Cosplayer Of The Week: Zero Lost Soul Cosplay
Cosplayer Of The Week: Zero Lost Soul Cosplay
Cosplay is a many faced beast as a woman wearing little more than body paint and a wig qualifies as cosplay and on the other end of the spectrum, folks like Zero Lost Soul Cosplay! Zero Lost Soul Cosplay specializes in armor crafting! I have such a huge respect for armor crafters because of the simple fact that they walk around in armor from head to toe all weekend at conventions and love it.
I personally die if I have to carry my back pack all day long, I can not imagine what they endure. This is one of the major reasons I chose to interview Zero Lost Soul Cosplay because he puts every fiber of his being(and his wallet!) into his cosplays.
I hope you enjoy our interview with Zero Lost Soul Cosplay!
The Geek Lyfe: Although I have been a fan of yours for quite some time, there may be a few Geek Lyfers who have not seen your work before, would you be alright introducing yourself?
Zero Lost Soul Cosplay: Sure! For those of you who don’t know me my name is Ben, I’ve been building cosplay for about 3 years now. I’ve always liked building things and I’ve been a geek my whole life. I love gaming, reading, and making stuff!
TGL: How long have you been into cosplay and what led you down this path?
ZLSC: About 3 years. It all started with a random video I saw on youtube. It was a Backyard FX video. They do really cool videos on how to make special effects on a budget, from video editing to prop making. I saw them make some simple scifi armor from eva foam floor mats and thought, ‘I can do that!’ And been doing it ever since.
TGL: What has been your favorite moment?
ZLSC: My favorite moment, well I’ve had a lot of good times with the friends I’ve made doing cosplay. But I think one of the best moments for me, was at my first phoenix comicon. It was my first time wearing my new halo armor (my second finished build). I was walking to the entrance of the convention hall and was nearly to the door, anxious to be out of the heat, when I felt something tap on my side. I looked around and didn’t see anyone. The helmet limits visibility so I looked up and down and saw a small child, maybe 5 or so standing next to me. He barely came up to my waist and was wearing Master Chief made out of cardboard. He was wearing orange goggles for his visor and carrying a cardboard assault rifle. Then his mom said he would like to take a picture with me. He looked nervous so I looked down at him and said, “You look AWESOME! I want my picture with YOU!” I saw his eyes through those goggles light up and kneeled down so I was at his level for the photo. I know I made that kids day and it made me feel amazing. I hope I made his con a memorable one as he definitely made it memorable for me.
TGL: What was the worst day for you in your cosplay career, what happened, and how did you deal with it.
ZLSC: My worst day? That is a tough one because I don’t remember many bad days in cosplay. Usually though the bad there’s plenty of good. I think one of the worst though, was one of my first times wearing my Guyver suit. It had a lot of problems, I built it in a week so it was very rushed. I remember getting it all on, and not long after things started coming apart quite literally at the seems. Luckily they had a repair station at the con and another cosplayer gave me a hand fixing it while still wearing it. i remember at one point one of the buckles would not stay in place on the torso and I said, “F@#$ it, glue me in.” He asked if I was sure and I nodded. I had to cut my self out of my own costume later that day.
TGL: When you aren’t doing this, what do you do in your spare time?
ZLSC: I also spend a lot of time gaming, PC and Xbox. Mostly FPS and RPG’s. When it cools down I like to go ride my motorcycle, right now its just way to hot.
TGL: What geek medium(Video Games, Comic Books, Novels, Movies etc.) made the biggest impact on your life and why?
ZLSC: Biggest impact goes to Table top RPG’s for sure. I met most of my longest and best friends because of Dungeons and dragons, pathfinder, cyberpunk, and a few others. I’ve even gotten one of the best jobs I’ve ever had because of a 6 month campaign of Pathfinder!
TGL: If given the chance, would you rather have super powers or own your own giant Gundam like mech? (Super powers makes you still look human and the fuel/cost of mech is all covered.) And why?
ZLSC: Are we talking one super power or several? Haha, I would love to pilot a mech, but I think without context of a war or some other massive conflict it would be more of a statue. For practical purposes, I would love to be able to teleport or freeze time.
TGL: Do you have any projects in the near future we should be excited to see?
ZLSC: Well I’m working on a new Halo armor. it will be hopefully my best work yet, with a lot of new skills learned to build parts of it. With this armor I’ve learned how to do more molding and casting, making silicone parts, 3d printed parts, and several others. I’ve been posting a few photos as I go, but there’s still a lot of work to be done!
TGL: What advice do you have for any aspiring cosplayers out there?
ZLSC: Keep at it, keep trying, keep learning. I had 3 failed attempts before I completed my first suit. I learned from each, and got better with each. Do your research, found out what will work best for you. Experiment, you can come up with whole new techniques from screwing around haha.
TGL: What costume would you say is your favorite so far?
ZLSC: My second halo armor I think I had the most use at cons and other events. It came out looking great, even though I had a lot of little things I wanted better. I think Guyver is a close second. While it was rushed and rough, I had a lot of fun with it and I think I got some of my favorite photos in it.
I want to give a huge thank you to Zero Lost Soul Cosplay for being a fantastic human being and an even better cosplayer! Be sure to follow his shenanigans on his Facebook page!