The cosplayer of the week is Wayward Cosplay! He is a fantastic male cosplayer based in West Hollywood that covers a whole range of genres when it comes to cosplay! He has been cosplaying since 2012 and has an incredible passion for it! On top of his good looks and talent, he is also incredibly kind!
We’re proud to bring you our interview with Wayward Cosplay!
The Geek Lyfe: There may be a few Geek Lyfers who have not seen your work before, would you be alright introducing yourself?
Wayward Cosplay: Yeah, for sure! I’m Zach, of Wayward Cosplay. I’m 23 years old. I’m based of West Hollywood, but I grew up in Arizona, which I still consider my home. I make costume mostly for me and my close friends, but some times do commissions.
TGL: How long have you been into cosplay and what led you down this path?
WC: We’ll I’ve been wearing costumes from the day I was born, but when I seriously got into cosplay and the whole comicon scene in 2013. I’ve always loved dressing up and pretending to be someone else, and even now I’m pursuing an acting career in California!
TGL: What has been your favorite moment?
WC: I would say my favorite moment was when I got to meet Manu Bennet as Deathstroke and seeing his excitement and interest in my costume. That was one of my first and favorite costumes, and it was really meaningful to have the actor who played the character be so impressed with what I had made.
TGL: What was the worst day for you in your cosplay career, what happened, and how did you deal with it?
WC: My worst moment came at my first attempt at making a Batman Beyond latex mask. I had spent days making a mold for this mask and finally got it to a shape that I really loved. After I finished pouring the latex and putting final touches on it, I came to find I had made it way to small for my head. Instead of looking like an intimidating vigilante, I looked like a less scary Donnie Darko rabbit. I didn’t have time to fix it or make another another one before the con I was going to, so I ended up not wearing the mask at all. But, I’ve learned from the mistakes I made, I did more research on ways I can do it, talked to other people about their experiences, and am now figuring out new and better ways to make the costume!
TGL: When you aren’t doing this, what do you do in your spare time?
WC: What, you mean my mild-mannered alter-ego? Well I am pursuing my acting career, but I currently work as a massage therapist. Otherwise you can find me spending time with my fiancé and my cats, or playing video games, looking for my best new cosplay
TGL: If you could have one musical artist that has passed away come back for a single concert, who would it be and why?
WC: Ummmm probably Michael Jackson. I definitely qualify as one of those people that only truly appreciated his music after he passed.
TGL: You can own one space ship from any universe, which one do you choose and why?
WC: That is probably the hardest question in this interview. I’d like to say that I’d want to own the Ebon Hawk from KotoR so that I can go on roguish adventures through the galaxy with all my friends. But if we’re being honest, I’d probably want the Axiom from Wall-E, so I can live in a chair and be lazy and taken care of for the rest of my life.
TGL: Do you have any projects in the near future we should be excited to see?
WC: Well, I haven’t told many people, and I don’t have any progress pictures yet, but I’m currently working together with Clever Foxes on making an Oni skin Genji. Hopefully we’ll have it finished by Phoenix Comicon 2017.
TGL: Out of the costumes you have done in the past, which one has been the most difficult and why?
WC: I would probably say my Hunter from the game Destiny. I had never made a helmet out of foam before, and was very nervous about how it was gonna come out. But after MANY attempts and a lot of advice from friends, I finally finished it and ended up with a costume that is one of my favorites.
TGL: What advice do you have for any aspiring cosplayers out there?
WC: Never be afraid to fail! You’ll never know what you’re capable of doing until you try! And even if you fail the first time, there will always be plenty of fellow cosplayers who will be willing to lend a hand and make sure you look awesome!
We want to give a huge thank you to Wayward cosplay for taking the time to answer our questions. We seriously appreciate it and can not recommend that you check out his page of more awesome content! Here is his facebook!
Photo of Destiny character by https://www.facebook.com/matthewhuntphoto/