It’s time for another interview, this time with Annax Cosplay! She’s a long-time cosplayer from Colorado, who loves seeing, and doing, awesome wigs and make-up!
What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
Hey there! So, my cosplay alias is Annax Cosplay! I went with this name because it’s pretty similar to my actual name and it sounds powerful to me! I also wanted something that would be memorable and unique!
How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I’ve been cosplaying officially for about ten years now, but I actually started doing closet cosplays around 14 years ago. I only did a few things back then without realizing that it was cosplay up until 2010! What got me started with cosplay was honestly just seeing characters that I wanted to be for Halloween and using items around my house to recreate those characters’ outfits!
What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
Some of my favorite things to work on with cosplay are wigs and makeup. It’s always a challenge working with wigs, especially ones that seem to defy gravity! I still have a bit more practice to go with them, but I’ve noticed that each time I style a wig, I get better and better! Makeup, on the other hand, is super fun for me. I love seeing my face change through makeup to look like the character that I am portraying. Each character is different, too, so it’s always fun to experiment with makeup!
What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
I’m actually excited to start working more on props, especially this year. That and sewing, which are two of my weak points when it comes to cosplay. I really want to grow my strengths in both aspects of cosplay, so I’m excited to work on more simpler cosplays to practice both sewing and prop making!
What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I honestly love seeing others’ wig work and makeup. It astounds me when someone can style a wig to the point where it looks like it was pulled straight from the anime or video game. I feel that anyone can do anything well as long as they put the practice and passion into it!
What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
My current view on the cosplay scene is that it has definitely grown and has become more socially acceptable. I enjoy seeing different communities around the U.S. and seeing how each one is growing every single year.
What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
I would love to see more acceptance within the community itself. The cosplay community still deals with people of color, size, and accuracy discrimination, both from within the community and outside of it. As being a plus-size cosplayer myself, it can be a little difficult to cosplay what I actually want to cosplay without getting told that I shouldn’t because of my size. I know many people who have dealt with all sorts of discrimination within the cosplay community and seeing that thin out more would be amazing. Everyone can cosplay whoever they want to cosplay, regardless of anything.
What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
The best advice I can give to someone starting out in cosplay is to not give up. Keep practicing everything that you want to learn and remind yourself that it’s okay to buy pre-made cosplays and to commission other’s for wigs! Just remember, too, that accuracy is not important as long as you’re having fun!
What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Some of my favorite conventions that I’ve attended were Saboten Con in Phoenix, Arizona and Anime Banzai in Layton, Utah! Saboten Con is super fun, being a 4-day convention in the middle of downtown Phoenix. You’re able to spend a lot more time with friends and enjoying the convention, rather than only having 3 days at a typical convention. Anime Banzai has an amazing community and a wonderful layout. A smaller con than Saboten, I honestly can’t wait to go back to Anime Banzai later this year!
Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
So, my Sailor Hanzo from Overwatch that I made for Saboten Con 2018 was mostly made from free-handing patterns from my phone and it was made in 18 hours total! I definitely don’t recommend con crunching right before the con, which is making a cosplay usually a week or a few days before a convention, but I managed to make him in record time! It was also nice because the tattoo, the wig, and the boots were already finished, but everything else was a first for me!
Thanks for the interview, Annax Cosplay! You can check out her Facebook page here!