First Name and Last Initial: Sophii D.
Where are you from originally, or where do you reside currently? Born in Wales, UK – currently living in Wichita, KS.
How long have you been cosplaying? Since about 2008-2009.
Which characters have you cosplayed? Bellona (Smite), Sorin (Magic: The Gathering), Spider-Gwen (Marvel), Yang (RWBY), Pikachu (Pokémon), Espeon (Pokémon), Black Cat (Marvel), Tracer (Overwatch), Sonic The Hedgehog (Sega), Lady Deadpool – Wanda Wilson (Marvel).
What inspired you to start cosplaying? I spent so much of my life thinking cosplay was only for those able to attend San Diego Comic Con; I watched coverage online and on TV. Being in the Midwest, I didn’t know about the large community that was building! In 2009 my best friend Cissa took me to A-Kon in Dallas, TX and changed my life. The characters, the beautiful costumes and the people inspire me every day.
What do you do when you are not cosplaying? A lot! My passion is marketing, especially social media marketing, so I spend a lot of time focusing on that. I also work for Cybertron PC in the technical department. Do cats count as a hobby? I have 4 cats – Batman, Robin, Bane and Loki who I adore. I spend a lot of time snuggling them!
What costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far and why? Bellona was absolutely my biggest challenge so far. I had under a month to complete this cosplay, the same month in which I was booked for three conventions — and my day job took up a lot of my time. There were several new skills involved that were a challenge initially. I worked through every night trying to complete as much as possible, making mistakes along the way. It’s the first costume that has ever brought me to tears. I was positive I wouldn’t make the due date, but I did! Just putting it on, looking in the mirror and realizing my hard work had paid off was all the reward I needed. A kudos from some people at Hi Rez wasn’t a bad reward, either.
What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying? JUST DO IT. Not everyone has to have the same path or goal. Don’t get stuck in the idea that you have to cosplay a ‘certain way’ or for a certain reason. Cosplay should first and foremost be a hobby, something you enjoy doing. It’s about having fun, being creative, and meeting new people. Don’t let yourself get caught up in the hype for the wrong reasons and DO NOT let anyone tell you that you can’t or shouldn’t cosplay. Cosplay is for EVERYONE.
What is one thing the cosplaying community can do better when it comes to dealing with each other? I think the cosplay community is the most fantastic set of people you can find, generally. They are inclusive, caring and creative, but like any community, there are ‘bad eggs.’ Don’t let the bad eggs ruin your fun. Don’t pay them any attention, and don’t BE one.