It’s time for another interview, this time with Morgan Skye! She’s a talented cosplayer from South Carolina, who has quite the sense of humor!
What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
I was lazy and never really took an alias. Morgan Skye is my real name, and over the years it’s just been easier to keep using it.
How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
If I’m being truly honest, I didn’t start cosplaying until about 2008, however I’ve made historical costumes with my parents for years as part of a Revolutionary War reenactment group. The bug bit me when friends of mine were getting into making costumes for cons, so I guess it was peer pressure that got me started. Ha!
What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
My favorite thing is more a moment then something physical. I adore that point when a costume goes from just being a pile of fabric and notions to something recognizable. It can sometimes be hard to start/keep going with a project, so when it goes from an idea to something solid my personal drive really kicks in.
What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
I’ve been trying to do something a little different with my costumes so I stand out more. Right now I have Dipp from Katamari Damancy on my work table. She’ll require LED lights and a power converter, which I’ve never used before. After that I want to try my hand at full-body suits like The Hamburgler or Swedish Chef.
What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I like to see inexpensive items made amazing. It’s nice to see that something fantastic doesn’t have to be 100% Wonderflex and custom molding. My friend Tohma does this again and again. One of her best costumes is Ravage from Transformers, which used craft foam, hot glue, and a push light!
What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
Heh, I could go on for HOURS about this. There’s a lot of people like my friends who do it because they have fun, but there’s just as many Divas and even more undeserving ‘divas’ out there that ruin the fun. Nothing stops the party faster then a hissy-fit or an ego battle.
What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
Less judging of looks and more judging of costumes. I’ve seen too many amazing cosplayers leave the field because their work is passed by in favor of less skilled people who pander.
What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Don’t take any of it seriously. Do it because you have fun. Being a little bit of an attention whore (like me) is fine, but the moment you base everything you do on winning contests and being ‘cosplay famous’ then it stops being fun and start feeling like a job.
What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Tough choices! I love Dragoncon because it’s like costume porn everywhere 24/7. I see things there that I’d never find at a small con, and I always get fantastic ideas and have great long talks with other costumers. On the flip side, I adore smaller cons for the same reasons. People are trying out new costumes for the first time or are just getting into the field and are happy to sit and talk for hours.
Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
I spent 4 hours hand stitching think white lines into my Telma skirt. No one ever sees it because the jacket covers the work, but I’m very proud of it.