Welcome back to another amazing interview for our “Meet the Artist” series!
Today, we bring you an interview with cosplayer @AutumnDayss !
We first collaborated with this artist by animating this amazing photo! (Actual animation can be found on our Instagram page):
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 AutumnDayss IG is my main cosplay account.
So far, Instagram is really the majority that I share my cosplay on.
Once in a while, I will post on my Facebook page, but it’s very rare. It actually tends to take more time to post.
I do have a second Instagram account where I post mostly pictures of my animals that I either owned or work with on a weekly basis.
2. When did you become interested in cosplaying? What influenced you or who influenced you?
I start cosplaying when I was about 10 years old or maybe even younger.
When I first started cosplaying, it was mainly because my older brother had friends that were popular in the cosplay community.
I used to tag along for the first couple years of my cosplay career to conventions with my brother and his friends. So, mainly, my brother and his friends were my cosplay influences.
3.When did you begin to do cosplay?
When I actually started to dress up was actually around the age of 10.
And I didn’t attend my first convention until I was about 11 or 12. I can’t remember any details but I do remember that it was a local convention.
4. Who helped you with your cosplay?
For the first two years, my grandma was actually the one who made most of my costumes and my dad was the one who made all of my props.
It wasn’t until I started to become older and wanting a more accurate costume that my grandma decided to start teaching me how to sew.
5. Which was your 1st cosplay outfit? What was the process like putting it together?
My first cosplay ever was actually Claire Redfield from the Resident Evil franchise.
And that process was very simple. I just went into my closet and was able to find clothes that match closely to what Claire wears.
But, over the years, the process has, of course, gotten a bit more complex that requires me to go beyond my closet.
6. Which is your favorite cosplay and why?
I love my dress!
Especially when I was able to compare the first dress to the new dress that I made last year.
7. Do you do cosplay events or competitions? Do you have a favorite you like to attend and why?
I attend a lot of Comic Cons and Anime conventions.
I used to compete, but, over the years, I’ve stopped competing and mainly spent the time at these events networking with other cosplayers. I also enjoy spending time with my friends that I only ever get to see at these conventions.
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 used to buy nothing because I make my own costumes.
But, overtime, some cosplay sellers have actually been upping their quality game. So I have to admit that I have bought a couple of cosplay pieces before. Mainly cosplay that are hard for me to make. For example, some of my cosplay that are just bodysuits which I tend to go and buy because the material tends to be high-quality. Also, lately, some of the bodysuits also have body contour and shadowing on them.
But, always be wary of online sellers because the way that they do their sizing is a lot different from U.S. sizing. Always read the reviews when you are buying from Amazon or from big-name sellers, so that you have a better idea of what you are purchasing.
9. What do you enjoy about cosplay?
The creativity, of course!
It’s a way for me to express my creative side and be able to express any type of emotion with my cosplay.
I view cosplay as an art form and it can be interpreted in any way the viewer or the artist may want it be.
It’s also a way for me to de-stress and forget about any worries I may have.
10. What has your experience been like sharing your cosplay online?
So far I have gotten nothing but positive feedback from all the cosplay that I post, whether it be full body full armor to showing no skin to be more scandalous.
Once in a while you will get a bad apple or some unwanted comments, but it’s always important to look past those comments.
11. Do you have any advice for aspiring cosplayers considering sharing their cosplay online?
Always have fun with what you’re doing!
When it comes to the online profile, do not worry about how many followers or likes you have. What you should care about is if it makes you happy.
And make sure you know what to hashtag as well adding a cool description for the photo.
Also remember to always credit your photographer because they would greatly appreciate this. It’s a nice way of saying thank you as well as show off their amazing work! I credit my photographers because they always know the best way to showcase my cosplay.