Jacqueline Goehner is an Actress, Costume Designer, Cosplayer, FX MUA, Prop Maker and wait for it, Nerd. In the 1980’s that might have been viewed as a bad thing, but now thankfully, times have changed. Jacqueline’s costumes are jaw dropping be it as Witchblade, Red Sonja or Midna. She was also very kind to take time out to answer our questions too! Read on J
You’re an actress, costume designer and cosplayer. Does this change your approach to designing costumes? (I ask for example as a lot of actors complain about hellish conditions / pain in some costumes, even passing out like Jeri Ryan on Voyager).
Not really. Depends on the production and/or if it’s a personal project. It’s good to have a background in acting so you can apply the character to designing the costume.
You’ve mentioned you’re working on an Angelus costume complete with animatronic wings, how is work going on that? Are wings the most challenging parts of cosplay to do?
Actually, I’ve put the Angelus on hold for a while. Right now, I’m working on Samus, which is different, but still somewhat challenging. Angelus is a bit more advanced than Samus, but my favorite bounty hunter will be a great practice until I fully tackle her.
What for you have been the most challenging characters that you’ve cosplayed as, and which have been the most enjoyable?
I would say Samus is my most challenging yet. My enjoyable was probably Witchblade.
On a personal note I’d love to see you do an Eldar! –
Haha! Cool 🙂
For the most part the cosplay community are fairly respectful, but have there been times when someone oversteps the mark? (as an example I was at a car show, a chap posed next to one of the car show models, and then grabbed her breasts, utterly shocking behaviour).
Oh yes, usually not with other cosplayers but with attendees who don’t respect women. It’s sad that in modern times like these, we still have to deal with PUBLIC sexual assault and then have to defend ourselves online by telling people who call us sluts/whores/skanks for wearing our costumes that the terrible experience we’ve endured should never be tolerated even if we’re naked.
If someone is harassed at convention what would your advice be?
Call them out on it. Pervs and creeps will deny it 110% percent, they will act innocent and even make YOU look like the crazy one. You’re not. If you know for certain it was them, stand your ground, speak up, don’t let them get away because they WILL do it again. Also, having a handler helps big time with this; not only are they carrying your belongings and making sure you’re safe, they also serve as a witness if something happens.
You’ve got a terrific fan base, what has their support meant to you? Has it surprised you at any point?
Thank you! My fans are so amazing, I love them! They’ve been super supportive of my cosplays and of my life really. I couldn’t ask for kinder people!
What has been the most memorable reaction you’ve had to one of your cosplays so far?
When two of the creators of the character I did loved my cosplay. You can never ever forget that!
A number of people suffer from fake profiles being setup to impersonate them for whatever reason, do you think social media reacts quickly enough to take those down or do you think they don’t take the problem seriously enough? Should it be the responsibility of social media such as Facebook to police this growing problem?
It’s kind of the reason why the blue badge exists, but it’s a catch 22 because you can’t get it no matter what you do. But yes, FB should be more vigilant on imposters!
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 important not to wear yourself out in cosplay. It’ll really reflect in your photos if you’re not enjoying yourself. With photographers, I prefer to approached respectfully. Asking for a photo is always appreciated, but demanding I do 100 poses in the middle of a convention and people are shooting me paparazzi style, it’s a bit rude to the other photographers. If there’s a pose or something you’d like to collaborate on, just ask!
What impact has cosplaying had on your life?
Cosplay has brought me out of my shell and taught me not to be afraid of what I love doing and who I am. Remember, I started back when you would NEVER admit you were cosplayer because people thought you were weird! Cosplaying a character is a freedom of expression and creativity too, so as an artist I feel more fulfilled.
Do you have any advice for anybody thinking of cosplaying?
When you cosplay, do it because you love it. It’ll be the driving force you’ll need when you approach those hurdles in making a costume or prop. The only thing that can stop you is you and we tend to fall into negative mind sets and difficult trends, but with love as your passionate feed, it’ll make things much easier for you.
Cosplay is not consent – https://en-gb.facebook.com/CosplayIsNotConsent/
Red Sonja – John Kim @candidjohnkim
Midna – Albert Ng @eurobeat_kasumi_ebk