It’s time for another interview, this time with Peachinns/Anna May! She’s a wonderful cosplayer from North Carolina, who is all about support and fun in the cosplay community!
What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
Peachinns is my official username and Anna May is my nickname (which stuck for the obvious nerdy reasons)! Peachinns was inspired by my love for the aesthetic vibe peaches gave off mixed in with a little creativity to find a username available on all platforms! I’m also starting to create a business under that brand name which I’m so excited for!
How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I finally got the opportunity to attend my first convention in 2014 and wore my first cosplay to it. I had already been really into anime and manga for a while and heard rumors of a convention in our area but didn’t have the opportunity to attend until then!
What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I think I enjoy wig styling and makeup the most. It’s the icing on top that’s really rewarding for me because I can finally see it all come together!
What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
I’m actually planning to try some more original looks and comfier cosplays of characters I love for a bit! I’ve kinda doubled my workload by getting my boyfriend to cosplay with me more (and being the one making it all come together) so I’m taking on some slightly less technically challenging projects to keep things fun!
What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I love seeing detail work like lace, embroidery, or amazing shading added to pieces. It always stops me in my tracks and makes me really appreciate their dedication to the whole piece! I remember someone did a Sideon cosplay at Holiday Matsuri a couple years ago that had so many little embellishments, I honestly wish I knew their username to give them a shout out because it was stunning.
What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
I have found some of the sweetest and most accepting people through conventions, but I have also seen a lot go deeply wrong. That said, just like with any large group of people you have to be careful in sorting through deception to get to the truly wonderful ones. Just stay safe and vigilant and you can truly have the time of your life!
What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
I honestly just want to see more love, support, and kindness. Those are the elements I truly enjoy most at cons and feel we could always use a little more of!
What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Don’t be afraid to dive in and ask any questions! These days there are a lot of great resources and if you see a cosplayer do something you like, a lot of people get excited to share tips and tricks they found too. Cosplay is like anything else and takes time and practice to improve so it’s okay if things aren’t perfect the first time!
And I’d like to add: Don’t forget to prioritize your health at cons! The days are busy and distracting but please remember to stay well fed and hydrated and to take breaks!
What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Holiday Matsuri might honestly be my favorite convention. The cosplays are wonderful, the attendees are fun and kind, and the location is so nice and relaxing. Conventions can wear out stamina, so any one that has a place to relax nearby makes me that much happier!
Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
I actually decided to do pastel Josuke only a couple weeks before Katsucon. That said, I commissioned my friend Charmy Cosplays for the outfit while I mainly focused on making the wig from a singular long wig. I’m pretty proud of how everything came out with how much work we put into it in such a short time!
Thanks for the interview, Peachinns/Anna May! You can check out her various sites here!