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About Scotty Doesn’t Know Cosplay
Hi! I’m Scotty, I’m a Seattle based cosplayer, originally from the East Coast. I’m just a guy trying to live like Tony Stark on a Peter Parker budget.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I’ve always loved dressing up as my favorite characters from pop culture. Even as a kid I would spend hours a day looking at Halloween costumes, trying to find exactly the right one I wanted. As a cosplayer, nothing has changed. My first cosplay was Star-Lord for Rhode Island Comic Con back in 2015, and after that, I was hooked.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
Just for fun. Cosplay is too fun for me to try to convert it into any sort of job or career. I’m here to enjoy conventions, meet like-minded individuals, and have kick-ass costumes, that’s it.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
Probably a hybrid, with a strong bias towards buying/commission. I’m not a very good fabricator, and so I have trouble committing to making anything for my cosplays when I know I could just pay someone to do it 100x better than I ever could. However in recent months, I’ve tried my hand at building or modifying stuff that I have bought to make it better, and I’ve been pretty happy with the results.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
This depends on the project, and how motivated I am to work on it. Soldier 76 (the pieces that I made) came together pretty much the night before I wore him for the first time. Whereas Iron Spider I worked on for a few weeks before he was done.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
Batman. By far. Batman is the only costume that I have actually seen pictures of myself and not believed it was me in the photo. It’s such a different experience wearing Batman when compared to all my other costumes.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
My most memorable experience as a cosplayer came right after I decided to relocate from the East Coast to the West Coast. Coming over here, not really knowing anyone in the cosplay/convention scene was pretty intimidating. However, I almost instantly made friends with some of the kindest, most supportive group of cosplayers I know, and now I feel like one of the family. It’s amazing to see how Cosplay can bring so many people together from all different walks of life, and my experience showcases that so well.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
Group Cosplays are awesome! They get great reactions at conventions but can be hard to manage that many people trying to move in a group, so it can be challenging, but the rewards are well worth it.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Currently, I’m not really working on anything. Star-Lord is always a work in progress, and Iron Spider needs some upgrades. For new projects, I’d like to get another Spider and a Captain America in the mix, but those are TBA at the moment.
What issues do you see as being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
This may be a broad topic, and I don’t know if this is actually what it is called but I think the most divisive topic in cosplay would be this “Cosplay Shaming” or “CosShaming” that’s been going around lately. This is when other cosplayers seem to attack certain cosplayers because of the characters they cosplay (i.e. Genderbents, Cosplaying characters of a different race etc.) or they don’t agree with their style of cosplaying (i.e. Sexy Cosplaying, Creative License etc.). I’ve seen so many cosplayers get bullied from the community because they decided to do a “sexy” version of a particular character, or decided to cosplay a character that didn’t match their race, and it bothers me. We’re all out here just trying to have a good time, and enjoy us, adults, playing dress-up and being nerds for a weekend. We don’t need anyone coming in with their views telling other people what they should and should not do. Granted, I believe there are certain lines we shouldn’t cross, and it doesn’t take much intelligent thought to know you should do certain things (i.e Blackface), but as long as these are being avoided I see no problem in people doing whatever makes them happy.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I cosplay characters I connect with in some way, shape, or form. I have been asked to cosplay characters on a few different occasions that I haven’t connected with and I’ve always had to regretfully pass on joining a group or doing a photo shoot, because I know if I tried to cosplay that character my heart wouldn’t be in it. There has to be a relationship between the character and I before I’ll even consider trying to put together a cosplay.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Definitely research. I could spend hours… no DAYS research costumes that I probably wouldn’t even do. I love digging through forums, watching videos, zooming in probably way to close than is socially acceptable on pictures, trying to find out exactly what goes into a character’s costume and how I can recreate it. This has actually become a problem because I will start doing research for costumes that I know other people are working on and bombard them with links, and forum posts, and screenshots of everything they should know when they are working on a project.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
The internet. Just the internet. If you can’t find it on the internet, it doesn’t exist.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
The biggest obstacle I’ve had to overcome would probably be the realization that as a cosplayer, you have to cosplay for you and not anyone else. When I first started, I spent too much time trying to bring costumes that would work for groups that didn’t end up happening or wearing costumes I didn’t want to wear because other people told me I should. Now, I’ve learned, it’s okay to go to a Con alone, or in a different costume than all of your friends, as long as you’re having fun. Have fun, don’t let anything stop you from having fun.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Do what makes you happy, the rest will follow suit.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Practice posing. You have no idea what a difference it makes when you practice. SO many times, I thought my poses were killer in photoshoots, and I’d get back photos and realize how awkward I looked. Practice posing, both in and out of costume. It helps, trust me.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
Since I started cosplaying, I feel like the community has just grown so much. I feel like it used to be just a handful of conventions and a handful of cosplayers. Now, it feels like every moderately sized town in America has a convention you can go to. It’s become a huge thing, and I love it.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Boba Fett. A perfect, 100% screen accurate Boba. Definitely.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay, is the opportunity to become someone else for a little while. It is the hobby I always dreamed about having when I was a kid but never had a name. Cosplay allows me to embody the likeness of some of my favorite characters growing up, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
How do you see the cosplay community 10 years from now?
10 years from now I think the convention community is going to still be thriving. This increase of “nerd culture” becoming a popular thing in the media doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. At least not if Disney/Marvel has anything to say about it… The number of characters and costume designs are only going to increase, so I don’t see a shortage of material for cosplayers to work on. Additionally with the rise of conventions becoming popular and the increase of conventions overall is only going to stoke the fire of cosplay more and more over the next 10 years.
What is your favorite con to attend?
I haven’t been to many conventions multiple times, but my favorite so far, and one I am looking forward to attending again, would be Emerald City Comic Con.
Is there another cosplayer who inspires you or is your role model?
The first people that come to mind who inspire me are @roguesgalleryfitness (on Instagram). They are just such a talented team of cosplayers and make some wicked cool stuff. All of their projects have blown me away, and they are probably one of the most approachable, down to the earth, cosplayers I’ve ever met. I aspire to be as cool as them someday.
Do you consider yourself an inspiration to other cosplayers?
Oh god, I hope not… that’s wayyy too much pressure.
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
Just ask! Every cosplayer is a little narcissistic, and we LOVE getting our pictures taken. It’s basically 90% of the reason we’re there. So just come up and ask! Just don’t be rude… It will almost always be a yes, if I’m not eating, fixing my cosplay, or sprinting to the bathroom.
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
I wish my fans knew how much I love interacting with them! I love seeing comments on my posts, and DM’s in my inbox! I do my best to respond to every single one because I love meeting new people! Please if you’re reading this, comment or drop me a message anytime. I’ll do my best to answer any questions you have or would just love to say hi!
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
I don’t think so? Maybe if the community became so toxic that it was just easier to stay out of it, but I would probably still cosplay to events and cons; just delete social media.
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