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: Frankie K Cosplay!
Cosplay Page: Link | Country: USA | Gender: Female
Happy: When did you begin cosplaying and what got you interested in the hobby?
Frankie K: When I was around the age of 19, that’’s when I discovered my passion for cosplaying. I remember seeing photos of Vampy Bit Me and Yaya Han being constantly shared around the internet. I was so mind blown!
I had no idea you could make cosplaying into a career. A few days later, I sat down and drew a character. Her name was Midnite Rogue. She was an bounty hunter, living in a steampunk world. She had a short red bob, wore a school girl uniform, and goggles. I was inspired by the movie Sucker Punch. It was my first time making a wig. I had so much fun putting the costume together and just being able to run around my neighborhood pretending to go on missions…I got so many weird looks.
Since then, I knew how much passion I had for cosplay, so I continued and got involved in the community.
Happy: What do you remember about your first day cosplaying at a convention?
Frankie K: I remembered being overwhelmed. My first convention was Animazmen, the biggest anime convention in North Carolina. I believe it was in the year of 2012…Oh God, it was such an experience. There was just a lot to take in at once. At the end of each day I was so tired, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I did have a lot of fun! I was so sad when I left. I had a major case of the post convention blues.
Happy: Would you consider yourself more of a seamstress or a builder?
Frankie K: I am more of a seamstress than I am a builder. I do both, but I’m definitely better at sewing.
Happy: Anyone who really inspires you?
Frankie K: They’re are so many. When I discovered who Vampy Bit Me was, I couldn’t get enough of her. I saw all of the amazing people she got to meet and work with, all the beautiful countries she got to travel to…I really wanted to make that a goal of mines. To have a career through cosplay.
To become a professional cosplayer and also work in the industry. I’m also inspired by Maki from Maki Roll Cosplay. I took a break from cosplay, and seeing her photos really inspired me to get back into cosplaying. There’s something about seeing another black female cosplayer that is just slaying in the community…it just made me want to get back out there and show the world what I got.
Happy: Have you ever-experienced harassment or bullying while cosplaying?
Frankie K: I have yet to experience any major harassment. I do know the more I put myself out there, the more I open myself up to any type of harassment or judgement.
I’m mentally preparing myself for it. The main thing that sticks out to me is when people question any character I cosplay because of my race, but I usually ignore it Those comments usually come from non-cosplayers. For those of you who are being harassed and bullied in the cosplay community, just keep in mind that people say and do terrible things out of their own insecurity and because they are unhappy with who they are, and they need to project those feelings onto someone else in order to make themselves feel better.
Don’t let that bring you down. I doesn’t matter how small or big you are, short or tall. It doesn’t matter what your race is, it doesn’t matter what gender you identify with. Just cosplay for you! Cosplay any character that makes you happy. You don’t have to meet the worlds beauty standards in order to cosplay. Do whatever your heart desires. I’m here rooting for you!
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?
Frankie K: I learned how to sew and build props. I never in my life would have guessed that crafting foam is so versatile. I mean few sheets of crafting foam, some modge podge, a hot glue gun, paint, and some patience…you got yourself a prop. Its fascinating how many props you can make with just those items.
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?
Frankie K: A few years ago I took a long break for medical reasons. It was extremely tough trying to get back into cosplaying because I lacked motivation. I would always start on something, and never finish it. Then I would make a crap ton of excuses as to why I never could finish my work. One day I just forced myself to do it, and I realized how happy it made me.
So I just went from there, and here I am…I know it can get overwhelming, especially when you’re constantly thinking about all the work you have to do. And then life can get in the way, Then there are times that you’re just tired and don’t want to think about cosplay. It’s easy to get burnt out. Just take it one day at a time, try to dedicate about an hour or two each day. It’s ok to take breaks, especially if you just need to get yourself or your personal life together.
Don’t ever feel like you’re obligated to get things done…I think that was my biggest issue. I always felt obligated to constantly work on something, or take photos and post them online. I had this big fear of missing out. I use to let my anxiety get the best of me to the point I would just feel drained anytime I started a project. So if you ever feel stuck, or lack any motivation; take a break! Go for a walk, listen to music, dance, and then get back to work.
