Jun 30, 2016
Krystal’s Cosplayer of The Month – June 2016
The Cosplayer of the month is…Sarah B
1. What is your name and do you have an Alias?My name is Sarah, but I go by ‘Life of Cosplay’ on my social media handles.2. How long have you been cosplaying?It will be 6 years in August!3. What was it or who inspired you to start?I went to two conventions before deciding that I wanted to cosplay. The cons were veryexciting, but I noticed how incredible the costumes were and how much fun the cosplayers werehaving. The insane side of me decided I that should try it, too.4. Tell us about your first Cosplay experience?I’m not sure if it’s a blessing or a curse, but I’ve always been a “let’s jump straight intothis and do something big” kind of person. I decided to make Princess Peach from Brawl. Iknew nothing about sewing or crafting, but I had the vast internet and a seamstress friend to helpme. 5 months and a tent’s worth of pink fabric later, I had a very nice-looking dress! My friendand I joked that I should get married in that dress because of how much effort we put in to it. Ourefforts turned out to be well-worth it; people kept complimenting my costume and telling me thatI looked just like Peach. BAM! I was hooked on cosplay. I never looked back.5. What is a challenge you find with Cosplay?Forgetting things! I’m not the most organized person, so I always have a tiny voice in myhead asking me if I forgot to bring something to the con. I have forgotten colored contacts, falseeyelashes, hoop skirts, and once forgot my ENTIRE SUITCASE on a train. That was 24-hoursof heart attack and heartache until I got it back the next day. I missed out on wearing a costumefor the first day, which turned out okay because I had forgotten to pack the WIG for my Fridaycostume, hahaha!6. What is the most enjoyable part of Cosplay for you?That’s a difficult question, and it really makes me think “why DO I like to cosplay?” Youput so much time, effort, and money into these things for a hobby where you can wear yourcostumes so rarely. So what makes it so enjoyable? The most rewarding part for me is interactingwith kids who think I’m the real character… but not all my characters are recognizable bychildren, so my second most enjoyable part is being able to bring a character to life.7. Have you met any lasting friends because of Cosplay? Describe one.Oh goodness, yes! I’ve lived overseas for the past 4 years (Korea and Japan), and findingcosplayers who speak the language and know the culture has been really helpful, and they weresome incredibly cool people to hang out with! My friend Ji Min helped me stay abreast with allthe conventions when I was in Korea, and we would often swap costume pieces, sew together, orfix each other’s outfits at the cons.8. Is Cosplay now a lifetime hobby for you? Or say maybe Addiction?I’m going to be realistic here and say that it might not be a lifetime hobby. When you getolder, your priorities and passions change. However, it is the hobby that I’ve stuck with thelongest and that I talk about the most. It’s even inspired me to start a blog! I now have 25costumes in my closet, which might be a little difficult to turn away from easily, but if my houseburned down tomorrow and I could never cosplay ever again, I’d probably shed a tear and thenfind something else to occupy my time.9. What is one or two characters that you want to do in the future?I have a frighteningly expanding list of cosplays on my dream list, but the two that I wantto do the most are: Ariel’s pink dress and Ms. Frizzle. I think I could keep doing Ms. Frizzle foreternity, since my future wrinkle lines would work well for a teacher costume! Strategy.10. If you had to choose only one costume to wear for the rest of your life what would it be?My most recent favorite is Anna from Frozen, because I can break out into song and stillbe in character (some people join me, too), I get SO MANY hugs from kids, and I can be mynaturally happy bubbly self. I’ve never before cosplayed a character that is so similar to me!11. What makes your decision on who you decide to Cosplay? EG:(Difficultly body match or dowe look a like?)There’s a formula. I like to look like a character, but I also like a good price, which iswhy I usually hunt for a nicely-made USED costume (let’s be honest, cosplay can be anexpensive hobby). I’ve made 3 of my own, but I really don’t have the time, patience, or skilllevel to keep wanting to make them.12. Some people don’t understand why you do it. How do you answer them?Well it’s like any other hobby that you put time into. You watch sports, but what do youget out of it? You play an instrument, but if you don’t get paid to do it, why do it at all? The samething applies to cosplay! However, I usually skip the philosophic conversation and just showthem a picture of one of my well-known character cosplays (Like Rogue or Cinderella) and thereare no longer any questions. Works every time!14. Do you have plans for your next convention yet?I live in DC, so there are conventions nearly every month! If there is a major con in DCor Baltimore, I’ll be there. Life is great. 