I'm so happy to finally be featuring the gorgeous FairChild Cosplay. We found each other early on and we've been growing together. I hope to one day meet and cosplay with this talented woman! Read below to find out more about this rare gem!
How and when did you get into cosplay?
I lived with my mom for a few years, so for the summer of 2005 I was visiting my dad and my home town again. He took me to Fanime in San Jose. It was the first convention I'd ever gone to and I was in such awe seeing the cosplayers running around. But there was one person there that was my entire inspiration. She was dressed like this gorgeous elfin angel. She had fully articulated and life-sized hawk wings. I was so enamored by her costume and that really started my fascination with cosplay.
The seed might have been planted as a child, though. For most of my life I've gone to the Renaissance Faire in Northern California every year, dressing in period costumes and running around like a wild woman. However, I didn't make my first costume until 2012.
How did you come up with your cosplay name?
I had an OC with Fairchild as her last name, and it seemed to be the right choice. She was really powerful and independent and so I guess I wanted to borrow some of her attributes for myself.
What do your friends and family think of your hobby?
Everyone in my life has been really supportive and proud of my cosplaying. They typically think it's really cool that I make my costumes by hand and think it's fun to see a character brought into the real world. I'm lucky that they're all so accepting and that they're constantly cheering me on.
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?
In ten years I'll be 35, so hopefully I'll have leveled up in my cosplay sewing abilities. I'll probably cosplay less of the cute and tiny characters and I hope I'll be doing my super intricate and elaborate dream cosplays by then, if not sooner! But really, I'll still be dressing up as whoever or whatever makes me happy!
What do you do when you're not in cosplay or geeking out?
I'm currently going to school to get a degree in Computer Support, so that consumed a lot of my time. Other than that I like to watch cooking shows, practice archery, play video games, and read.
How do you choose your next cosplay?
Right now, I have an extensive list of characters that have already caught my attention, so I typically will pull from that list. However, when adding to that list, the process is fairly straight forward. I'll be watching TV or anime or playing a video game when suddenly my brain starts taking note of the seams on a character's outfit, guessing what material it's made out of, and gauging if its within my abilities.
Usually it's a character I think is spunky or whose outfit is just super amazing. Once my brain finishes this preliminary check and everything comes back positive, I immediately add it to my list.
Who is your cosplay idol/inspiration?
Honestly, it's everyone I've been seeing on Instagram. I like to browse through the #cosplaywip and #cosplayprogress tags and seeing everyone working on all their costumes, and coming up with new and innovative ideas on how to make tricky props or cool costume concepts, it really inspires me. When I fall into slumps, it's my followers and the people that I follow or discover through tag searches that pull me out of it and jump start my creativity again.
Do you have any experience with cosplay feature pages?
I've been features on GeekxGirls, Cosplay.And.Comics and on PNW Cosplay, so I have a little bit of experience with it.
Do you think feature pages enhance the cosplay community, or create competition?
In my personal experience, I think it enhances the cosplay community if done right. If the only people that are being shared or featured are the super popular and super talented, then it might breed competition. But if shares are given to up and coming cosplayers who are at the beginning of their journes, or are really proud of their work, then it can be helpful.
What cosplay(s) are you working on right now?
I'm working on three cosplays right now because I have absolutely no self control. Sailor Vaporeon (finished) and DnD Leafeon Ranger are in the works for two cosplay groups I'll be participating in at Kumoricon in October, and then I'm working on Nonon Jakuzure from Kill La Kill for a photo shoot with a friend.
What is your dream cosplay?
I'd really love to cosplay Human Luna, Sailor and Princess Saturn, Black Lady, and Koan from Sailor Moon, as well as Power Girl or Classic Harley Quinn.
What is holding you back from making your dream cosplay becoming a reality?
Experience, Money, and that little evil creature called Body Shame. I know that's not what cosplay is about, but it's always hard to feel totally confident in your own body. I'm working hard to prove to myself that that kind of thing doesn't matter, and taking inspiration from other's confidence and amazing talent, so hopefully I won't be held back for too long.
What is your favorite cosplay you've made?
My favorite cosplay would probably have to be either my Merida cosplay or my Mako Mankanshoku cosplay. I'm super proud of Merida because the entirety of the dress was made from thrifted fabric, specifically a green bed sheet and a cream curtain. And Mako is just so fun to wear because she's a complete dufus, so I get to just be myself. Also, my Princess Mononoke cosplay because I got to cosplay with my pup!
What cosplay did you put the most time into?
My Batgirl cosplay. I wanted it to be as accurate as possible so it was my first time putting a lining in anything and making patterns from scratch always takes some time.
What is your favorite resource/app/tool to use for cosplay?
The wondrous world of YouTube. It's a great place to find tutorials for things. I know I've used it for my Mako cosplay to learn how to make pleated skirts.
Do you have any horror stories or mistakes you've made that other's can learn from?
I make the same mistake on everything I make. I get very excited to put things together that right as I've finished sewing up a panel or a certain piece, I'll notice that it's either backward, upside down, or inside out. So, measure and quadruple check everything before you sew it!
Do you have any tips or words of encouragement for other cosplayers?
Just have fun. Cosplay whatever and whoever you want, and don't worry about if other people will like it or if mean spirited people will try to hurt you for wearing it. If it makes you happy, and you feel good wearing it, then there's nothing to worry about. I'm a pretty modest person and I was extremely shy about wearing and showing my Mako cosplay because that girl has some tummy exposed. But I realized that I was having so much fun wearing it that that kind of thing didn't matter. So, do you! Be who you want to be! And just enjoy it!
Do you have anything else you want to say, or add to this interview?
I like chocolate milk.
Where can we find you on all things social?
Coming Soon: FairchildCosplay.Com
For commissions: FairChildCosplay@Gmail.Com
All photography for this interview provided by Matt Burris
This was such a fun interview! You need to go find FairChild Cosplay on all things social and get to know her. She's such a sweetheart!
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