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01 Aug 2014 - 09:19114983
Updated - Filming of a New Cosplay Documentry
Please could you help! Just reply to the questions!

1. Name
2. Age
3. Gender
4. Location
5. Do you consider yourself a Cosplayer, costume Designer or spectator?
6. How many years have you been doing this?
7. What do you do for a living outside cosplay /costume design?
8. How many Costumes have you built so far?
9. On average how long does it take you to make each costume?
10. How many conventions have you attended?
11. How many of them in costume?
12. Why do you do it?
13. How many masquerades, competitions have you entered?
14. How many have you won an award in?
15. How much does an average costume cost you?
16. How much would you be willing to spend?
17. What are you major influences? (Anime, Manga, Film etc.)
18. Do you have a specific style when choosing your costume? (Steampunk, Crossplay etc.)
19. Which cosplayer do you look up to and who inspires you?
20. Do you use cosplay as a spring board to get into other industries as a career?
21. What would be your dream costume to build?
22. Regarding your dream costume have you made it? Will you ever make it? If not, why not?
23. What do your friends, family, co-workers think of you cosplaying?

Thank you for your time!


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01 Aug 2014 - 21:06114994
1. Róisín
2. 22
3. Female
4. South West
5. Cosplayer
6. 2 1/2 years
7. 3D Modeller
8. 5 Made costumes
9. About 2 months per costume on average
10. 6 Conventions
11. 6 in Costume
12. I enjoy figuring out how to and then making the costumes, i also really like meeting other people who are fans of the same things as me
13. 3 masquerades, 1 competition
14. Masquerade not judged, as for competition i don't know as it's in 23 days lol
15. £100 on average, much more if its a big one
16. £500 would be the limit and it would have to be spent on a super amazing gold plated costume to warrant that much money lol
17. Major influences are games and anime
18. No specific style
19. I both look up to and am inspired be Kamui and Bestcub. Their dedication and skills and general kidness.
20. No spring boarding
21. Jolteon Quadsuit
22. I have indeed
23. My friends cosplay, and my family adore my costumes and are proud of them.


01 Aug 2014 - 23:20114996
1. Paul
2. 28
3. Male
4. NW England
5. Cosplayer
6. One. So far.
7. Nothing as of yet.
8. Two, including ones predominately made from modded clothes.
9. Two to three months.
10. Two.
11. Two for two so far!
12. Last year, when I went to my first convention, I told myself that, by any means necessary, I was going to go the whole nine yards. Which, to me, meant cosplaying. It's a combination of trying out new stuff and the fun/social aspect.
13. Just one!
14. None yet.
15. Close to £150
16. With finances being pretty limited, I'd try to keep overall costs around the same as my previous cosplays whenever possible.
17. Videogames.
18. The only common trait at the moment are videogame characters who stood out for me after twenty-odd years of playing them!
19. I wouldn't say I have a specific influence. It's more "anyone more awesome at cosplaying than me". So quite a lot of people!
20. I haven't yet, though I wouldn't think of myself interested in clothing design and suchlike as a career.
21. Going from the response to #18, perhaps a RAmar from Phantasy Star Online, reminiscent of the one I played all those years ago, complete with a rare weapon, such as the Spread Needle.
22. Haven't made it yet. I don't have the requisite skill/practice to pull it off.
23. Most of the people who know I cosplay aren't well up on the concept, but they're definitely not averse to it.


02 Aug 2014 - 09:21115002
Thank you!
Thank you guys and girls! Keep it up!!!


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02 Aug 2014 - 09:40115003
1. Jennifer
2. 26
3. Female
4. Carmarthenshire
5. Cosplayer
6. 8 years
7. Receptionist/typist & Postgraduate Thesis
8. 15? Perhaps more?
9. They very a lot, a weekend to months.
10. 8?
11. All of them I think!
12. I like making things and I like working on a big scale!
13. 2
14. 0
15. Anything from 20 to £400
16. I'd probably cap it at £500
17. Games, anime, comics - but more recently the creature creation studios and schools.
18. Nope
19. Ahh for the longest time I've looked up to fatkraken.
20. I certainly have used it as a talking point in interviews, but nothing directly related.
21. I don't think I have a dream costume, though I am starting an ambitious one this year, every costume is a dream costume!
22. See above!
23. I think initially they thought it was silly, especially when I was just using fabric and making strange and badly tailored dresses. However, since I've branched out into creatures and stilts their opinion has changed.


