First name and last initial: Lane M.
Where are you from originally or reside currently? Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
How long you have been cosplaying? Since 2011
Other Characters cosplayed: Auron, Anakin Skywalker, Hawke, Ganondorf, Gordon Ramsay, Guzma, Mr. Frizzle, and many others.
Who or what inspired you to cosplay? Weirdly enough, there wasn’t really any person that inspired me and my friends to. A group of us were going to go to Kumoricon in Washington and we all just wanted to dress up so we decided to make a Final Fantasy X group just for fun. It was after that where I found out just how deep the whole cosplay rabbit hole went and have met tons of idols and peers since then.
What do you do when you aren’t cosplaying? I’m a science and math teacher, love playing video/board/card games, and pretty much just love doing whatever random things I can.
What costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far and why? With every new costume, I try and do something new. Might be a new material or a new technique or things like that. So every costume always has new challenges and things to learn… and I love it that way. This helps keep me on my toes and keeps things from getting boring and routine.
I’m currently working on an Alucard from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and it is by far my most detailed and challenging. I wanted to do a costume that was primarily fabric and sewing since that was my weakest area. It has quickly become the costume that I’m the most proud of and most excited to wear. It’s actually helped change my entire outlook on costuming… plus it’s nice that I can actually pack in on an airplane, unlike massive armour.
What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying? Try new things, grow, learn, don’t be afraid to fail, and always do this for fun. Every time you mess up at something you will do better and better each time. All of the people that you look up to have messed up time and time again, learned from it, and gone on to make amazing works.
What is one thing the cosplaying community can do better when it comes to dealing with each other? When you cosplay, you’ll meet lots of wonderful and supportive people; keep them in your life. You’ll also meet a few people that are the opposite (especially online in comment sections); stay friendly, stay positive, and don’t let them get you down.
Everyone just has to remember that we are all nerds that dress up and act goofy. This really isn’t, and shouldn’t be about getting famous, so just treat it as a hobby; treat it as something you do for fun. Support each other, teach each other, and bring out the best in each other.
Featured image photo by Benedick Cornell Digital Arts