Cosplay Spotlight: Syren


Syren!!! You are the winner of this week’s COSPLAY SPOTLIGHT!!!!!

Why do you cosplay?

I cosplay because it allows me to express my love for my favorite characters and series! It also gives me an outlet for creativity and helps me meet new people!

What was your first cosplay?

My first cosplay was Rikku from Final Fantasy X-2, in her thief dress sphere. It was really horrible because I was 13 at the time, so I have no evidence of this haha.

Do you make your own cosplay costumes, if so, which ones, and how long does an average costume take to make?

I make most of my costumes if I have enough time before a con and if my sewing machine cooperates! I’ve made my Morrigan Aensland cosplay, and 95% of my Yoko cosplay (I bought a skull clip and scarf/jacket). Among others, I’ve made a Panty Anarchy cosplay, Kagura Sohma (Fruits Basket) cosplay, and even Berserker Rikku (Final Fantasy X-2) among others!
It depends on each costume’s design as to how long it’ll take me. My Panty dress took me several hours from cutting the pattern to sewing it all together, whereas my Morrigan cosplay took me a couple weeks or so of gathering materials, developing/editing patterns, and finally sewing everything up and such.

What is your favorite character to play?

My favorite is probably Yoko! I identify so well with her, and she’s very recognizable. The fact that I get to carry around a 7-ft tall rifle helps too!

Amongst animation, comics, movies, or video games, what is your biggest inspiration for cosplay?

It’s a tough call between video games and anime, but I think video games win out in the end! I play so many, and I’m obsessed (literally) with Mass Effect, so much so that it’s almost  a problem! But in all honesty I can take inspiration from any medium, whether it be television, anime, manga, video games, or anything else. As long as I like the character, I’ll cosplay them!

Have you ever made any mistakes that you’d warn a first timer about?

Don’t rush things! And be patient. I’m a very impatient person naturally, so I’ve had to overcome some inner obstacles and train myself to take things one step at a time. I’ve messed up entire costumes because I rushed one single insignificant step that made the rest of the design crumble. And just have fun with cosplay; it’s just a hobby, and it’s meant for you to have fun!

Are there certain characters that are easier to play than others?

In general, I find that characters that I have a strong connection to (in terms of how well I relate to them) are the costumes I find myself putting more effort into. Of course, this is different for everyone, but in my own personal experience this is usually the way it ends up being for me.

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