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Krystal’s Cosplayer of The Month – June 2016

  •  The Cosplayer of the month is…
      Sarah B

     


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    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.
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    2. How long have you been cosplaying?
    It will be 6 years in August!
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    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 very
    exciting, but I noticed how incredible the costumes were and how much fun the cosplayers were
    having. The insane side of me decided I that should try it, too.
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    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 into
    this and do something big” kind of person. I decided to make Princess Peach from Brawl. I
    knew nothing about sewing or crafting, but I had the vast internet and a seamstress friend to help
    me. 5 months and a tent’s worth of pink fabric later, I had a very nice-looking dress! My friend
    and I joked that I should get married in that dress because of how much effort we put in to it. Our
    efforts turned out to be well-worth it; people kept complimenting my costume and telling me that
    I 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 my
    head asking me if I forgot to bring something to the con. I have forgotten colored contacts, false
    eyelashes, hoop skirts, and once forgot my ENTIRE SUITCASE on a train. That was 24-hours
    of heart attack and heartache until I got it back the next day. I missed out on wearing a costume
    for the first day, which turned out okay because I had forgotten to pack the WIG for my Friday
    costume, hahaha!
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    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?” You
    put so much time, effort, and money into these things for a hobby where you can wear your
    costumes so rarely. So what makes it so enjoyable? The most rewarding part for me is interacting
    with kids who think I’m the real character… but not all my characters are recognizable by
    children, so my second most enjoyable part is being able to bring a character to life.
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    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 finding
    cosplayers who speak the language and know the culture has been really helpful, and they were
    some incredibly cool people to hang out with! My friend Ji Min helped me stay abreast with all
    the conventions when I was in Korea, and we would often swap costume pieces, sew together, or
    fix each other’s outfits at the cons.
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    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 get
    older, your priorities and passions change. However, it is the hobby that I’ve stuck with the
    longest and that I talk about the most. It’s even inspired me to start a blog! I now have 25
    costumes in my closet, which might be a little difficult to turn away from easily, but if my house
    burned down tomorrow and I could never cosplay ever again, I’d probably shed a tear and then
    find something else to occupy my time.
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    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 want
    to do the most are: Ariel’s pink dress and Ms. Frizzle. I think I could keep doing Ms. Frizzle for
    eternity, since my future wrinkle lines would work well for a teacher costume! Strategy.
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    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 still
    be in character (some people join me, too), I get SO MANY hugs from kids, and I can be my
    naturally happy bubbly self. I’ve never before cosplayed a character that is so similar to me!
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    11. What makes your decision on who you decide to Cosplay? EG:(Difficultly body match or do
    we look a like?)
    There’s a formula. I like to look like a character, but I also like a good price, which is
    why I usually hunt for a nicely-made USED costume (let’s be honest, cosplay can be an
    expensive hobby). I’ve made 3 of my own, but I really don’t have the time, patience, or skill
    level to keep wanting to make them.
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    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 you
    get out of it? You play an instrument, but if you don’t get paid to do it, why do it at all? The same
    thing applies to cosplay! However, I usually skip the philosophic conversation and just show
    them a picture of one of my well-known character cosplays (Like Rogue or Cinderella) and there
    are no longer any questions. Works every time!
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    13. Who do you hope to inspire?
    I don’t think you get into this hobby thinking “I want to inspire someone!” It either
    happens or it doesn’t. I do my best to portray my character, I enjoy meeting new people, and I try
    to reflect God’s love in everything I do and say.
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    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 DC
    or Baltimore, I’ll be there. Life is great. 🙂
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    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 you
    remember something else you need to pack. Make this list at least several days before your trip. I
    like to do a final mental sweep of my costumes, imagining every item I’ll need as I start from the
    head and work down the outfit in my mind.
    Also, sleep is important. Why spend so much time and money leading up to the con, and
    then be miserably hungover or sleepy the entire con? This is more of a personal choice, but I like
    to get 7 hours MINIMUM every night. I choose whether I want to stay up late or wake up early.
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    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 a
    princess character or any other character that ISN’T bouncy and happy all the time. With
    characters like Prussia, Pinkie Pie, and Anna, I can be a bit crazier. As Mother Gothel, I can be
    dismissive, self-absorbed, and dashingly passive-aggressive. I guess for me it’s a fun chance to
    go that extra step to bring a character to life; to turn on ‘actress’ mode.
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    17. What other fun things are you into?
    So this will sound boring, but I’m FASCINATED with psychology, business, and
    investments. I also enjoy self-improvement books, tabletop gaming, and strategy. Sort of related
    to business, I started a Meetup group in DC for cosplayers and photographers to get together and
    make some really cool magazine-worthy photos. That’s where most of the photos in this article
    come from! I really enjoy volunteering, too. I cosplay as superheroes and Disney princesses for
    underprivileged children. My strongest passion is kids. I help out with youth ministry at my
    church and at another ministry outreach program for Middle School students.
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    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 you
    to rock-paper-scissors and the winner gets candy, some will take your picture and then hand you
    a treat. I once had this group of 3-4 giggling Middle School cosplaying girls follow me around
    the con and hand me candy. Gummies, lollipops, a refreshing can of soda, and one even hand-fed
    me cotton candy when I was trying to pose for a photo. It was awkward, but sweet. Like, how do
    you refuse someone being nice enough to bring you things and feed you when you can’t use your
    hands? They were so cute! I ran into them a few times at different cons, and it made me smile
    when they started literally jumping for joy at spotting me. Have you ever gotten a hug from
    someone who is hopping up and down? I have!
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    19. Now that you have experience, what can you say to first timers that are nervous about losing
    their Cosplay virginity?
    Everyone has different reasons for being nervous, so it’s difficult to make one broad
    statement about this topic. If someone has questions, contact me! I’d be more than happy to help
    you along on your cosplay journey. The cosplay community is incredibly supportive and willing
    to give advice. We’re like a vast, slightly crazy family.
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    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/LifeOfCosplay
    https://www.instagram.com/lifeofcosplay/
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    I am also raising funds to purchase a better superhero costume to bring to underprivileged
    children in DC
    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cosplayfora-causea-supehero-forsuper
    children/x/13510247#/
    If you’re a local cosplayer or photographer, you are more than welcome to join our
    meetup group. We create some awesome photos there!
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/CosplayDC
    http://www.meetup.com/CosplayDC/
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    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 Simons
    Krystal Clear Photography
    www.facebook.com/krystalclearphoto
    www.krystalclearphoto.wix.com/photo


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