02 Aug 2014 - 13:29115006
1. Danielle
2. 20
3. Female
4. Berkshire/Coventry during term time
5. Cosplayer!
6. Since I was 15, so 5 years.
7. I'm an Illustration/Animation student, but I work in an ice-cream parlour too.
8. I'm currently making my first costume from scratch, but I've bought/put together 11 so far.
9. It can take months to find all the bits and pieces, as well as shipping - Power Girl was at least a year in preparation but I made my Tinkerbell in just over a week.
10. About 15, I'd say.
11. The majority of them - maybe 12? I hate going to a con and not cosplaying.
12. At the end of the day, it's fun. I like dressing up and being a character for a day. It's great to be proud of making something, but my favourite part is just going out and being a little more than myself for a day.
13. None so far.
14. None.
15. About £100 now, but I try to limit it.
16. Not much more than that, just because I don't have the money! Maybe about £500?
17. I love anime, but haven't cosplayed much from that. Disney is a big influence, and comics used to be but has died down.
18. Not as such, I don't think I could pull off crossplay.
19. Teacup_Erinyes, TigerLily Cosplay, Kamui Cosplay,
20. I would love to one day. I want to be a visual development artist and I think knowing how practical costume designs are would definitely help me in this field.
21. A park-accurate Disney princess, most likely Cinderella or Ariel.
22. I don't know if my sewing skills will ever be to that level! But I am attempting to make a park-accurate Tinkerbell right now which is a start.
23. My friends think it's a cool quirky thing that I do, some of them want to join me in it! My family thinks it's weird but my stepmum is very supportive and helps me a lot, and my brother's cosplayed with me in the past.


02 Aug 2014 - 18:37115011
1. Kira
2. 16
3. Female
4. London
5. Both a cosplayer and a spectator?
6. 2-3 years
7. I'm a student
8. I've made two (bought other costumes before then)
9. 1 month or more
10. 5
11. Attended all 5 in costume.
12. To see other people in cosplay.
13. One masquerade
14. Unfortunately, none.
15. £100
16. Up too £150
17. Mainly animation (Japanese and otherwise)
18. I usually find a cutesy style, I don't suit serious characters.
19. Darkie-kun, Askaluna's Cosplay Corner
20. No.
21. Mirajane Strauss' demon body take-over from Fairy Tail.
22. I haven't made it. After I gather a few more year experience and more confidence, I will attempt to make it.
23. My friends are very supportive and even join in with their own cosplaying. My family support what I do, even if they don't fully understand why I cosplay.


04 Aug 2014 - 08:52115030
You Guys and girls are great!

Thank you for your help so far! I have posted this on multiple sites and I'm getting some great freedback. I hope this will help with the direction of the documentary. I will thank everyone who helps.... WATCH THIS SPACE!


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04 Aug 2014 - 09:52115038
I thought I should show my reply to help you guys with yours!

1. Name

Leigh aka Dax79

2. Age

35

3. Gender

Male

4. Location

Jersey Channel Islands

5. Do you consider yourself a Cosplayer, costume Designer or spectator?

All the above

6. How many years have you been doing this?

I have alway created my own costumes since I was a child. My mother made costumes for the local school and theater plays.

7. What do you do for a living outside cosplay /costume design?

I.T Technician

8. How many Costumes have you built so far?

2 a year since i was 8 maybe.

9. On average how long does it take you to make each costume?

pre 2000 - a week. 2000 onward 6 months

10. How many conventions have you attended?

Events 10 - Conventions 0

11. How many of them in costume?

N/A

12. Why do you do it?

i'm very artistic. I have alway draw pictures and find myself making things. I love the outcome and becoming my favorite characters.

