Interview with Calypsen Cosplay
Calypsen Cosplay is a cosplay artist from Poland he has won awards for her Diana from League of Legends and of the Lich King from World of Warcraft costumes. She has travelled over the world and has made a name for herself in the cosplay community, so we decided to ask her a few questions about how her journey has been.
How did you get into cosplay?
Over 4 years ago I was playing a lot of League of Legends, I used to watch some LoL Championship and then I noticed people dressed as my favourite characters so I decided to make a costume on my own.
What do you love most about cosplaying?
I think the best are people who I meet at the convention. Sometimes excited kids, sometimes adults seeing their favourite character. I love seeing the happiness on their faces.
What is the Russian Cosplay Community like compared the community in Europe?
I’ve been in Russia just once but I love Russian cosplayers, they have good attention to details in costumes, they have amazing cosplay photographers and they are so easy-going. I really want to visit Russia once again.
What is your favourite Genre to cosplay from?
Science Fiction and Fantasy costumes are my favourites, big armours, sometimes a bit terrifying with massive weapons are something I am the most interested in. But I also like some Comic characters and more…
Have you ever experienced any difficulty while being a cosplay guest in another country?
Usually, I don’t have any difficult situations but I think it’s important to learn a bit the culture of the country we are going to. It’s important to avoid some faux-pas.
Being a cosplay guest across Europe is a great experience but do you get to experience some of the cultures while being in the countries you have guessed at? Of course! This is also one of my favourite things, I love travelling, trying traditional food in certain countries and learning how people live in this country. Every little knowledge is important for me.
Have you ever considered Ireland before becoming a guest a Kaizoku Con?
Actually yes my favourite beer comes from Ireland (Guinness) so I wanted to try it there. I also planned sightseeing, in new Star Wars there was an island where Luke tried to teach Rey and I found that this island really exists, it’s on South of Ireland.
Have you ever injured yourself while making a cosplay?
I think it happens to every cosplayer. It’s really important to protect your eyes with glasses and to wear gloves while sanding or using a cutter, but few times I forgot to wear them so this is how I cut my fingers. Also heat guns can be dangerous so I am just trying to take care.
Is worbla high effective in making a cosplay or is there better material that you have used?
I will definitely say that worbla is not the best material. Different parts of the costume need different materials. It all depends how a person likes to work and how much budget they have. I think EVA foam is the most universal material. But Worbla is good for little-detailed parts that should be durable.
Since you became a cosplayer do you feel your life has changed; and if so how??
It has changed a lot. First of all, I became more open to people. I feel like I am not as shy as I used to be. I love meeting them and spending time. Cosplay made me more social. Cosplay also made me busier. It’s not like I don’t know how to spend my time. There is always some work to do, there are always some emails to reply, there is always a convention coming and I need to prepare, make panels, new costumes… Thanks to cosplay I made many wonderful friends I visited many places and also over one year ago I met my boyfriend so it’s something really precious. He is a cosplayer as well (NightCold Creations) so we can continue our passion together and we learn many new techniques.