Today, we are going to interview Lindsey, also known as Linger Zero Lindsey. She has collected Zoids for 15 years. To some degree, you can say she is really a Ziod fan. Bringing Zoids to life may be one of her wonderful dreams. Here, let’s welcome Linsey and share her cosplay story together!!
1.Please Introduce yourself first?
-My name is Lindsey, or people know me as Liger Zero Lindsey. =] I am a Zoids Cosplayer.
2.What does cosplay mean to you?
-Everything. Zoids is my life and I have been collecting them for over 15 years (My collection is HUGE), so being able to bring them to life by making cosplays means the world to me! And seeing how many people still remember Zoids just makes it ALL the better!
3.What was your first cosplay?
-Liger Zero from Zoids New Century Zero. It had its problems, but overall I loved it and it was a pretty big hit =]
4. Does your family supports your cosplay?
-For the most part yes, they love watching me build it and seeing the finished product, and they really support me when it comes to going to cons to wear it. Only thing my mom does not like? The big mess I make while building it! Hahaha!
5. What is your most memorable cosplay experience?
-I have only made 2 cosplays so far, but my best experience has to be when I was Liger Zero Jager in the Sakura Con 2011 Cosplay Contest. I was nervous at first, but as soon as that Zoids Theme started playing, I went out and all for it and hearing that crowd cheer and all the flashing cameras actually made me shed a couple tears of joy!
6. What are your 2011 cosplay plans?
-2011 was and still is for Liger Zero Jager. Jager went to Sakura Con 2011 in Seattle, WA and I’m hoping to take him to one more con this year. My next cosplay which will be started this summer will be Liger Zero Schneider for 2012.
7. Notice you made Liger Zero Jager Cosplay,really amazing! So share more details about it, i think many cosplayers are interested in how you make it.
-Jager took 6 months to build, compared to the 3 months that Zero took. So it being my 2nd cosplay really still made it difficult! The mask itself took 3 months, and the booster backpack took about 2. So the remaining time was spent on the rest of the armor. Zero Jager was made of foam board, cushion foam, and fun foam. So overall was pretty light and comfortable to wear! The heavy thing was of course my backpack because he had lights and the battery pack inside. The mask was pretty light as well seeing as how it was made of the 3 previously listed materials, but with all the stuff on the back of the head, made it very back heavy! Jager is pretty much all foam board and spray paint, oh, and a lot of hot glue!
8. Any other cosplayers you like?
-I love any cosplayer that is not afraid to show that they are proud of what they do and are not ashamed to say they make costumes to wear to things like conventions. I of course adore other Zoids cosplayers (whether it is a human character or an actual Zoid) but I adore just about all cosplays, I also love fursuits!
9. Do some changes happen to you after cosplay?
-Actually, yes. After I started cosplaying in 2010, I noticed that I had become a lot more outgoing. People that remember me from high school know me as “The Zoid girl that sits alone in the corner or the room”. But anymore, I’m not afraid to put a Zoids cosplay or fursuit on and dance to music! I no longer just sit by myself, of course I have my fiancé, but cosplaying has really brought out the fun in me and I just love it. I have severe anxiety and simply working on a cosplay can make it all go away. It may seem dumb to other people, but cosplay has done a lot for me. Not to mention it is a freakin’ blast!
10. Any advices you wanna share with cosplay newbies?
-Don’t be afraid to cosplay. People like to say that were freaks or that we need lives, but just do it. Don’t be afraid! And if you have the guts to make your own cosplay at home instead of buying it, don’t let people talk you down, cause while they bought theirs online, you made yours with your own 2 hands. And trust me, it is a good feeling, when I had people ask me if I made Liger Zero and Liger Zero Jager, it was SUCH a great feeling to say, Yes I did! So if you’re new to cosplay my advice is don’t let people talk you down, do what you love. And make your cosplay with your own two hands, cause even though it is hard, the end result makes it ALL worth it!