Happy Saturday! I hope you all enjoy this cosplayer’s interview as much as I did.
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
Sentinelbait, it’s a reference to the idea that the Mutants in the X-men universe are a metaphor for The LGBT community. In that context I’m “bait” for the Sentinels
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?
My current addiction is Coconut Berry Red Bull, I’m so glad they’ve made it a permanent product
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
I’m 28, but I have a habit of rounding that to 30. I’m 3/4 of a way through a history degree, which I desperately need to go back to college for.
I live in Oklahoma City with my boyfriend, and our Schnoodle, Osito and our Cat, Pesci
WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?
My first costume I made that i’d call a proper cosplay was a Genderbent Wonder Girl in 2012
WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?
For a few reasons. For one thing it’s my preferred creative release. In fact you can tell how stressed out I am by how quickly a cosplay comes together. “craft or die” I always say.
Also it’s really helped my self image, since I began cosplaying I put a lot more thought into my health and fitness.
Since around 2015 I’ve done mainly cosplay for charities, so that’s another drive that keeps me activity crafting.
WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?
Ooh that’s a tough one. There are quite a few cosplayers i admire, for a variety of reasons
Micheal Hamm ( @hammy73 ) and @arsenio.arsenal are two that I adore, especially their fitness = cosplay mentalities
@Joeprydecosplay , @Thorgoldencub and @wanderertj all craft really amazing pieces for their cosplay.
And then @gaycomicgeek and @oldfashionednerd are my role models when it comes to presenting yourself and interacting with up and coming cosplayers
WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?
Most Superhero, though occasionally I’ll branch out
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?
At the moment I’d say Apollo, The Pied Piper, and Rainbow Batman
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?
I’m not sure, At the moment all my dream cosplays are st least doable
DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?
For the most part I make all of my pieces, the only fully bought one I have is my Green Lantern Zentai by @Zentaizone
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?
So many things. I love the chance to learn and create, the friends ice made, and especially my drive to improve my health. When I’m working on a cosplay I think a lot more about my diet and get to the gym much more regularly.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?
The most difficult thing is when I really wan to buy some new pieces for a cosplay, but I know I really shouldn’t spend that money at the time
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER TO COSPLAY?
Probably Genderbent Wonder Woman and Emma Frost, they’re two of my all the favorite characters, so it carries over to cosplay
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
Absolutely Star Trek, automated space socialism! Haha
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR COSPLAYS?
Usually it’s just a character I like, but since I’ve started cosplaying for my local Comic Book Store’s children Saturday morning program, “Superhero School” I get assigned a character that our show runner things would be a good fit for me. Usually I’ll do a marathon read of the character and most of time end up loving the character.
WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?
Comics, Star Trek, Steven Universe; and does world Mythologies count? Lol
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?
You’re going to look back in a few years and be shocked at how your old stuff looked. It’s a fact so don’t be over worried about how your early work looks. You’re learning and there’s no other way to build up your skills.
WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?
A black pair of tall boots will always be the most useful part of your cosplay gear. It works with so many suits.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?
Cosplay is not consent.
WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?
Now that it’s the end of the year not much. I have a few ideas in my head but nothing in actively working on.
When we get out next schedule for Superhero School my list will fill up quickly
WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?
Blue Power Ranger. Those helmets are so expensive but they look amazing.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?
You can find on Facebook and Instagram under the name Sentinelbait
Please remember I do not own any of these pictures and the opinions in this survey belong to the interviewee.