13. How many masquerades, competitions have you entered?

Competitions won - 5 ish

14. How many have you won an award in?

5 ish

15. How much does an average costume cost you?

pre 2000 - £25. 2000 onward £150

16. How much would you be willing to spend?

As much as I can get away with

17. What are you major influences? (Anime, Manga, Film etc.)

Film

18. Do you have a specific style when choosing your costume? (Steampunk, Crossplay etc.)

Cosplay.

19. Which cosplayer do you look up to and who inspires you?

KILLERSMEMO - Her attention to detail and the way she becomes the characters,
KnoxyMcKox - I have only just found this guy but he goes BIG and has given me the inspiration to get on with my 'Big Daddy'
Mokuyo - Talented and sweet
thorn696 - He made me want to build a Halo suit.
Yaya - Everything she does is perfect. And I see no boundary to her talent

20. Do you use cosplay as a springboard to get into other industries as a career?

I do it for fun. But if it leads somewhere I would be very happy

21. What would be your dream costume to build?

Costume - BioShock 'Big Daddy'
Prop - Ecto–1 Ghostbusters 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor

22. Regarding your dream costume have you made it? Will you ever make it? If not, why not?

I do not have space or workshop. Everything I build in constructed in my living room when the family are in bed.

23. What do your friends, family, co-workers think of you cosplaying?

They may call me crazy but I can tell they love it.


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04 Aug 2014 - 21:37115052
1. Name - Kirsty Atwill (Morrow)
2. Age - 28
3. Gender - Female
4. Location - Bristol, UK
5. Do you consider yourself a Cosplayer, costume Designer or spectator? - Cosplayer
6. How many years have you been doing this? - 8 years
7. What do you do for a living outside cosplay /costume design? - Administrator for NHS
8. How many Costumes have you built so far? - 53
9. On average how long does it take you to make each costume? 1 month for small projects, 6-7 months for big projects.
10. How many conventions have you attended? 21
11. How many of them in costume? All of them
12. Why do you do it? Because i not only enjoy making the cosplay i also love the atmosphere, friendly fellow cosplayers and competing in masquerades.
13. How many masquerades, competitions have you entered? 21
14. How many have you won an award in? 6
15. How much does an average costume cost you? £200 - £300
16. How much would you be willing to spend? £500
17. What are you major influences? (Anime, Manga, Film etc.) Anime, mostly Clamp and studio ghiblie, Film, mostly western and Video games
18. Do you have a specific style when choosing your costume? (Steampunk, Crossplay etc.) - i mostly cosplay cute or cool girls or i make fursuits of cute or funny/cool characters
19. Which cosplayer do you look up to and who inspires you? Cosplex!
20. Do you use cosplay as a spring board to get into other industries as a career? no
21. What would be your dream costume to build? Something unbelievable, however i have already built many of my dream costumes, maybe Keroberos Quadsuit next
22. Regarding your dream costume have you made it? Will you ever make it? If not, why not? I hav already made some of my dream cosplays, The Songbird from Bioshock, Repede from Tales of vesperia, there is always something new i want to try to bulid and im not afraid to try something new that is a challenge.
23. What do your friends, family, co-workers think of you cosplaying? They are always fascinated that it is actually me inside that cosplay! My dad enjoys helping advise me on props though


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The Atwill Sisters
05 Aug 2014 - 10:02115054
Thank you for replying!!!


