It’s time for another interview, this time with YensidCosplays! He’s a very creative cosplayer from Colorado, who likes to put his own spin on costumes, either in the details or in performance!
What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
My cosplay alias is YensidCosplays. I chose that alias as a majority of my cosplays are Disney characters reimagined as male versions of female characters and Yensid is Disney spelled backwards so I found it fitting that my alias would be something backwards as I reverse the gender of most of the characters I cosplay.
How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I fully dived into cosplay in 2015 so I have been cosplaying for a little over 5 years now. What got me started was my cousins inviting me to my first comic con in 2014 for my birthday and told me about what cosplay was and well the rest is definitely history!
What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I enjoy many aspects of creating my costumes but sewing all my pieces of fabric to make a garment is always satisfying that all the work of patterning, cutting fabric pieces comes together to make a piece of a costume. Working with materials I normally wouldn’t have even known about except from cosplay is also fun to learn and create new things with. I never knew what EVA foam or Worbla was until I started making props and pieces for my cosplays.
What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
At this very moment I am working on a Male Bo Peep from Toy Story 4 for one of the Halloween parties at Disneyland later this month, and I’m super excited to bring this one to life. I have a few more ideas in my head for future cosplays as well, I just have to finalize those ideas and bring them to life soon, I hope.
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 cosplayers challenge themselves when creating their cosplays, dive into new materials and ways of creating new things. I also like to see unique takes or versions of beloved characters. Gender Bent cosplays have a special place in my list of favorite traits of cosplays and cosplayers, because you are essentially making your own version of a character that many may know so well. I also think being in character and humorous characters are also something I gravitate to. A cosplayer can have an amazing looking cosplay but if the personality of that character isn’t there, for me the awesomeness of the cosplay can fall a little flat. I’m still discovering fabulous cosplayers all over the world so I haven’t really pinpointed anyone just yet of who embodies all the traits I look for, but I’m sure there are many out there I just haven’t found yet.
What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
I do think that the scene can definitely use some work. Don’t get me wrong, there have been some improvements within the community, but I feel there is still more work to be done. Inclusion and just letting people cosplay what they want however they want needs to be out there more, and more widely accepted.
What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
I would like to see a change in what is expected of cosplayers. Most of the time when I see requests for cosplayers it’s always the same expectations that female cosplayers should be princesses and male cosplayers should be super heroes. I don’t fit into the norm of a male cosplayers; I’ve not done superheroes or typical ‘male’ cosplays. I like to push boundaries of cosplays and I think there should be more of that in the community. The other thing I would like to see some change with is in regards to cosplay contests. Clumping both sewing and armor building in the same competing categories is like apple and oranges. I feel most contests need to separate the two and have separate categories for sewing and armor building. I think people see armor builds and are amazed by their construction but may not realize all the time and effort and technique it also takes to sew an entire cosplay. I don’t think they should have to compete against each other as its such different techniques that they shouldn’t be classified in the same categories.
What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
My best advice is to never give up. Just go for it and make the cosplay that you want to make. I’m pretty much self taught on a lot of what I have created and techniques I’ve used. You can’t be afraid to make mistakes, it will happen and I’ve made my share of them, but learn from them and continue to practice and you can literally do anything you set your mind to.
What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
I’ve only been to a couple but Denver Comic Con is my yearly con I go to and holds a special place in my heart as it was my first convention I ever attended. I also went to my first Colorado Springs Comic Con last month and I feel it will be one I continue to attend as well, they have cosplay guests and really respect the art of cosplayers by both inviting them as featured guests or an option to purchase a booth and share their cosplays with others attending the con.
Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
My huge sombrero for my Gender Bent La Muerte from The Book of Life was 4 feet wide and around and was covered by several yards of fabric, a hundred or so fake flowers and 2 dozen LED candles.