(Cosplay) Name: Enayla
Occupation: Costumer & Programmer
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How many years have you been cosplaying?
I've been cosplaying for a little over 11 years now.
What is cosplay to you and how did you get started?
I got started with cosplay when my parents brought me to a comic convention for our family vacation. I had always been a fan of games, movies, and other media, but it was spectacular to see my favorite characters walking around in real life. I taught myself basic sewing and tackled my first cosplay soon after! For me, cosplay is all about the community; it's a wonderfully close-knit group of people who are always willing to offer encouragement and guidance. Plus, it's a perfect way to meet others with the same interests: if you see someone at a convention cosplaying your favorite character, you automatically know you have something in common!
What is you most memorable cosplay experience?
I've had some amazing opportunities through cosplay, but my most memorable was being invited to visit the studio of one of my favorite games. I had made several cosplays based on it already and wore a new one I had just finished. All of the developers were so lovely and enthusiastic about my work, and I got to see what went on behind the scenes. Part of the reason I make costumes is to pay tribute to these games, so it was gratifying to receive the same enthusiasm back from the people who created them.
Have you been in Denmark/at J-Popcon before, and what are you looking forward to the most?
I've been to Denmark once before, and was absolutely blown away by the skill and craftsmanship displayed in the cosplays there. I'm excited to see even more inspiring work!