It’s time for another interview, this time with Breezeeweezee Cosplay! She’s a lovely gal from Canada, who is out to help the cosplay community via blogging!
What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
Breezeeweezee Cosplay is my cosplay name. It was a nickname my mom always used to call me. It kinda disappeared after a while, but when all my favorite user names were taken for a social media, I went back to Breezeeweezee. A couple years later when I started cosplaying, the name just stuck with the account, and I’ve been rolling with it ever since!
How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I have been cosplaying for about a year now. I started making my first cosplay in April of 2015, and I wore my first finished cosplay to Animethon in August of 2015! I started cosplaying because I found out what it actually was. I always thought that people dressing up at conventions were paid models or mascots of sorts. I had no idea that these amazing people, talented artists, were dressing up for fun to support a fandom. I was awestruck and immediately jumped on board. I’ve been in love ever since!
What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I am currently in love with foam. Craft foam and EVA foam. I’ve slowly been working towards bigger builds, so I’ve been experimenting with it and hoping to start using thermoplastics. But for detailing, and quick shaping, craft foam is so easy to work with.
What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
Thermoplastics for sure, and if everything goes as planned, I will hopefully be working with electronic sound clips and LED lights! I can’t tell you what cosplay it’s for just yet. 😉
What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
Details! Either the subtle details that no one thinks about that really compliment a costume, or the difference between embroidering something, or painting on details. My jaw drops when I see some costumes. No names come to mind right now, but I think everyone has a cosplay they’re so proud of – that one cosplay they put endless hours into, and everything turned out so perfect.
What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
I’m in love with the cosplay community. Art can be such a challenge with fraud, people stealing ideas, etc. With cosplay, everyone is doing it for the same reason, so everyone is very open and eager to share tips and ideas. When you see someone cosplaying the same thing as you, you gush over each other rather than bashing them or saying you wore it better. I find the cosplayers in the community are amazing.
What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
I would say take these types of people out of the community: the pervs, the jerks, the body shamers. We need to support each other in the community and stand up against the rude bullies and ignore them.
What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Your number one priority should be FUN. Don’t stress about money, or trying to be cos-famous. You can thrift pieces and save money, and you will have so much more fun at conventions if you just cosplay for you and you don’t spend all your time trying to get as many pictures taken as possible. Make new friends and have an amazing time with your new hobby.
Also, don’t be afraid to ask other cosplayers how they made something! It’s a great way to start a new friendship and learn some new things at the same time. I love chatting on social media about anything and everything!
What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
In Canada the conventions are less heard of, but the big ones in Alberta are Calgary and Edmonton Expo, which I am now a regular at both! These are your average, big, geek expos. We also have a few anime expos that are getting more popular each year – Animethon in Edmonton and Otafest in Calgary. I haven’t yet been to Otafest but it seems like a blast!
I love conventions. I love meeting new people. I love attending panels. But mostly, I think I enjoy looking at and buying all the cool things the vendors set up each year. There’s so much to see and it’s all so amazing!
Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
Definitely my Ninetales comes to mind. The tails are made out of brushed yarn. I put over 90 hours into the tails alone. Also, this was my first cosplay!