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Cosplay Spotlight: Kay L!

First Name and Last Initial: Kay L.

Where are you from originally, or where do you reside currently? Massachusetts

How long have you been cosplaying? 6 years, though I’ve only been part of the cosplay community for about four.

What characters have you cosplayed? Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan), England (Hetalia), Yukio Okumura (Blue Exorcist), Kyoya Ootori (Ouran High School Host Club), Kurama (Yu Yu Hakusho), Gary Oak (Pokemon), Shizuo Heiwajima and Masaomi Kida (Durarara!!), Czeslaw Meyere (Baccano!), and many other projects in the works.

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What inspired you to start cosplaying? I always enjoyed playing dress-up and pretend as a kid, so I think this was just the next logical step. Two converging paths brought me to cosplay: I went to Japan for study abroad, with a host family who encouraged me to buy my first cosplay (Haruhi Suzumiya), and while I was there, two of my good friends attended their first convention, and invited me to go back next year. And if I was going, you can bet I was going to make myself cosplay to wear!

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Photo Credit: The End of Something Beautiful Cosplay. America (left) is cosplayed by CelinedaQueen Cosplay

What do you do when you are not cosplaying? First and foremost I’m a research technician in a medical lab (hopefully with the next step being grad school). I do some LARPing and am easing my way into the SCA (yay historical garb!), and then a lot of reading/writing. I also recently picked up figure skating lessons again — just in time for an ice skating anime to come out!

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Photo Credit: Marmaladeskys Photography

What costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far and why? I guess that depends on your definition of rewards — I’ve met a whole bunch of really amazing people through cosplaying Levi and England who I wouldn’t miss knowing for the world. Biggest challenge — England’s Revolutionary War coat and Yukio’s exorcist outfit (Lots of pattern modification, and I broke my sewing machine making both of these.

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Photo Credit: VenomNight

What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying? Rule number one, cosplay for yourself, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do a cosplay for xyz reason. Rule two, budget your time and money wisely — staying up all night right before the con to finish things will make you exhausted and miserable for the con itself, and real life expenses like food need to come first.This is a bit of a hard one to answer, I think, because of the diverse nature of the cosplay community. I’ve been proud of the increased concern for consent and making sure people can enjoy a fun hobby safely. I do think that improving communication, both within the community and with those outside it, might be to everyone’s benefit.

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Photo Credit: Yaoi King Cosplay

What is one thing the cosplaying community can do better when it comes to dealing with each other? This is a bit of a hard one to answer, I think, because of the diverse nature of the cosplay community. I’ve been proud of the increased concern for consent and making sure people can enjoy a fun hobby safely. I do think that improving communication, both within the community and with those outside it, might be to everyone’s benefit.

Featured Image credit: Tea for Tinka Cosplay

About Doug T. (314 Articles)
A lifelong gamer, a foodie, an advocate for people with disabilities, and an avowed geek. Doug was born in South America, currently resides in Northern VA, and spends the majority of his time indulging in his current passions of gaming & food, while making sure not to take life or himself too seriously.
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