Sky’s Aerith cosplay strikes a chord with many gamers, and certainly one that grabbed my attention. In addition the inclusion of a “Spoiler Alert” placard was a stroke of genius! I promise though never to play her at Mario Kart, not that I’m a bad loser, I just don’t like not winning 🙂
Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Hello! I’m Sky, a cosplayer based out of New York, formally from Atlanta. I’m fairly new to cosplay itself; I just started in 2015. I work, and live in Digital Marketing and Social Media. Besides that, I eat a lot of sriracha, pet a lot of cats, and destroy people in Mario Kart.
What or who inspired you to Cosplay?
After getting out college, I was lacking a fulfilling hobby and my group of friends had moved away. While browsing tumblr and Instagram in the wee hours of the morning, I was really inspired by the beautiful cosplays I would see. It seemed like the perfect past time for me, I could try and make new friends by going to conventions, and celebrate and represent my favourite things like video games.
Are there specific types of character that you particularly gravitate towards and why?
I wouldn’t say there’s a specific type of character I prefer; I honestly just cosplay from things I am interested in- anime series, video games, etc.
What for you have been the most challenging characters that you’ve cosplayed as, and which have been the most enjoyable?
The answer to both is Aerith from Final Fantasy 7. I had a friend (shout-out to Mitchell) suggest that I cosplay as Aerith with Sephiroth’s sword through my stomach. I thought the idea was absolutely HILARIOUS because it was such a memorable and frustrating part of my childhood… since I had levelled her up quite a bit only for her to die- Thanks Square! The challenge was the sword… because I thought it would be a great idea to cut the sword in half, and duct-tape it to my stomach and shoulders. This was not a great idea. However, the reactions I received while I was wearing that costume were priceless.
Could you take us through a little on how you made your outfits?
Hot glue, lots and lots of hot glue. But, I prefer to look at a new project in pieces. Sometimes, when you look at the whole picture it seems like it’s too much to do or handle. By segmenting and working on a single piece, it makes the project seem a lot less overwhelming. I take it one step at a time, and I don’t move on to the next piece until what I am currently working on is finished.
Which Conventions have been the most enjoyable for you to attend and why?
DragonCon in Atlanta, hands down. No matter the time, there are always people out and about- even at 5am. There’s always something to do, or someone to hang out with, and usually at some point a band comes in to the hotel and plays several iconic theme songs. Plus, the dealers room is huge, there’s a wide variety of panels, and the guest list can’t be beat. All around, it’s a fantastic convention.
Have there been any memorable reactions to your costumes, and if so, what were they?
You could say that a lot of people were upset by my Aerith costume. It’s an iconic moment in video game history, and one most people felt something about. I remember someone at Anime Weekend Atlanta dropping to the floor and screaming, “NOOOOO!”
A question about photographers. Obviously cosplayers are a dream come true for photographers, great outfits and poses, does it ever get a bit tiring having to pose endlessly for them, and how do you prefer to be approached by a photographer?
It’s only tiring because I need to get into better shape which is no fault of the photographer. Sometimes, I’ll be asked to hold a pose that wears my arms or legs out, but I don’t find this bothersome at all. If anything, it’s motivation for me to become stronger and probably work on my yoga and flexibility. As for how I prefer to be approached? Just ask! If I have the time to do it, I don’t mind requests at all.
What impact has cosplaying had on your life?
It’s given me a community. I’m naturally a quiet person with singular hobbies like playing video games, and after high school and college, I really didn’t have a ‘home’ or group of people that I felt I belonged to. Going to conventions not only put me around like-minded people, but also brought me out of my comfort zone in a way that allowed me to build bonds with others and not be so quiet. Beyond that, it gave me confidence. I think I cosplay sometimes because I find the characters I portray more interesting than plain old me. It’s easier to be a character than it is be ‘me’ sometimes. But, every day that I cosplay and say hello to someone new, or say thank you when someone asks to take a picture- I start to believe that maybe ‘me’ is more interesting than I give credit to.
Do you have any advice for anybody thinking of cosplaying?
The most important thing to remember is that cosplay is for anyone and everyone, and don’t let other people tell you otherwise. Also, don’t feel overwhelmed or like you can’t do it. We are all beginners at one point. All of us have gone through a project not turning out how we expected to and felt that frustration. Don’t get discouraged- just take it bit by bit- it’s all about pushing your limits and growing. And don’t do what I do- try to avoid that last minute con crunch!