The Cosplayer Feature: Crystal Wings Cosplay [21]

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.

“May you be inspired by them!” -HappyCosplayer

Featured cosplayer: Carefulwiththatdragon!

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My Bellatrix Lestrange cosplay/ Photographer – Nikoletta Magyar

Cosplay Page: Link | Country: Latvia | Gender: Female|

Happy: When did you begin cosplaying and what got you interested in the hobby?

Auce: I was introduced to cosplay in 2014, by one of my best friends in start of our online friendship when in one talk I learned he not only roleplay Snape, but also cosplay. It seemed interesting. So, when I decided to meet him a year later in real life for first time, I planned the trip date to also attend con with him. It was my first step into field of art which until then was completely unknown to me.

Happy: What do you remember about your first day cosplaying at a convention?
Auce:  Aside from being completely nervous? It was really great. I was in foreign country, a bit scared, seeing all those awesome costumes and props others had while my first costume was Lily Evans which I designed myself – later learned that many mistook me for Death Eater.

And I was so surprised to feel very welcomed by others. My friend and I did some great photos with other HP cosplayers and the atmosphere in general was very great. It was the day when I realized I want to return there and continue to cosplay. 

Happy: Would you consider yourself more of a seamstress or a builder?
Auce: I’d say I’m more seamstress, but currently worked on first armor for Dark Zelda from LoZ. Sadly, in my country you can’t find craft foam materials which are so popular in armor, so I had to use what I had – simple cardboard and paint. But I still feel better at sewing.

unnamed (3)Happy: Is their anyone who really inspires you and why?

Auce: Yes. There is one cosplayer and very, very close friend to me, Lozlink. His cosplays are phenomenal and he’s the one who inspired me to do Zelda cosplay. As person, he’s incredibly kind and supportive to others, and I’m proud to be his friend. He is my greatest inspiration. 

Also, my brother and teammate, SilverHeart, who supports me and always has my back when I lose faith in my skills and myself. These two men are my strong pillars both in cosplay and life. 

Happy: Have you ever-experienced harassment or bullying while cosplaying? 
Auce: To be honest, I have been lucky to not experience such attitude or situation.

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?

Auce: I learned a lot. Sewing some dress or such is one thing. Self-designed costume is not so hard, because you make it as you want. But as I began to work on second cosplay, that was start of new challenge, because I no longer could improvise. I had example of character (Bellatrix Lestrange) and I tried to make replica of it. Cosplay helped me to develop much better sewing skills.

I’ve made two more outfits and each single time is like experiment. When I begin to work on it, I never know what the outcome will be. And when in progress I see how the outfit comes together and gains the visual resemblance of what it should look like, that’s truly great satisfaction. 

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?
Auce: Sometimes I feel exhausted. Not from cosplaying itself, but mostly it’s financial matter that prevents me from attending cons (there’s only one con in local area and it’s rather small one, so I prefer to travel abroad), getting materials for it.

And sometimes I do feel like giving up. But – and it’s what I want to tell the others too – things do work out. Per Aspera ad Astra, so to say. When it gets ‘too much’, taking a little break is helping. Give it some rest and then get back into it with fresh strength and view. 

unnamed (2)Happy: What is it about cosplaying that you love?
Auce: Personally to me it’s not only great chance to meet people I love and spend time with them, but also challenge myself. As person, I haven’t been much social, despite having singing career in past.

Being cosplayer can be somewhat compared of being an actor. You are wearing the costume you love and have created and bring your character in life. I admire everyone who cosplay. If you think about how in Hollywood several professionals are working on creating costume for actor/actress, so many people involved into make up/hairstyle/prop making, and then there’s cosplayer who does all of it by him/herself at home…well, that’s really remarkable. And anime/video game characters that are drawn, and cosplayer brings them into life, recreating drawing into actual thing – this is, I believe, truly genius. 

Happy: What is it about cosplaying you dislike?
Auce: The cost of materials, probably. It’s great if you can find what you need in local stores or eBay. But good or even medium quality materials still cost a bit. 

Happy: Why do you cosplay? Why do you keep coming back to it?  

Auce: I’m an artist by nature. Everything creative is what makes me happy. When I’m not working on cosplay, I’m drawing or writing or making something. Anything that gives me chance to release imagination and create something. In cosplay, the best reward I get is when people recognize my character and come up to take pic or sometimes even such little thing as smile and thumb up gesture can do a lot. And when people actually like what you do, it’s giving new strength to continue it. 