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05 Aug 2014 - 10:07115055
1. Name
Nixie
2. Age
22
3. Gender
female
4. Location
Basingstoke area
5. Do you consider yourself a Cosplayer, costume Designer or spectator?
COsplayer
6. How many years have you been doing this?
I started dressing up at the age of 6. Not stopped yet ;p
7. What do you do for a living outside cosplay /costume design?
Work in a women's clothing and jewellery shop
8. How many Costumes have you built so far?
15+? TBH I don't know
9. On average how long does it take you to make each costume?
A week roughly, if I actually pull a finger out
10. How many conventions have you attended?
I don't know, I've never counted
11. How many of them in costume?
All but the last couple
12. Why do you do it?
BECAUSE FRIENDSHIP! seriously tho
13. How many masquerades, competitions have you entered?
3 (2 competitive)
14. How many have you won an award in?
ONE!
15. How much does an average costume cost you?
Bout £40-50? (prolly a lot more but I think that's it)
16. How much would you be willing to spend?
Til it's done
17. What are you major influences? (Anime, Manga, Film etc.)
Games, anime, mangas etc. Essentially whatever takes my fancy. ATM it's LEague of Lengends, Marvel and perty animes
18. Do you have a specific style when choosing your costume? (Steampunk, Crossplay etc.)
I'm a bit of a mix, but generally I got for the Mature Badass females or the dapper gentlemen crooks
19. Which cosplayer do you look up to and who inspires you?
FishyFins, Odangochan, Kamui (for different reasons but I couldn't say why. I think I just really like their stuff lol)
20. Do you use cosplay as a spring board to get into other industries as a career?
Not really. Though it helps at Monsoon
21. What would be your dream costume to build?
River Spirit Nami, Gambit, High Noon Twisted Fate, Frost Queen Janna
22. Regarding your dream costume have you made it? Will you ever make it? If not, why not?
I HOPE SO! Not started yet, but TF is certainly on the card (hoho!) Gambit will prolly be a never cause like, I'm obsessed over him and thus can't cosplay him cause I'll ruin him. Soooo, I'll just have to go starry eyes over Gambit cosplayers instead :3
23. What do your friends, family, co-workers think of you cosplaying?
Friends: Cosplay anyway so yeah
Family: Mum is more supportive than my dad's side. My sisters find it interesting
Co-workers: "That sounds cool!" to "I don't really get it but it's nice you're creative"


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Ayacon Plans
05 Aug 2014 - 12:40115057
1. Name - Katherine, however I typically use the name Chimmy
2. Age - 16
3. Gender - Female
4. Location - Cornwall, UK
5. Do you consider yourself a Cosplayer, costume Designer or spectator? - Cosplayer and Costume Designer, I do both, as well as enjoy both
6. How many years have you been doing this? - 6 years since I've had cosplays, 5 years since I've been making cosplays and 3 years since my first convention
7. What do you do for a living outside cosplay /costume design? - Nothing, I'm still a student in Sixth Form
8. How many Costumes have you built so far? - I would say about 24 in total
9. On average how long does it take you to make each costume? - Depends on the type, a human cosplay I would say about 1-2 weeks while a fursuit takes a few months, plus it depends if I'm on holliday or not at the time.
10. How many conventions have you attended? - about 16
11. How many of them in costume? - All but one, technically
12. Why do you do it? - I feel like it gives me something to do, it's something for me to be proud of, and of course for the fun
13. How many masquerades, competitions have you entered? - 6
14. How many have you won an award in? - non, although I have gotten free stuff before because of my cosplays
15. How much does an average costume cost you? Human- £50 ish, Fursuit- £100 +
16. How much would you be willing to spend? - I think £200 is my limit
17. What are you major influences? (Anime, Manga, Film etc.) - Mostly Video Games
18. Do you have a specific style when choosing your costume? (Steampunk, Crossplay etc.) - Mostly Fursiuits however I do others too
19. Which cosplayer do you look up to and who inspires you? - Caninehybrid was the one who inspired me to start making fursuit cosplays, so she counts, but other than that, non really
20. Do you use cosplay as a spring board to get into other industries as a career? - I'm still in education so no
21. What would be your dream costume to build? - Hmmmm.... there's Meta Ridley who I really want to re-make, as well as a few I'm going to keep quiet
22. Regarding your dream costume have you made it? Will you ever make it? If not, why not? - I plan to in the next few years
23. What do your friends, family, co-workers think of you cosplaying? -My family don't mind it and they love seeing the costumes I make, although my mum can get a bit annoying with it as she shows everyone who enters the house my costumes


