Dessi-Desu shows us a vivid the Legend of Dragoon Meru cosplay days ago. We are lucky to get the chance to know more about this cosplay talent. Thanks so much, Dessi-Desu, for accepting the interview :D!
1. Since cosplay becomes more and more popular, how do you think about the good things and also bad things on this performance art?
I think the good and the bad goes hand in hand with this hobby. As the cosplay scene advances, we also gain a couple negative facets. For example, it is pretty wild to see how far documenting cosplay has come. Now, having cosplays documented in beautiful photos is highly accessible and we even have cosplay documented in videos. Unfortunately, with these artistic advancements, I see people becoming increasingly hard on cosplayers. It’s not unusual to see people refer to cosplayers as models and to see people critique someone’s facial expression or pose, rather than the actual costume. While being photogenic and having good skills in front of the camera may be a plus, people should remember that the costume is a major facet of cosplay. However, I do not wish to just highlight the negatives of this craft. Cosplay is also much more accessible for everyone, now. Seasoned cosplayers, who are kind enough to post tutorials online, make it much easier for beginners in their cosplay endeavors. Years ago, such tutorials did not exist, so people had to experiment a great deal to perfect costume making techniques.
2. Do you consider yourself a “cosplayer” year round, or only when participating in certain activities?
Haha, once I started cosplaying, it basically became a bit of a lifestyle for me, so I definitely consider myself a cosplayer year round. I’m constantly inspired by new character designs and series, I happen to come across. I also plan and begin work on my costumes months in advance, before a convention.
3. Going to a venue with many people to watch you in costume and simply taking a photograph, which one is more meaningful?
This is a hard question for me. The reactions and positive feedback I receive from fans in person is definitely very special to me. For example, Legend of Dragoon cosplay is very rare to see, so wearing Meru to a convention is always very rewarding for me because fans of the game do genuinely appreciate seeing a cosplayer from Legend of Dragoon. On the other hand, the photography aspect is also very important to me. It’s a documentation of my craft, which allows me to share my work online. I think I might have to go with photography because it allows for my costume to reach more people, who may also happen to be fans of the game or series I am cosplaying from.
4. Is the creation of the costume or characters more valuable than the actual acting or vice versa, or is it a mix? As well, how much of the do-it-yourself mentality is admired? If someone just bought their whole costume, are they still a true cosplayer?
I come from a very artistic background, so I do place a lot of emphasis on the craftsmanship of my costumes, rather than the acting aspect of cosplay. I’m always scouring the net for new techniques, so that I can continue to improve. I also don’t participate in masquerade because I am a bit on the shy side; however, I definitely still appreciate those, who are brave enough to bring their work to life in front of a large group of people. This is probably another reason why I enjoy the photography aspect of cosplay so much. It’s great for people, who may decide performances aren’t their strength. It’s much less intimidating to bring the character you’re cosplaying to life in front of one person, rather than a large group, while on stage. A major component of cosplay is an appreciation for a character or series, so I wouldn’t say someone wearing a bought costume isn’t cosplaying, but I would definitely say it’s important for people to still consider the option of making a costume, in order to preserve the crafting aspect of cosplay.
5. Do you have one piece of advice that you would give to cosplay virgins?
Please, be sure to not take this hobby so seriously that you cannot enjoy it or that people at conventions can’t enjoy being around you. It’s okay to be proud of what you do, but being humble and personable is much more attractive than arrogance. Remember to have fun!
6. Which contest theme do you mostly want to see at Miccostumes.com?
I think the seasonal contest themes are a wonderful idea. I noticed you had a Valentine’s Day theme, recently. Themes like that are nice because they are broad enough, so a lot more people can have the opportunity to participate.