It’s time for another interview, this time with Emma! She’s a newer cosplayer from Tennessee, who is quite a talented gal!
What is your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
I don’t have a cosplay alias. I prefer to go by my name, Emma.
How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I have been cosplaying for 2 years now. What got me started was a good friend of mine that was into anime cons and cosplay. Long story short… I wanted to get out and do something new with my friends.
What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
One of my favorite things to work with is probably fabric, wire, and the sewing machine. I prefer using wire with my fabric to form the shape I’m really wanting in the cosplay (i.e. my Oola cosplay head dress). Some of my favorite fabrics are jersey knit fabric and silk. Knit fabric for the cosplay that is more basic and the cosplay that’s short on time. I use the silk fabric for the more ornate and time-consuming cosplays.
What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
I’m actually about to start on an Assassins Creed: Brotherhood cosplay for a friend of mine and a Sango (Inuyasha) cosplay for me. I’m more excited for the challenge of the Assassins cosplay, mainly because I’ll be making it more historically correct (i.e. out of the fabrics used in that era). The hood and the belt, it looks like, is going to be the biggest challenge of all. And, for the Sango cosplay, I just really want a giant boomerang and a reason to carry it in public.
What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
The main things I look for in other costumes is the quality, originality, and the confidence the wearer has in them. For example, on the confidence part, I prefer to see someone that took the time to get to know the character he/she is cosplaying and can really make you think they hopped right out of the anime/movie/book. The quality is another thing that really helps me to do better in my own costuming. But what wins me over, is the originality people have. I love to see costumes that capture your attention from across the room full of other cosplayers.
What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
The way I view it is that it’s like an art show. Where everyone dresses as their own rendering of another’s works or dresses as an original work. From that point of view, you can tell who’s a beginner artist, an apprentice, and who the masterpiece is.
What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
One thing that I have noticed, with bigger cons at least, is that it’s over crowded and understaffed. One thing is that one cosplayer would be told that they can’t wear their costume because it show too much skin (when everything is covered), but you still see several girls dressed in less clothing walking alongside the con staff. Another thing that I would like to see change is more security staff needs to be present. I had an incident at one con where a guy was trying to involve me in a dispute between him and another guy (both of whom I’ve never met), and I had to walk almost across the hotel just to find one security guard. With the bigger cons, security should be the top priority, in my opinion.
What is some advice you could give people starting cosplay?
Start off with something relatively easy, that you know you can do and from there, increase the “difficulty level” of the costume as you get more into it. Don’t give up. Don’t work while you’re frustrated. And, most of all, have fun… that’s what it’s mainly about.
What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
I liked NDK quite a bit, mostly because I have really good friends around that area. However, my all time favorite anime convention is definitely Anime Blast Chattanooga located in Chattanooga, TN. It was a 2 hour drive for me, closer to home, and although it was a small convention, it was a really nice, warm and fuzzy kind of atmosphere. I had the most fun from one day at ABC, and I will be going to that one in the future.
Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of?
My Temari kimono was made entirely of scrap fabric.