Customer Spotlight: Sniperi
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Q: When did you start cosplaying, and what got you started?
A: I first started cosplaying around the end of 2012. I had always had a huge interest in anime and cosplaying, but never really thought I’d be able to do it for various reasons. But as my college graduation gift, my parents offered to buy me a ticket to a convention of my choosing, and I haven’t looked back since then!
Q: What is your favorite part of the costume-making process?
A: My favorite part of costume making…probably the moment it’s done! But really, I’d say my favorite part is seeing something I worked hard on come together, like putting the finishing touches on a wig or sewing all those weird fabric shapes into something recognizable that I can wear.
Q: Which costume are you most proud of?
A: At the moment, I think the costume I’m the most proud of is my Sailor Scout version of Hange from Attack on Titan! There were a lot of firsts for me in making it, and it definitely tested me more than anything else I’ve made.
Q: Do you have a favorite Arda Wig style and/or color?
A: My favorite Arda Wig style would probably be the Derek. I’ve got three of them now in various colors, and I’m styling one right now, actually! It’s super versatile, so it’s my go-to for most characters with really short hair. As for my favorite Arda color, it’s pretty much a tie between all of the greens and blues. So pretty!
Q: What advice do you have for new cosplayers getting into the hobby?
A: My advice for new cosplayers is pretty much to just do what you love. No one starts anything and is automatically the best out there, so you might as well just do what you can and improve along the way. My very first cosplay was just assembled from clothes I bought, and that’s fine. Some of my cosplays are partially made by me, some are entirely bought online, some are almost entirely made by me, and all that’s okay too. The best thing about cosplay is there’s no rules! Do weird stuff, do fun stuff, make alternate outfits and AU versions of a character you love. Conventions are the most accepting and fun places I’ve ever been to, and if the only thing stopping you from cosplaying is some kind of worry or insecurity, my advice would be to just jump in and go for it.
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