Nothing makes Monday better than cosplay! I hope you enjoy this cosplayer interview.
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
Ash Frost, SeiferNoir. My Insta: @SeiferNoir, Facebook: www.facebook.com/ seifersstitches
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?
Teavana Mango Black Tea or Boba tea!
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
I’m a professional cosplayer from Saint Louis and I love being who I am.
WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?
I’ve been cosplaying for 11 years now.
WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?
I cosplay as a fun escape to be someone I am not for just a little. I love creating these intricate works and being my favorite characters from all my fandoms!
WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?
Phil Mizuno and Kamui Cosplay. My friend and Senpai James Fipps is also a great person as well.
WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?
I try to spread myself out when it comes to my cosplays, but I say I mostly focus on anime and video games.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?
Currently, My Cowslip Blastoise or my Hero Suit Bakugo
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?
A Big Sister from Bioshock
DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?
I do my best to make all my cosplays, but some are just easier to buy and there is no shame in that.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?
I love the diversity of cosplay and that it can bring us closer. I enjoy meeting up with fellow cosplayers that share my love of fandoms that we can talk about!
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?
Foam crafting. And getting over my own body issues to feel better about myself.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER TO COSPLAY?
Right now it’s Bakugou
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
The My Hero Universe or Sailor Moon.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR COSPLAYS?
Most of the time, it’s just me watching a show and I gasp and I go, “I NEED TO BE THAT.”
WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?
My Hero, Sailor Moon, Pokemon, League of Legends, Friday the 13th, Borderlands, and Disney.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?
Don’t compare yourself to others. It’s a great way to get discouraged. Everyone progresses differently and everyone has different skills and talents that they will have. Also, we live in the wonderful age of technology. Please don’t be afraid to reach out to people who may know more and ask questions. It helps you learn as well as maybe the person you are asking.
WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?
Do plenty of research before your build. Try to set out a budget. If it’s beyond your skill level, ask for commissions, but be prepared to pay a commissioners cost. Their time is worth it.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?
That I’m not just doing it for attention. I enjoy being the characters I cosplay and I mostly do this for me.
WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?
Currently, I’m still composing my list for 2019, but I’m hoping to have it up soon! I think my next cosplay is going to be Chompette.
WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?
Big Sister from Bioshock, all of Jinx’s skins from League. All of the Cowslip designs I really want to do.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?
On either my Insta (@SeiferNoir) or my Facebook (Seifers Stitches). I’m also currently developing a website, which will hopefully be out in late January, early February 2019.
What is your Biggest Pet Peeve?
I really dislike gatekeeping in the community, as well as Size Shaming, and Race Facing. Don’t change yourself or tell others to change for cosplay. We all deserve to cosplay who we want, without being shamed.
Please remember I do not own any of these pictures and the opinions in this survey belong to the interviewee.