05 Aug 2014 - 14:52115058
1. Name- callum
2. Age- 18
3. Gender- male
4. Location- northumberland
5. Do you consider yourself a Cosplayer, costume Designer or spectator?- cosplayer
6. How many years have you been doing this?- Ive had my first cosplay for two years but I only went to my first con last year
7. What do you do for a living outside cosplay /costume design?- 6th form
8. How many Costumes have you built so far? - so far I haven’t made one yet but I am currently putting together my second one
9. On average how long does it take you to make each costume?-
10. How many conventions have you attended?- 2
11. How many of them in costume?- 2
12. Why do you do it?- to meet others and to go to panels
13. How many masquerades, competitions have you entered?- none
14. How many have you won an award in?- none
15. How much does an average costume cost you?- my first one I only had to by the patches which cost £12 but the one im currently putting together im expecting to cost around £250
16. How much would you be willing to spend?- for a normal cosplay £150 for something spectacular/complex £300
17. What are you major influences? (Anime, Manga, Film etc.)- anime and scifi
18. Do you have a specific style when choosing your costume? (Steampunk, Crossplay etc.)- so far it seems to be soldiers but the ones I plan to do in the future all seem to be eccentric
19. Which cosplayer do you look up to and who inspires you?-
20. Do you use cosplay as a spring board to get into other industries as a career?-no
21. What would be your dream costume to build?- either commander Shepard or eva unit 1
22. Regarding your dream costume have you made it? Will you ever make it? If not, why not?- possibly in the future but I will have to build up a lot of skill
23. What do your friends, family, co-workers think of you cosplaying?- they generally seem fine with it I’m not sure about when I do more eccentric cosplays though.


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El psy congroo
05 Aug 2014 - 15:43115059
This is great of you all! keep it up!!


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10 Aug 2014 - 22:59115137
Please could you help! Just reply to the questions!

1. Name - Naomi
2. Age - old enough to know better
3. Gender - female
4. Location - Buckinghamshire
5. Do you consider yourself a Cosplayer, costume Designer or spectator? - Cosplayer
6. How many years have you been doing this? - 4 years
7. What do you do for a living outside cosplay /costume design? - theatrical costume maker & Wardrobe Mistress
8. How many Costumes have you built so far? - for myself & husband, 5.
9. On average how long does it take you to make each costume? - depends on the costume but a week to months
10. How many conventions have you attended? - 5
11. How many of them in costume? - 4
12. Why do you do it? - it's fun, I like dressing up & love the challenge of making my costume
13. How many masquerades, competitions have you entered? - none
14. How many have you won an award in? - none
15. How much does an average costume cost you? - £25 to £400
16. How much would you be willing to spend? - whatever it takes to get it right. It just might take longer to save for it.
17. What are you major influences? (Anime, Manga, Film etc.) - film, comic books, Marvel esp.
18. Do you have a specific style when choosing your costume? (Steampunk, Crossplay etc.) - I just go for characters I enjoy & make me smile.
19. Which cosplayer do you look up to and who inspires you? - either anyone creative & skilled or just someone passionate enough to have a good time & enjoy it & accept everyone in the community.
20. Do you use cosplay as a spring board to get into other industries as a career? - my career was a springboard to Cosplay!
21. What would be your dream costume to build? - not found it yet. I just want to continue to explore boundaries of my skills
22. Regarding your dream costume have you made it? Will you ever make it? If not, why not? - no & yes but there'll always be another one out there.
23. What do your friends, family, co-workers think of you cosplaying? - some get involved with me, some think I'm a loon but love me anyway, some take the mickey but accept me anyway!

Hope that helps
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11 Aug 2014 - 14:13115146
1. Name
Chris

2. Age
29

3. Gender
Male

4. Location
Reading, UK

5. Do you consider yourself a Cosplayer, costume Designer or spectator?
Cosplayer

6. How many years have you been doing this?
3 years (Started 2011)

7. What do you do for a living outside cosplay /costume design?
Product Specialist at a technology company (Software Developer)

8. How many Costumes have you built so far?
7

9. On average how long does it take you to make each costume?
It usually takes me quite a few weeks due to procrastination and work etc

10. How many conventions have you attended?
11

11. How many of them in costume?
7

12. Why do you do it?
I mainly do it for the fun of creating the costume and it's also a good excuse to see friends and interact in a different environment than the norm.

