Cosplayer of the Month – Vega 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 Vega Cosplay!
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Cosplayer of The Month Questions
Where are you based?
How did you get into cosplay initially?
Growing up, I had tried cosplay a few times with friends but it wasn’t until my University years that it became a full-time passion for me. I was watching YouTube videos when I came across @Uptown.Cosplay and their incredible panels, skits, and dance routines. They made me realize that “Hey, this looks fun, I could do this.” Looking further into their content they got me absolutely hooked on the show Voltron Legendary Defender and I decided right there that I was going to cosplay the Red Lion. I bought the wig that night, I haven’t stopped since!
How did you get into TikTok?
I originally downloaded it as musical.ly about three years ago. To be honest, I have no idea why I made that choice but I’m pretty happy I did! My first Miraculous Ladybug video went viral after a few months, and after that my amazing fans and fellow cosplayers inspired me to constantly improve my cosplays and make new content!
What would you say is the key to making a good TikTok?
Good lighting definitely makes a HUGE difference, but personally I think it’s the little details that really make a good video! Think about your eye movement and the emotion you show in them. Little changes in your expression or posture can change the whole mood of a video! When doing cosplay videos on TikTok, the acting is just as important as the look! You also want to make sure you catch your audience’s attention right away. People on TikTok have low attention spans, so you need to entice them right away and make it worth their stay.
What’s the cosplay community on TikTok like?
Personally, I’ve had amazing interactions on TikTok. This massive community allows you to share ideas and create content with people you’ve never met before. You’ll often see creators support and uplift each other, creating new ideas and getting immensely excited about new projects. It’s an amazing place for new cosplayers to grow and get inspired. Unfortunately, however, like all social media platforms, it has a dark side. It’s a constant battle for many creators to remind people that cosplay is for EVERYONE, no matter your age, race, body type, gender, or skill level. With the amazing connectedness brought by TikTok, we’ve seen a massive increase in creativity, but also an increase in gatekeeping and toxic competitiveness. Often you need to remember that the creators on your screen are still young, inexperienced, and are just out there doing their best.
Do you have a cosplay piece or video that you are most proud of?
Perhaps not most proud of, but I certainly have the most love for my Kirishima cosplay from My Hero Academia. I’ve done about 10 different versions of this sunshine boy, and he’s taught me so much about makeup, armor building, acting, wig styling, and sewing. Whenever I want to be reminded of how much I’ve improved over the years, I’m able to look back on my different versions of him and visibly see my progress.
Is there a fellow cosplay TikToker that you look up to or inspires you?
I have so many incredibly talented friends and inspirations on TikTok that it’s hard to choose! They all have such different approaches in style, storytelling, and editing that really I get inspired by each and every one of them. I’d have to say one of my biggest overall inspirations is @BukkitBrown because of the pure joy they relay in their content and the range of creativity and passion they show off in their numerous cosplays. It’s creators like Bukkit that remind me to be myself and highlight my own strengths and style in what I create.
If you could give any piece of advice to new cosplayers, what would it be?
If you’re too worried about the numbers, then you’ll forget to have fun. You’ll attract better people when you’re having fun.