The Cosplayer Feature is a series of interviews done by HappyCosplayer featuring cosplayers from around the world who would like to share their story. Two cosplayers are featured a week both here on my blog and on my Facebook pages: HappyCosplayer, JustCosplay, CosplayingCommunity
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Featured cosplayer: Steampunk Succubus!
Cosplay Page: Steampunk Succubus | Country: USA | Gender: Female |
Happy: When did you begin cosplaying and what got you interested in the hobby?
Steampunk: I started cosplaying is 2008 when my best friend at the time got me into it. She begged me to be the Princess Zelda to her Link.
Happy: What do you remember about your first day cosplaying at a convention?
Steampunk: Honestly the first thing I remember was thinking how terrified I was. At first it was so overwhelming with how many people were in attendance – and this was a fairly small con – and I was sure no one would like my costume. I was so surprised at how accepting and loving everyone was.
Happy: Would you consider yourself more of a seamstress or a builder? Steampunk: Seamstress all the way. I haven’t had much time to practice building props or armor, but I’ve been sewing since I was about 6.
Happy: Is their anyone who really inspires you and why?
Steampunk: Amongst those I know, my friend that first got me into cosplaying is still a huge inspiration to me and I aspire to be as talented as her. As far as famous cosplayers, Alexandria the Red always blows me away with her talent and body positivity, and April Grace is an incredibly talented cosplayer. I aspire to be like them someday as well.
Happy: Have you ever-experienced harassment or bullying while cosplaying? Steampunk: Most definitely. I’ve received more harassment for my weight than I care to count, both inside the cosplay community and outside of it. I also often get comments or dirty looks from ‘normies’ who think we’re all crazy. I try to simply smile and ignore it, thankfully nothing drastic has come out of any of those situations.
Happy: Are there things you have learned through this hobby that you never would have guessed to have learned before you started cosplaying?
Steampunk: I have learned to love my body and have confidence, which I really didn’t think something as simple as dressing up in costume could help me feel. Cosplaying has also helped me develop my artistic talent and ability to market myself more than anything else in my life has.
Happy: A lot of people get overwhelmed or ‘brunt out’ over time with this hobby called cosplaying. Have you ever felt that way, or do you feel like you ever would? What would you say to those that maybe feeling burnt out now?
Steampunk: Once or twice I’ve experienced a bit of a burn out feeling, like “why do I bother? Nobody likes my stuff anyway,” and the like – especially when I first began fighting depression – but I always come back stronger or more obsessed with my craft than before. If I could say one thing to those feeling this way, it would be just keep doing what you love! Feeling stunted? Try something outside your comfort zone, and above all never give up on something that makes you happy. If it doesn’t make you happy, look into something else.
Happy: What is it about cosplaying that you love?
Steampunk: The community and the way it has brought me closer to many of my friends, as well as earning me new ones.
Happy: What is it about cosplaying you dislike?
Steampunk: The cost and the bullying. Cosplay can be very expensive, but mostly I dislike how many folks in the community are treated, especially popular cosplayers online.
Happy: Why do you cosplay? Why do you keep coming back to it? Steampunk: I guess because I’ve always had a passion for sewing and creating, and I love so many characters that cosplaying gives me a great way to express my love for those things. Every time I meet a fellow fan or I get to help a cosplayer with advice on how to make what I made, it reminds me why I do this. I want to continue cosplaying and meeting new friends and sharing my craft.
Happy: Have you ever hurt yourself accidentally or intently for the sake of cosplay?
Steampunk: Good lord more times than a human should. Hot glue gun burns, needle stabs, awkward uncomfortable positions to get that correct stitch or the proper fit. Not to mention corsets and heavy wigs. Though other than all those mostly accidental pains, I’ve never intentionally hurt myself or put my body in a dangerous position for cosplay.
Happy: Over all how would you rate the cosplay community as a whole?
Steampunk: I’d say in my experience the community tends to be more accepting than judgmental, but there is always the darker side to things. It’s usually welcoming about 70% of the time, and judgmental and mocking the other 30% of the time. Though I’ve never truly felt in competition with anyone; when I see someone who is more talented or looks better than I do, I look at it as a reminder to keep working harder and always striving for greatness.
Happy: What are some of your favorite cosplays you have worn?
Steampunk: My two all time favorites are my Fem!Russia from Hetalia which was the first cosplay I was truly proud of and I made EVERYTHING by hand. The other is my Suicide Squad Harley Quinn which I’ve put more effort into than anything else, making it by hand and remaking things I didn’t like, and I receive the most compliments on.
Happy: Do you have a dream cosplay you would love to do one day? Steampunk: Some day I would love to feel confident enough and have the talent enough to create a succubus from Castlevania cosplay. It’s a very revealing outfit and the wings will be a huge project for me to undertake.
Happy: What was an amazing experience either in cosplay or at a convention that you will never forget?
Steampunk: There are so many that it’s hard to pick, but a truly memorable experience was at my first convention ever when I inadvertently met(and ignored, oops) my now husband, who was involved in a huge sword battle between Naturo characters. Another experience that really meant a lot to me was just last year at a local comic con, a woman approached me and complimented me several times on my Harley costume. She then went on to express how thrilled she was that I had the confidence to wear that somewhat revealing costume, and that she felt I was a walking statement for body positivity. I had never been more proud to be a cosplayer than at that moment.
Happy: What is your favorite convention right now to attend?
Steampunk: JAFAX, which was my first con and is also my home con.
Happy: What is a convention you would REALLY like to attend one day and why?
Steampunk: Some day I would love to be able to attend Colossalcon and San Diego Comic Con. Those are my major con goals.
Happy: Does any one in your family cosplay? How about close friends? Did you get anyone to cosplay because you were doing it? Steampunk: My older sister considered it, but decided it wasn’t her thing. My younger sister cosplayed for a while but had to quit when she got into more advanced high school courses. Right now it’s just my husband and I along with friends. My best friend and numerous other close friends have cosplayed with me, and I was actually the one to drag my bestie into the cosplay world.
Happy: What are your future goals with cosplaying? How about future goals for yourself personally outside of cosplay if different? Steampunk: I constantly set new goals for myself both in costumes I’d like to create and in artistic talents I’d like to gain. Right now I’m working towards getting better as wig styling and some day I’d like to be able to make armor. I also have a main personal goal of losing weight and becoming more comfortable in my own skin.
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