13. How many masquerades, competitions have you entered?
3

14. How many have you won an award in?
2

15. How much does an average costume cost you?
£100-200

16. How much would you be willing to spend?
£200-300

17. What are you major influences? (Anime, Manga, Film etc.)
Mainly computer games

18. Do you have a specific style when choosing your costume? (Steampunk, Crossplay etc.)
I prefer armour cosplays that use a lot of lighting (LEDs, EL-wire etc)

19. Which cosplayer do you look up to and who inspires you?
There's no specific cosplayer I look up to, I gather inspiration from the community rather than any specific people but PropCustomz was an inspiration for my Clayton Carmine and Tonka1675 for my Onyx Guard

20. Do you use cosplay as a spring board to get into other industries as a career?
No

21. What would be your dream costume to build?
A charizard with animatronics in the head

22. Regarding your dream costume have you made it? Will you ever make it? If not, why not?
I will probably make it one day, once I have improved my skills and my money.

23. What do your friends, family, co-workers think of you cosplaying?
I've met a lot of friends through cosplay, the friends that don't cosplay think it's cool and some of them are even considering cosplaying in the future. My family and co-workers don't really know much about my cosplaying.


11 Aug 2014 - 15:05115147
1. Name
Pete

2. Age
40. Egads!

3. Gender
For the purposes of this survey, male

4. Location
East Anglia

5. Do you consider yourself a Cosplayer, costume Designer or spectator?
Cosplayer

6. How many years have you been doing this?
Now into my fifth year

7. What do you do for a living outside cosplay /costume design?
Admin support in education

8. How many Costumes have you built so far?
18 fully completed cosplay costumes. (Plus assorted costumes for clubbing, my local Pride march, etc)

9. On average how long does it take you to make each costume?
Hard to say. Sometimes I spread planning, buying materials, and constructing over the course of several years. Others require an evening's work on a prop to turn my street clothes into a costume.

10. How many conventions have you attended?
Nine expo type events, seven or eight conventions.

11. How many of them in costume?
All the ones since I started cosplaying (so 10)

12. Why do you do it?
It's fun. You have an instant ice-breaker with strangers. The attention on my own terms is nice. There's a sense of acheivement when you complete a costume. And it's a metaphorical mask that allows me to let my guard down and be myself.

13. How many masquerades, competitions have you entered?
One. At a bookshop's manga night

14. How many have you won an award in?
None. I don;t usually compete.

15. How much does an average costume cost you?
Again, I can't work out an average. My cheapest was free. My most expensive was probably about £70, but that includes shoes that I've re-worn.

16. How much would you be willing to spend?
*shrug* I can't even begin to answer that

17. What are you major influences? (Anime, Manga, Film etc.)
Video games, western cartoons, film and anime

18. Do you have a specific style when choosing your costume? (Steampunk, Crossplay etc.)
I enjoy crossplay. And like to cosplay as villains and overlooked characters.

19. Which cosplayer do you look up to and who inspires you?
I don't look up to cosplay "celebs". My inspiration comes from my friends who cosplay

20. Do you use cosplay as a spring board to get into other industries as a career?
Nope.

21. What would be your dream costume to build?
I'd love to build a Power Rangers Megazord

22. Regarding your dream costume have you made it? Will you ever make it? If not, why not?
No. I don't have a large enough work or storage space, and transporting it to events would be a nightmare. Maybe if my circumstances changed I'd seriously consider it.

23. What do your friends, family, co-workers think of you cosplaying?
They seem to be amused and impressed. Although I think they give me too much praise when you compare my costumes to Eurocosplay entrants, and the higher-end floor costumes.


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11 Aug 2014 - 21:00115155
1. Name Pudding/Eilidh
2. Age 25, I am now a quarter of a century. lol.
3. Gender Female(ish)
4. Location SCOTLAND! Yaldy.

5. Do you consider yourself a Cosplayer, costume Designer or spectator? I'm a Cosplayer and a Costume Designer; see Q.7 for more details.

6. How many years have you been doing this? I've never really stopped dressing up since I was able to crawl into my mum's wardrobe and dress myself. I went to my first con in 2003, which was my first contact with cosplay as a concept, but took a break for 3 years because I wasn't old enough to go by myself to events as there were pretty much no cons in Scotland back in the day. Officially, I usually say it was Auchinawa 2006 when I started Cosplaying. So, yeah, 8 years this November.

