Cosplay Spotlight: KittyStar

Looking good KittyStar! Welcome to our COSPLAY SPOTLIGHT!!!!!

Why do you cosplay?

Cosplay is a unique, creative, and fun way to express your interests at social events, I was always going big on my Halloween costumes, whether I was sewing them by hand, or going to countless stores to find all the right pieces to complete the look. I guess you can say I never grew out of my love for dressing up. Then I started attending regular local conventions and cosplaying and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s the atmosphere of the convention, the people you meet, the crazy panels you attend, the con funk, okay, not so much the con funk. But the people; your dressed as a recognizable character of a series you love which invites others who love the series to talk to you, and just like that you’re in a deep conversation oozing over all the details, chatting as if you’ve known each other your whole lives! That’s what makes cosplay so appealing to me. I’m a nerd at heart, so to finally find a place where I feel at home and accepted is my paradise, that’s why I cosplay.

What was your first cosplay?

First costume, Ryu of Ninja Gaiden when I was like 5. First actual cosplay, Night Elf Druid of World of Warcraft in 2008.

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

Answer, yes and no. I believe I’ve made the majority of my costumes, however I’ve had a few that were given to me as birthday gifts which were obviously purchased. But almost every costume I have regardless if it was purchased is usually altered in some way or has my own accessories that I made myself. A lot of people feel if you don’t make the costume yourself 100% then you’re not a true cosplayer or something, but I think that notion is kind of ridiculous. I mean why can’t you be allowed to just dress up, regardless of who made it and enjoy it. I do think however there is a lot more pride into wearing a cosplay that you made yourself, I mean after all those long hours of cursing your sewing machine or burning yourself with hot glue, you would have to be proud, right? The length of time it takes to make my costumes varies, I get really excited about the idea of a cosplay and usually will work on it right away, get about half way done, and then wait until like 5 days before the convention and then finally force myself to finish it. I’ve made full cosplays in 5 hours (Tenten of Naruto), or spent 6 months of consistent labor making one (Chocobo Mascot). It really varies on the difficulty, the biggest factor to the time frame is availability of materials and financial means. I’m also working on several at once so it’s hard to gauge my average time of construction.

What is your favorite character to play?

My favorite cosplay to date has been my Mithra Cosplay from Final Fantasy 11 online, it’s just such a playful character, I love the colors, and it’s really comfortable. I’ve worn it to more conventions than any other costume. After devoting hundreds of days of playtime in that game it has a deep seeded love in my heart, and every time I slip that costume on the memories come flooding back.

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

Hmmm, well I’ve cosplayed more video game characters than anything, with Anime being the 2nd most cosplayed, however I really love comics and there is a huge list of characters I would love to cosplay. I’m absolutely in love with the Top Cow universe; especially with the newest series “Angelus” in her Pink armor outfit being my ultimate dream cosplay. There is also a few movie based cosplays on my ‘to do’ list, so I guess you could say a bit of everything.

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

I’ve made plenty of mistakes, lots and lots and lots of them, but that’s how you learn. Accept that your first couple costumes aren’t going to be perfect, but always strive to improve every time. A couple small tips, if you’re working with hot glue on anything, always run a test sample to ensure the hot glue isn’t going to burn through your project. You can always easily make something smaller, but it’s a lot harder to make it bigger. If you’re using really expensive fabric, make a mock up using cheap fabric first for practice.  Its okay to curse, threat, or scream at your sewing machine, however abusing it will not make it work any better. J Be sure to always cosplay characters that you love, and you’ll never be disappointed at the end of the day.

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

Role-play? Well, I guess the ones that are more close to my own personality yes, like a Mithra for instance. Or the ones that just have really fun personalities, like Mileena of Mortal Kombat. I really enjoy role playing the fighting game characters, their tough personas are easy to mimic, and their costumes are always a lot of fun to make, also having their weapons makes it easy to role-play or pose for pictures.

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