Anime CosplayIt's raining. It's pouring. Facebooks gotten boring. So I'm off to bed, to rest my head, although I most probably be back in the morning. And if not the morning, I'll wait to spring. For this is the season that I love to sing. Sing, in a way that might make me gay. Although not as flamboyant as Ms. Autumn Faye. 

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1) What are your own origins, Ms. Autumn Faye?   I used to read a magazine called NewType USA, and that's where I first saw cosplay. Immediately I fell in love with it, yet I lived in West Virginia at the time and couldn't find any conventions to attend. So I moved to North Carolina and the cosplay scene here was pretty popular, and attended my first con in 2010 in Raleigh NC called Animazement. I've been in love ever since!!!

Sexy Bunny Cosplay2) What are the most persistent comments you’ve received from your followers?   Besides just being overall supportive, I get a lot of persistent comments about wanting me to attend conventions near them. Which I would love to do, of course, but financials are tough when you have a family to take care of first!

3) What is your ‘regular’ job? And does it in any way shape or form aide you as a Cosplayer?   My regular job is being an at-home mom and a part-time waitress. It aids me by helping me financially. 

4) How did your friends, family, and work-colleagues first react to the news that you like to cosplay?   Most of my co-workers think its a really cool hobby, while others think its childish and I need to grow up. My biggest supporters are my friends, my fiance, and my mom. My mom and my fiance are by far my biggest supporters, and I would NOT be where I am without them. My mom thinks cosplay is the best thing to ever happen to me. She thinks it's great for making friends and that its a wonderful creative outlet. She has always supported my anime / manga / video game habits, ha!

5) How do you decide what Cosplay costume to wear for a convention? And who makes them?   I normally try to decide in advance, but sometimes I find someone I'm really interested in and go with that, no matter how close the con is. I either buy them and modify them, make them myself, piece them together or have them commissioned depending on my skill level or time frame.

6) What have you learnt about yourself whilst Cosplaying? And were their any unforeseen obstacles you had to content with?   I've learned how to make friends and be myself with out being ashamed of what I love. I've also learned that sometimes I can push myself higher and beyond my boundaries.

The biggest unforeseen obstacle I've encountered is the hate. I never knew how fickle fans and fellow cosplayers could be over a hobby that is suppose to be fun. I figured since we all shared a common goal and love for something there wouldn't be so much hate and drama, but I'm at least glad I've mainly encountered it online.

Black Cat Cosplay7) What was the best / worst convention you ever attended?   Best convention so far was Anime Weekend, Atlanta, that I recently attended. It was my first out of state con and I had an absolute blast, definitely going again next year!!

Worse con, I haven't really encountered one yet, thankfully!!!

8) What would be your dream Cosplay gig and outfit?   Any gig over seas is a dream of mine, and my MAJOR cosplay dream is to cosplay Masane Amaha from the anime WitchBlade!

9) Has their ever been an outfit you just did not like wearing? And if so, why?   The only outfit I loved but absolutely hated to wear was my Final Fantasy X Lulu. I made the mistake of wearing it during the summer and it was just an over all cumbersome, hot and heavy costume. I blacked out in it and had to go change after wearing her for only 2 hours....

10) Do you have a credo you live by?   Be yourself, treat others well, and never give up. My mom always taught me to be the peace keeper, and I try to hold true to that. I've learned cosplay pulls in a lot of hate from many different sources, be it outsider viewpoints or insider jealousy, and I've learned to grow a thick skin and to keep my head up, because those that matter know me and love me for me.

And so on that very positive note, dear reader, I'd like to thank Ms. Autumn Faye for telling us about her life as a cosplayer, before directing you towards her facebook and twitter pages.