I hope everyone is having a great end to 2017! Here is an awesome interview with some great insights for you as we wrap up the year!
What should we call you?
Alex Watts or ChaosCapturedCosplay
Tell us about when you started cosplaying?
I started cosplaying in high school back in 2006.
What drew you to cosplay?
I grew up doing theater both onstage and behind the scenes. I’d always looked up to the costumers that would make impressive outfits out of seemingly nothing. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday because I got to experience that feeling myself. Once I found out what cosplay was, it became a challenge to get the most technically correct costumes I could put together.
Who are your cosplay idols?
Yaya Han and Alyson Tabbitha, for sure.
What are some of your favorite cosplays?
I have a soft spot for cosplaying female superheroes. That being said, some of my favorites are Black Widow, Batgirl, and Spider-Gwen.
What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?
I’m not going to say “never will” because I definitely plan on attempting it once I have the right skill level, but my dream cosplay is Sheik from Ocarina of Time.
What is it you love about cosplay?
The challenge. Ever since becoming a cosplayer, I have been constantly teaching myself new techniques of crafting and sewing. Just within the past few years, I’ve learned how to hand make chainmail, embroider, and make wigs. I also love meeting the fans of these characters. There’s nothing better than being able to make these beloved characters come to life for children and adults alike.
Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
Mako from Kill La Kill because I get to be as outgoing and silly as I want to be and it’s completely in character. It’s also in character to constantly be eating which is another giant plus when you’re around all the Japanese goodies offered at conventions.
What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?
How worth it can be. It’s hard work but very rewarding once you see the final product.
It’s ok to buy costumes. Don’t listen to those who say it’s not.
Everyone has their strong points and their weak points. Never be afraid to ask for help.
Enjoy yourself. If you find that you’re stuck in a con crunch rut, step back and really focus on what made you start in the first place.
Most of all, keep in mind that we’re all just dorks in costumes at the end of the day. Respect fellow cosplayers as you would anyone else and you’ll be fine.
What tips do you have for other cosplayers?
Learn as much as you can. Even if the skill seems pointless now, you never know when you’ll need it.
What is something you wish people who don’t cosplay knew?
That cosplay is a lot more than just putting on a costume. It’s way more of a community than anything.
What are you working on?
I’m currently working on Peridot (Steven Universe), Leeloo (Fifth Element), and Aela the Huntress (Skyrim).
What cosplays do you want to do if money and time were no object?
Is “all of them” an acceptable answer? I would for sure do a lot more joke/mash up cosplays for fun if I didn’t have to worry about money.
Where can people find your cosplays?
Instagram! ChaosCapturedCosplay is my main social media account but I can also occasionally be found on facebook.com/TheAlexWatts.
What genre of cosplay do you like the most?
For me, I love superheroes and video game characters.
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