Cosplay is a big part of many people’s lives allowing them a chance to step into someone else’s shoes and escape from everyday life, with the rise of conventions sweeping the world Cosplay is becoming something more and more people are getting into and as a result communities of cosplayers are sprouting up. Some who meet up at different cons to band together as a Star Wars garrison or meeting at movie released to be The Avengers. Something that is incredible about Cosplay is the level of detail that goes into the costumes, some spending hours and hours on working out the perfect colours, textiles and even going so far as to include advanced electronics!
We have asked a series of questions to each cosplayer in the hope that we can provide you all with some ideas on how to get started or some tips on how to develop your craft further!
Today we chat with Katie P who is 30 years old and lives in Derbyshire, UK.
- How long have you been Cosplaying?
I have been cosplaying for 2 years now
- What inspired you to get started?
When I attended my first comic con, and I saw all the different people in cosplayers, and how confident they were, it made me think of what I would cosplay as if I was do it. Then the next year came and I brought tickets for the same con I thought ‘what the hell’ and went online and ordered a cheap costume to wear. It was the best thing that I ever did.
- What would you say has been your biggest challenge to date?
I would say that the biggest challenge I have had so far is updating my cosplay, as the costume I brought was an all in one, and most of it was attached to each other. The new outfit was hard to find as I have been doing it a bit at a time and its hard getting the colours right as well.
- Which is your favourite Cosplay you have done so far?
Since cosplaying I have only cosplayed as Newt Scamander. Though I would say that out of the 2 outfits that I have had for him my new one is my favorite.
- What has been your favourite Cosplay interaction you’ve had at a convention?
My favorite interaction I have had at a convention was when I attended my first con in Cosplay, a child came up to me and asked for a picture with me. Seeing how excited that child was made my day and made all of the stressing worthwhile.
- What, if any, difficulties have you encountered?
I think that I have been lucky as I haven’t really had many difficulties.
- If you are happy to share, what future Cosplay do you have planned?
At the minute there isn’t anything in the pipeline, but I want to do something with armor and weapons, but that is all I have so far
- What advice would you give to someone looking to get started?
I would advise anybody that wanted to start cosplaying to have a think about what character they want to portray and to get some pictures of them before either buying or making the costume. I would also advise them to look on social media for groups that would be able to help and advice or products and where to buy them.
- What items/ tools/ techniques would you say are imperative in a new Cosplayers tool kit?
Always have tape, glue and needle and thread with you when you go to cons encase anything tears. I would say that if you are a woman and are cosplaying as a man then possibly bandages to bind and definitely a lot of patience as waiting for things to dry or for them to arrive in the post is a nightmare.
Big thanks to Katie for letting us into her Cosplay journey and imparting some wisdom! You can keep up to date with Katie and her cosplays here: https://www.instagram.com/kittyp_cosplays/