Angel, this is your week in our COSPLAY SPOTLIGHT!!
Why do you cosplay?
Why do I cosplay??? That’s like asking why I breathe or why I eat food! I cosplay because I *need* to cosplay. Cosplaying is my favorite way to release my creativity. Every aspect of it, from the planning to the production, to the actual performance is everything I love to do. It’s about having fun and forgetting about your worries and the stress of every day life. Cosplay is about adventure and drama and romance and danger! It’s the closest you get to living in your favorite book or movie or TV series. It’s all about making a story come to life and letting your imagination soar!
What was your first cosplay?
Hmmm… that’s hard to say. I remember dressing up like Peter Pan and Beetlejuice when I was little. But I’d have to say my first cosplay since I got older (and one that I have continued to do) is Captain Jack Sparrow. His costume has gotten better and better over the years and I’m still not done with it! 🙂
Do you make your own cosplay costumes, if so, which ones, and how long does an average costume take to make?
Who is your favorite character to play?
My favorite character to cosplay is whatever character I am cosplaying at that moment. 🙂 I get excited about my future cosplays, so my favorites switch around a lot. Probably the one that I enjoy cosplaying most is Harley Quinn, because I’m really proud of the costume I made for her, I can do her voice, she’s my favorite female comic book character, and I can act like her. It really helps when you’re able to actually *become* the character, rather than just dressing up like them.
Amongst animation, comics, movies, or video games, what is your biggest inspiration for cosplay?
Comic books, by far. Although the animated movie and video game versions of the comic book characters also help. Most of my cosplays are comic book-related. The only ones that I have that aren’t are Captain Jack Sparrow, Beetlejuice, The Doctor, Sweeney Todd, and Mrs. Lovett. Everything else is comic book-related, ha ha.
Have you ever made any mistakes that you’d warn a first timer about?
When using chemicals like spray paint or plastic resin, DO IT OUTSIDE. If you do any of it inside, including in your garage, no matter how well-ventilated the area, your house WILL smell like plastic resin for WEEKS.
Are there certain characters that are easier to cosplay as than others?
I think the easiest characters to cosplay, or the ones I am most comfortable cosplaying, are the ones that I can actually act like. I’m a writer and an online role player as well, so if I’m thinking of doing a cosplay, I’ll find a site to roleplay the character first to see how well I can think like them, act like them, and talk like them. I want to know my characters inside and out. I never break character, so it’s important for me to know their stories, personalities, and past so well that I can answer any questions I am faced with. That’s what convinces people that I really *am* Tony Stark or Loki or Harley Quinn, not just a cosplayer.