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Hi, what shall we call you?
I go by The Dragon’s Cosplay.
What is your favorite beverage?
OK, this is like the third time I’ve gotten this question on a cosplay profile and every time I have to say water, and it sounds super boring. But yeah, water.
When did you start cosplaying?
I began in 2013, and attended my first convention in early 2014.
Why did you start cosplaying?
I always loved dressing up, makeup, and crafting. I also got into fandoms, starting with Doctor Who, in 2013, so cosplay was the natural coming together of all these loves.
Who are your cosplay idols?
I don’t follow a lot of big name cosplayers. I look up to any cosplayers whose photos I’ve seen and they’ve made me stop and go, ‘Wow.’ I want to be that cosplayer for someone else.
What types of cosplay do you do?
Mostly science fiction and fantasy. I usually try to stick to the source material of the character- my only genderbent one is my Captain America. The majority of my characters are female, and most of my cosplays have some sort of big prop that goes with them.
What are your favorite cosplays?
My hands down, all time favorite cosplay is Rey. I have continually been working on her ever since I saw The Force Awakens. I have made three different versions of her before I was satisfied. This costume is approved by the Rebel Legion, the Star Wars costuming organization. I am continually expanding it- recently I made a BB-8 out of paper mache to go with her. I love the character of Rey, and the costume is really comfortable as well.
What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?
I love Padme, but I’ve never done any of her stuff because it involves so much fancy sewing, and I don’t have that much skill.
Do you make, buy, special order your cosplays?
I usually make 99% of my stuff, using thrift store stuff as a base. What I don’t need to make- generic looking jewelry for example- I’ll buy from eBay of thrift stores. I’ve only ever commissioned two things- Rey’s arm cuff because leather is hard, and Loki’s scarf because it had a specific print.
What do you love about cosplay?
I love all of it: the making, how I feel when I plan out a cosplay, doing my makeup and getting ready for a con, doing the photoshoots, all of it.
What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?
Photo editing is super hard for me, but I am trying to get better at it.
Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
I like Rey, because I like her character, as well as the reaction that the costume gets from the adults and kids that see it.
If you could live in/visit any fantasy tell, where would you go?
I think Harry Potter or Star Wars, because they include the comforts of modern life, and also have magic/ cool space stuff.
Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?
If I think the character, and I like their outfit, I will go for it.
What are your “fandoms”?
My oldest are Star Wars and Harry Potter, although I didn’t think of them as fandoms when I got into them because I was like, seven and didn’t even know that term. Then Doctor Who, (I was into BBC Sherlock and Supernatural for awhile, anyone else remember the SuperWhoLock days?) Lotr/ all of Tolkien’s stuff, Marvel, Dragonlance, Dark Matter, musicals.
What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?
That you are absolutely going to get better in cosplay, and that we all start somewhere.
What tricks do you have for other cosplayers?
I think that as far as helping your cosplays look great, it’s important not to forget the shoes, and try to find something that matches what the character wears. Recently I heard that you can buy sheets from thrift stores and use their material, as its cheaper than buying fabric at the fabric store. Ebay is really really good for getting cheap clothing and cosplay stuff. Also, putting translucent powder over your lipstick will increase its wear time, especially if it’s a quality brand of lipstick.
What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?
That it’s super easy and fun to get started in cosplay! Also that you don’t have to be a super crafter of anything, because there are tons of ways to get a good cosplay without all these skills.
What cosplays are you working on?
Currently one of Amberle’s dresses from the Shannara Chronicles. Also I’m going to be doing a commission for Hela from Thor.
What cosplays do you want to do if money and time were no object?
So I guess that skill is still an object, I would want to do Queen Lyra’s wedding dress (the purple one with the corsets!!) from The Shannara Chronicles.
Where can people find your cosplays?
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