Jumping right into another #FeatureFriday, today with the stunning Nica Stone! She's another Alberta gal with an impressive cosplay roster already under her belt. Read her interview below.
How and when did you get into cosplay?
October 2012, a friend invited me to the first Edmonton expo that Northlands hosted, and she gave me 2 months to gather a costume. After my first cosplay/ expo I was hooked.
What do your friends and family think of your hobby?
My friends love it, my family is actually quite supportive. My mom helps me make some of my more difficult sewing projects. And my brother pops by my booths at expos & feeds me mini donuts to keep me going.
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?
As long as I can stay in shape it will not effect my cosplay costume choices. I really prefer to make my costumes as accurate as possible.
What do you do when you're not in cosplay or geeking out?
I work at a bar as a server & a bartender & I watch nerdy shows & movies, workout, bike ride & drink all the coffee.
How do you choose your next cosplay?
I usually get inspired by things I read, watch, or come across, or what friends suggest. I do try to pick a wide variety of colours & characters. So that when I have prints of my characters I have a large variety of colours & fandoms.
Who is your cosplay idol/inspiration?
Nigri is a big inspiration of mine, but I also love Callie Cosplay & Hendo Art as well as many others.
What is your dream cosplay?
Oh gosh hmmmmm, I mean I've kinda done my favourite ladies already. Wonder Woman & Blackcat
What is your dream convention to attend?
SDCC YES PLEASE
Do you have any cosplay or convention pet peeves?
I looove chatting and getting to know all my fans. But sometimes people only want to chat or want photos of me non stop. And while I love getting to know all my wonderful fans. I do pay my own way to be at most the cons I attend. And it's hard to say no, but I'm there to work too.
Do you have any horror stories or mistakes you've made that others can learn from?
Why yes, don't do business with friends. If you're friends first, adding business to it gets so messy. But if you make friends from someone you've done business with, then it generally works to become friends after. I've just lost friends over miscommunication & expectations & not wanting to hurt feelings & then things just don't work out in the end. It's a difficult line to make.
Do you have any tips or words of encouragement for other cosplayers?
Find something simple first & work your way up. Nothing is unachievable with hard work, RESEARCH & good materials.
Do you have anything else you want to say, or add to this interview?
If you're looking for more advice on how to get started with cosplay; Regeneration Cosplay & I are planning to host a panel at Red Deer Expo in March. I believe it's called "A beginners guide into Cosplay" (the name may have changed a bit) come join our panel & learn some of our tips & tricks into the wonderful world of Cosplay.
Where can we find you on all things social?
Instagram: @MissNicaStone & @NicasNerdyThings
YouTube: Nerdy Nica
Photos for this interview provided by Nica.
What a fantastic person. I hope you loved that interview as much as I did. Go support her on social media and if you can, go check out her panel in Red Deer.