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How many years have you been cosplaying?
I have been cosplaying since 2010, when I went to J-Popcon; my first convention ever.
How were you introduced to cosplay?
I was not really aware of the term “cosplay” before I put on my friend´s Akatsuki coat, as I was told I could easily make a quick Itachi out of that and so I did. But In 2011 I made my own cosplay for the first time and have done so ever since.
What is your greatest achievement as a cosplayer?
I am not entirely sure. I have won a couple of competitions, but I do not consider it as the greatest achievement I have done as a cosplayer. In all honesty, I hope my greatest achievement is that I’ve challenged myself on points I would never have, was it not for cosplay, and the friends I have gotten, who are all fond of cosplay as well. Sure, getting acknowledgement for your cosplay by winning is great, as you wouldn’t compete if you didn’t want to win just a tiny bit.
In your opinion, what is the greatest thing about cosplay?
I believe the greatest thing must be to get challenges, to be able to become the character you hold so dear in your heart. Trying to feel like them when you wear the same clothes as them and look like them. And being able to do this with your dear friends is most certainly what I believe to be something everyone should enjoy and experience. It is wonderful!
Which of your costumes is your favourite?
This is a very hard question, as I am so uncertain with myself and my own opinions and so on. It might be my Radagast the Brown cosplay from The Hobbit, which I first wore at the Nordic Cosplay Championship in 2015.
Do you have a dream costume?
Yes, and I have in fact made it. It was the Old man Altaïr ibn La-ahad cosplay from Assassin’s Creed Revelations I wore at Genki’s Craftmanship Competition in 2014.
But if I have to choose something new, I think it might be Midna from Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, as I adore her “human” form, but I have not intended to start making her as I do not feel confident enough.
It could also be to remake my Altaïr cosplay or to make all the different Link versions from Legend of Zelda, or at least most of them. So far I have got 4 out of God knows how many.
What is your favourite convention memory?
That is another difficult question. In a way it might be the time I won Genki’s Craftmanship Competition in 2014. I had never made a cosplay as big as the one I wore, nor had I ever been in a competition before. I was very lucky to even get a spot.
But I would also really love to mention the first time I went on stage with my cosplay partner in crime, MeanKitteh Cosplay, at the very last SVScon in 2015; so stressful, but still oh so fun.
And of course at Närcon 2016 when I was the Danish judge for the NCC. I loved it so much, being able to see so many incredibly talented cosplayers showing off their cosplay, seeing all the details, and listening to everything they have done to make their cosplay come to life. I would love to sit at the judges table again to get that experience once more!
And a last mention of last Genki and J-Popcon in 2016, when we settled backstage together with all the fantastic cosplayers. I have never been so amazed yet scared of being together with so many who really enjoy cosplaying and giving a good show. It was amazing and I definitely would love to do that again!
What are you looking forward to when coming to Genki?
I am definitely looking forward to be a judge again; seeing cosplays up close is something I truly enjoy. But I also very much look forward to seeing how the convention has improved; what events will take place and the many, many awesome cosplayers present!
I kind of look forward to making a panel, which is something I have never done before, so it makes me a bit anxious, but I am excited too!
Any final words to our guests?
Stay happy, enjoy the convention, the shows, do not panic if something on your cosplay breaks a little bit, as I am sure many people would love to help you out. And of course, remember to eat and drink and sleep!