Happy: Have you ever hurt yourself accidentally or intentionally for cosplay?

Auce: Haha, I lost count how many times I stabbed my fingertips with needle. Since I don’t have sewing machine, each costume I sew from start to end by hands only. Intently…well, I’ll certainly get new boots for Bellatrix, because it was hell for my feet in con. After first two hours I could barely walk. How it will feel with armor in next con…well, that’s what I’ll find out. But usually I try to make costume not only so it would look good, but to make it feel comfortable enough for whole day. 

Happy: Over all how would you rate the cosplay community as a whole?      

Auce: I guess I’m one of those insecure people who are uncertain whether or not they will be accepted in foreign territory. But I have faced extremely welcoming attitude from cosplayers. Due to my inability to travel much, mostly communication is via Facebook, groups or private, but must say, Hungarian cosplayers I’ve met are really supportive and welcoming. 

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With my brother SilverHeart Cosplay/ Photographer – Tamás Holscik

Happy: What are some of your favorite cosplays you have worn?

Auce: Sadly I don’t have many costumes yet, but Bellatrix Lestrange is my favorite so far. It’s actually fun to cosplay this crazy witch, because when you’re Bellatrix, you can act crazy and do crazy stuff around. And it all fits character. And people like Bellatrix. 

Happy: Do you have a dream cosplay you would love to do someday?

Auce: Oh…I do have some in future plans. My dream cosplay would be either Queen Zelda from Hyrule Warriors or Sarah Williams from Labyrinth. Since I’m not much into Marvel or anime, I would love to bring out in life characters from movies. With no laughing, one of cosplays I’d love to do in future is Rose from Titanic, either ‘flying’ scene or ‘jumping’ dress.

First cosplay of Lily Evans in Fall Mondocon 2015 with Snape Cosplay and gaming/ Photographer – Nikoletta Magyar

Happy: What was an amazing experience you had in cosplay that you will never forget?

Auce: To me, so far it has been great experience by meeting so many lovely people in cons and gaining new friends. The cosplay brought in my life people who had became not just friends, but family, like SilverHeart who is my brother by all means. As cosplayer, I’m about to face the new experience by entering cosplay contest which will be the first time, performing on stage for jury, so crossing fingers for good luck.

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?

Auce: My first challenge was shortly before first con when I helped my friend by sewing him Snape robe. It was big challenge because when I make costume for myself, I’m the only one who wear it and the way I sew it is only for me. But making outfit for someone else (who lives more than 1000 km away with no chance to test it on and check if size or length is correct) – it was tricky. And I’m proud of result (despite spending the sewing process by cursing the one who designed it for Alan Rickman). 

Lately, I believe the greatest challenge was this last one I’m still working on, because it required armor making which I never thought I could make. I spent hours in google, searching for images of other cosplayer works on this character to see how they built it and if it’s actually something I can do. When I finally began to work on it, it seemed like mission impossible, cutting the shape and glueing layers together. But surprisingly enough, the result was better than I hoped for. And I hope on future give myself new challenge, upgrading the character and making new ones with armors – and I’m so not calling myself crafter. 

Happy: What is your favorite convention right now to attend?
Auce: My fav and only con I attended so far is Mondocon in Budapest, Hungary. It’s taking place four times in year, in each season (spring, summer, fall, winter), and since last year each con is two days event. I love Budapest and its definitely one place where I will return for more cons. 

Happy: What is a convention you would REALLY like to attend one day and why?
Auce: My dream convention is Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. It’s four day event – that alone is enough to get me excited. But I have many friends there who attend this con. I really would love to meet them, especially one of them. In professional matter, it seems to be one of biggest comic cons in that area, and I would love to have such experience, bringing my cosplays there. 

Happy: Does any one in your family cosplay? How about close friends? Did you get anyone to cosplay because you were doing it?

Auce: Rather my friends got me to cosplay. /laugh/ My mom doesn’t cosplay, though. But since she’s also creative person, she supports me and often helps me with getting supplies for costume materials. 

Happy: What are your future goals with cosplaying?

Auce: Future goals? Haven’t thought so far in future, actually. I hope to get more skilled in crafting to the point I can not only make props for myself, but also for others. Until then, I just want to keep on cosplaying my favorite characters and be as creative as possible. 

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