Rose Wilson Cosplay When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are. Anything your heart desires, will come to you. And if it don't come to you, hey, please don't panic. Just put on the nearest Batman outfit and hope for the best. My mate Kayce did. As mentioned in the following interview I did with her ten days ago in the bowels of the Batcave. 

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Batgirl Cosplay
Photo courteous of Chris Petty
1) What are your own origins, Kayce? Plus what path did you take in life prior to getting to where you are today?   Well, I came from a home where my mother dealt with several medical issues and my father was taking care of her, which left me to raise my younger sister. I've always felt that I got into costuming because it was a way to be a kid again! It was a way to give back to the 11 year old me.

My journey into the convention world started in 2009 when I attended my first superman celebration! It wasn't until the following year that I actually began costuming! I’ve always read comic books and watched anime so I fell in love with the idea of being able to bring my favorite characters to life!

2) What are the most persistent comments you've received from your followers?   My friends and followers are very supportive of my cosplay adventures! I get a lot of “You’re super” hehehehe!!!

I have definitely received my fair share of cyber bullying as well, but for every 1 comment there is to bring you down, there is 500 to bring you back up again.

3) What is your ‘regular’ job? And does it in any way shape or form aide you as a Cosplayer?   Well, maybe in an indirect way! I work as an operations manager so it’s definitely nice to have the income to support such an expensive hobby, and basically all of my PTO days go to attending shows.

Dawnstar Cosplay
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4) How did your friends, family, and work-colleagues first react to the news that you like to cosplay?   Something like “Wait?! You do what?! That is so cool! Can I see pictures?”

5) How do you decide what Cosplay costume to wear for a convention? And who makes them?   I just choose characters I love or want to recreate! Simple as that! I make a large part of my costumes myself, but, as I am still learning, I definitely commission items! I have commissioned 4 suits, 3 belts, 1 mask, and 1 cowl! I see no harm in commissioning something you don’t have the time or knowledge to do yourself.

6) What have you learnt about yourself whilst Cosplaying? And were there any unforeseen obstacles you had to content with?   This hobby has truly changed the person I thought I would be, 100% for the better. I am more confident and brave! More creative and outgoing! I have made more friends than I could ever imagined! As I said before, I have had to deal with cyber bullying or people looking down at me because of my size, but those aren’t the ones who count, so I forget about them!

7) What was the best / worst convention you ever attended?   I really don’t think I’ve attended a bad convention! I love the whole experience of cosplaying, hanging with my friends, and shopping with vendors! 

The best show I’ve ever attended would have to be….hmmm…either the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois, or GenCon in Indianapolis, IN. They are completely different which is funny (one is a festival dedicated solely to Superman and the other is the largest gaming convention in the country) but I basically thought about which shows I couldn’t ever miss and those were the first 2 that came to my head.

Robin Cosplay
Photo courteous of Mark Shafer
8) What would be your dream Cosplay gig and outfit?   I use to answer this question with “Batman!” but I don’t think I have the right parts for it, Ha! I would say my dream cosplay would be Erza Scarlet (from the anime Fairy Tail) wearing her Heaven’s Wheel Armor! SQUEEEE!

9) Has there ever been an outfit you just did not like wearing? And if so, why?  Of course I think every cosplayer has to deal with this! If I don’t like wearing a suit it’s usually because I’m uncomfortable and not feeling like myself which could be caused by a number of things; suit malfunction, nasty comments, no recognizably, etc.

10) Do you have a credo you live by?   It’s cheesy but I’ve always liked “If you can dream it, you can do it!” by Walt Disney

And on that inspiring note, dear reader, I'd like to thank Kayce for telling us about her life as a cosplayer, before directing you towards her facebook page and on-line store. So go on. Click-Click. And please remember to be nice.