[ Eva Unit 01 Photos by Muze / Edited by Iris Chen / Other Photos by Tomy ]
Our second Cosplayers Only Feature is our 2015 Guest, Goldy! He took some time to answer 10 questions for us about his life with Cosplay. Check it out!
When did you discover your passion for cosplay?
I first got interested through enjoying Halloween, when I was living in Boston. When I returned to Japan, I realized that the culture of cosplay was similar to that, and that’s what got me started.
Which character was your first costume?
The first was the mask from the movie Scream that I purchased at a toy store. The first cosplay that I actually made was GaoGaiGar.
Of the costumes you've made, which are you most proud of?
Whenever I work on cosplay, I always think that it would be the best ever. And I always think that the next one would be even better. If I have to choose one based on the amount of effort I spent on the cosplay, perhaps it would be Strike Freedom Gundam.
We've all had costumes that refuse to cooperate. What's your worst horror story?
That would have to be the Unicorn Gundam that I’m working on right now. I am having to build in a lot of gimmicks like lighting and transformation, while considering the mobility, the transportability, and the strength of the costume, so I am having a tough time balancing out all of the factors.
What criteria do you use when selecting a character to cosplay? The character's personality, the aesthetic of their outfit, or something else?
I don’t choose based on whether I like a character. My selection process is based on factors such as what character people would enjoy watching me cosplay, and what character would allow me to have fun with other cosplayers.
If time and resources were no option, what would be your dream cosplay?
This is something I’m planning now—I want to get a photo taken with all of the Evangelions and their pilots. If I can do that with my friends from all over the world, that would be the best.
Cosplay pulls from a variety of skillsets, ranging from sewing and embroidery to props and lighting. Which of these areas do you feel are your strong points and which would you like more experience with?
I work with a variety of materials, but I’m best at working with urethane foam, and making armors and weapons with it.
Do you have a cosplay senpai (a cosplayer you turn to when you need help with a project or whose tutorials you find helpful)?
I’ve learned almost all on my own, but there is someone who taught me the basics of molding.
What advice would you give an aspiring cosplayer?
Cosplay can be a new form of communication in the world. It’s important to know what you like and to stick with it, but at the same time, I think it is also important to remain flexible and to be able to enjoy it freely. I think you’ll expand your horizon further if you try to understand how the other cosplayers feel, and enjoy cosplaying with them.
Are there any books or online resources you would recommend to other cosplayers?
I recommend Cosplay Gen and Was ist cosplay. I would also love to get recommendations on other good books.
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