Tuesday, 3 January 2012
01:21:38 PM (GMT)
I know I am spamming with all these cosplay memes. But shit, are they addicting to
Q: What is your cosplay alias?
A: Well, I go by Rae on the internet. Tumblr name: whatinthequoi.
Q: How many years have you cosplayed?
A: On and off for 2 years, but I've been getting more active at it only recently.
Q: How did you get into cosplaying?
A: My friend who did Madam Red (and the first one to start cosplaying) suggested we
all do a Kuroshitsuji group cosplay. I offered to do Grell, cuz I acted just like
him. So bam! That was when it started.
Q: What was your first convention and how did it go?
A: Idk its name :P But it was to an official one, not a doujin one. And it was
squishy as hell; had to wait in line for 30 min to get into a section. God, it was
tiring but fun. I spent bucketloads of moolah haha
Q: How many cons have you been to?
A: Damn, too many to list; I'm guessing more than a dozen. But most I just took
Q: How many cosplays have you done?
A: Around 9?
Q: What was your first cosplay and why did you choose it?
A: Grell. See up there.
Q: What is your favorite cosplay you've done so far?
A: Hmmmmmmmmm........ I liked my Project Diva Len one, because the outfit was very
comfortable and my photographer was my best friend. So I guess from situational and
dispositional factors, everything was awesome.
Q: What is your least favorite you've cosplayed?
A: Uh, Grell. It was my first and the wig was of horrible quality. I didn't really
know how to chose or style wigs so I ended up getting a really bad and unstyled wig.
And plus, I didn't know how to do makeup for guys then; I had almost no makeup on for
that photoshoot and I'm sure I looked like shit lol
Q: What cosplay is the most uncomfortable?
A: I felt really awkward in my Aomine jersey, because I am obviously not buff enough
to pull off a male like that. Also the jersey was a bit short for me so when I sat
down, the pants would ride up above my knees. And that stuff doesn't look cool for a
Q: How do you research the cosplay before you make it?
A: Since I'm more biased with Vocaloid now, I try to find as many songs for one
character that I can possibly do, cuz I have that purple wig. It is usually for a
character who I actually really like and find tons of refs/alternate outfits. I'm
trying to branch out to more females cuz I don't think my boobs can stand binding for
Q: Do you sew your cosplays yourself?
A: I alter store-bought things a lot, and I still buy some things once in a while.
I'm more avid in fashion design now too, so that helps with my overall costume
Q: If so, how did you learn to sew? If not, do you plan to learn?
A: I did take some basic sewing classes for like bags and stuff. Since I had some
knowledge, using patterns was pretty easy afterwards.
Q: Do you make your own props?
A: Yeppp, but I rarely use any; that, or it's very easy to make. Wait, ppl can buy
Q: If so, how did you learn to? If not, do you plan to learn?
A: Well, I haven't done cosplays that require huge ass weapons. But I have seen and
read enough tuts to know how to freaking make complicated as shit things.
Q: Do you style your own wigs?
A: Yeh. I'm still not very pro with it, but I'm capable of doing basic hair cuts.
Q: What other skills do you use to create your cosplays?
A: Money, lots of fucking money is required lol
Little do people know but your photographer is actually very important. Your photos
can look amazing even with a shit ass costume; and your costume can look like shit
with a bad photographer.
And posing. Posing is something that people tend to overlook and it's super essential
for getting into character and setting the mood of your photo.
Q: What skill has been most useful for making your cosplay?
A: Hm, well, I guess I shop around a lot. So it's good for me to know locations and
shops for buying cheap material to alter into cosplay.
I've also learned a lot more about overall sewing and pattern making, not to mention
Q: What is the hardest thing when making a cosplay?
A: It's the pattern planning. The actual sewing isn't that bad cuz if you've got the
pattern down, everything else is easy. I usually spend quite a while making sure that
pattern is good and works for me.
Q: What was the biggest screw up you've had making a cosplay?
A: Not exactly for cosplay, but I bought bad cloth for a dress, thinking that it was
really good since it was elastic. However, I found that it was too heavy, curls too
much and that it just had awful texture.
Q: How often do you injure yourself while making a cosplay?
A: HOLY SHIT. OK, when I was sewing my Alice costume, I actually stepped on the
peddle when my finger was under the needle and adjusting the cloth. AND THE NEEDLE
WENT CLEAN THROUGH MY FUCKING FINGER. LIKE STRAIGHT THROUGH. But I dealt with it
calmly and it healed up with 2 days.
Otherwise, not that often.
Q: Do you try to stay cheap or do you splurge on materials?
A: I'm a cheap ass idiot. I always try to get the cheapest things and get the best
deals. If it works, I use it. I'm trying to invest more money in getting good stuff,
but I still leech off of my friends.
Q: Have you ever cosplayed with a partner or group?
A: I have done cosplay groups twice. Pretty fun, but hectic in getting everyone
organized. I do cosplay with a friend around who isn't so she can be my kameko LOL
But for now, I go solo. My friend who is starting out wants to do more couple
cosplays, and I'm indifferent as long as the costumes don't require too much extra
money outside of my personal cosplay projects.
Q: Do you try to act in character?
A: Only when taking pics.
Q: Have you ever done fan service at a con? (yaoi, yuri, etc)
A: That shit stays in photoshoots. Please don't do that at cons.
Q: How do you react to cosplayers dressed as character from the same anime/game/etc?
