It’s time for another interview, this time with Lady Aurora! She’s a cosplayers and photographer from California, who enjoys making her own creative costumes!
What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
I have two aliases, actually. For cosplay, I go by Lady Aurora. I was always fond of the name “Aurora” because it’s derived from the Roman Goddess of Dawn. In other words, Aurora is always the light that comes after darkness. Kind of corny but it stuck to me. For photography, I go by Cosplay Atsume, like the cat mobile game “neko atsume” meaning cat collector. I got the name “Cosplay Atsume” = Cosplay Collector.
How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I’ve cosplayed since 2006 but wasn’t as active until 2014. I always loved anime, cartoons, games, etc and wanted to be more involved. If I love a character a lot, why not show it?
What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I love working with fabric. There are so many different types of fabric out there and choosing the right one makes the costume even more eye-catching.
What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
I am still exploring. I’m not an expert prop maker or wig stylist but just exploring ways to construct something new is exciting.
What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
Definitely creativity. It is ok to step outside the box and try something different. The cosplayer that comes to mind is “Avantgeek”. Very unique and some of them are quite hilarious like the “Taco Belle” dress. Another cosplayer is “Skygetsfancy”. Amazing details and creativity in the designs.
What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
The scene is how you want to view it. I met some amazing people through cosplay and some of them became more than friends; they are family. You will always have something negative but there are more positive things that come out of it. Just because there is one bad apple doesn’t mean the entire community is negative. You have good people and those good people make everything great about the cosplay scene.
What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
People need to be more open minded about what cosplay really is. It is not something you have to accurately match the character’s skin tone, body shape, or ethnicity. Keep showing positivity and give compliments to the person that is cosplaying the same character as you.
What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Cosplay whoever or whatever you want. Everyone started somewhere and we don’t improve overnight. I know the main thing cosplayers worry about is budget. When I first started out, I went to thrift stores to build my first outfit. Why? Well, you don’t want to spend a ton of money that you know may make mistakes on.
What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Kraken Con in California. Unfortunately this con ended but the memories stayed. What made this con amazing was that the managers hear what their attendees say and actually take action about it. So the next con went even smoother. Their volunteers are also well-trained. If the managers/owner isn’t hosting a con, they actually attend other local cons and cosplay gatherings to help out.
Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
For all my Blake Belldonna cosplays, I reuse the wigs, contacts, and accessories.
I am known for this character and I didn’t have to change too many things about it aside from the outfits. I am glad to keep bringing this character back whether it is an original design, fanart, or other upgrades from the series.