Cosplayer of the Week: Kate Sarkissian
We are always looking to interview incredible cosplayers who put their heart and soul into their creations! This week we are bringing you none other than the incredible Kate Sarkissian! She is a cosplayer who is known far and wide for her hard work and dedication to the craft of cosplay. She can be found at most major conventions strutting her latest creations for fans to see and we are so grateful to get to interview her!
The Geek Lyfe: What is your cosplay origin story?
Kate Sarkissian: Truth is until 2014 I had nothing to do with comics, anime, video games or cosplay but on one of my days off from work, a friend invited me to a local convention and it sounded like fun. I scrummaged together a costume that I made super quickly from odd materials that I look back on still to this day and laugh at, but I had a blast! I immediately became addicted to conventions, everyone is so creative and friendly, I felt right at home.
So, I dove in headfirst, I immediately started watching anime and got into playing video games. I started with World of Warcraft and shortly after Overwatch came out and I loved it. The best part of cons and what caught my eye the most were the cosplays, I always loved dressing up for Halloween, and I always would make my own costumes so to find out there was an entire culture dedicated to becoming characters they loved just blew my mind!! Ever since that day I’ve been making cosplay.
TGL: Out of all the years you have done cosplay, what has been one of your more favorite/proudest memories?
KS: My proudest moment in cosplay was being able to quit my job at a casino and pursue cosplay full time.
TGL: 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?
KS: When I do a photoshoot for cosplay, I do my best to imagine what kind of location would best fit the character. If I can’t find the ideal location, I resort to backdrops or studios to best create the environment suited for that cosplay. My biggest struggle is trying to recreate myself as the character through poses and facial expressions. Every shoot takes several hours of shooting but its all worth it when I get the final result.
TGL: 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?
KS: My favorite cosplay that I’ve made is Corsair Ana from Overwatch. I had so much passion for making her. I made sure I got every detail as accurate to the character as possible down to the buttons on her shirt. Another one of my favorites is Ashe from Overwatch. I love to sew so when I start on a cosplay that is mainly fabric, I always get so excited about it.
TGL: You feature a lot of awesome geeky content, what is your absolute favorite geeky medium? (Video games, anime, comics, film etc.)
KS: Video games are my favorite part of geek culture.
TGL: Subbed or Dubbed Anime?
KS: Dubbed, easier to snack and watch.
TGL: It is apparent that you hustle to provide content for fans but when you actually have a day off, how do you spend it?
KS: I like to hang out with friends on my days off doing escape rooms and game nights but if I’m at home I like to cuddle with my cat.
TGL: 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?
KS: I struggle with self-doubt and anxiety more than I let people see but confiding about it with my friends helps relieve the pressure, they make me realize that I’m harder on myself than I need to be.
TGL: What is one piece of advice you wish you received when you first got into modeling/cosplay?
KS: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are so many talented people in this community that have so many different strengths. Reach out when you have questions. If all else fails, there’s always YouTube tutorials.
TGL: Where can we find you online?