Cosplayer Of The Week: Androoly
On my never ending quest to bring you guys some of the coolest cosplayers around, I discovered Androoly! Androoly is a cosplayer that focuses mainly on gaming characters! The one that caught me eye was his Championship Thresh that he brought to the 2016 Worlds! After I dove head first into the rabbit hole that is his Facebook page I got to see the ins and outs of his costume as well as costumes he has done from the past which were all super dope as well!
I hope you enjoy!
The Geek Lyfe: There may be a few Geek Lyfers who have not seen your work before, would you be alright introducing yourself?
Androoly: Hey Geek Lyfers!. I’m Andrew and I go by Androoly as my cosplayer alias. Nice to meet you!
TGL: How long have you been into cosplay and what led you down this path?
A: I started cosplay in the fall of 2009 when I decided to make myself a Halloween costume, though I officially went to my first convention in the summer of 2010. I guess making a costume from scratch satisfied that crafting itch haha
TGL: What has been your favorite moment?
A: It was 2013 when I decided to move onto using more complicated materials and made a cosplay more grand than I’ve very had before. I’m naturally shy but a lot of people gravitated towards my costume and I got to open up to and meet a ton of people whom I’ve grown to be very good friends with 🙂 A second moment, if I may add, was being able to attend League of Legends worlds championship in LA. It was such honor sharing the stage with so many talented cosplayers from all over the world!
TGL: What was the worst day for you in your cosplay career, what happened, and how did you deal with it?
A: I can’t say I’ve had a particular bad day but from time to time, cosplay has seem to have taken priority and I get frustrated with myself for neglecting my personal life. I feel like we get caught up trying to make a bazillion cosplays but in the end, it’s about improvement, experience, and enjoyment. Losing sight of that can be disorienting.
TGL: When you aren’t doing this, what do you do in your spare time?
A: Spare time seems hard to come by these days. I’m either working, crafting, and socializing with friends when I can. I only play games occasionally now because I find it’s hard to juggle and balance everything!
TGL: What geek medium(Video Games, Comic Books, Novels, Movies etc.) made the biggest impact on your life and why?
A: I’d say video games. I never was really into comics or anime aside from a select few. I religiously played a couple of mmorpgs back in the day though no as much now that I do cosplay. I absolutely adore Ragnarok Online and played it for a solid 8 years. Console games I’ve played usually leaned towards rpg, horror, racing, or rhythm games.
TGL: If you could live in any geeky universe, which one would it be and why? (Naruto, Harry Potter, Pokemon, Lord of the Rings etc.)
A: Ahhh! There’s so many I’d choose but it’ll be exciting to live in a world like Log Horizon which is one of my favourite shows. I almost want to say Resident Evil but I’d probably die real quick in that hah. Maybe if I was invincible, and maybe just be in Racoon city.
TGL: Do you have any projects in the near future we should be excited to see?
A: Nothing in the books right now. I’m planning on living abroad in the new years and not sure how everything will pan out. My goal initially was to make friends
and to be a guest at a convention one day. Now that I’ve satisfied those goals, I’m thinking of taking it easy. I’m sure I’ll make something fancy in the future because I really enjoy making art.
TGL: What advice do you have for any aspiring cosplayers out there?
A: As a cosplayer, have a goal and be honest with it regardless of what it is. I feel like we all get caught up in the hype but with no direction and just end up flailing around having a million things going on at once and it will get exhausting. Of course it should be enjoyable but organisation and direction will make it 1000% more fun 🙂
TGL: Out of the costumes you have done in the past, which one has been the most difficult and why?
A: Easily my very first cosplay I’ve ever made that was a High Priest from Ragnarok Online. I had no experience what so ever and it ended up looking pretty terrible but I learned so much from that cosplay. You’d think one of those larger lengthy cosplay builds were hard but after the a couple years of building up the skill base, the big costumes are rather time consuming and tedious instead, but I personally think the difficulty lies more in time management now than anything else haha.
I want to give a huge shout out to Androoly for answering a few of our humble questions! It is always a pleasure to get to connect with various cosplayers and appreciate their hardwork! Be sure to check out his Facebook page to stay in the loop about everything he has coming around the corner!
Cover Photo by Think.Nu
Dorian Photo by: Krashlyy
Axton photo by The Will Box
Bolin photo by D.I.S/C Photography