I’m excited to go to Wizard World today!!! For those of you who don’t get to go to a con this weekend, enjoy an interview getting to know an awesome cosplayer.
What can we call you?
Miles Yagami or Miles Yagami Cosplay
When did you start cosplaying?
I started cosplaying officially in my first year of high school, I’m now 27 and have been enjoying it ever since.
Why did you start cosplaying?
I started cosplay as a fun hobby with friends that quickly became a creative outlet that has also provided me with lots of great opportunities within the nerd community like being featured in comics or working with charities.
What types of cosplay do you do?
I’ve done a little bit of everything, but my favorite characters to cosplay are live action ones. Movies, TV shows, etc. The extra challenge of trying to make yourself resemble a real person when portraying a character is something I really enjoy exploring.
What are your favorite cosplays?
My current favorite cosplays I do right now are Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead and Roman Godfrey from Hemlock Grove.
What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?
I’ve promised myself for years that I’ll cosplay as Jason Todd’s Batman, but it never seems to come to pass.
Do you make or buy your cosplays?
It really depends on the costume. I buy and alter clothes from thrift stores for a lot of costumes, but I also make some completely from scratch. I recently finished up a TLJ Kylo Ren costume that was mostly by hand (with some help from my wife to finish it on time).
What do you love about cosplay?
I really love the freedom or expression it offers. The ability to creat and wear something that I find great joy in in a wonderful, therapeutic release.
What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?
Sleeves. I hate them to the very core of my soul.
Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
Oh, this is a tough one. I like a lot of them for different reasons. Negan from The Walking Dead is definitely high on the list, though, simply because of the kind of reactions you get.
Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?
I’m one of those people who sees a character and just instantly wants to cosplay them. It just kind of happens.
What are your “fandoms”?
There are far too many to really list out. But, my current top obsessions are It, Hemlock Grove, and The Last Jedi.
What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?
Just have fun. Don’t worry about maybe not being as skilled as the person next to you. It’s not about who’s the best or who’s been doing it longer. If you’re doing something you love, you’re doing it right.
What tips do you have for other cosplayers?
Save some money. Shop at thrift stores. Not only can you get some of your cosplay without having to spend a ton on fabric, thread, time, etc. but you can also often find cheap fabric. Check out the bedding section. Bed sheets come in a variety of different fabrics and sizes. You can get a ton of fabric for way less than you would at a store or online. My pleated sleeves for Kylo Ren are made from a bedsheet. Had I gotten the fabric at a fabric or craft store, it would have cost me 4x as much.
What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?
This isn’t “playing dress-up”. A lot of time and skill goes into cosplay. Engineering, hair and makeup artistry, FX and movie makeup, tailoring, electronic work, craftsmanship, and so much more all on a shoe string budget and between working real jobs and school (for a good many). Cosplayers really do wear a lot of hats and I wish that was more recognized.
What cosplays are you working on?
Right now I’m working on Pennywise and a very special build that I can’t quite yet reveal, but she’s gonna be awesome.
What cosplays do you want to do if money and time were no object?
If time or money were no object, I’d pay someone to finish Kuze for me.
Where can people find your cosplays?
You can check out my work on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kaysamaart
And on instagram @milesyagami
Please remember I do not own any of these pictures and the opinions in this survey belong to the interviewee.