A: I try to find them to take a photo with them. But they usually end up going even
further away ; n; Are our electric fields the same or what?
Q: Do you try to duplicate your character's expressions, walk, movements, etc?
A: For Grell, yes. Too fun to not!! But otherwise, not so much.
Q: When crossplaying, do you try to act as much like the gender as possible?
A: Shh, I've considered crossdresssing in public before. And yes. Actually, my voice
unconsciously drops a pitch, I slouch more, walk with bigger strides and I sit more
Q: What was your funniest experience of acting in character?
A: I was Sekihan and I was prepping for some people to take photos. Since I was
taking a while, I yelled out, 'AM I HOT OR WHATTTTT' and the girls who were waiting
Q: What was your worst experience acting in character?
A: Hmm.. None.
Q: Do you compete in cosplay contests?
A: No.... I've considered joined a singing cosplay competition though~
Q: Have you won anything?
A: Hell no.
Q: Do you prefer skits or walk-ons?
A: Walk-ons. Skits feel so amateur, awkward and weaboo.
Q: How many friends have you made because of cosplay?
A: Around 2, both freshmen and I'm not sure I quite like that.
Q: Do you attend photo shoots and meet-ups outside of conventions?
A: Ya, I've had photoshoots with the mentioned group of friends. However, I usually
go solo and have my solo photoshoots anyways.
Q: What is the funniest reaction you've gotten cosplaying from people outside of the
A: I went to McDonald's in my Americako cosplay and the cashier tried to hit on me.
Q: How long do you think you'll be cosplaying for?
A: Until the end of high school. I hope to bring my wigs, and sewing machine with me
to Toronto so I can do more cosplays there!
Q: Name a few cosplays you're planning to do next:
A: All on my page~
Q: What is your dream cosplay?
A: I'd actually really want to try and cosplay my own character: Chiruki.
But of course, I'd love to do any Natsu-P's songs~
Q: What do you take into consideration when picking a character to cosplay?
A: Man, since I am tall, and dark-skinned, it's hard to find a character that suits
me. But by now, I don't really care about my skin color, though still a tad bit
attentive with height. I mostly consider the price of the costume though.
Q: Is cosplay serious business for you?
A: Derp, I really only do cheap and shitty cosplays. But as a photographer, yes.
Q: What is your favorite thing about cosplay?
A: Hm, the makeup. It's fun to experiment and try different looks for each character.
I mean, how could I miss my chance at looking like a bishie?
Q: What is your least favorite?
A: Not being fit enough for the cosplay.
Q: What is it that makes you keep cosplaying?
A: I just get really excited over it. And I don't know why. I don't even care about
wearing it to cons all that much. I just feel happy. It's my stress reliever too.
1. What was your first cosplay? (Think hard on this)
Grell of Kuroshitsuji.
2. Did someone get you into cosplay? Or on your own?
See up there.
3. What is your favourite cosplay?
4. Which is your least favourite?
5. At conventions, do people compliment you on your cosplays? (Unless you're a closet
cosplayer you can skip this one)
..... More on my figure and height...... orz
6. How many have you done?
Grell of Kuroshitsuji
Yoshino Saeki of Dolls
Gakupo in Camellia
Nyotalia!America of APH
Alice of Alice: Madness Returns
Sekihan, a NND Utaite
Gakupo of Matryoshka
Project Diva Len
I think I forgot some....
7. What are the top 5 on your list of "Want to Cosplay"?
On my page ; u;
8. What female cosplay do you want to do most?
SECRET. SOMEONE WITH SHORT HAIR THOUGH.
9. What male cosplay do you want to do most?
VY2 LOL VY2's design is to die foorr~ Anything gothic is cool too.
10. What do you prefer to do, make or buy your costumes?
See above LOL
11. Your most memorable experience? What makes it so memorable?
I got to meet a whole 'nother group of cosplayers and it was fun to social and
finally feel like I was a part of the cosplay community.
12. Your dream cosplay?
13. Is there a pattern in your cosplays? If so, what? (Things like they have a
certain personality, or hair colour)
I like to reuse my wigs as much as possible. I do a lot of blue haired characters or
Vocaloid in general.
14. Your most recent cosplay?
Murasakibara of KnB
15. What do you prefer? Cosplaying in a group or on your own?
Alone. Being in a group does help you get more pics, but it's such a hassle to get
organized all together and stuff. And I like to go off to take pics of others too, so
I hate having others drag me down.
Q1. What do you take the most care in when putting together male costumes?
I think it's really important to have the right binder so that your chest is
completely flat. And I have a larger bust, so it's kinda a hassle for me. Also,
makeup. People may think that makeup is not needed since you're being a dude; but
no!! It's essential in looking like a dude especially in contouring and the angry
Q2. What are you most cautious about when in a photoshoot as a male character?
I try to carry myself more like a male and stay in character. I avoid girly poses and
I am very keen on posing right.
Q3. How do you bind?
I use a long, wide piece of medical tape.
Q4. What do you think is the key point in looking "manly"?
Posing. Posing is everything. Don't forget the angry brows!
Q5. Have you ever had trouble crossplaying?
Binder kept unwrapping D; And well, I didn't have enough muscle...
Q6. What do you love about crossplay?
Since I was a pretty manly girl to start with, crossplaying feels quite natural to
me. But it's also fun to pretend to be a bishie!
Last edited: 4 March 2013