🙂15. What are some insider tips or tricks you would like to share with fellow Cosplayers?If you forget things like I do, start making a note on your smartphone every time youremember something else you need to pack. Make this list at least several days before your trip. Ilike to do a final mental sweep of my costumes, imagining every item I’ll need as I start from thehead and work down the outfit in my mind.Also, sleep is important. Why spend so much time and money leading up to the con, andthen be miserably hungover or sleepy the entire con? This is more of a personal choice, but I liketo get 7 hours MINIMUM every night. I choose whether I want to stay up late or wake up early.16. Can you explain how you feel in your Costume?It really depends on the costume. I tend to be more reserved than ‘Normal Sarah’ if I’m aprincess character or any other character that ISN’T bouncy and happy all the time. Withcharacters like Prussia, Pinkie Pie, and Anna, I can be a bit crazier. As Mother Gothel, I can bedismissive, self-absorbed, and dashingly passive-aggressive. I guess for me it’s a fun chance togo that extra step to bring a character to life; to turn on ‘actress’ mode.17. What other fun things are you into?So this will sound boring, but I’m FASCINATED with psychology, business, andinvestments. I also enjoy self-improvement books, tabletop gaming, and strategy. Sort of relatedto business, I started a Meetup group in DC for cosplayers and photographers to get together andmake some really cool magazine-worthy photos. That’s where most of the photos in this articlecome from! I really enjoy volunteering, too. I cosplay as superheroes and Disney princesses forunderprivileged children. My strongest passion is kids. I help out with youth ministry at mychurch and at another ministry outreach program for Middle School students.18. Have you had any funny or interesting stories from cosplaying?In Korea many con-goers will hand out treats and snacks to people. Some challenge youto rock-paper-scissors and the winner gets candy, some will take your picture and then hand youa treat. I once had this group of 3-4 giggling Middle School cosplaying girls follow me aroundthe con and hand me candy. Gummies, lollipops, a refreshing can of soda, and one even hand-fedme cotton candy when I was trying to pose for a photo. It was awkward, but sweet. Like, how doyou refuse someone being nice enough to bring you things and feed you when you can’t use yourhands? They were so cute! I ran into them a few times at different cons, and it made me smilewhen they started literally jumping for joy at spotting me. Have you ever gotten a hug fromsomeone who is hopping up and down? I have!19. Now that you have experience, what can you say to first timers that are nervous about losingtheir Cosplay virginity?Everyone has different reasons for being nervous, so it’s difficult to make one broadstatement about this topic. If someone has questions, contact me! I’d be more than happy to helpyou along on your cosplay journey. The cosplay community is incredibly supportive and willingto give advice. We’re like a vast, slightly crazy family.20. Where can we look to find more of your Cosplaying?I have a blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter account:http://lifeofcosplay.com/https://www.facebook.com/LifeOfCosplayhttps://www.instagram.com/lifeofcosplay/https://twitter.com/lifeofcosplayI am also raising funds to purchase a better superhero costume to bring to underprivilegedchildren in DChttps://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cosplay–for–a-cause–a-supehero-for–super–children/x/13510247#/If you’re a local cosplayer or photographer, you are more than welcome to join ourmeetup group. We create some awesome photos there!https://www.facebook.com/groups/CosplayDChttp://www.meetup.com/CosplayDC/Thank you so much Sarah for talking with us today. You have done beautiful work and we hope to see more and more new cosplays from you in the future. Check back with us in July for another featured cosplayer! Cosplay on!Krystal SimonsKrystal Clear Photographywww.facebook.com/krystalclearphotowww.krystalclearphoto.wix.com/photo
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