First name and last initial: Elizabeth R.
Where are you from originally, or where do you currently reside? Cambridge, Massachusetts
How long have you been cosplaying? 6 years.
Which characters have you cosplayed? Mega Man, Mad Max, Leela from Futurama, Quorra from Tron, Borg, Cthulhu cultist, Cat Bug, 10th Doctor, Harry Potter.
What inspired you to start cosplaying? I’ve always loved costumes and dressing up. I used to work in theater, and when I stop doing that I missed the costumes!
What do you do when you’re not cosplaying? I’m an art teacher.
Which costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far, and why? My Mad Max costume has provided the biggest challenge and reward for me. It was a challenge because I had to learn a lot of new techniques for working with leather and metal; also, I wanted to do a costume that organically included my mobility scooter, so I spent a lot of time making an additional costume for my scooter that transformed it into a post-apocalyptic motorcycle! This was also the biggest reward because instead of my mobility scooter being a hindrance to my costume, it added another dimension.
What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying? When I was beginning to think about starting to cosplay, I was convinced that I shouldn’t attempt it unless I could make a costume to a absurdly high standard. Now I know that some of the best costumes don’t require crazy crafting skills and that the most important thing is to find a costume that makes you feel great when you’re wearing it.
What is one thing the cosplaying community can do better when it comes to dealing with each other? As someone who is partially disabled, there are aspects of crafting that I find very difficult. On the other hand, I worked very hard at improving the crafting skills I do have. I think that the cosplay community could come together more and people could trade crafting favors with each other. We could help each other make the best costumes possible. Making a costume doesn’t have to be a singular effort.