This cosplayer has some epic outfits…and epic answers! Don’t miss this final interview of the week!
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
Jasper Nightshade/Nightshade_cosplay/Vladimir Bloodrose
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?
Hmmm I’d have to say it depends on the day. Like one day I’ll love soda and the next it’s all about ocean water from sonic.
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
I am a cosplayer, L.A.R.Per, a member of the vixen cosplay dance group, a member of the vampire community and the Bdsm community. I love cosplaying and bringing the character to life for the fans. I run in character panels at conventions as well, because i believe that it’s so much fun to see all your favorite characters interacting not only with each other but with the fans themselves.
WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?
I started cosplaying in highschool after meeting other people who were into it. But I started L.A.R.Ping in middle school.
Why do you cosplay?
I cosplay because I love the feeling of not being myself. To be someone who I either wish to be or relate to. I do it to make people smile and to show people that cosplay is for everyone.
WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?
My cosplay idols are Rekia for her amazing attack on titan cosplay (Levi). Kaname for his red king, and eren. And i have a few more but the most recent is sasuleah. A couple cosplay pair who have me the courage to cosplay from yuri on ice and step out of a few of my cosplay comfort zones like using my own hair for otabek.
WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?
I focus mostly on anine characters, then it would be cartoon characters (American cartoons), movie characters, video game characters, then finally superhero/ villian characters. Though on some days I think its fun to do aus and original characters as well.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?
My favorite would have to be group cosplays and couple cosplays. I just think it’s more fun that way. Having a group of friends matching and having even more fun when more people join in.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?
I want to cosplay Handesome Jack from borderlands, but probably never will because I’dwant to do him justice and that make up is just not in my perfect skill range just yet.
DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?
I make, buy, special order and alter my cosplays. It all depends on the character and the difficulty. If I know I can make it and I have time I will attempt to make it. If it’s last minute I’ll buy it. Or if I’m just being lazy that say. If it’s a specific au and I can’t make it I’ll special order it. And if I can find something close at a thrift shop or in my closet I alter what I can.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?
I love how friendly it can be. How it can bring people together and help people come out of their shell. Even if it’s just the cosplay helping them do the talking soon it feels like you can have fun and talk even outside of cosplay.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?
Keeping up with my own list has to be the hardest part. Like when you start on one cosplay then magically somehow start another.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER TO COSPLAY?
My favorite character at the moment is going to have to be otabek because I don’t have to wear a wig. It’s also just a nice; comfortable cosplay.
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
I am not fully sure. That’s a hard one. I’d love to visit alucard from Hellsing. And Sebastian from black butler….hmmm I’ll have to say… the world of kamisama kiss. I could hug and love Tomoe.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR COSPLAYS?
I get them online and from watching the show. If I relate to the character, or just all around love the characrer then that is my inspiration.
WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?
the rwby fandom, Steven universe, ouran host club, Hellsing, trinity blood, and that is just to name a few
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?
I want them to know that cosplaying is for everyone no matter what size, height, race, gender, or age. If you cosplay for you and have fun then that’s all thay matters.
WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?
Do your research for your characters if you want to really get into character. Remeber to drink lots of water and eat. Keep a list when going to cons so you don’t forget anything. Take showers when at the con. Most importantly remeber we are all nerds just wanting to have fun. So don’t be a bully.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?
How much work, time, effort, and love we put into our work and into this hobby. For some people it is a very important part of their life. For some it’s a buisness (venders, cosplay makers, prop builders, and artist). And it’s expensive but fun and worth it.
WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?
I’m workingon so many. But I will say I am working on Shiro from voltron. Tyrian, Taiyang, Raven, Adam, and Weiss from rwby. Alucard from Hellsing. Sailor scout Esmeralda, and Heather Chandler from the Heather’s musical.
WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?
Dante from devil may cry. Sinbad from magi. Ban from seven deadly sins, everyone from rwby with their weapons lol.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?
My cosplays can be found on my Instagram, musically, ko-fi, patreon and soon my Facebook page.
What is your dream convention to go to.
Anime Boston and anime expo. I have always wanted to attend them both. I might actually get a chance to do anime Boston this year!
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