Interview with a Cosplayer: Tips and Tricks for a successful Interview


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If you have ever interviewed a person before you know it’s nerve racking. You have to be constantly on your toes and respond to what the person you are interviewing says. You don’t want to offend them in anyway. Interviewing Cosplayers can be even more difficult. The interview can go so many ways that questions get left unanswered and it can turn into a mess. So to help those in need, Here are a few tips on interviewing cosplayers for a successful interview and a happy cosplayer.
Before interviewing the Cosplayers always ask a few questions to get to know them. You want to get a feel for what they are going to say so you can be more prepared. This also helps you avoid asking questions on subjects they do not wish to discuss. For example, If the cosplayer did not make their costume you dont want to ask them how they made it and possibly embarrass them. Some Cosplayers get sensitive on the subject. Then again if they have a very intricate cosplay you don’t want them to go on for 10 minutes explaining every detail. So ask about a certain piece or just the materials made.

Always brief the cosplayer what you will be asking them. You don’t want to put someone on the spot and make them uncomfortable. If you will be asking the cosplayer to say a line in character or to do a pose; let them know that ahead of time so they can think over what to do. Always ask what they are comfortable with doing or discussing. Crossing the line can turn an interview down the drain fast.
Convention interviews can get hectic. Everyone is on the go and probably won’t notice you are in the middle of interviewing someone. Try to find a corner where there is little people around to bother you or to disrupt noise. If you can’t find that then have a friend around to guard around the interview. Having someone walk through the shot or a person asking for the cosplayers picture can be disastrous. A guard will make sure your interview goes as smooth as possible.

The point is to make the cosplayer happy and comfortable. If you make sure the cosplayer is happy then they will give you a lot more energy. Here are some example Questions for you to ask for a successful interview. (Sectioned by category)

Costume: With each of these questions add a good comment before asking to show you are interested in and like their costume.

  • How did you make/where did you buy your costume?
  • How much time was spent making your costume costume?
  • What Material did you use for your costume?
  • What part of your costume was hardest to make?
  • How comfortable are you in your costume?
  • What site did you get your costume from?
  • Do you recommend that site to others looking to buy cosplays?

Series/Character: It is a lot better to discuss this if you are familiar with the series as well. If not keep to the simple questions and move on with the interview.

  • What are you cosplaying and what is it from?
  • Why did you pick this cosplay?
  • Do you have a special connection to the character?
  • Tell us about the series/game/movie your character is from?
  • Would you recommend this series/game/movie to other people to enjoy?
  • Is there another character from this series/game/movie you would cosplay?
  • Can you Make the best impression of your character?
  • Will you show us a few moves/poses in character?

Convention: These will be either general questions to start or end the interview.

  • Where are you from?
  • How long did it take to get to this convention?
  • Are you enjoying this convention?
  • Is this your First time or have you been to this convention multiple times?
  • What panels or events do you plan going to?
  • Are you planning on buying anything anything at the exhibitors hall?
  • Are you having fun?

Now you should be ready to have an awesome, fun, and successful cosplay interview! Just follow the tips, use a few of the questions, and have fun! If you are having a good time the cosplayer will. That’s the Best thing about cosplay. We are all geeks together who want to have fun and be happy. Your Interview should reflect that happiness.

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Cosplay Tutorial Collection – Free Costume Given to Author Contributing the Most Practical Handwork Tips


Contests at proceed orderly. Theme for March is to gather some tutorials about cosplay. Once you are gifted in making a cosplay costume, prop, accessory, makeup etc, write down steps and share them with us. Your tutorial can be a Word document, picture, video and so on. Like before, there will be one contributor winning out finally, who will be sponsored with a costume in our store. Cosplay devotees, lift the spirit and strive for a gift for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day!


Yes, we accept tutorials in any form. Once you have an original tutorial about anything on cosplay, send it to with the title of “Cosplay Tutorial Contributing”. Aside from this, send us below information of yours:

Personal Blogs & Social Networks:
A Short Description about Your Tutorial:

If your tutorial refers to a Word document, just make sure the text has and will never be published anywhere else!

As some participants tended to contact us on Facebook before, we will gladly hear from you there. But just remember to tell us your email address too. In this case, we will more conveniently inform you about the latest situation of the contest anytime.

The contest will be launched at March 6, 2012 and end at March 26, 2012. We will announce the winner on April 10, 2012.

Any costume in our store can be picked out as a gift for you – the winner! We offer regular size and also custom-made service, making a costume that ideally fits your figure.

First, polls from Facebook and Google will be counted. Once receiving your contribution, we will publish it on our blog and send you the link to see it. There are two buttons above article for each participant, including one from Facebook and the other from Google Plus. People, who have a Facebook or Google account will be able to vote for you there, by liking the article on Facebook or sharing it on Google +. So, all audience will be the judge.