7. What do you do for a living outside cosplay /costume design? I studied textile design and am currently setting up my own social design business, but I do take Cosplay commissions and have a background in amateur theatre where I've designed and made costumes/props/sets, etc. since I was in Primary school.

8. How many Costumes have you built so far? Oh gawd, I don't even know. If I count only Cosplays I've made for myself and discount any theatrical costumes and commissions, it's around 71-72-ish and counting. Some of them are closet costumes or very simple "t-shirt" cosplays though which only required a few small props or similar to be actually "built". Costumes that required actual effort and skill? Probably around 25 give or take a few... I've also either completely or partially made maybe around 15-20 cosplays for friends and family and I honestly could not tell you how many I've made for theatrical or photoshoot purposes over the years. Cosplay commissions for full or partial cosplays is somewhere in the region of 5-10 I think since 2007. Jeeze that's a lot!

9. On average how long does it take you to make each costume? It really depends on how complex the costume is. I can make a simple costume in a few hours when I actually sit down and work on it. More complex costumes usually take between a week and a month of actual working on it time. Because this is a hobby, I do it in my spare time, so stuff may appear to take me a month or two (or more) to make, but the actual time I spend on it in that time is usually a day here and there with long breaks in between. I also abandon projects if they're stressing me out or if I'm too busy/sick/bored of it to finish the costume for the event I intended it for, but I usually pick them back up again at some point. Sometimes it can be a few years before I do though.

10. How many conventions have you attended? 27 so far, but by the end of the year it'll be 29.
11. How many of them in costume? All bar my first.

12. Why do you do it? Because I love it, I've made some of my best friends through Cosplay and if I'm not making something I go a bit crazy. And I mean that literally, I have mental and physical health issues and Cosplay is one of the things that keeps me sane when times are hard. It's one of the things in my life I'm actually good at and when I feel like a useless waste of space who fails at everything else, I can go and channel those emotions into making something.


13. How many masquerades, competitions have you entered?
Masquerades and Omakes that weren't judged, about 11 or 12. I have entered only 1 contest on purpose last year as an experiment to see if I could actually do it without having panic attack; the experiment was a success even though I didn't win anything and I'd quite like to start entering contests at least once a year. I've accidentally entered (or been tricked into entering) 3 I think?

14. How many have you won an award in? Like I said, I've only really be in about 4 cosplay contests that I even could win an award in (as far as I'm aware anyway). Of those, I've won 3. My friends from Blood/Sugar Cosplay (with a few others) and I won "Scariest/Most Creepy Group" at Auchinawa 2008 for our Silent Hill costumes. My first London Expo (also 2008) Angelphie, Ashe-chan and I won the "Best Skit" award for our Mighty Boosh skit in which I was Bob Fossil and did the-best-dance-evar!(TM). Also won "Best Group" as X-men for one of the Neo magazine photo contests at a London Expo in 2010. None of those times was I even aware that it was a contest. lol.

15. How much does an average costume cost you? Until 2012 I would have said nearly all my cosplays cost between £0 and £20. Now, due to making more complex costumes generally or at least ones I intend to last more than 1 or 2 washes and having to make things out of mainly natural fibers because of a bunch of skin conditions which mean I can't wear synthetics it means things have become more expensive lately. I still make things for £0-£20 of course, but post 2012 I've moved more into the £30-£60 range for the majority of cosplays, with a couple in the £80-£100 range.

16. How much would you be willing to spend? One of my dream costumes is going to cost me £200-300. Ideally absolutely no more than that though and I would wear the heck out of those ones to justify it. Luckily, I only have maybe 5 cosplays on my dream list that will be as hard on the old bank balance as that. I try and keep things under £50 generally though.


17. What are you major influences? (Anime, Manga, Film etc.) Mostly western comics (mainly Marvel, DC, Top Cow, various webcomics, Tank Girl and 2000AD), vintage shojou manga (mainly Sailor Moon), Hanna Barbera/Cartoon Network cartoons (mainly from the 1960's or 1990's), Don Bluth, Disney and other animated or live action films (mainly from the 1980's or old Hollywood musicals). Oh, and books. I read so much and some of my dream cosplays include literary characters. And inanimate objects... I may or may not have a semi-secret list of inanimate objects that I want to cosplay... Including the Tower of Barad-Dur and the Batmobile.

