Cosplayer Of The Month - Treatz Cosplay
Welcome to Cosplayer of the Month, where we feature an incredible cosplayer from our community of fans and learn about who they are beneath the surface and, ahem, WORBLA. This month, we have Josh Grieman (Treatz Cosplay)!
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Cosplayer Of The Month Questions
What city are you based in?
Can you tell us about your first cosplay?
The first time I ever cosplayed was back in 2015. I had never attended a con before and one of my best friends (@r2cosplay) suggested that our group of friends go to the Calgary Expo together and dress up as Pokémon. I was hesitant at first, but I agreed to it and whipped up a heaping pile of trash I like to call my first cosplay. I chose to cosplay as a Mudkip, but with zero crafting or sewing skills at the time, it was mostly assorted crafty materials that were poorly glued to perfectly good clothing. I would show up to the con with my friends and all of the fear and anxiety immediately vanished as swarms of con-goers flocked towards us asking for photo ops. It was such a surreal experience that a dorky nobody like myself had the opportunity to feel like somebody for once in my life. The rest of the weekend was a blur of excitement and joy, basking in all things nerdy and fun. And I just remember thinking to myself, “I finally found my happy place.”
Do you have a cosplay piece that you are most proud of?
My pride and joy has to be my Gentleman Peridot Cosplay, based on the artwork by SakizoIllustrator. As I continued down the cosplay rabbit hole, I developed a deep appreciation and, unbeknownst to me, an innate knack for sewing and fashion design. I began to research cosplayers who specialized in the area and one theme that linked so many of them together was Sakizo. I would spend hours reveling in the beauty of these intricate costumes and the attention to detail every creator had to put in to bring the artworks to life. I knew, if I were to pick one-lifetime achievement cosplay, it would be to make my own Sakizo inspired costume! After a couple of years of teaching myself how to draft patterns and sew garments with simpler cosplays, I decided to just take a shot in the dark and start working on my very own Sakizo design!
From start to finish it took 15 months but eventually I had created my very own Sakizo Cosplayto show the world! I decided to enter into FAN EXPO’s Masters of Cosplay competition, as Calgary was hosting the western qualifiers for North America, and then made it to finals in Toronto.
What do you hope to achieve through cosplay?
My hope is always to network and build lasting new friendships with amazing creators around the world and visit different cons. I already feel so blessed by the opportunities I have been given in my few years of cosplaying and I can’t wait to see where it takes me in the future.
Is there a cosplayer that you look up to or inspires you?
I am not trying to make this sound like a Beauty Pageant response but literally, every cosplayer I have met since I have started has inspired me in some way. I jumped into this hobby with no knowledge of it, so every single creator I met was someone I looked up to. To name a few, JoshuaHartDesign was one of my major inspirations to get into sewing and design because his work is simply awe-inspiring! Philip from CanvasCosplay is such an incredible force of positivity in the Cosplay community and I can not thank him enough for the encouragement he has given over the years! I was so honored to finally work on a project with him and TranquilAshes earlier this fall for the movie Onward! Everyone in this community is just incredible and I am so beyond happy to be able to go online and be bombarded by the constant inspiration that these artists put out!
If you could give any piece of advice to new cosplayers, what would it be?
The best advice I can give is to never compare yourself to anyone else! I am, along with probably every other cosplayer, guilty of doing this when I first started. You learn over time that you cosplay for you, not for someone else. If you are going into this hobby expecting to be the best, get famous, you are going in for the wrong reasons. Do what makes you happy. Don’t focus on being part of trends. Also, never feel like it is your job to constantly pump out content for social media. Mental health is more important than a few likes on Instagram.
What would you say is the hardest part of cosplaying?
The hardest part of cosplay for me is maintaining a balance between my day to day life and my cosplay life. Being a full-time pastry chef keeps me very busy, especially during wedding season (which is also con season) as well as around the holidays. It is very easy to get burnt out when you have a full work schedule and then spend all of your free time working hard on cosplay builds. However, this hobby should come from a place of joy, and if you ever feel unhappy while working on it, take a step back. Don’t force yourself to work on a project if you do not want to.
What are you looking forward to next year?
Next year I am staying optimistic about the return of cons, though I know they will not be to the same scale or setting. Nevertheless, I, and I am sure so many others, look forward to returning to normality in some shape or form. Be it a smaller, later in the year, con season, or just more online events. I just want to be able to connect with the community again!
Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions?
Like many cosplayers during this year’s lockdowns, I threw myself into various projects to keep me busy. I started four different cosplays and my resolution is to finish them all in the new year and get back into shape for my cosplays. The pieces I started at the beginning of the year are pretty snug to get on now!