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CosTalk Interview Featuring: Jennifer Kairis
We are pleased to welcome the multi-talented actress/cosplayer/video gamer
MoGT: What does cosplay represent for you?
JK: For me it represents a chance to be creative, making the costumes and playing a character. It’s a chance to be someone different for a day. Which is why I’m also an actor, I love the chance to play a different character for a role. Cosplay I get a chance to do that, but I probably like cosplaying a little bit more because I get to choose who, and when I get to play these characters and not have to wait for someone to cast me for it.
MoGT: What are your favorite events to attend? Tell us any good stories…
JK: I love attending “smaller” cons. I feel some of the main stream ones there are just too many people. I love going around and looking at people’s costumes as well as all the local shop owners that specialize in nerdy, and geeky stuff.
MoGT: How did you get your start and who’s your biggest supporter?
JK: I got my start cosplaying when I was living in Japan. I remember seeing all of these teenagers and adults dressing up like these crazy anime characters. I thought it was the coolest thing because it wasn’t even Halloween. So after asking my friends about what they were doing, they explained cosplay to me. I was so intrigued, and well the rest is history. I was in love with the idea of cosplay. My biggest supporter is my best friend, and photographer Brad. After moving back to the states, cosplay wasn’t quite as common as it was in Japan, so I did stop for a while, he was the first person to tell me that he thought it was cool and made me feel comfortable again to start up. So I did, and now he’s the main photographer I go to for all my cosplay photoshoots.
JK: Not being able to figure something out sewing related. I’m trying to constantly evolve my cosplay. I started out just piecing my cosplay together from other items of clothing, but as I wanted my cosplay to grow, I know I needed to start sewing, so I had to teach myself. It’s not easy but it’s really rewarding being able to sew and make your own costume. I still get stuck from time to time though with some things that are still a bit advanced for me.
Also ,judgement of other cosplayers are a big pet peeve of mine. It doesn’t matter if someone is at the beginning stages of cosplay, or a more advanced cosplayer, or a different body type, or race. We do this because it’s fun and we admire and love the character we are portraying. That’s what cosplay should be about, not because someone looks better in the costume or not.
JK: I am currently working on Black Cat, and I’m hoping to have that finished soon. I currently have the mask, wig, and white fur. I’m still working on the rest. If you want to know what other projects I have coming up, you’ll just have to follow me to find out 😉
MoGT: What’s the cosplay culture like where you’re from, do you have friends that cosplay as well?
JK: Well having learned about cosplay in Japan, I felt cosplay was widely accepted and appreciated there. In Japan, yes I had friends that cosplayed with me. Currently in Los Angeles, I don’t have any friends that cosplay. Also, here in LA, when I tell people I cosplay, I still get funny looks or have to explain what it is. It’s not quite as mainstream here as it was in Japan, but I feel like it’s getting there. I know that there are quite a few cosplayers also out here in Los Angeles. I have met a few of them, and I hope I get a chance to meet and hang out with a more of them
MoGT: You’re a gamer, what are your thoughts on Gamer Gate?
JK: Yes, I love to game! I play all kinds of video games, both on console and online. I don’t have any thoughts on Gamer Gate though, I know that’s lame but I choose to keep myself out of drama and out of other people’s business. I like to play video games, that is it. If I find something offensive then I don’t play or partake in it. I don’t go to social media and throw up a big stink about something. If someone is being rude and offensive to me, I ignore it. I find that even just acknowledging them gives them what them what they want, so I ignore them. Best to just let it go.
MoGT: Do you have any favorite photographers you’ve worked with?
JK: Yes, photographer Brad Hills is the main photographer I go to for photos, but another photographer Maria Olech, of MTO Photography, I thought was really good. I’m always open to working with new photographers because each person has a different way of taking photos and I can get a versatile portfolio that way.
MoGT: You’re a Model and Actress as well, how are those careers coming along?
JK: It’s going great! I am starring in a feature film called ‘Excess Baggage’ coming out in January, as well as some behind the scenes work on that film, it’s my first time being an associate producer. A web series I’m in just came out and is gaining a moment and a huge fan base online called ‘Walking in Circles’ where a play an assassin. I do all my own stunt work in that series. I am also working on a few other projects that I can’t quite tell you about just yet.
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