TeamSMC member Ryan Santos back with another cosplay interview featuring an up and coming cosplayer. Read all about Kise Cosplay from Australia and her cosplaying adventures below.
SMC: Why did you start cosplaying?
Kise: A couple of friends had gotten me into watching anime which I completely fell in love with and as a child I’d always love dressing up as my favourite superheroes and characters so it wasn’t too hard to introduce me to the world of cosplaying! The thought of dressing up as your favourite characters, like they do in Disney world and theme parks seemed so cool and magical so I was really excited to give it a try!
SMC: What was the first convention you attended in cosplay?
Kise: The first convention I went to was called mini animania I think back in 2014 (gosh it feels so long ago now!) I had gone as Alois Trancy which was back when I was crazy in love with Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) ~ There were quite a few cosplayers from that anime so it was super fun fangirling and taking photos with them all!
SMC: What has been your most memorable convention moment?
Kise: Aha there’s been so many!~ Definitely one super funny moment was when I did a photoshoot as Tifa with two of my friends as Aerith and Cloud from Final fantasy. Instead of following the games story line where Cloud romances Aerith or Tifa, my friend as Aerith and I took an adorably romantic photo of us together.. along with cloud looking on completely perplexed in the background, it was totally impromptu but super hilarious to shoot!
SMC: What is your favorite thing about cosplaying at a convention?
Kise: I definitely love the people that you get to meet and the friendships you make through going to conventions! I’ve made so many wonderful friends in the cosplay community. It’s the loveliest thing to have someone come up to you with a smile, saying you look great or asking for a photo and chatting about a series we both love. In my experience everyone’s just been so kind and cheerful, it brings me so much happiness meeting all these new and wonderful people!
SMC: Where can fans expect to see you next? (2017 Schedule?)
Kise: I’m planning on attending RTX, Supanova, SMASH and Comic Con. If you see me around do say hi! I’d love to meet you!
SMC: What cosplayers inspire you? I’m seriously not lying when I say I have too many to count!~ everyone inspires me!! I admire all the friends and people I’ve met for the dedication, talent, passion and love they’ve put into their costumes, armour and makeup! I think they’re all amazing! <3
But some of the cosplayers that have inspired me for their accuracy to the character, talent craftsmanship towards their props and costumes, among many other things, are Liui Aquino, Alodia Gosiengfiao, Amethyst Prince, Onyx Psybug, Shunsuke and Hotaru…just to name a few! This list could definitely go on for pages!
SMC: Which is your favorite cosplay you’ve created?
Kise: It would definitely be my Judal cosplay from Magi! It was a lot of fun to make and even more fun to wear!
SMC: What cosplay are you best known for?
Kise: Hmmm…I’m not too sure! Although the cosplay people have seen me in the most has been Krul Tepes from Owari no seraph; I love all the frills, lace and bows on that costume!
SMC: If money was no object what would be your dream cosplay creation?Kise: When I think of all the wonderful things to make the list goes on!~ characters with huge beautiful wings that have the mechanics to move, intricate props and armour, body paints, silk work, massive Disney ball gown costumes, materials to make beautiful sets and backdrops.. ahh I could dream about this for days! XD
But a long time dream costume would definitely be to wear one of those gorgeous silicone mermaid tails!~ unfortunately, just the materials alone are very, very expensive!
The mermaid Aquarius from Fairy Tail would be such a fun character to cosplay! I’ve always dreamed of doing underwater photoshoots.. and just mermaid photoshoots in general! Ahh, one day! ^^
SMC: Do you have any new cosplays currently in the works?
Kise: Sure do!~ A couple of costumes in various stages of completeness are Yang Long from RWBY, Harley Quinn’s Arkham Knight outfit and Kashu Kiyomitsu from Touken Ranbu!
SMC: What are your cosplay strengths? (Tailoring, fabric painting, worbla armor, in-character performance etc.)
Kise: I think a strength is that I have a lot of patience.. I’d keep unpicking my sewing stitches, start over again if things don’t look quite right, keep trying out different ways of making that prop as many times until I’m satisfied.
Painting is also something I love doing, I’ve done a lot of painting on artworks and props, I’m yet to bring that over to fabrics!
SMC: What’s one thing you wish you knew about cosplaying before you got started?
Kise: Cosplaying has brought so much happiness, confidence and wonderful friendships into my life, so to be honest, the one thing I wish I knew was to have known about cosplaying sooner!
SMC: Any advice for people interested in cosplaying for the first time?
Kise: Hmm.. I would say dress up as a character that you love and have fun with it! Don’t be afraid if you see someone you think looks amazing to go up to them and tell them so! Saying lovely things like that could definitely make a person’s day.. and you never know, you may just end up making a whole bunch of wonderful new friends too!
What do you do in the real world for a job?
Kise: At the moment I’m a university student studying exercise and health science so that takes up most of my time during the semester! But I’m also lucky enough to be working part time at a sunglass/eyewear company.
SMC: What is something your fans may not know about you? Other hobbies?Kise: Another hobby of mine is that I really love figure skating; I’ve been doing it for quite some time now and I really can’t get enough of it!~ it’s such a fun and beautiful sport!
SMC: What part of “geekdom” is you favorite avenue of entertainment (i.e. comics, movies, video games, anime, etc?).
Kise: It would definitely be the anime and manga side of things.. that’s where majority of the cosplays I have done have come from!
SMC: What Comic Books are you currently addicted to?
Kise: Nowadays I mainly read webcomics, but I used to love really love reading the avatar the last airbender comics and read a couple of the Marvel comics too!
SMC: Any favorite TV shows, movies or cartoons?
Kise: I pretty much love any movie that is fantasy based, and Disney films too! I used to love watching all those animated superhero cartoons like X men, Iron man, avengers and avatar the last airbender.
SMC: What is your gaming system of choice?
Kise: Mainly just pc and phone.. although I don’t often get the chance to play too often!
SMC: What are you currently playing / upcoming video game releases? Kise: None at the moment, I’ve been working on getting a few cosplay projects finished first! XD
- Alex Benedetto, Krul Tepes, Tifa Lockhardt photos taken by Cosplay prints
- Judal taken by Trung do photography
- Lara Croft and Scarlet witch taken by R.A photography
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