Welcome back everyone!!
Today, we have a super special interview with an amazing cosplayer, @mayan.goddess !!!!
We originally did her first animation when we collaborated with @portraits.n.cosplay and animated this awesome photo!:
From this collaboration, we were introduced to @mayan.goddess and she was such a sweet and supportive person that we knew we had to do more collaborations with her!
We had our chance when we asked to animate this amazing photo!:
We are having so much fun! And we hope this interview shows how fun and sweet she really is!
Below is our interview!:
1. What is your Instagram for your cosplay? Do you have any other social media accounts where you share your cosplay?
My Instagram is @mayan.goddess , and it’s my main account for both cosplay and general stuff.
My Twitter account is @MayanGoddess_ . I have a Twitch channel,
I also have a Discord server, available through my Twitch channel.
2.When did you become interested in cosplaying? What influenced you or who influenced you?
I became interested back in 2016.
There was a pop up bar that was themed after the Cantina in “Star Wars: A New Hope.”
I went with some fellow Marines and I decided to wear a Halloween costume, Slave Leia.
What I did not realize was that there would be entire families, young children included. I was mortified to say the least.
At one point, there were two young girls dressed as Star Wars characters looking right at me. Their mother came up to me and asked if I could take a picture with them. I agreed, albeit still nervous.
As I was taking the picture, the girls told me how I was their hero and how I defeated Jabba the Hutt in my armor.
That’s when I realized:
They didn’t see me as a girl in a bikini.
They saw me as their hero.
That’s when I decided to delve deeper into the world of cosplay.
3.When did you begin to do cosplay?
I did my first endeavor back in October of 2016, with my partner at the time.
4. Which was your 1st cosplay outfit? What was the process like putting it together?
I was Morty from Rick and Morty. I remember checking like crazy and being super nervous, but many people were welcoming and I made friends in the process.
5. Who helped you with your cosplay?
It was a very simple cosplay and I got all the pieces on Amazon.
All I needed was a yellow shirt and some white shoes. My sisters helped me though, making sure my hair was on point and that my colors were screen accurate.
6. Which is your favorite cosplay and why?
My favorite has to be Wonder Woman.
I’m most recognized in that cosplay.
Plus, I get to inspire kids left and right!
7. Do you do cosplay events or competitions? Do you have a favorite you like to attend and why?
I don’t usually do competitions.
I don’t think I’m quite at that level to be honest.
Instead, I do conventions to make friends and inspire people around me.
My main effort, however, is my charity work.
I’m a Cosplayer with Kids Can Cosplay. Kids Can Cosplay does hospital visitations, homeless shelter visits, charity events, and conventions. I use my cosplay characters to connect with and inspire children to open their creative minds through cosplay.
I am a video game streamer on Twitch; Twitch is a service that allows me to play video games and connect with viewers live on the internet. There, I do monthly charity events for different non-profit organizations and often incorporate my cosplay to help raise funds.
Through the Twitch Charity events, I’ve raised over four thousand dollars for these organizations.
I also am part of a podcast called Geek Boots Military Nerds. Geek Boots is a group of men and women from each branch of service who are also in the Cosplay community. Every week, we discuss a variety of topics, from movies to comic books, to military life. It’s a way to connect with people like me to be themselves and know that they can take pride in their life stories as well.
8.Do you make or buy your cosplay? Or maybe both? Do you have any stores or sellers you highly recommend to aspiring cosplayers?
I do a combination of making pieces and getting commissions from friends that I’ve made over the years.
There are some incredible costume designers, and it’s always an honor to get to showcase their work.
9. What do you enjoy about cosplay?
I have a physical condition with my body that has left me differently-abled (so to speak), so I have to wear a brace often.
It’s hard to ignore the stares I get when walking around. I constantly feel like I’m less than perfect because of my condition. I’m a nobody.
But when I don my cosplays, my issues disappear. I’m no longer a struggling student. I’m no longer differently abled. I’m no longer a nobody.
I don the outfit and I become a hero. I become a villain.
My limitations and worries disappear, and I am finally free!
10. What has your experience been like sharing your cosplay online?
It has its ups and downs.
On the one hand, I get to build a community of people who may have also been yearning for freedom from the shackles of a normal life. I get to inspire people with my stories and learn wonderful things about cosplay and nerd culture. Sharing my cosplay gives me the ability to introduce people to the world of cosplay.
It’s a fun community with many sides and many stories.
On the other hand, there are a few that try to push the envelope and ask things that are uncomfortable. I’ve been asked by certain people to be more provocative or to pose more seductively than what is comfortable.
Fortunately, I’ve learned how to stand my ground while still being positive.
11. Do you have any advice for aspiring cosplayers considering sharing their cosplay online?
a) There are different styles of cosplay!
There’s the “screen-accurate” style, where the cosplay is as close to the original as possible.
There are the “mash-up” varieties, where the cosplay can be adapted to a new style, like steampunk and such.
There is also the boudoir style, where the cosplay can be provocative.
b) ***Not all cosplay is boudoir!!!***
I often get told that I have to do lewd poses in order to be a real cosplayer.
That is not the case!
Once someone exposes their body online, it’s on there for good.
There are people who choose to pose in such ways, and it’s beautiful.
But that is their choice. Not a requirement.
c) Success is never instant.
It takes time and dedication to be successful.
d) Take the dive.
Like the saying goes, “you miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.”
CREDITS: @portraits.n.cosplay took the photos of Zatanna and the belle dress. @kidscancosplay took the pictures of Wonder Woman. Kurisu (the red head), Slave Leia, and Morty were all on my phone.