￼Name: Harley - Sirenite
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
What was your first Cosplay experience?
My first ever exposure to cosplay was actually during Halloween! My friend dressed up as Vocaloid and I recognized the character, and I thought the idea to actually dress up as specific characters was really good. She told me all about cosplay and the local events, and my first real experience was a big local photoshoot called Lights & Cameras.
It was amazing meeting all the cosplayers and photographers - I had a lot of fun!
How long have you been Cosplaying?
I always count that photoshoot as my “official” start of cosplay, and it’s been 5 years since that shoot.
Who or what inspired you to take up Cosplaying?
As I said, my friend was the one who told me about it. But the idea that I can not only create something really cool from scratch, but also pay homage to my favourite characters, video games, tv shows, etc., was what really got me into the hobby.
If you had to pick a favorite Cosplay you have worn, or have seen someone else wear, what would it be?
My favourite cosplay that I’ve worn is Agent Texas from Red vs. Blue from Rooster Teeth Productions. Rooster Teeth has more or less taken over my life with all their amazing productions. I spent weeks with two of my close friends making us all matching helmets from the show.
Agent Texas is my absolute favourite character from that show, and I both relate and look up to her a lot. Plus, she has a really heartbreaking story arc! Halo also played a big part in my childhood, so it was really amazing to cosplay something based off it. I also met the creator and got him to sign my cosplay!
If you had unlimited funds and resources, what Cosplay would you create?
I have so many ideas!!! The one I would really want to create is Chell from Portal. I learned electrical engineering in school, so I would love to actually P Body and Atlas from the co-op levels in Portal 2. They would be so much fun to walk around with!
What advice would you offer to those who are aspiring Cosplayers?
Definitely make sure you are doing cosplay for yourself. Make sure it’s making you happy, because that is what really matters! Sometimes people will look down on you and sometimes cosplay gets difficult, but as long as you’re having fun, you’ll be okay.
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