Today we have a great interview all the way from UK. Keep reading below for a truly exciting and enlightening interview!
My name is Star and I've been cosplaying in the UK for just over 2 years. My Pronouns are she/they.
How and when did you get into cosplay?
I started off officially cosplaying late summer 2019. I went on a summer camp type thing run by NCS (national citizenship service) which is basically to help develop skills and help young adults give back to the local community. Through that I met some friends who cosplayed and that how I got started!
How did you come up with your cosplay name?
I'm not sure exactly how it came about but in general I really like astronautics and stuff to do with space. In fact I'm currently doing my degree in astronautical engineering so that I can pursue my dream of designing space craft. So I suppose it came from that! It also meant that picking my cosplay name, Star was pretty straightforward.
What do you do when you're not in cosplay or geeking out?
Oooh things not to do with cosplay or fandom... I am currently learning how to figure skate and have got my own set of blades. Unfortunately covid has thrown my progress out the window but I hope to get back to it soon! I also want to get more into photography and cinematography as I find that super interesting!
What is your proudest cosplay accomplishment?
I don't have a single one per say but rather small accomplishments like learning new skills or techniques. For instance I spliced Todoroki's wig, used body paint for the first time with Mina Ashido as well as style her wig, and lots of cool prop making and makeup skills too. Hopefully this year I can try and finish more complex and bigger projects!
Who is your cosplay idol/inspiration?
I have a few, Kamui Cosplay being the first to come to mind. I always watch her videos and find her super inspiring even though I personally don't want to work with foam. Alison Tabbatha is another, her makeup skills are incredible! I have many other friends who also inspire and support me too. I wouldn't be here without them!
What is your dream cosplay? Why haven't you made it yet?
Oh I have many dream cosplays hahah, they are all such detailed and humongous undertakings that I don't have the skill, money or time for yet. Some examples being Jayla from Star Trek, Neytiri from Avatar, as well as other game characters. Another example would be to make all the ODM gear from attack on titan, the end goal being to machine it all out of metal. There are so many cool characters I want to sink my teeth into so I can never choose one goal character.
What are your biggest cosplay goals going into the new (and hopefully not cursed) year?
One of the perhaps not huge goal is for me to be able to cosplay a character from Yuri on ice at a skating rink and be able to do them justice. Other goals include having my first professional photoshoot as well as possibly making a cosplay music video.
Do you have any cosplay or convention pet peeves?
Oooof there are certainly a few. For conventions it's mostly "snipers". (people who take photos of you without permission and sometimes knowledge) You see them in the corner of your eye disappearing off into the crowds. What's really strange is I love getting my picture taken and I would gladly pose for a much better photo. Doesn't make sense to me.
Another thing is people gatekeeping cosplay. People are allowed to have low quality cosplays or not be good, or interpret the character differently, or even have a different body type or race. Cosplay is supposed to be a fun form of expression and art, if everyone was the same it would get pretty boring.
Do you have any horror stories or mistakes you've made that others can learn from?
Not so much horror stories but advice. Make sure you put your only money you have for the convention in a safe pocket. Realizing half way through the con that you lost your money and have nothing to buy food with ain't great. (even better bring your own food as the stuff at con's is so expensive.)
Do you have any tips or words of encouragement for other cosplayers?
One thing I will say is go for it! Don't worry about it not coming out well because guess what? It's better than having no cosplay at all! Everyone starts somewhere and often what we seen online is so filtered and edited. I personally leave all my old post up so people can see where I started for this exact reason.
What social platforms can we find you on? Link them all here!
Facebook: Seeingstars Cosplay
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