Name: Zana Zur
Location: Miami, FL
Photographer(s): Chasis Photos, Templar Digital, FD Sedano Arts
What was your first Cosplay experience?
MegaCon 2007! I was a wee preteen, and hadn’t really understood the magnitude of cosplay yet.
How long have you been Cosplaying?
Technically, 8 years. Though I’ve been cosplaying for about 2 years now without my mother’s help, haha!
Who or what inspired you to take up Cosplaying?
Amazing local cosplayers who go all out and really dedicated themselves to the character. Cosplayers who act in character always get bonus points!
If you had to pick a favorite Cosplay you have worn, or have seen someone else wear, what would it be?
One that I have worn would be Starfire, because it’s so much fun to take yourself out of your comfort zone and act like a foreign and confused alien girl! It makes the orange body paint worth it, haha!
A favorite cosplay I have seen someone else wear would be every costume from League of Legends. They’re all masterpieces. Holy moly, bros.
If you had unlimited funds and resources, what Cosplay would you create?
THIS. THIS IS THE DREAM. Haha – I’d finish up a ton of things I have half done, like Morrigan from Darkstalkers (which I am saving for Halloween), and probably begin some more ambitious projects like High Command Katarina from League of Legends and Impa from Hyrule Warriors.
What advice would you offer to those who are aspiring Cosplayers?
For some reason, a lot of people who cosplay tend to be low on self-confidence. This ends up greatly affecting their choices in cosplay, and whether or not they cosplay at all. My advice to them would be: who cares what strangers think? Never forget why you want to cosplay: because you love a character, and want to have fun. That’s noble enough. ☺
Also, don’t give up when a project gets too hard, you’ll be proud when you find a way to make it work. Best of luck to everyone!
To learn more about Zana Zur, feel free to follow her on Twitter: @zanazur and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zanacosplay
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