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Cosplayer Spotlight – R&J Cosplay

It’s Friday! And we have a great interview! What could be better? A con, but not this weekend…so enjoy this interview.

Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Jasmine Abubaker.
My page name is R&J cosplay and supplies(we run it as a team)
link: https://www.facebook.com/R.Jcosplaysupplies/

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What is your favorite beverage?

I absolutely love freakshakes and cold coffee!

When did you start cosplaying?

I started cosplaying back in 2016. My first cosplay was at Mumbai comiccon, india as Catwoman (gosh, it was terrible) but I had the best time of my life. I remember how I refused to put on the costume because of anxiety and my friend literally forced me to put it on and go up on stage. I’m glad that happened.

Why did you start cosplaying?

I had attending the World Cosplay Summit ’16 and there were few professional cosplayers like Rheality lapse, dancing kitteh and vijay sinha as guests. I had no idea about cosplaying but rhea’s cosplay journey inspired me a lot and I decided to give it a go.

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Who are your cosplay idols?

Firstly- kamui cosplay, rhea chowdhary, jeet molankar, aorin shariyari.

What types of cosplay do you do?

Until now I have just cosplayed 4 characters (amateur alert) out of which two of them are of gaming category which is from dota 2.

What are your favorite cosplays?

My favourite cosplay is phantom assassin from dota 2 so far.

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

There are many characters (mostly female) from many genres like gaming, anime etc. Which I probably won’t be able to cosplay mostly because of budget issues as well as not having the confidence to pull of the costume (if it shows skin).

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Do you make, buy, or special order your cosplays?

Yes, I’m a cosplayer as well as prop maker, we are working as a team, me and ronak joshi. We take orders for costumes,props,wooden swords etc.

What do you love about cosplay?

I love cosplaying because it has help me build confidence to a lot extent (I’m an introvert), I was able to make so many friends from the community. Building my own props gave me a sense of pride and contentment. Going to events and cons is one of my favorite part. It feels amazing,when some recognizes and appreciates your work.

What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?

Since I’m a student, the most difficult part of this journey is budget issues. I come from a middle class family and sometimes I run out of money and have to cancel or postpone certain characters because of he same. Also, time restraints is also a big problem, but who needs sleep, eh?

Who is your favorite character to cosplay?

Cosplaying as phantom assassin felt great since it was my first self made armoured costume. And the response was great too. I’m looking forward to cosplay Princess Jasmine from Alladin, nico robin from one piece, sunblast angel-mtg, and so many more.

If you could live in/visit any fantasy world, where would you go?

I would definitely go to the one piece world. Its my favourite anime series of all.

Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?

As I mentioned names few names earlier, there are so many talented people in our community with excellent talent. Seeing work in progress pictures or coming across new character suggestions also inspires me to build new costumes. I also follow many cosplayers on facebook and instagram, their tutorials are a great help.

What are your “fandoms”?

This could take long! im in a lot of fandoms may it be music, movies, anime, tv series etc. I’ve been a potterhead since a kid. Now I’m in many fandoms related to rock music. I’m an otaku so I’m a part of that club as well.

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What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?

This is something every beginner should know, (I wish I knew that too), that you can cosplay any characters you like irrespective of the color, weight or gender. Cosplaying should be for fun (competitions are a whole different thing) but you should not be afraid of cosplaying any character because of the fear of being shamed or laughed at.

What tips do you have for other cosplayers?

For beginners, choose characters that are relatively easy to work with. You don’t have to do a full fledged armored cosplay in the first go. As a cosplayer myself, I’ve seen many others who shame other artists, this should not be done because you have no idea how much that one comment can affect someone.

What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?

That IT IS NOT AN EASY JOB. We sometimes work day and night to build a costume for a one day event. Also many of them should know that cosplay is not consent, unnecessary comments and touches are experienced are experienced by both male and female cosplayers during the cons and its just sad and disgusting. Ask for permission, incase of anything!

What cosplays are you working on?

I’m working on my rize cosplay from tokyo ghoul anime for a group photoshoot. Also saving up for my princess jasmine cosplay which I will be doing next year.

Photo by @anticninja

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

One of my dream cosplays now is sunblast angel from mtg series, it will need a lot of foam work which can go expensive. Another character is death prophet from dota 2 which has a lot of work and detailing. I hope I will be able to do these someday.

Where can people find your cosplays?

You can find my cosplays on Facebook as well as Instagram
fb:- https://www.facebook.com/R.Jcosplaysupplies/ (R&J cosplays)
ig- @r.j_cosplay

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

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