COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH: AUGUST
This month's cosplayer of the month, Meggii Cosplay, shares why not comparing yourself with others is the key to success.
How did you get into cosplay initially?
I was very lucky back when I was in grade school to have a group of friends that were
just as nerdy as I was! Back then, my city didn’t even have any conventions, so my
friends and I planned a group trip to Saskatoon for our very first one! We all stayed up
the night before, finishing our costumes (something I think all cosplayers can relate to).
We left so early and got there just as the convention was starting and it was the most
amazing experience! We were immediately greeted by a huge group who were wearing
costumes from the same fandom and became quick friends! For the first time, it didn’t
feel weird for me to like what I liked. It was a truly amazing experience for little me and
the feeling of love and acceptance from the community has only gotten stronger!
Do you have a cosplay piece that you are most proud of?
Currently, the piece I am most proud of isn’t even done yet! I’m in the middle of creating
a fully operational Palico/Cat puppet! It is life-size and has taught me many new skills
from foam sculpting to detailed/realistic fur work and even working with SFX makeup to
create a cat tongue!
What do you hope to achieve through cosplay?
My goal with cosplay is always to bring the character to life as best as I can! The
bonuses to that are the look in people’s eyes when they see their favourite character
brought to life as well as the friendships I have been able to make. I hope to always get
better and learn new techniques so I can help others with their costumes.
Is there a cosplayer that you look up to or inspires you?
It’s hard to say one person inspired me the most because I am inspired every time I look
online! Every day, I see so many mind-blowing creations from the cosplay community, it
is absolutely insane! If I were to name names, Jessica Nigri has been a huge inspiration
since I started cosplaying and is the reason I decided to pursue cosplay as a career!
There are also some INSANELY talented local cosplayers who really help keep me
going. For example, Silverlining Cosplay and Treatz Cosplay make INSANE work that
makes my jaw drop whenever I see something new from them!
If you could give any piece of advice to new cosplayers, what would it be?
My biggest piece of advice to new cosplayers would be to have fun, don’t take yourself
too seriously, DRINK WATER, and don’t let anyone tear you down! It can be hard to go
out in cosplay for the first time! You might feel silly but please don’t let that get in your
way! Take a friend or family member along so you have support, then be prepared to
have an amazing time at the convention!
What would you say is the hardest part of cosplaying?
The hardest part of cosplay I’d say is motivation. It can be really easy to keep avoiding
work on a costume to do something else but then you end up rush-working on the
costume the night before and may not be happy with the results. In that situation, I like
to go back into the fandom I am cosplaying from and re-discover my inspiration! Also,
looking at other cosplays of the same character is a HUGE help and can give you ideas
on different ways to create what you might be stuck on!