rin Tsuki Cosplay
Hello everyone! my name is Julie (aka Rin Tsuki) and I live in France. I’m a graphic designer and community manager, a video game lover and a shy lil potatoe. I started cosplay in December 2014.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I was just getting out of art school and lost my passion for drawing because of it. So I was looking for some new hobby to do which would allow me to let my creative side speak. As a huge nerd, I already went to a lot of convention in my country each year and was aware of the cosplay community without exactly knowing what it was. so in December 2014, I went fully into the crafting process and discovery of this wonderful hobby, and since then never let it go.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
It’s in between for me… I know that I’ll never be a professional cosplayer, but still, cosplay allows me to improve in a lot of fields that are really important in my domain. So I do it mainly for the fun and the joy that it brings to me, but I try to be as professional as possible.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I do it mostly from scratch, I love the crafting process, is indeed the most interesting part of cosplay for me. But still if I really want to cosplay a character, and I know I don’t have the level yet to do the costume myself, I will buy it. Right now I have more than 20 cosplay and 2 of them are bought one, while the rest is handmade.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
It depends on the “size” of the cosplay. When choosing what I will do, I always do a small cosplay than a big cosplay than a small and so one. A small one will take around 2 to 3 weeks while a big one can take up to 3 to 4 months
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
I actually have 2 favorites which are a kinda armored version of Atlantide from The Lost Empire, and my Death Knight from World of Warcraft!
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
To work on an official video clip from blizzard, which is the overwatch rap battle made with the YouTuber Squeezie – a big name in my country -. I had the privilege to do Soldier 76 for them, and now the costume is in the Blizzard office at Versailles.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
Well, I never really tried this before, so I can’t judge, but I would really love to!
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Oh, there is a lot! I’m working right now on an “Asuran Dogi of Healing” for a white mage from final fantasy 14 which is almost done, there is also Kyoketsuhime from Onmyouji on the way, and then I plan to do the Totoro necromancer from Zach Fischer + a Valkeeve, Jolteon from Gladzy Kei.
What issues do you see as being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
Right now what I see the most is the problem with nudity, sexy cosplay, and if it’s still cosplay or if it’s more naked than usual. I do understand both parts of the problem, but I do feel that people should be able to do whatever they want with their body, same goes for the body shape debate on if you are allowed to cosplay a character if you don’t match the body type. I personally don’t do lewds and don’t cosplay outside of my body type, but that for me, I don’t impose my belief on anybody, and people should be able to cosplay whatever the way they want.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I would say mostly video games, and fantasy, as long as it gives a badass vibe and can be a good crafting challenge I’m up for it!
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
All of the crafting processes, when you start to see what you had in mind coming to life, and when the first armor piece is finished with the paint still fresh on it, you’re like ” yeah that’s it… I like that!”
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
The Internet is my best friend! I buy almost everything online, on Amazon, eBay, cosplay shop like cosplaymat, mycostumes etc. the only thing that still makes me go to the store is fabric, because I don’t have as much knowledge as for the rest, so I need to touch and see to be sure of what I’m doing
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
My lack of confidence in myself and my body, luckily with cosplay you are quickly confronted with the look of the others and it’s a great way to overcome it!
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Cosplay is before everything, for you, so do it the way YOU want and have fun with it! if people like what you do that’s cool and if they don’t well that was just a bonus to you already having fun cosplaying 😉
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, you might as well disgust yourself from cosplay, do what you feel you can do. after I had a big cosplay rush at the end of last year I ended up not being able to craft for 3 whole months because I did kind of a cosplay overdose. so don’t do that xD
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
It’s growing a lot! Which is at the same time a bad and a good thing. People now see cosplay more as a normal hobby than a “Peter Pan” syndrome. there are also a lot of new events popping all over the place.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
I don’t have a big project like that, because I don’t have self-restraint xD if I want to do something I do it, that’s all. since I do love the challenge of doing a difficult cosplay, and I can dispatch my budget on a few months if necessary, each and every time I had a dream cosplay, I ended up doing it.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
I don’t have a budget per cosplay, but a budget per month for my entire hobbies (which also include game, clothes, books…..) so if a cosplay is more expensive, it will just take more time to do it 😉
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay is a way to challenge myself, but also to relax and have a good time with friends.
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
Be POLITE… that’s all *drop the mic* seriously just ask politely and don’t be intrusive 😉 Also respect that we can sometimes say no. If I just removed half of my cosplay chance are quite high I don’t like my picture being taken, but talking might be perfectly fine!
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
I’m just as shy and stressed as you when you are talking to me O_0 so don’t be nervous about coming to say hi, I won’t eat you!
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
The lack of challenge… most of my cosplay are chosen because there is something that I will learn while creating them. That’s whatmakese it exciting to me. so if there is no more challenge anymore, I won’t craft xD. But that will never happen because there is always so much to do and learn!
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