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About Crazy Kenna Cosplay
Hello, My name is Makenna Matheny aka Crazy Kenna Cosplay. I’m 20 years old and I’m Autistic. I’m currently trying to major in Psychology to become a Child Psychologist. I live in Kissimmee Florida and travel to many different conventions. I love to create new cosplays, draw, sing, act, model, and paint.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I first got into cosplaying by seeing photos online of other people dressing up as their favorite characters. It inspired me to dive into this world and see what it’s like. Ever since my love for cosplaying keeps on growing.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I mainly cosplay just for fun but I also see it as a way to boost both my acting and modeling skills.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I prefer to make my own cosplays but sometimes there’s just that one item you can’t make yourself so you have to buy it from either a store or have one of your other cosplay friends make it for you.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
It takes me roughly about two months to make a cosplay. Mainly because I procrastinate A LOT. It’s worth it in the end though.
What is your favorite cosplay you have done so far?
My favorite cosplay that I have done so far would have to be my Bombshell Harley Quinn cosplay. It’s taken me about 4 months to fully complete it.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
It’s hard to choose which has been my most memorable experience. I think it would have to be when I met William Shatner at Miami Gamer Con Expo. I was just walking throughout the convention when all of a sudden William Shatner stops me, says hello and compliments my cosplay. I was in shock. May have fangirled a little.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love group cosplays! It’s a great way to meet new people and bond. Group cosplays tend to be difficult to create because not everyone would want to do a specific cosplay.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I have so many I’m currently working on because I can’t focus on just one. The list is Broly from Dragon Ball Super, Lake Gown Padme Amidala, Billy The Blue Ranger, Wedding Harley Quinn, Marvel Rising Gwen Stacy and Punk Joker.
What issues do you see as being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I would have to say peoples ego’s and jealousy. You see it a lot in the cosplay community because some people don’t like it when they see other people cosplaying a character in their own way. They think that they should stay accurate to the character but in reality, you can make that character look however you want. Cosplaying is supposed to be fun, not strict.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Villains. Definitely Villains. I’m known to have this secret evil side to me that rarely ever comes out. It’s hard to explain honestly. I just relate better to the Villains.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I would have to say going to conventions and doing video skits. It’s always fun to act like your favorite character and goof around a bit.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Joann Fabrics is my go-to place for any patterns or fabrics that I need. They may not have everything I need at times but it’s super affordable there and just a friendly atmosphere.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Sexual harassment. There are many men and females out there that don’t know what boundaries are and will try to touch you or speak to you in a very inappropriate way. They think just because you’re dressed as a fictional character that they can do whatever they want to you. So it’s definitely something difficult to get past.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
A few actually. Cosplay has helped me learn about Photography, sewing, how to do my makeup in so many different ways, etc.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
My golden rule is to always be yourself when cosplaying. Don’t listen to other peoples judgment. Cosplaying is supposed to be fun and it’s always better when you do it your way.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
It has changed quite a bit over the years. It’s more professional yet fun.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Liliana from Magic The Gathering. Her gown is so beautiful yet dark. Sadly, I could never afford to make it. It’s just too expensive for all the materials.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Most of the time, No. I just set my plans to do make it and slowly go along from there. That’s why it takes me so long to finish a cosplay.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay means everything to me. It’s a way to let go for a day and be free. To escape reality and just let go of all that stress and anxiety. To fully be yourself and have fun!
How do you see the cosplay community 10 years from now?
Probably the same energy it has now but has grown a lot bigger.
What is your favorite con to attend?
Holiday Matsuri In Orlando Florida.
Is there another cosplayer who inspires you or is your role model?
Alyson Tabbitha. Not only is she my friend but she’s also my inspiration for a lot of my cosplays.
Do you consider yourself an inspiration to other cosplayers?
To a few, yes. Only because they told me though. I personally don’t view myself as an inspiration.
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
Always ask before taking pictures. Most cosplayers don’t like having their photos taken without their permission. As to meeting them? Just walk straight up to us and introduce yourself. We don’t mind talking or meeting new people. It actually brightens up our day! Me personally, I hate having my photo taken without me noticing or being asked but I LOVE meeting new people and talking to them. I enjoy a good conversation.
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
That it gets hard for me to continue cosplaying due to my severe depression. It drags me down a lot and makes me want to give up on everything most of the time. I stay strong just for them because I’ve been told that I inspire them to cosplay and inspire them to battle their own demons as well. It’s a lot to have on my shoulders but it’s worth it to me.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Losing the man I love would make me stop cosplaying. I wouldn’t stop cosplaying forever but I would put it on hold for a long while.
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