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Ladies and Gentlemen we are coming at you hard and fast with another interview with a fantastic cosplayer by the name of Chaosquinzel! She is from the UK and has provided the community with great cosplays left and right!
We are so excited to have interviewed her and hope you enjoy!
What is your cosplay origin story?
I’d say my love for cosplay started back when I dressed up as Heath Ledger’s Joker on my final day of school back when I was 16, although at that point I didn’t know what cosplay was, or that it even existed! I invested in dark contact lenses (despite having never used contacts in my life to that point) and spent ages researching how to replicate his scars and makeup to ensure the look was as screen accurate as possible. It wasn’t until about 5 years after this that I discovered what cosplay was – and needless to say I was hooked instantly!
Out of all the years you have done cosplay, what has been one of your more favorite/proudest memories?
I think my favourite memories are all based around conventions – being in a room full of like-minded people and cosplaying alongside friends in the hobby just makes me so happy!
Many people online will simply see one of your images, appreciate it for the moment and move on. However, I know that a lot of care and time goes into photoshoots. Could you describe your process for a cosplay photoshoot from the concept to when it hits your fans?
My brain is always coming up with ideas for photoshoots, but putting these ideas into real life is often a lot more difficult! I will usually reach out to photographers I know or admire and see if they’d like to work together, and then go from there. If I need to hire a location – like I did for my Black Cat milk bath shoot – that’s usually something I book months in advance to make sure I have enough time to prepare everything (which, in that case, was litres and litres of soya milk!) I’m always open to collaborative ideas – I really enjoy creating cosplays to a brief, and so if photographers have an idea for something they’d like to shoot I’m always up for the challenge!
Out of all the cosplays you have ever done which one was your personal favorite even if it was not super well received by fans?
Ah, that’s like asking me to pick my favourite child! I really love Black Cat, although Lady Thor is probably my other favourite. I’m currently remaking her whole costume, armour included, and I’ve spent so much time researching new painting methods and sculpting and casting charms to use when I sew her new bodysuit. Not a lot of people recognise her on the con floor, but her costume truly is a labour of love!
You feature a lot of awesome geeky content, what is your absolute favorite geeky medium? (Video games, anime, comics, film, etc.)
I specialised in film music during my degree, so I’d say film is definitely my top medium! I could talk about film forever.
Subbed or Dubbed Anime?
It is apparent that you hustle to provide content for fans but when you actually have a day off, how do you spend it?
When I’m not editing or shooting new content I’m usually working on new costumes! Otherwise, I can be found drawing or reading. I’m usually always creating something, even in my downtime! You just radiate such confidence and the swagger of a champion. However, a lot of geeks often struggle with overwhelming self-doubt, anxiety, and depression. When you have those bad days and get down on yourself, what do you do to remind yourself that you are wonderful?
I think the most important thing to remember is to be kind to yourself and to treat yourself with the same love you bestow upon other people. We are all often way too hard on ourselves, but sometimes you just need to spend a day in bed eating biscuits and watching Netflix, and that’s totally ok! By taking a day off and stepping back, you can often come back stronger than before. I also keep a little collection of fanart on display in my workspace – looking at that and knowing I’ve inspired other people to be creative really inspires me when I’m feeling low.
What is one piece of advice you wish you received when you first got into modeling/cosplay?
Don’t be afraid to reach out to people – the worst thing they can do is say no. I have met and worked with so many amazing people simply by reaching out and saying hi!
Where can we find you online?
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