The Cosplayer Feature is a series of interviews done by HappyCosplayer featuring cosplayers from around the world who would like to share their story. Cosplayers are featured every other day both here on my blog and on my Facebook pages: HappyCosplayer, JustCosplay, CosplayingCommunity
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Featured cosplayer: Raven Star!
Cosplay Page: Link | Country: USA | Gender: Female|
Happy: When did you begin cosplaying and what got you interested in the hobby?
Raven: I started cosplaying back in 2011 when I was in high school. My friend val took me as her guest for a trip with our school anime club to my first anime convention which was zenkaicon. She had me dress up as one of her OC ninjas from naruto and I just fell in love with everything about the conventions and being someone else for a few hours.
Happy: What do you remember about your first day cosplaying at a convention?
Raven: I felt horrible. I had never been to a convention before and had only recently joined my school’s club. I knew nothing about and the only anime I knew was Naruto, Sailor Moon, and Dragon Ball Z.
My friend dressed me up as one of her OC Naruto FanFic characters and I thought I looked stupid. But about half way through the convention we met a guy dressed as Tobi and we talked and he actually liked the OC. After that I felt better and got way more into the con.
Happy: Is their anyone who really inspires you and why?
Raven: My friend Nikkita. I met her at Otakon when I hired her as photographer. I remember her being dressed in a handmade sailor suit. That was my first professional shoot and she was just so nice and helpful. She really makes me want to work harder.
Happy: Have you ever-experienced harassment or bullying while cosplaying?
Raven: I’ve been harassed by both cosplayers and normies. My first year as Twilight Sparkle I had another girl dressed as Twilight Sparkle come up to me and tell me I looked like a complete slut. I had on a blue knee length prom dress because I was going as Gala Twilight.
I walked away from laughing cause her comment made zero sense. I’ve also had normies come up to me in my mermaid princess Lucia cosplay and tell me I was to fat to cosplay that character. They actually stolen my convention badge. After like an hour of calling me to have me run random places to try and get it back I finally got my badge back from security at the con. Never got their names but that was the worse. I went back to my hotel and changed cosplays.
Happy: Are there things you have learned through this hobby that you never would have guessed to have learned before you started cosplaying? If so what are these new skill traits?
Raven: How to be more open. As a kid I was super shy. I wouldn’t talk in front of people, I’d keep my head down during photos. But as I have gotten better at cosplaying, I’ve gotten more comfortable with myself.
I now walk right up to people to ask for photos, I’m happy to stop and chat with anyone who stops me, I’ve gotten better at having my photo taken. This has been an all around boost for my confidence.
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?
Raven: Nope. I look forward to every summer when I know all my favorite conventions will be. I start planning in Jan. for the cons and it really gives me something fun and relaxing to do. If someone has become brunt out then I would say try a new con or a new type of cosplay. I’ve met a lot of cosplayers that have a style to their cosplay that they always use. Try something new with your designs.
Happy: What is it about cosplaying that you love?
Raven: Not being me. It is nice to forget the stress of my normal life for a few hours.
Happy: What is it about cosplaying you dislike?
Raven: That one thing that always goes wrong on a cosplay. You know an item you paid for being messed up when it arrives, not arriving in time, items breaking mid con. Also the price like really I can’t rationalize spending 500+ dollars on a costume that will get worn maybe 4 times a year if that.
Happy: Why do you cosplay? Why do you keep coming back to it?
Raven: To get away from the real world for a bit and to bring others joy. It really does make me happy when a cosplay comes out perfect others enjoy it.
I was once dressed as Lucifer from The Devil Is A Part-Timer and I went to a autograph session with Aaron Dismuke the american voice actor. We were standing in line and he sees me and he was like LUCIFER.
He ended up telling me and my boyfriend about his grandmother seeing post about him being Lucifer and having to explain what it was. We saw him outside the con and walking to his hotel and he actually stopped and walked with us that way talking. It was nice and all because my cosplay was spot on.
Happy: Have you ever hurt yourself accidentally or intentionally for cosplay?
Raven: So many times with a glue gun…I’ve also learned to bring a change of shoes with me. I wore black heels with my twilight cosplay and my feet felt like they died. Now I always keep a pair of flats with me.
Happy: Over all how would you rate the cosplay community as a whole?
Raven: It really depends on the con. I’ve been around people who were super nasty and then I’ve also met people who have become my friends just because they saw me upset at a con and stopped to ask what happen.
Happy: What are some of your favorite cosplays you have worn?
Raven: My Twilight Sparkle, Adagio Dazzle, and my Princess Lucia.
Happy: Do you have a dream cosplay you would love to do someday?
Raven: Haruhi Suzumiya that will actually be finished for this up coming Otakon as part of a group cosplay of the show.
Happy: What was an amazing experience you had in cosplay that you will never forget?
Raven: The best thing that ever happen was my second year at Otakon I was going to meet up with some so called friends from school who I had gotten tickets for. When it came time to meet up they didn’t show. I logged on to Facebook to find out if they were lost or late only to find out that all three of them blocked me.
They sent a message to our other friend that was with me when she asked what happen. They gave her some crap lies and it basically came down to they used me to go to the con. I was sitting on the in door fountain steps crying by this point when a girl I met that morning at a my little pony photo shoot came up and sat down with me. I explained everything that had happen and she hugged me and gave me her spike plushie. She said I could have him and added me on Facebook. We have been friends ever since.
Happy: Has cosplaying presented you with challenges? If so what sort of challenges? Were they hard to overcome? Are you still working on overcoming them?
Raven: My weight. I’m not a tiny girl and a lot of cosplays are built to Asian size or just to small. I’m working to become more toned but it isn’t easy due to some meds I have to take.
Happy: What is your favorite convention right now to attend?
Happy: What is a convention you would REALLY like to attend one day and why?
Happy: What are your future goals with cosplaying?
Raven: Learn to sew. Get better with foam. Learn to use Wobble. Outside of cosplaying is really just to finish school. College the only thing more expensive then cosplay.
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Deviant Art: http://demonicravenstar.deviantart.com/
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