Today, we’re honored to have Zahnpasta, a talented cosplayer from Deviantart, join in our cosplayer interviews. Zahnpasta is rather addicted to cosplay, which does not just mean a great hobby. This outgoing girl had started her wonderful journey in 2009 with full support from her family. To some degree, we can say she is from a cosplay fan family. Again, thanks Zahnpasta for interview. Ok, let’s share her story together.
- 1.Please Introduce yourself first?
My name is Caroline, I’m a 20-year-old student living in Germany. I’m cosplaying for 3 years now and mostly from video games, since gaming is one of my greatest passions, besides cosplay.
2.What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay is a great hobby, sometimes even more. As much as I love playing video games, I love dressing up as the character from the game. I always try to find the perfect location for the character and try to recreate the atmosphere of the game in my photos. I hate to make the costume, I get frustrated so easily, but I love being in character, taking photos of it. It’s like being a little child, seeing your favourite superhero on TV, thinking “Man, I want to be like him.”. Cosplay is a perfect change from my everyday life.
3.What was your first cosplay?
My first cosplay was Roxas from Kingdom Hearts 2. I really loved the game and had a friend who made Sora to go along with me. The cosplay was completely handsewn, since I didn’t have a sewing machine back then.
4. Does your family support your cosplay?
Yes, they support it. My grandpa is helping me with sawing out props, my dad often suggests new locations for photoshoots and my brother even cosplays with me from time to time.
5. What is your most memorable cosplay experience?
Back in 2009, when Abessinier , Maryru and me were cosplaying Sephiroth, Cloud and Zack together for the first time. Zack is the character I can identify myself with the most, I met my two best friends in that cosplay and we still cosplay it from time to time. Hanging out together, being in character, teasing each other – these are the best memories I connect with cosplay. ♥
6. What are your 2011 cosplay plans?
My plans are: Tidus from Final Fantasy X, Popuri from Harvest Moon, Noélle Bor from Trinity Blood, Alex Mercer from Prototype and Ezio Auditore da Firenze from Assassin’s Creed.
7. If possible, which anime/manga/game do you want to cosplay most?
I really want to cosplay “Ghost” from Call of Duty, but it’s too expensive for me at the moment. The weapons and equipment have to be authentic and I would have to buy most of it.
8. Do you make costumes yourself or buy them?
Usually I make everything myself, except when the character wears a pair of jeans or any other piece of clothing you can find in your closet. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s bought or not, it has to look original.
9. Any other cosplayers you like?
I have so many cosplayers I look up to, one of them is actually one of my best friends, Abessinier. I adore her cosplays so much, she looks amazing in every single one of them, no matter if it’s a girly cosplay or something manly like Dante, she can pull it off.
Fev is also one of my favourite cosplayers, her craftmanship is epic and she is very nice and helpful.
10. Do some changes happen to you after cosplay?
Of course! Before I started cosplaying, I was very shy and didn’t talk much to other people. Going to conventions, meeting people with similiar interests and getting compliments did really boost my confidence. Cosplay also motivates me to lose weight, nothing works better for me than knowing “I want to cosplay that revealing character next month? I should better work out a little.”
11. Any advices you wanna share with cosplay newbies?
Don’t be shy, ask for help! Most cosplayers are very nice and helpful. Be able to take constructive critisism and improve yourself, but don’t let you get down by flaming idiots.
12. When will you stop cosplay ?
As soon as I stop having fun.