Krystal’s Cosplayer of the week
The cosplayer of the week is…….
Emma Cayen from Burlington Ontario. She has been cosplaying since her first year in university in 2010, when she was Sailor Jupiter.
Here is our interview together.
So Emma do you have an Alias you go by when cosplaying?
“Yes I go by Koizumi Otaku.”
So tell us a little bit about yourself.
“Well, currently, my dad helps me with making my cosplays as he has made my most recent one, Felicia from Darkstalkers. I got into cosplay mainly because I had no hobby, nothing that was me or something I could really out my heart and soul into. I found out about cosplay through one of my best friends and was inspired by her, so I figured, “hey why not give it a try?” As soon as I put my sailor Jupiter cosplay on and looked in the mirror, I knew this was something I wanted to pursue. In real life, I am a 21-year-old Business Student attending Sheridan College to be a Human Resource Manager. I work at McDonald’s to pay for school and pay for cosplays that I will be making and buying throughout the year. I also try to attend conventions at least every other month, to keep my face in the crowd.”
What was your inspiration to start cosplaying?
“One of my best friends Natalya started well before I did but seeing her dress up and how much fun she had inspired me. I never had a hobby that was all my own, once I found cosplay I realized that something had been missing from my life. I knew that was just for me.
Let’s talk about your very first time cosplaying.
“My first cosplay experience would have to be that moment when my Sailor Jupiter cosplay arrived at my residence in university and I opened it up. I was so excited and I couldn’t wait to put it on. I felt so empowered when I wore it, finally I felt like me!”
Is there any challenges you face?
“What I find challenging about cosplay is the media and what cosplay has become. I find is challenging dealing with being told “you don’t have the right body type.” or “you really think you should cosplay that character?” It’s a real challenge hearing these comments and continuing with a strong sense of self-worth and a smile on one’s face.”
That’s becoming a problem I hear from a lot of lady cosplayers. Hopefully these Cosplay Bios will help empower all people to be who they want to be and not worry about the haters.
When you’re at the conventions what is your favorite part?
“I absolutely love the fandoms that come along with cosplaying. Being recognized as someone’s favorite character and seeing the smile on their face is the best feeling in the world.”
Have you met any lasting friends at conventions?
“Yes I have met a few. We meet up at conventions and picnics during the year, and sometimes just hangout without cosplaying.”
How long do you see yourself cosplaying?
“I plan on cosplaying maybe even for the rest of my life. I don’t see any reason to stop.
I feel the same way I will be there with my grandchildren and still spry!
Who is a character you want to cosplay as but haven’t yet?
“I would really love to cosplay Nozomi Toujou from Love Live! School idol project and Sailor Neptune from Sailor Moon.”
Yes another Sailor moon fan. Close to my heart! I hope to have a group of the five Sailor scouts meet up at next years FanExpo. I’m dying to be Sailor Jupiter.
So I always ask this, If you had to pick one Cosplay outfit to spend the rest of your life in who would you be?
“It would definitely be Luka Megurine’s ‘Just be friends’ outfit. I love the white dress with her flower crown, absolutely beautiful.”
What is your favorite Convention?
“Anime North in Toronto Ontario is my absolute favourite convention, not just for the events and voice actors but because they hold charity auctions and events for sick kids hospital and that is something that is dear to my heart.”
If someone asked you why do you cosplay?
“I would say: Remember being a kid and pretending you were your favorite super hero, cartoon character or just someone you admired that was fiction? Now imagine being able to dress up as them, act like them and meet other people who also enjoyed that character, that nostalgia feeling, it’s amazing. That’s why I cosplay.”
That’s a great answer! I have been wondering why Cosplay seems so bizarre to non Cozzers lately. I mean most of these people dress up at Halloween. If you ware costumes any other time it’s weird? I mean I grew up watching Mr.Dress Up and It was always my dream to have a full on Tickle Trunk. It’s an empowering experience.
What are your favorite genres?
Anime: fantasy, love story, magical girls.Gaming: RPG, horror, fantasy.Movies: Horror, fantasy, comedies.
What advice can you share with others?
“Cosplay whoever you desire, and don’t listen to what people say. Cosplay isn’t a fashion show or about photography, it is about living a fandom you love.”
Where can we see your cosplay and follow your advenutres?
“Anyone can follow me on Facebook at my page Koizumi Otaku and my instagram koizumiotaku.”
Thank you Emma. You are a great gal and we wish you all the success in the world with school and Cosplay and anything else your heart desires. I will be looking forward to meeting you in person at the next Anime North Convention.
If you would like to be chosen as a featured cosplayer Send in a short Bio and 5 or more pictures of you in Cosplay and One of you as yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org. I am always looking for cosplayers to photograph so feel free to contact me any time. Thanks for checking in with us this week. Come back next Friday to see what amazing fun we had at FanExpo in Toronto, where I am going to meet Sir Patrick Stewart! See you next time, and Cosplay on!
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