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 both here on my blog and on my Facebook pages: HappyCosplayer, JustCosplay.
“May you be inspired by them!” -HappyCosplayer
Featured cosplayer: Ally Way Cosplay !
Cosplay Page: Link | Country: Canada | Gender: Female
Happy: When did you begin cosplaying and what got you interested in the hobby?
Ally: I began cosplaying when i was 14, i had heard about cons and after a car accident I had. I would spend loads of time watching convention and cosplay videos, wearing costumes was always a huge interest so it just clicked and became an instant love and something that really helped me get distracted and happy.
Happy: What do you remember about your first day cosplaying at a convention?
Ally: I remember being really nervous, my first costume was just my own take on a ouran HSHC uniform.
Nothing about it was correct not even the color but I loved it and was just so taken back from the detail and craftmenship of the others I was nervous that I wasn’t good enough.
Happy: Would you consider yourself more of a seamstress or a builder?
Ally: I’m defiantly more of a seamstress. I adore people who can build props and armor and would love to build my skills in that area one day but for now I’m just a proud sewer who loves sewing and attempting to build props lol
Happy: Anyone who really inspires you?
Ally: Anyone who can really build their cosplays. seeing the light up and metal looking armor around cons it takes such talent and love for the craft I really admire anyone who puts that much love and work into what they do it always pays off and looks amazing.
Happy: Have you ever-experienced harassment or bullying while cosplaying?
Ally: When starting cosplaying I was always in my wheelchair and experienced a lot of hate around that.
Some cosplayers believed I wasn’t a real cosplayer because the characters I did weren’t in a wheelchair and if I couldn’t pose or walk around like the character I should stick to wheelchair characters.
The outcome was almost me quitting permanently. But it inspired me to use my wheelchair to my advantage in which I did by cosplaying a full mermaid tail Ariel and a Harley Quinn mermaid. Something someone walking wouldn’t be able to do and it was a huge it. it 2 or my fav cosplays to this day and something I’m most recognized for at cons cause of how much it stuck out. It was also my first shoot so I was very proud and kept me form quitting or listening to their thoughts.
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?
Ally: I think sewing mostly. I always use to sew as a kid but nothing as serious as i can now which I’m pretty happy about.
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?
Ally: Ive only felt overwhelmed or burnt out when i was being bullied and first started. I don’t know what could help others other then what helped me which was to take a step back from what i felt i was failing at and go about it a different way, or trying something new to keep things fresh and exciting.
Happy: What is it about cosplaying that you love?
Ally: I love being able to recreate costumes of characters i love and be them for a day, bumping into people who also enjoy the character.
The atmosphere at cons are always amazing and cosplaying just makes it that much better cause you’re getting to do what you love, dressed like something you love and geek out with fellow fans.
Happy: What is it about cosplaying you dislike?
Ally: There’s been too much need in the community to be famous or elite. I think the meaning behind cosplay has really gotten jumbled these past years and its taken off and become main stream. some people forget why cosplaying is amazing and make it into a popularity or skill contest, trying to be the one with more likes or knock someone down for a “flaw” in their costume being how its made or if its screen accurate.
Instead of knocking people down cosplayers should bring each other up. and instead of it being who has the better costume or more likes it should just be about the great job they did or how you like that character too.
Happy: Why do you cosplay? Why do you keep coming back to it?
Ally: I cosplay for a few reasons. 1 Ive always enjoyed dressing up and making costumes, 2 its a great way to make friends meet new people, 3 I love the process behind it, loving a character so much you just need to make their costume, the designing and problem solving it sometimes takes. Its such a freeing and fun hobby. Theres no wrong way to cosplay be it cross play, original characters, cross overs, so many types and things to do.
Happy: Have you ever hurt yourself accidentally or intentionally for cosplay?
Ally: I think I’m sadly one of the many victims of the glue guns burns. My mermaid tails were also very tiring and crampy because id have to balance both legs on the rest of my wheelchair with nothing supporting under my knees.
Happy: Over all how would you rate the cosplay community as a whole?
Ally: I think its a bit of a mix. Sadly you’ll always find some who see it as a competition but i think the community as a whole is very friendly and welcoming. at the end of the day were all just fans of something and enjoy bringing it to life, hard not to enjoy it.
Happy: What are some of your favorite cosplays you have worn?
Ally: My Ariel is defiantly one of my favorites. Seeing peoples faces when they saw my tail flapping and moving or how I even had the tail was always a lot of fun, and seeing little cosplayers see me as the real Ariel and asking for a photo or just saying hi was always super sweet.
Also any Harley just because i absolutely love Harley she’s my favorite dc character and theres just so much you can do with her.
Happy: Do you have a dream cosplay you would love to do someday?
Ally: Since its my first year learning to walk again id love to cosplay panty anarchy in her angel form with her large wings.
I think it would be beautiful. Or any character cosplay that requires LED’s. I have yet to do that and id really like to attempt it.
Happy: What was an amazing experience you had in cosplay that you will never forget?
Ally: I think one amazing experience I had was meeting the cast of shield at SDCC with my friends.
Being at SDCC in a wheelchair isn’t always the best cause of such a large crowd but the marvel booth was amazingly sweet they had me wheeled right up to the stage and when the cast had come out they had all come down off the stage to meet and take photos.
I thought id never get the chance to meet them but i felt like the luckiest person ever and now I have a framed polaroid of me and Coulson to remember it by.
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?
Ally: Cosplaying in a wheelchair did at first just because there was many characters I could do either because they had some sort of wings or dress that would be simply too big for the back of my chair or would hit the wheels.
It was a bit hard to overcome but id fix it either by altering the design or take a cute twist to it like itty bitty wings. Im now facing new challenges and I learn to walk again like the hate for con shoes lol but its lead to me to boot covers which i love.
Happy: What is your favorite convention right now to attend?
Ally: My favorite that I can attend right now would be fan expo, I love that its a mix of everything and 4 days to fill it all in and see everything lol If its ones I have attended its a tie between Portland wizard world comic con for its wonderful atmosphere space and people. and SDCC for its size and events.
Happy: What is a convention you would REALLY like to attend one day and why?
Ally: Id really love to attend New York comic con. Its always been on my list because some of my favorite designers go every year and every year the con looks so amazing and so much fun. its one of the top cons out there and just looks like a blast with so much to do and see.
Happy: Does any one in your family cosplay? How about close friends? Did you get anyone to cosplay because you were doing it?
Ally: No one in my family, but my boyfriend does. Its how we met. I also slowly got my friend into cosplaying which I’m very proud of lol!
Happy: What are your future goals with cosplaying?
Ally: My future goals for cosplaying are learning how to build props and armor. Its one thing I’ve always had trouble with or two scared to try but I’m planning on facing my fear and making some killer costumes and props.
My personal goals is too just get back into walking so i can enjoy and go to cons for longer periods of time.
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