Second, the audience can also vote for you via commenting. Just remember, only the audience, rather than the author and any staff at, is allowed to make a comment. There will be 1 extra vote for each comment. For sure, nobody like to see something spammy. So, comments like “this is great”, “thanks”, “awesome” etc won’t be counted :(.

Last but not the least, the contest organizer acts as another judge. We will govern 100 votes and vote for each participant. Your work will be impartially estimated on five aspects: originality, creativity, feasibility, difficulty and writing style. Every 20 polls will be given to each aspect.

We will publish the work contributed by you within 1 working day. Once it’s posted, people can vote for you. However, to make the contest absolutely fair for each contestant, votes gotten within 2 weeks after the article is published will be only counted! As you know, not all participants join in the contest on the same day. Contestant taking part on the last minute won’t have sufficient time to be voted. To avoid this, we have set the deadline for the contest to be Mar. 26. But there will be still 2 weeks for you to ask votes for support even though you are informed of the contest on the ending date, since the winner will be announced on April 10. Good luck, everybody ;)!

  • Is There Any Way for Me to Get Extra Polls?

Rules have been renovated this time. But you are still suggested to post an article about the contest or directly the link for the article related to your tutorial work on any site you or your friends have, in order to let more people know this. Once they are attracted and click the Facebook or Google button on our blog to share your work, you are more likely to win out!

We gladly accept any advice from you. Also, contact us if any problem, via miccostume[@] :D.

Contest Scoreboard (Update Weekly)

Author Tutorial Social Scores
Scores from Host Total
Lisa girls’ cosplay make-up on eyes 586+15+0


Roxy Making Articuno Wings 423+12+14


Michelle Garcia How to Do Sasuke Make Up 142+29+1


Jing How to Make Rin Meltdown Guitar 46+11+12


Fuyumi Ranka Lee Tutorial 19+3+0


Axel Iroppoi Way to Dawn Tutorial 9+3+4


Anna CardCaptor Sakura “Star Wand Tutorial” 10+1+0


Chelsea Havoc Making of Raven (Teen Titans) Accessories 7+1+0

= 79

Jasmine Davis Wings for Flandre Scarlet 2+1+0


Ren How To Dye Feathers 2+1+0


Kitty Petro How to Make Gaara’s Gourd 2+1+0


Brigitt Sailor Scouts’ Glove Cuff Tutorial 1+1+0



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How to Make Adventure Time Fionna Cosplay Hat?

This cosplay tutorial is created by MichikoKojima – the American cosplay talent. She is a member from the cosplay group TFBB, who is interested in anime, manga, comedy, mystery, action, adventure, romance, fantasy novels, movie and TV shows. To see her favorite cosplay works such as Vocaloid Rin Kagamine cosplay, Princess Sakura cosplay and Glaceon cosplay, just pay a visit to her gallery directly. Now, let’s focus the tips on how to make Adventure Time Fionna cosplay hat.

Here is a list of materials that you will need. Some are optional.

  • White Fleece about half a yard
  • White Thread and a needle
  • Sewing machine (optional, I say optional only because you can hand sew the hat if you wish.)
  • Fabric scissors
  • masking tape or hot glue. (if you go for hot glue please be careful!)
  • Floral wire (optional, you can use any kind of wire that pleases you.)
  • Pins

How to Make Fionna Cosplay Hat

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How to Tie an Obi Bow?

Cosplay fans often think about how to make their costumes or deal with their hair. But except these, some small decorations also require your attention. For example, have you gotten an idea on how to tie a good-looking bowtie under the neck or around the waist? This is a cosplay tutorial, created by Sorachan89. If you desire to tie your large-sized or long sash to be a pretty obi bow, spend minutes here. To see more cosplay tutorials, click our cosplay tutorial category or pay a visit to Sorachan89’s DA site directly.

How to Tie an Obi Bow

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How to Make World of Warcraft Crystal Spire of Karabor?

Crystal Spire of Karabor is an epic one-handed mace for healers. It is a long-awaited weapon for lots of World of Warcraft cosplay lovers. Some people buy it. But some people are interested in making it by themselves. So, if planning to make it personally, how should you do?

1Step 1: Analyze. Take a detailed look at the design drawing and draw lines on some crucial parts to make sure the size and structure.

2Step 2: Cut the boards. After drawing down the shape and cut them off from the board.

3Step 3: Cut. Put the paperboard on EVA and cut the drawn shape off.

4Step 4: Bond. According to different angles, bond those EVA boards, from flat surfaces to stereo surfaces.

6Step 5: Combine. After all components have been bonded, combine them to form a whole.

8Step 6: Stick flowers on. When the subject has been finished, you should stick flowers on.

9Step 7: Finish.

10So, to make the Crystal Spire of Karabor is not so difficult, right? Honestly speaking, once you are interested, you will find easy to make any prop for cosplay.

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