Today I get to feature a local cosplayer who I've met at a few cons. She's often found organizing cosplay contests, and being supportive to everyone. This soon to be bride is such a sweetheart, and her interview is amazing. Read below to find out more about cosplayer Natasha May!
How and when did you get into cosplay?
I started 5 years ago, and I got into cosplay because of my best friend Allison. She went to her first convention the summer prior, and had told me how amazing it was and about all the costumes. She made her first cosplay soon after, I then followed. I was immediately hooked.
What do your friends and family think of your hobby?
My parents and extended family are super supportive. I’m very lucky to have them, they don’t always understand the “convention world”, but they are always understanding and encouraging about it. My fiancé is also not the “geek” type, but he helps out so much with everything I do. My friends are amazing. Whether it’s the many I have met through conventions and cosplay, everyone I have known before, or even those I work with, they are also greatly supportive when it comes to my hobby.
If you're still cosplaying in 10+ years, do you think it will have an effect on your cosplay choices, or the characters you choose to portray?
I don’t think so. The majority of choices that we have to choose from to create cosplay characters are generally not exactly what everyone looks like anyway. Age, gender, size, it doesn’t matter. Cosplay should always be for yourself, the creativity, the fun, and the love of the character. The genre of cosplays that I do, I feel I will always stick to. I love my strong, armored female characters, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
What do you do when you're not in cosplay or geeking out?
For work, I manage a Salon & Spa. My other hobbies are generally hanging out with my family, friends, fiancé and our fur-babies. (We have a pup named Ellie, and two cats named Bella and Bayo) I enjoy going camping in the summer, hanging out with my friends, and cooking or baking! I tend to hide inside and play all of the video games in the winter. Being artistic, if I’m not working on a cosplay, I need to be doing SOMETHING creative. I will find DIY things to do, such as alter or make furniture for our house. I also draw and paint often. I love to read. Oh and I definitely watch the Harry Potter movies at least twice a month.
How do you choose your next cosplay?
Either from inspiration of fan art online, or even another’s’ cosplay. One of the most common ways is when a friend will ask if you want to pair/team up with their new cosplay idea, or vise versa. This is how I have a roster of nearly 10 “next cosplays” haha.
Who is your cosplay idol/inspiration?
Jaycee Cosplay, Kamui Cosplay and SKS Props.
What cosplay(s) are you working on right now?
Currently I am working on decorations and planning for our wedding in August. So I’m kind of on a pause until then. My next project is a female Barbarian from Diablo III, that I hope to have done for Edmonton Expo! A Fallout and Overwatch Cosplay would be next after that.
You're involved a lot with the Edmonton and area cosplay community. How did you get to where you are today?
Looking back to the start, I don’t even know how I got here haha. Honestly though, just a lot of meeting people, making those connections, and maintaining relationships would be how I’ve gotten to where I am. In any aspect of the industry. I love helping out with conventions and being involved in the community, so I’ve definitely strived to keep working on ways to keep doing more and more.
What is your favorite part of the local cosplay community?
How friendly everyone is! There is definitely a family and extended family feel to the Edmonton and Calgary cosplay community. I love going to a convention and getting to meet and catch up with people I know are a part of this group of amazing people.
What cosplay did you put the most time into?
KAYLE. Omg that whole thing took over 250 hours easily. It was my first armor build, it was huge, had 8 ft. wings, and a ZILLION little triangle details. I’ve vowed to never do any cosplay with triangles in it ever again.
What is your favorite convention to attend?
Calgary Expo! Its my home away from home and I get to see the largest amount of all my amazing friends in one location!
What is your dream convention to attend?
New York Comicon, because I have always wanted to visit New York and attend an amazing con.
Do you have any convention pet peeves?
Do you have any horror stories or mistakes you've made that other's can learn from?
Don’t jump on every opportunity, just because it’s an opportunity. Do your research and get written offers, to save yourself any headache.
Do you have any tips or words of encouragement for other cosplayers?
ALWAYS REMEMBER WHY YOU STARTED COSPLAYING. If it ever stops being fun, slow down or take a break. Also, do it for you. Its not always easy, but seriously, don’t worry about what other people think or say. At the end of the day, your community will embrace and appreciate you. The haters, just need something to hate. And that hate, it’s not about you, it is just their unfortunate choice of an outlet for whatever they’re going through in life. Just try and remember that, because I know how nasty it can get for some people regarding the “trolls”.
Where can we find you on all things social?
Photos for this interview provided by Sam Chan Photography, Chelsey Stacey Photography, Pixelated Reality, and Edmonton Expo.
I hope you are as amazed by Natasha as I am! Make sure you find her on all things social and send her some love!
Until next time,