First name and last initial: Kira C.
Where are you from originally or reside currently: I’m originally from California and currently reside in Utah.
How long you have been cosplaying: I have been cosplaying for three years now.
Other Characters cosplayed: I cosplay many characters from film, anime, comics, video games and more. I love genderbending characters as well. Some characters I cosplay are Todd Ingram from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Steampunk Minnie Mouse, Nami from One Piece, Bishop from X-men, and Yang Xiao Long from RWBY.
1.Who or what inspired you to cosplay? Ever since I could remember, I’ve been around many different fandoms. I have a trekkie for a mother, action/horror fanatics for siblings and cousins, and friends who are anime fans. One day, a group of my closest friends invited me to attend a con in Bakersfield, California called Bak-Anime. I had no idea what I was getting into, but as soon as I walked through the doors of the convention and saw people dressed up from my favorite fandoms, I felt like I was home. That con was my 1st time and experience around cosplay, and I felt I had to be a part of this special community. I was so inspired that I went home after the con ready to create my 1st cosplay for the next event. My 1st two cosplays I had ready were Nami from One Piece and Elektra Ovirowa from Cowboy Bebop the movie and I have been cosplaying ever since.
2.What do you do when you aren’t cosplaying? (hobbies, community service, or work) When I am not cosplaying, I work full time assisting afterschool programs with resources for quality afterschool programming and I am a full time student in a masters program. I will be graduating spring of 2017. I also love to play video games with my boyfriend, binge watch shows on Netflix, go to the movies, go to dance classes, and attend community events that support charitable organizations.
3. What costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far and why? Since I am still fairly new to cosplay and I’m learning more and more about the cosplay craft everyday; at this point, I feel my Bishop cosplay provided the biggest challenge and reward. It was challenging due to me learning sewing skills. I learned a lot about my sewing machine as well as hand sewing techniques. It was also my 1st time building pouches out of craft form and plasti-dip. The biggest reward was finishing the cosplay the night before the Salt Lake FanX convention (I know I procrastinated). However, I loved how Bishop came out, and it was so awesome to wear something you created with your own two hands. I had so much fun embracing that character. People loved the cosplay and I enjoyed all the big X-men group photo shoots from that con.
4. What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying? This question is so important, as there are many out there who are new to cosplay and have had negative experiences within the cosplay community. My advice to anyone who is new and to anyone who has had a negative experience is to keep cosplaying. Pease don’t let one comment, experience, or environment ruin something you love or have a high interest in. You have a creativity that is unique and should be shared in this community. You have a story to share and there are many out there who you can connect with. A community is about embracing and supporting EVERYONE who makes up that community.
5. What is one thing the cosplaying community can do better when it comes to dealing with each other? I feel the one thing the cosplay community can do better when dealing with one another is to connect. Truly connect. Not just connecting through the fandoms we share but the cosplayer themselves. You never know the journey that cosplayer is on or story that makes that cosplayer who they are and I think its important to share, embrace, and support each others story. Again, that’s what makes this community special.