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About VivSai Cosplay
Occupation: Cosplayer, designer, fabricator and all around making of wonder.
Age: old enough to know better.
Location: Portland, OR.
How did you first get into cosplay?
Stress from work, making cosplay helped lower my stresses and help my mind to stop thinking about work 24/7.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I cosplay for fun, I am in business management
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I prefer making cosplay from scratch. Each new cosplay I make I get to learn new things and pick up new skills.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
It depends on how big/small the project is.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
Lady Loki in armor. I designed the cosplay and I had to learn how to sew. After Lady Loki cosplay I was able to make more cosplay with fabric without help.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
When a 6-year-old little girl run up to me and said “I love you, you are my favorite” When I said run I mean she was running from her mom at the other end of the hallway, yelling my name. When I have a hard time with cosplay I always think of her, to get myself back in the game.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I like group cosplay. You get to know cosplayer in the group better, meet new cosplayer and learn new skills from the group.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I am working Malthael Reaper of Souls from Diablo crossover Overwatch Reaper, and Shyvana from League of Legends.
What issues do you see as being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I try to focus on the positive things in the community and I don’t like to get involved in the things that separate us.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Villains! I like to cosplay villains LOL and character that have lots of armor.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
My favorite part about cosplay is the making! I love working with black worbla, to be able to bring a 2D armor to 3D.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I get my black worbla from Cosplay Supplies, as for everything else I go to Michaels Craft Store, JoAnn, and Amazon.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Giving people hugs, I don’t like to be touch by people I don’t know.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
People in this fandom are some of the most creative and wonderful people anywhere. They use their imagination and talent to create pieces to show the world how much they love something.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Take your time and never compare your work to other cosplay work. You had put hard work in your cosplay and it is a beautiful cosplay in it own way.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
It is getting bigger and you don’t have to explain to people what is cosplay as much anymore. I remember when people think of “cosplay” they think of sexual role play. I would spend hours to explain what is “cosplay” and how much work we put in to make a cosplay.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Everything that is on my 10 pages I want to make list.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
I do set budget, if I don’t I’ll end up buying things I don’t need and end up spending too much money when you don’t need too
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay gives me the chance to create things in the real world that have only been seen in video games or comics or movies. It gives me the opportunity to connect with other people that are passionate about the same things
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
No, everything we do come with good and bad side. Making cosplay help with lower my stresses so much, that I don’t know what I would do if I stop making cosplay
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