Happy: What is it about cosplaying that you love?
Frankie K: I love the people I meet through cosplaying. Everyone I’ve met so far have been nothing but kind, inspiring, helpful, loving, and passionate! I dread the final hours of a convention, because I know it’s gonna be a long time before I get to see their faces again.
Another thing I love is the processes of transforming into the character you’re cosplaying. The feeling you get when you look at yourself after you fully transformed…it’s indescribable. It’s the most wonderfulest feeling in the world.
Happy: What is it about cosplaying you dislike?
Frankie K: It’s EXPENSIVE! Dang it can get super expensive. You gotta buy all the materials for your cosplay, then tickets to go to the cons, and then there are travel expenses…UGH!
Happy: Why do you cosplay? Why do you keep coming back to it?
Frankie K: Cosplaying gives me so much confidence. Like I said before, I love that special feeling you get after you transform into your character. Being able to express myself through all the hard work I put into cosplaying makes life worth living. It gives me something to wake up to everyday! It’s my purpose in life. I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon.
Happy: Have you ever hurt yourself accidentally or intentionally for cosplay?
Frankie K: A word of advice!!! It’s not a smart idea to wear 6 in stilettos while cosplaying…especially if you’re going to be doing a lot of walking…and trust me, you will be doing a lot of walking. The boots I wore for my Sailor Moon cosplay, they have a 6 inch heel…The convention I went to was three stories high, and some areas you couldn’t get to without stairs…Oh boy…I had blisters on my feet for weeks.
It was funny, because a few hours before I left the convention, someone stopped me to congratulate me for lasting all they in those boots.
I would say never again, but they’re the only boots I have for that cosplay at the moment.
Happy: Over all how would you rate the cosplay community as a whole?
Frankie K: The cosplay community can be a bit judgemental at times. As a cosplayer, you put so much time and effort into your cosplay…and someone will find the smallest imperfection and go to town on it. But if you can’t handle judgement or criticism, then you don’t need to be in the community. Overall, there is more positivity in the community. To me that will always outweigh all the negativity that goes around from time to time.
Happy: What are some of your favorite cosplays you have worn?
Frankie K: My favorite would be my Starfire cosplay. Besides the wig, I made the entire cosplay from head to toe. It took months, but I’m so proud at the way it turned out.
Happy: Do you have a dream cosplay you would love to do someday?
Frankie K: My dream cosplay is Fran from Final Fantasy XII. I do plan on making that this year. I’m going to cry during the process. Haha, have you seen her armor??? All that detail??? Jeez Loueez!!!
Happy: What was an amazing experience you had in cosplay that you will never forget?
Frankie K: The time I got to meet Gerard Way, and got a signed Funko Pop Toy. I will never forget that day!
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?
Frankie K: The biggest challenge I have with cosplaying is figuring out how to balance cosplay and my personal life. Again… it can get expensive. Cosplay is also time consuming. I work an 8-5 job, and there are days when I have to work over…even into the weekend. So it’s hard trying to find that balance, along with maintaining a social life, and staying fit, and healthy eating. It’s something I have to work on.
Happy: What is your favorite convention right now to attend?
Frankie K: Right now, NC Comicon. I would like to branch out this year and attend some out of state cons.
Happy: What is a convention you would REALLY like to attend one day and why?
Frankie K: I really want to attend San Diego and NY Comicon. I really want to go for the experience.
Happy: What are your future goals with cosplaying?
Frankie K: My main goal is to become a professional cosplayer. I want to be known for my talent. It’s been a goal of mines for a while.
I would love to host events at conventions, interview artist, writers, cosplayers, do amazing photoshoots. It’s been a big dream of mines to make it as a cosplayer. My long term goal is to become an art director. I have an eye for art. Along with cosplaying, I draw, paint, and dance. I just want to dedicate my life to making art. I feel like that’s what I’m here for! I want to share my visions with the world. I want them to see through my eyes.
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