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Cosplay Spotlight: Joy B.!

First name and last initial: Joy B.

Where are you from originally, or where do you currently reside? I was born in Hollywood, California.

How long have you been cosplaying? I am three years deep in cosplay now.

Which characters have you cosplayed? I have done Lady Reptile, Lady Predator, Storm from X-Men, a Hellraiser Cenobite, Genderbent Ken Kaneki, Medusa (Rider) Fate Stay Night & others.

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What inspired you to start cosplaying? My inspiration comes from many things — my fiancee, my children, ocean sounds, wind chimes. If a ray of sun coming through the clouds is just right I can be inspired.

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What do you do when you’re not cosplaying? Besides being a mom — painting with acrylics on a canvas or making custom pieces for my family.

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Which costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far, and why? I’d easily say my Lady Predator. I looked online to get ideas & I didn’t like what I saw for me. All the ladies were scantily-clad which is fine for them but I didn’t want to look like that as a size 16 with all that skin hanging out. I wanted a costume that could be perceived as a real predator. I thought it okay when I finished, but I got so many compliments it made me want to go back & upgrade it to 2.0. Now I am in love with it & get requests to wear it.

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What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying? We all start somewhere. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake & if anyone insults you in your cosplay, walk away. In my first costume at a con I had a guy insult me & I was so hurt. I thought I looked great. That guy was just an a**.

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What is one thing the cosplaying community can do better when it comes to dealing with each other? Patience, understanding & an ear to listen. People are so ready to talk but not enough really listen. And this is completely separate, but I would love for cons to get new cosplayers each year to have tables to talk to newbies and fans of the cons. New faces would be great.

About Natalie (31 Articles)
Writer. Editor. Blogger. Rejector of stereotypes. MFA candidate. Currently writing a novel about gender issues and dirt bikes. Home base: www.natalieschriefer.com.

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