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Cosplayer Spotlight – Nozokumi

I hope everyone has had a great week so far. It’s hump day! To make the day even better, get to know this wonderful Cosplayer. 

How are you known in cosplay?

My name is Noelly and I’m known as Nozokumi.

When did you start cosplaying?

I started cosplaying back in 2015.

Why did you start cosplaying?

I started cosplaying because an older student in my theater class was a very talented cosplayer, who had really inspired me. I saw her cosplaying Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service and me, being interested in Studio Ghibli films, wanted to start doing something similar.

Who are your cosplay idols?

The girl from my theater class was definitely an idol of mine, as well as a cosplayer who goes by AderuKittenSenpai whose vines gave me life and pulled me into new genres and types of cosplays. They really brought me into cosplaying from more than just anime and i started cosplaying from comics and games.

What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?

I have always wanted to cosplay Jinx from League of Legends and Sombra from overwatch. I probably will not because of the props, complexity of the costumes, and expenses. The wigs run over my budget and foam is a hard thing to work with for me.

What do you love about cosplay?

I love cosplay because I was brought into a community where everyone can bond over their interest and skills, and don’t judge because alot of people are in the same fandom as you. You can show people your creation and be your favorite character for the day. I’ve met so many amazing friends through cosplaying and conventions that I likely wouldn’t have met before, and I’m so glad I did.

Who is your favorite character to cosplay?

My favorite character to cosplay must be Kirigiri Kyouko. The costume is just so cute and not as bulky or likely to have a malfunction as others I have worn.

What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?

The most difficult thing for me is finding small parts for cosplays that are very specific and within my price range. This ranges from fabrics to wigs. Also creating some cosplays can be difficult in keeping them sturdy and in place and definitely avoiding the “con crunch”.

Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?

I get inspiration for cosplaying through those amazing friends I have met through conventions.

What are your “fandoms”?

My “fandoms” are DC, League of Legends, Anime, Overwatch, Vocaloid, and a variety of other games.

What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?

I wish beginning cosplayers knew that it’s okay to get out of your comfort zone for cosplaying and meeting people at cons. Trying new things is what cosplay is about. If beginning cosplayers have previously seen me whether it be online or at other cons, it’s completely alright to talk to me and learn more about my cosplay. And ofc take pictures together.

What tips do you have for other cosplayers?

Use wig clips to secure head pieces, drying dollar tree slime with a heat gun to mimic resin while making jewels, and spending a little more on wigs because when it comes to those you get the quality that you pay for. Also before cons, if you wish for people to take pictures of you have a few poses prepared in mind and practiced.

What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?

I wish non-cosplayers knew that  I have worked hard on my cosplay, I’d prefer them to ask before touching me or pieces of it and before taking photos. Something new that I have noticed is non-cosplayers people putting belongings on artists and vendors tables to stop and get photos of me, this is quite rude to the vendors and artists who have worked hard on preparing these things.

What cosplays are you working on?

I am currently working on a star guardian Luxe and Moka Akashiya cosplay which I am totally thrilled for.

Where can people find your cosplays?

My cosplays can be found on my cospay instagram page: Nozokumi 🙂 

Please remember I do not own any of these pictures and the opinions in this survey belong to the interviewee.

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