Meet the Cosplayer: @duyendoesstuff

Hi everyone!

Welcome back!!!

Today, we have an interview with a super sweet cosplayer, @duyendoesstuff !!!!

We first met @duyendoesstuff when we animated this amazing photo! (Actual animation can be found on our Instagram page):

Below is her fun interview!:

1. What is your Instagram for your cosplay? Do you have any other social media accounts where you share your cosplay?
I’m new to cosplay, so I don’t have a dedicated account. @duyendoesstuff is where I post things that I make!
2. When did you become interested in cosplaying? What influenced you or who influenced you?
A few years ago, I went to my first Comic Con and I fell in love with all the cosplay. I knew that I had to try making my own for the following year.

Moana had just come out and I was obsessed with her Wayfinder outfit. I reached out to a few people on IG who had made that version and stared at reference photos for what felt like too long

*laughs*

Mik from @hi.me.butt took the time to give me a lot of useful tips!

It’s also a fun way to spend time with my sister, who usually cosplays with me now!

3. When did you begin to do cosplay?
I started in 2017 – I was Moana, and my sister was one of the Kakamora coconuts.
4. Who helped you with your cosplay?
My sister usually brainstorms with me and helps me when I get stuck on something. This last one was a huge group effort! Several family members helped out with various details. It was a great bonding experience!
5. Which was your 1st cosplay outfit? What was the process like putting it together?
My first outfit was Wayfinder Moana and it involved so much hot glue and burnt fingers

*laughs*

It was really fun learning different techniques like how to tie the headpiece and the skirt. It was a lot of wandering throughout craft stores going “Hmm… this will work, I think” for several weeks, then a rushed two weeks of putting it together.

It held together pretty well, I think!

6. Which is your favorite cosplay and why?
Ahhh, it’s so difficult to choose a favorite, especially since I only have three and I love them all!

If I have to pick one, it would be the Hannah Alexander version of Moana. It’s so beautiful with so many intricate details. I worked on this every moment I could for over a month, so it was definitely a labor of love.

7. Do you do cosplay events or competitions? Do you have a favorite you like to attend and why?

I haven’t done any events or competitions.

I feel like I’m just starting out, so I need to work on my skills a little bit before considering any of that.

8. Do you make or buy your cosplay? Or maybe both? Do you have any stores or sellers you highly recommend to aspiring cosplayers?
So far, I’ve only made my cosplays… The employees at Joann Fabrics recognize me now because I was there every day for over a week! Sometimes twice a day!
9. What do you enjoy about cosplay?
I love making things and learning how to piece things together.

I think I get a little too ambitious when choosing outfits

*laughs*

There are usually a lot of details, so it feels like I’m making very slow progress until all of a sudden, it comes together and looks pretty decent!

That’s such an amazing feeling – when the pieces of the costume fall together to create the complete look!

I also love seeing kids’ faces when their parents go “Look, it’s Moana!” I’ve gotten some pretty hilarious reactions and interactions.

10. What has your experience been like sharing your cosplay online?
So far, it’s been pretty positive!

I’m a very introverted person, so it’s a bit difficult for me to meet and connect with people. But so far, everyone has been so kind and encouraging, and the community is so welcoming!

11. Do you have any advice for aspiring cosplayers considering sharing their cosplay online?
This is something I have to keep reminding myself: Have fun with it and try not to compare. It’s so easy to get discouraged when you’re just starting out and you compare yourself to people who have been doing it for years or professionally.

CosPLAY should be something that brings happiness and confidence!

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