Cosplayer Interviews-Kaika

Kaika , also name Elpheal in cosplay world, is a Cosplayer, Blogger and Vlogger from Singapore. She represented Singapore in AFA’s Regional Cosplay Competition last year. Today Kaika join in our cosplay interviews, we are really appreciate it, thanx kaika XD .

1. What does cosplay mean to you?

It is an avenue of expression, a way for me to exhaust the creative juices in me and a way to act as my favourite character. It has also become a form of social interaction with my cosplayer friends.

2. what’s your first cosplay?

Yukishiroi Tomoe from Rrurouni Kenshin

3. Your family support your cosplay?

My mom don’t really like it and grumbles that I’m creating too much rubbish. But
my dad is cool with it.

4. What is your most memorable cosplay experience?

Every cosplay experience is memorable in a way but the making of Megurine
Luka’s “Just Be Friends” Cosplay PV totally takes the cake. Simply because
it was such a long and arduous journey, especially the post processing that
was almost singlehandedly completed by me. It was so fulfilling to be able to complete what we set out to do and we are all so touched that the PV is well received.

Taking part in the Regional Cosplay Competition 2010 and representing my
Country was also a very memorable experience. It was fun to interact with
the other participants from the other countries.

5. What’s your 2011 cosplay plan?

To finish cosplaying characters I’ve always wanted to do and focus on creating really artistic photographs. to push the boundaries of my own cosplays and do things I’ve never done before.I would also like to cut myself some slack and turn more towards tailoring or buying my costumes instead of making everything myself.

6. If possible, which anime you wanna cosplay most?

Anime at the moment would be Rosette from Chrno Crusade and Mogami
Kyoko’s angel outfit from Skip Beat.

7. Do you make cosplay your own costumes or buy?

Pretty much most of them are handmade by myself.

8. Any other cosplayers you like?

Many! I admire my fellow Singaporean friends such as Cvy, Kanasaiii ,
Lenneth, Yuanie, Xrys, Rainertachibana and Behindinfinity from Philippine.
There is too much awesome cosplayers to mention!

9. Do some changes happen on you after joining in cosplay?

Yes! Pretty major changes. It has given me the chance to perform on
stage, host stage events and make new friends. Of course, it has also
allowed me to start a Cosplay Blog; *The Cosplay Chronicles* which has
earned me the chance to travel twice within a year!

I‘d sum up by saying Cosplay has given me the chance to do a lot of things I
otherwise would never have. But most importantly, Cosplay has given me a
voice and sometimes, the ability to *do something.* Being in the Cosplay
Community and having The Cosplay Chronicles blog has given me the courage to
start a fundraiser for Japan
which I otherwise would never have done if I
wasn’t into Cosplay or have the blog.

I believe I’m also a lot more outgoing and sociable because of Cosplay.

10. Any advices you wanna share with cosplay newbies?

Have fun, be brave and be humble. Remember that cosplay is just a hobby. Never neglect other aspect of your life because of cosplay. Cosplay is a very time and money consuming hobby so always make sure you set aside enough time to make your costume. Do a lot of research and practise will also help improve your cosplays.

11. When will you stop cosplay ?

I have no idea. I’ve been asking myself this question for very long and
I’ll say I  went into this hobby thinking I would probably quit after a year. But
before I knew it, this hobby has been ongoing for nearly a decade!

I don’t want to give myself a deadline to something I enjoy and I don’t
think anyone should do that either. Because life is a chaotic dance nobody
can control and it’s best to just let things go their own way.


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