18. Do you have a specific style when choosing your costume? (Steampunk, Crossplay etc.) If you'd asked me when I first started in my teens, it would have been shota-bait-yaoi-boys, but I am well out of that phase now (and faintly embarrassed by it tbh). Honestly, I like to be ginger, I like to wear green and I don't like to wear trousers much (I chuffin' love burumas though) and I've recently realised that I wear a lot of turquoise-y-sea-green-ish wigs. Oh, and I really like mermaids. I've also discovered that the more hideously rediculous and 1980's a costume is, the more attracted to it I am. I really don't have a type though my wishlist spans from muscle-bound men in spandex leotards like Vegeta, Wolverine and Magneto through Disney Princesses like Ariel and Snow White, to monsters and trolls like Demona Destine or Nobby Nobbs; sex kittens like Lady Loki or Jessica Rabbit and cute little Magical girls like Cardcaptor Sakura. if I have a type at all, it's inanimate objects... lol.

19. Which cosplayer do you look up to and who inspires you? I'm really bad at this bit because I completely forget that a lot of the people I hang out with are "cosplay famous". I admire a lot of people for one reason or another whether it's to do with their cosplays or not, but I honestly don't have any specific "cosplay hero". I kind of take it on a costume-by-costume basis of who I think is really kickass atm.

20. Do you use cosplay as a spring board to get into other industries as a career? Not intentionally, but because I come from a creative background generally and i do design and make costumes as part of my freelance design work, and I do have a few plans that will involve cosplay as part of my career, but it's really not a big part and it's more bringing the cosplay into my work than the other way around. It's a hobby for me, it's costume-play after all and I want to keep it fun.

21. What would be your dream costume to build? Where do I even start and how do I pick just one? One of my dream cosplays is Sarah William's ballgown from the Labyrinth, I guess I'll go with it.

22. Regarding your dream costume have you made it? Will you ever make it? If not, why not? I've not made it yet and it's 85% to do with the fact that it's going to cost me £200-£300 to do it the way I want to. Another was skill level, I didn't feel like I was capable of making it before, but I think that I could now... I just can't afford it yet (especially as I'm going to have to use 100% pure silk for the under-dress due to my health issues). And the last was health, I've been very, very ill over the last 4 years, which has meant I've had to mostly wear comfortable, simple costumes and drop a lot of more complicated projects/dreams because I was just too sick to both make and wear them. I still have to be careful pace myself better, but I'm learning I'm looking at maybe making it as one of the cosplays I do for my 10th anniversary of cosplaying in 2016. We'll see how it goes.


23. What do your friends, family, co-workers think of you cosplaying? A lot of my friends are cosplayers themselves or if not then they go to cons, are burlesque performers, artists, models, actors or designers. Plus my family is big on dressing up generally so it's never been a big deal; I don't think my family entirely understand why I cosplay, but they accept it. My wee brother used to be terribly embarassed by me in general and my cosplaying specifically, but that's what big sisters are for and he does the occasional cosplay now too (I have to make him a Sailor Moon costume for next Deecon). I'm my own boss (or will be once I'm set up properly anyway), so I don't have co-workers atm really. Anytime I do they're also creatives and think it's cool or are indifferent. If I meet people who aren't into it I just go, "that's fine, it's not for everyone" and then talk about stuff they do like. Not everyone I know cosplays even if they do to cons and that's totally cool too. I think I get away with a lot of stuff because I just brazen it out/got swag/frankly don't care what people think about it. If you're confident about something you enjoy doing like cosplay, people are more likely to accept it, I think.


12 Aug 2014 - 12:44115162
This is really great! The filming has started and this info will help and also will help direct the documentary the correct way!

Keep them coming


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07 Feb 2015 - 10:56117195
out 15, I'd say.
11. The majority of them - maybe 12? I hate going to a con and not cosplaying.
12. At the end of the day, it's fun. I like dressing up and being a character for a day. It's great to be proud of making something, but my favourite part is just going out and being a little more than myself for a day.
13. None so far.


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