The Ministers of Good Taste like to reach out and conduct interviews with fellow cosplayers around the world to see what’s going on. If you would like to be part of CosTalk, or know someone who would – please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week we are fortunate enough to be able to interview fellow cosplayer Olivia Kurth!
- What got you into cosplay? Is it something you’ve always done?
I’ve loved dressing up for as long as I can remember – there are more childhood photos of me in dress-up clothes than regular ones! Once I got into anime it sort of progressed naturally. As soon as I learned there was such a thing as cosplay I wanted to be a part of it. My dream certainly came true!
- You’re pretty young to the cosplay scene, where do you hope it takes you?
I can’t really say I have any goals. For me, cosplaying has always been about having fun, and a way of showing appreciation for series and characters I enjoy. If people enjoy what I do then I consider that an added bonus!
- What was your very first cosplay: character/event/story?
My first cosplay is sort of two in one, you could say – I was going to be Takara Miyuki from Lucky Star at my very first con, Anime North 2010, but I was an idiot and never even tried putting a wig on until the morning of the con, and after messing with it I gave up, made a different tie, and went with my normal hair as Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket. (Let’s just say it was about as good as you’d expect a 14-year-old’s very first cosplay to be – that is, I’m glad no pictures exist.)
- Can you share how your costume(s) came about? Any good shopping tips?
I’d say I’m about 50/50 with what I make and what I buy – usually if I want a more complex costume I’ll order it online, but if I think I can make it myself I’ll go to the fabric store or see what can be found at the thrift store. I don’t know about good shopping trip stories, other than the time I went in the fabric store alone and the cashier asked me if I was looking for my mom (I’m an adult, I swear!)
- What inspires you to dress up?
I’ll always have a soft spot for magical girls and frilly dresses. I’m a sucker for good character design, so often it’ll be seeing the characters online and wanting to cosplay them that’ll get me into a series! I’ll also occasionally cosplay characters that I really love, just to show appreciation for them.
- Tell us your best stories about a person or group of people you’ve met while at an event? What is the Cosplay culture where you’re from?
Although I’ve been cosplaying for about 4 ½ years I’ve only been part of the social scene at cons for maybe a year and a half, so I haven’t had the opportunity to get as good of a feel for the local scene as I’d like to. I’d say my best memory at a con would be my first Anime North, when a very kind Bleach cosplayer helped me find the lines and even waited with my sister for over an hour so she could get her ticket. That memory definitely cemented my view of cons as lovely and welcoming places, and I’m looking forward to meeting even more people there.
- When you aren’t Cosplaying what’s your style of choice?
I love dressing in Lolita and Fairy Kei style, or at least adding bits and pieces to everyday outfits. Basically anything pink and sparkly – I just don’t feel like myself if I’m not covered in glitter!
- Outside of cosplay what are your hobbies and/or interests?
I love acting and theatre, I’m often involved in projects for some friends of mine who go to Sheridan, the arts college up here in the land of hockey and maple syrup. Other than that I’m a huge bookworm and history lover, I’m always watching documentaries on whatever I can find. In my spare time I put in some hours volunteering at the animal shelter! Gotta love playing with kittens all day.
- What are some upcoming events or projects you are a part of/or looking forward to?
I’m planning on going to FrostCon and DTAC, some smaller conventions this winter. Right now I’m working on Ellen from Witch’s House and Poison from Street Fighter!
- If your nerd dream came true: what are you starring in, and who are you starring with? Actor/actresses/writer/directors?
Olivia: Oh man, it’s probably embarrassing how much I’ve actually thought about this. I’d love to play either Heather Mason or Angela Orosco in a (not terrible) Silent Hill movie, or maybe even Grell in a Black Butler movie. Feel free to judge me all you want.
- Tells us about what you want your followers to know about you: what are your passions in life? Any advice for our readers and your followers?
My passions in life are reading and art – I’m into cosplay for the art of it, and because I love dressing up, which personally I think is the best for a cosplayer to be. For advice: don’t focus on popularity or who’s better than whom. No one likes people who get all snotty about it, focus on making friends and having fun – it’ll create much better memories in the long run! Talk to people and be a nice person, cosplay for the love of cosplaying. In the end, we’re all just nerds in costumes.
You can see more of Olivia on Facebook, from the land of hockey and maple syrup.
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