We made it through another week! I hope you all enjoy my new interview. This cosplayer is fabulous.
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
Arin Eugenia Rogers is my name, and you can find me on mostly any platform at Cinnabarinety. I originally wanted a username with my name in it, and it got a little longer the longer I had it. If you meet me in person you can all me Arin, Cinny, Cinna, or Cin.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?
Easy! Cream Soda- especially the types that are clear like Sprite or Seltzer Water. Brings back childhood memories.
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
I’m a younger cosplayer who’s ambitions are to hopefully make a name for myself in the community not only as a good and detail oriented cosplayer, but someone people can come to as a good role model as I always do my best to help people and show people that the issues in the cosplay community should never stop you from doing that which you love.
On my down time I play games, write creative stories (either fanfic or original pieces), create websites, draw, or work on large ambitious projects.
WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?
I started around 2013-2014 with my friend Alysa, if I never met her I’d probably would’ve never watched any anime past Black Butler. It was my most favorite and my constant go-to con: Anime STL!
WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?
Oh wow, that’s a kinda loaded question for me at least. I started with a friend to bond and explore the world of anime and nerd culture, but when it came down to it, it was an amazing outlet for me to vent or to get my mind off things. I deal with multiple personality issues, ie. Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, so having those creative outlets helped to zone into something that soon became associated with positive thoughts and getting a little out of my comfort zone.
WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?
Jessica Nigri for being ambitious and just- her armor builds are amazing!
One of my friends Hiwalanityata, who is adorable and a badass with worbla.
Leon Chiro and Moderatelyokaycosplay as the most kick-ass men in the community with hearts of meme-y gold.
And a lot of the peers/kids who cosplay with their heart and have support from family like I do!
WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?
I love any character with a strong sense of community, a heart of gold, and an excuse to be a little loud and compassionate. I don’t like to usually restrict myself, but anything I can do alone and with close friends usually are my go-to. I don’t do groups sadly, I dropped them due to school and work.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?
So far Ruby and Deku. They are my biggest and post commonly posted since I’m still new to posting things, but teen characters get my heart.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?
Any SUPER BUFF men or anything that is too easy, I need a challenge!
DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?
If I can’t make it or it would take way too much time, I’ll buy it. If I can make it, even crudely, I will make it with my whole heart. I’ll even write out lists with references and what needs to be bought, made, commissioned, and how long I need to give myself to make it.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?
The bonds you build, the memories you make, and the fact that my family is so supportive of it all, even helping my buy and make parts. My family is my lifeline, and I wouldn’t be here doing what I love with people I cherish if it weren’t for them. Also the peeps to want to keep me and others safe, Y’ALL DON’T GET ENOUGH LOVE.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?
I would say time management, and the urge to spend the best amount for cosplays. I make my own income and I’ve learned how easy it is to spend too much or how badly I want to work on one little detail even if it costs my health.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER TO COSPLAY?
Ruby for sure! I have like a little family, I always get stopped for pictures, and when I see others cosplaying, I drop my jaw and just go off with conspiracies and gossip about the best wifey/husbando.
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
Oh EASY… Maybe not. It’s a good tie between the Harry Potter Universe and the Borderlands Universe. In one hand, MAGIC HELLA YEA. In the other hand, if I die I come BACK. I would say the Fallout 4 universe but I’m to lazy, luckily I’m a good shot.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR COSPLAYS?
The source, existing cosplay, concept art, magazines, and fan art. I wanna know what people see/want, that they look like, and how people manage to get it done. It’s why I love AU cosplays.
WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?
Where to start? Top five are Vault Hunters (Borderlands), Little Sisters (Bioshock), Vault-People (Fallout), (Game) Grumps, and Androids (Detroit: Become Human)
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?
DO NOT WORRY ABOUT QUALITY OR HOW MANY PEOPLE ASK TO TAKE YOUR PHOTO! I hated my second time cosplaying because I knew nothing but wanted everything, but now I enjoy time with like minded people, always ask for advice, and even take professional grade pictures myself!
WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?
“Don’t be afraid of the glue gun, or the sanding belt.” Basically, don’t be afraid of small and quick methods or the hefty, expensive methods. Quality over time equals good work my dears.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?
COSPLAY. IS. NOT. CONCENT. To be very blunt, I have been harrassed, groped, solicited, and almost had upskirt shot taken of me (which caused a nice crunchy heal smash) and I’m not okay with it. I’m young at of the time I’m writing this, I did not nor never will say it way okay. I have a lot PTSD triggers that are sexual. Doing any of them can cause me to break down and go into a self-destructive mode. I’m most likely not the only one, please respect us. Men, women, trans, young, old, new, veterans, clothed, barely-clothed, etc, we demand just as much respect in than out of cosplay.
WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?
Currently nine of them! Two are trios/duos.
-Ruby’s Scythe- Crescent Rose (The full 7 feet!)
-Ruby’s Dance Dress
-Larry from Sally-Face
-Gwen from Into The Spider Verse
-Gaige from Borderlands
-A Squid Princess from the Mario Universe
-Newt Scamander for Disney
-A DnD build as soon as I flesh her out
WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?
Big Daddy’s from Bioshock, Deadpool, Handsome Jack, Rhys, or Power Armor from Fallout.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?
Any platform with @m13y0 or @cinnabarinety
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