October 7 2016
Here is the interview of the incredible Mirazie from Denmark !
1. For how long have you been in cosplay ?
I’ve been cosplaying for around 9 years.
2. Cosplay is a time consuming hobby. how long does it take to craft your costumes ?
That completely depends on the costume ! I like making both simple and detailed costumes, and of course there’s a difference in how long they take. I’ve worked on a costume on and off for over a year now, and I’m still missing a lot on it, and I’ve finished other costumes within a couple of weeks. The usual amount of time is probably something like 5-6 weeks.
3. Any other hobby or passion besides cosplaying ?
I get most of my creative passions covered by making cosplay. But I also really enjoy organizing cosplay events. I don’t know if it can be called a passion or a hobby, but I do put a lot of time and effort into it. Some years ago I would also have said drawing and writing stories, but since I haven’t been doing that for years, I guess it doesn’t seem right to call it a passion at the moment…
4. What materials are you using for cosplay crafting, worbla ? Foam ? Can you talk about that a little bit ?
I've seen we have transparent worbla now... I use what seems right for whatever project I’m making. I always find it fun to experiment with new materials ! I like working with normal worbla, transparent worbla not so much… I’ve tried to cast stuff in brass and worked a little bit with leather. I definitely want to play around with it all some more !
5. Do you have any FAVORITE cosplayer ?
Not really ONE, no… I find a lot of cosplayers to be inspiring, but I’m also very inspired by my friends, who also cosplay. I’m not only inspired by the work the cosplayers do, but also by their personality, meaning that I tend to be even happier with a cosplayer and his or her work, when I’ve met the person and he or her also have a nice personality… So the list is very long !
6. Did you hurt yourself while making a cosplay or in a convention ?
Ahahhah, by accident, sure ! I’ve had burns on all my fingers because of hotglue, nearly got my nails stuck to a costume because of superglue and gotten burnmarks from the stagecarpet when performing. But only minor things like that. Nothing too serious.
7. Do you sell your old cosplays, or just keep it in a huge closet ?
I want to sell them, but at the same time I’m really reluctant to do so. I’m not sure the quality is good enough to sell, would people even be interested, how would I feel to see someone walk around in one of my creations, that means a lot to me, and so on… So yeah, they’re in a huge closet for now, even though I want to sell them.
8. Who teached you to craft your cosplays ? Your family ? By reading books or watching youtube tutorials ?
Trial and error. I knew nothing when I started, I just tried it out. I had learned how to use a sewing machine in school and my mom also knew the basics, but not enough to really help me a lot. I’ve always been bad at following tutorials. I like to figure out my own way of doing it. Which is both a good and a bad thing, because some times I come up with some really creative solutions, but at the same time I’m sometimes re-inventing the wheel…
9. Which conventions are you going to this year ?
I’m going to Banzai con in Norway in a week, and after that, there’s Geekcore in Copenhagen. I might have a convention more, but I can’t say anything about that yet.
10. What is your limit budget for a cosplay ?
I’m always on a budget and tries to keep my costumes at a reasonable cost. But I don’t really put a limit on it. I want to make the costume so that I like it, and I don’t want to limit it from the beginning by putting an exact amount on it before I’ve even started.
11. Any future super secret cosplay project in mind ?
Not at the moment.
12. What are you doing in "real" life for a living ?
Right now I’m between jobs, so yeah…. Not much, except jobhunting.
13. You best experience from a convention ? And your worst ?
Like I mentioned before, 9 years of cosplay… I don’t really have ONE specifique experience that’s either super good or super bad… but some of my favorite memories are from when I’ve met new people and formed friendships. My international experience is also something that I hold very dear; the two times I’ve been to CICAF in China have been very important to me, and so have my trip to the ECG this year. I love travelling, and I love to make new friends !
14. Any advice for cosplay wannabees or beginners ?
Have fun with it. Don’t take it too seriously and don’t listen to all the shit going around the internet. Just have fun with it and do it for you ! Someone will ALWAYS be unhappy with what you’ve done, the way you’ve made it or whatever, no matter how perfect it may be, but guess what, it doesn’t matter as long as you’re happy with it ! Don’t let others dictate what you should or shouldn’t do. And also, there will ALWAYS be someone better or prettier or with more online ‘likes’ than you, so why even bother comparing yourself to others ? Do your best and do it the way you want to, so YOU can be happy with it !
15. Do you have limits ? Some cosplays you will never make ?
Of course I do, but those limits are always changing. What seemed impossible for me to make just two years ago, might not be that out of range now. I’ve never been much into super sexy costumes though, since I don’t feel comfortable showing too much skin. Super cute cosplays isn’t really my thing either. I’ve tried to make both, since I wanted to try and test my own limits, but yeah, sexy/revealing and cute isn’t really my forte…
Her facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/MirazieCosplay/
Her deviantart page : http://mirazie.deviantart.com/