Let’s Talk Cosplay!- Austyn/ WiscashGirl
Cosplay is a big part of many people’s lives, allowing them a chance to step into someone else’s shoes and escape from everyday life. With the rise of conventions sweeping the world, Cosplay is becoming something more and more people are getting into. As a result of this, communities of cosplayers are sprouting up. Some who meet up at different Cons to band together as a ‘Star Wars’ garrison or meeting at a movie release to be ‘The Avengers’. Something that is incredible about Cosplay is the level of detail that goes into the costumes, some spending hours and hours on working out the perfect colours, textiles and even going so far as to include advanced electronics!
We have asked a series of questions to each cosplayer in the hope that we can provide you all with some ideas on how to get started or some tips on how to develop your own craft further!
This we talk with Austyn also known as WhiscashGirl, who is 27 from East Yorkshire, UK.
- How long have you been Cosplaying?
7 years, since February 2011.
- What inspired you to get started?
I didn’t really decide to cosplay so much as I was dragged into it – my friend needed an extra person for a Naruto group, and even though I’d never seen the anime (and still haven’t, lol whoops!) I put on the robe and orange wig and gave it a shot. But at the con, I just loved the atmosphere, how friendly everyone was saying hi and asking for pictures and seeing all these amazing costumes, and I knew I wanted to cosplay again.
- What would you say has been your biggest challenge to date?
I’d probably have to say my wig for Peridot from Steven Universe – it took 3 wigs and a lot of hot glue, hairspray and tears! But I’m really happy with how it turned out as it gave me the confidence to attempt more ambitious cosplays in the future.
- Which is your favourite Cosplay you have done so far?
Such a tough question, but again I think it’s got to be Peridot from Steven Universe – she was a dream cosplay for years, so finally pulling it off and getting compliments and pictures felt awesome, and she’s such a fun character to be.
- What has been your favourite Cosplay interaction you’ve had at a convention?
One that stands out has to be the Undertale meetup at Birmingham MCM, when I cosplayed Toriel and baked an actual butterscotch cinnamon pie – heavy to lug around the con all day, but everyone loved it so much it was worth it! Everyone was so lovely and I made some great cosplay friends from that meet.
- What, if any, difficulties have you encountered?
I’ve definitely had my share of cosplay malfunctions – at a recent con the zip broke on my bodysuit and I had to be safety pinned into it! But I think just on a personal level, the biggest difficulties have been learning not to compare myself too much to other (far better) cosplayers, and feel comfortable both with my cosplay skill level and my body, for some of my more revealing cosplays. It’s an ongoing process of course, but cosplaying really has improved my confidence so much.
- If you are happy to share, what future Cosplay do you have planned?
I’m working on Retsuko from Aggretsuko at the moment, which I’m looking forward to debuting next month!
- What advice would you give to someone looking to get started?
Don’t worry too much about whether you buy or make your cosplay, or a mix of both – cosplay is about having fun, and there’s no “right” way to do it. If you love the character you’ll rock that cosplay, look and feel amazing!
- What items/ tools/ techniques would you say are imperative in a new Cosplayers tool kit?
Definitely invest in a hot glue gun! I would also really recommend Polymorph mouldable plastic – it’s so versatile and easy to use, and has been a lifesaver for me when making props!
Big thanks to Austyn for sharing her process and her cosplay journey! If you want to keep up to date with her cosplays follow her here;
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