Today I get to feature a wonderful person. Sonja is 29, from North West England, and she's used to rain! You can read her awesome interview below.
How and when did you get into cosplay?
I got in to cosplay about 2 years ago. I attended my first con about 4 years ago and every time I went I thought I'd take a shot at doing it in costume. I finally did it at Manchester MCM Expo 2014 and it was a complete disaster but the fire was lit!
How did you come up with your cosplay name?
It came from my first big build actually which was Gladius from One Piece. He holds the Rupture fruit and it was kind of symbolic to start a journey with my first real build.
What do you do when you're not in cosplay or geeking out?
I work in a bookies at the moment but hopefully that will change! Hobbies wise I hang out with my cat, watch films and TV shows or go adventuring on Pokémon Go.
How do you choose your next cosplay?
I basically cosplay what I feel like doing unless it's for something specific or I've promised someone I'll do a cosplay with them etc
Who is your cosplay idol/inspiration?
I'm a really big fan of Undies of Wundie and Evo Cosplay. They both inspire me on different levels and whilst they might not get the recognition they deserve I think they do amazingly.
What cosplay(s) are you working on right now?
Right now I'm working on Sokka's season one outfit from Avatar: Legend of Aang/Last Airbender.
What is your dream cosplay?
I really want to do a fantastic armour build so I'd love to do Gipsy Danger (Pacific Rim) or Eva Unit 01 (Evangelion)
What is a random fun fact about you as a cosplayer or one of your cosplays?
Ummmmmm god I don't know....I tend to do more Cross play? I guess I'm drawn to male characters more even though I'm female?
Do you have any cosplay or convention pet peeves?
Please....please....people....wash, shower and wear deodorant. Cons get hot and sweaty and so do the people so after a long day in a costume please get yourself clean and fresh smelling.
Do you have any horror stories or mistakes you've made that others can learn from?
I once sewed myself to my cosplay (before I had a sewing machine) so don't craft when you're tired and not paying proper attention to what you're doing. You are more important than your costume and if it's not done then it's not done. Wear it next time.
Do you have anything else you want to say, or add to this interview?
Cosplay is for everyone no matter size, shape, skin colour, skill level etc so don't be a dick to people. Just let them enjoy themselves.
Where can we find you on all things social?
@burningrupturecosplay on Instagram
Burning Rupture on Tumblr
Photos for this interview provided by Donald Manning, Simone Smith, Petits Poi Photography, Gemma Louise Balchin, and Matthew Barker.
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