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Cosplayer Spotlight – Dustin T. Dust Cosplay

I fell in love with this Newt cosplay the moment I saw it (YAY HUFFLEPUFF!). As I got to know this cosplayer I loved all their cosplays. Now I’ll stop talking and let you enjoy them as well! 

What are you known as:

Dustin or Dustin T. Dust Cosplay.

When did you start cosplaying?

The first time I ever cosplayed was at DragonCon in 2009.

What was it that drew you to cosplay?

For the last 8 years I’ve been a part of Lips Down on Dixie, the Rocky Horror shadow cast in Atlanta and we perform every year at DragonCon. My first year with them I was cast to play Riff Raff as part of the official DragonCon cast. I had never been to a con before and didn’t really know what to expect so I looked it up and saw a bunch of pictures of people in costumes. I’ve always loved dressing up so I was really excited to learn about cosplaying. That year we took a couple of (terrible) costumes with us and had a blast at the con. Since then I’ve been to DragonCon every year and have started expanding to as many other conventions as I can get to.

Who are cosplayers you look up to?

I have quite a few cosplay idols. Some of the more well-known including @yayahan, @chrisvillain, @theofficialariel, and @mrleozombie. In addition to those I’m always inspired by friends and acquaintances who cosplay such as @emmajupitercosplay and @rtscosplay.

What types of cosplay interest you?

I have a lot of varied interests and I end up with a lot of variety in my cosplay because of it. If I had to choose a type of cosplay I tend to do a lot of it would be Disney and variants on Disney characters.

What are your favorite cosplays?

Asking me to choose a favorite cosplay would be like asking a parent to choose a favorite child. They all have a close place in my heart but a few of them like my Mad Hatter and my Newt Scamander really stick out to me.

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

I try not to ever limit myself. If there’s something I want to cosplay I will work towards it. I love learning new skills while I work and doing things that challenge me. I think part of the fun is the construction of the costume and everything you learn while doing it.

What do you love about cosplay?

There’s so many things I love about cosplay. If I had to narrow it down I would say I love constantly learning new things, being able to show my love for characters in a fun and creative way, and my biggest one would be my love for the community as a whole. The cosplay community is one of the most open and welcoming communities I’ve ever seen and I am proud to be a part of it.

What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?

The most difficult thing for me is definitely wigs. Anything to do with them. Picking the right one, cutting them, styling, it’s all a mess for me. Pretty much the only thing I can do well with them is wear them.

Who is your favorite character to cosplay?

I don’t really have a favorite character to cosplay but the one I have done the most would be my Hiro cosplay and the one that is currently the most popular on my social media would be Newt Scamander.

What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?

There’s no wrong way to cosplay. Let me say it one more time for the people in the back. There’s. No. Wrong. Way. To. Cosplay! People will tell you you’re doing it wrong or it isn’t good enough. Ignore them. We all started somewhere and no one just wakes up one day with the full knowledge of how to build a full suit of armor. Do your best and always push forward. Don’t compare your work to other people’s. If you can push yourself to do better each time that’s what’s important. Thankfully I had a very supportive group of friends and other cosplayers when I started and that made all the difference. Look for people who push you to succeed and ignore those who try to hold you back.

What tips do you have for other cosplayers?

In construction there is a saying, “Measure twice, cut once.” That is just as important when working on cosplay. There’s nothing worse than ruining a prop or costume you’ve been working on because you cut the wrong spot. Trust me, I’ve done it. Also, I know crunch time happens and you end up skipping sleep to work on things but you have to give your body some rest time. When you’re working on little to no sleep you make more mistakes and sometimes end up putting yourself further behind.

What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?

Just because we like to dress up and have a good time in costumes doesn’t mean we are immature. I’ve known cosplayers from all backgrounds some of which hold jobs like doctors and lawyers. Everyone needs to blow off a little steam sometimes and this is how we choose to do it.

What cosplays are you working on?

I try not to talk too much about what I’m working on so that if it doesn’t get finished no one will ever know. That being said, I am currently working on a cosplay from the show Riverdale. You’ll have to keep an eye out to see who it is.

What cosplays do you want to do if money and time were no object?

If money/time were no object I would love to cosplay Deadpool. He is one of my favorites and I would love to have one of the amazing suits from @costumereplicacave but they are a little out of my budget right now. He’s still on my cosplay list and I’m hoping I can find a good alternative until I can afford one of their suits but that cosplay may just have to wait until I have a more expendable income.

Where can people find your cosplays?

I’m on Instagram @DustinTDustCosplay and I just set up a facebook page at facebook.com/DustinTDust. There isn’t anything posted on it yet but I’m planning to get it going soon!

 

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

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