It’s time for another interview, this time with Serefina Cosplay! She’s a lovely cosplayer from Colorado, who absolutely loves handling wigs!
What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
I sadly was not very creative when I chose the name Serafina Cosplay. It was similar to my real name and sounded nice enough – and no one else was using it (at the time). However, now “Serafina” is apparently the name of a teenage-geared book series so if I had the chance to go back in time and pick something else I probably would!
How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I started cosplaying without knowing it around 2007 (old, not obsolete) when I became a professional children’s entertainer. I was a few years in before a friend of mine said to me, “You know they have conventions for this sort of thing?” So I went to my first convention in 2011 or 2012 I believe. It opened up a new world of costuming options for me.
What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
My strengths lie in wig-styling. I went to cosmetology school so I have some background in hair, however, wigs are a whole different animal. I watch a lot of youtube videos to learn new skills. I recently completed my Dark Lady wig (from Sailor Moon) and I’m excited to try it out. I am hoping the grandeur of the style doesn’t look too silly on my face. 😀
What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
My best friend Kristi just won the 2018 Her Universe Fashion Show and she has been my exclusive costumer for a few years now. She and I have been discussing some more “nostalgic” cosplays. In other words, cosplays that aren’t necessarily instantly recognizable to everyone, but are nostalgic and will hopefully be appreciated by fans that recognize it.
What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I love a “whole package”. In other words, I love seeing cosplayers that put detail into every piece. Maybe they are wearing an intricately crafted set of armor but also made sure their wig and their shoes were on point. Or even small things like seeing a Sailor Mercury with her visor and her computer. Or an Aang with his glider. I love extra pieces that show that extra touch of love for their character.
What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
Yikes! This is a tricky subject. I suppose all I can say is that I have had more than my fair share of negative experiences with people in the “cosplay scene”. Do those experiences represent the community as a whole? I’d like to think not. But it certainly has put a damper on my interest to continue with the hobby in the future.
What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
I think catty-ness within the cosplay community is useless. There is no reason to purposely attack another cosplayer. We are all in this together and we should act like it.
What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
You are beautiful and your cosplay is beautiful and completely valid. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
I have really enjoyed Emerald City Comic Con both times I’ve attended. Seattle is obviously a beautiful city. But the con itself is well laid out and I’ve always had positive experiences with the staff.
Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
As previously mentioned, my friend Kristi often helps with my costumes. At my request, she added a skirt to my yellow power ranger costume. Technically the yellow ranger doesn’t have a skirt but ever since I was a child I always wanted her to have one. I get a lot of “that’s not accurate to the character”, but I don’t care. It makes me happy.