I really enjoyed getting to know this new but very excellent cosplayer. She has some wonderful insights and I gained a lot from our conversation. Enjoy!
How do people in the cosplay community know you?
My handle is gearhead_alice
When did you start cosplaying?
I started cosplaying in March 2017
Why did you start cosplaying?
I wanted to cosplay after seeing pictures on pintrest and other social media platforms. I thought it was extremely intresting. I have always been a tomboy who has into gaming and comics.
Unfortunately, I never had the confidence to. I also never knew anyone else in the community. Luckily, in November of 2016, I met my boyfriend who has been in the community since 2011. My life was pretty rough before cosplay and as dramatic as it sounds cosplay saved my life. I was always made fun of for my nerdy quirks until I became a part of this amazing community.
Who is your cosplay idol?
Jessica Nigri – she was the sweetest when I met her at Boston Comic Con 2017.
What are your favorite type of cosplays?
I LOVE genderbent and crossover cosplays. (For those of you not familiar with the terms, a genderbent cosplay is when you intentionally change the gender of a character you are cosplaying. For instance, putting a skirt on a StormTrooper. This isn’t when a girl or guy cosplayer dresses up as another Gender. A Crossover cosplay is when you mix up the costumes of two characters to make them one character.)
What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?
I’m not sure – anything that shows skin is super intimidating to me. There are some characters that show skin that I would like to cosplay. For example, League of Legends characters.
What do you love about cosplay?
I love being able to be a completely different person for a period of time. It makes me feel empowered.
Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
Tinkerbell. I love the reaction from the children. Seeing their faces light up is amazing. Usually people have a story, and I love to hear them. I remember one girl told me a story about her grandmother. It just warms my heart.
What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING. <3
What tips/tricks do you have for other cosplayers?
Don’t compare yourself to others – it will make you go nuts.
Don’t obsess over details, again it will make you go nuts. I’m a perfectionist and sometimes I need to realize that if someone gets that close to see the imperfections, then they need to back off.
What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?
We don’t do this for you to sexualize, harass, belittle, or make fun of us.
What cosplays are you working on?
Currently, I am working on a Mei (Overwatch) and Elsa (Frozen) crossover, Wren’s guns (from the anime RWBY), and DVA. I have a list of over twenty cosplays though, so stay tuned!!
What cosplays do you want to do if money/time were no object?
Armor/weapons ! It would take my prop making skills to another level.
Where can people find your cosplays?
I’m on Instagram and Facebook as gearhead_alice.