Jessica Crouse, this is your week in our COSPLAY SPOTLIGHT!!
Why do you cosplay?
I started cosplaying just because it was fun. I love costumes! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays just because it is an excuse to dress in costume. But I’ve found that it’s a rewarding experience as well. I get to meet and hang out with a lot of other awesome cosplayers. I also get to meet the fans of the characters that I cosplay. That is really cool. People come up to me and tell me how much they love the character. Some people treat me as if I really am the character. They tell me things that they have always wanted to tell the character. Some people get emotional. They will cry, hug me, and tell me how much they love me (the character). So cosplay is fun, but it also warms my heart that it helps people and makes them feel good as well.
What was your first cosplay?
My first cosplay was Xena Warrior Princess.
Do you make your own cosplay costumes, if so, which ones, and how long does an average costume take to make?
Todd of Todd’s Costumes www.toddscostumes.com
made my Xena costume and weapons. It is by far my best one. Anything else I cosplay I have made myself. I take a lot of pride in my cosplays. I put a lot into them. I pay great attention to detail. Not only do I try to make the costume as authentic as possible. I make sure that my hair and make-up are as close as possible as well.
Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
Hands down my favorite cosplay is Xena. I am a huge fan of the show and she will always be my favorite. I’ve had people tell me that she is my spirit cosplay. I’d have to agree. 🙂
Amongst animation, comics, movies, or video games, what is your biggest inspiration for cosplay?
I like strong kickass women. So I tend to cosplay women like Xena and Lara Croft. I also am working on Alex Vause from Orange Is The New Black. But I also want to do childhood favorites like Mary Poppins and Dottie Hinson.
Have you ever made any mistakes that you’d warn a first timer about?
It’s ok to say no. When you are dressed in cosplay people will ask you for things. They may ask for a picture, a hug, to pick you up, or to act something out. Cosplay is for fun. If someone asks you to do something you don’t want to do. Then don’t do it.
Are there certain characters that are easier to cosplay as than others?
Characters that are closer to my own personality are easier to cosplay. That’s why I tend to drift more towards the women of action. If I had to cosplay an airheaded bimbo I think I’d have a bit of trouble staying in character. I think I would annoy myself. Haha.
Deviantart: Modern Xena
#1 – #4 by FirstGlance Photography.
#5 by Aurora Goddess.
#6 – #8 by CosPortraits.
#9 by Ashley LeCompte.
#10 & $11 N/A
#12 by Roger Conrad.
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