anibee Cosplayer Focus: Peggy!
From dashing male lead to cutesy female mascot, demure songstress to hot blooded hero, the very essence of cosplay is the chance to completely metamorphosis into something that you're not. Today's interviewee is a cosplayer that perfectly captures this very essence of a cosplayer! Dynamic and versatile, it's Peggy!
Everyone gets asked this question first: How long have you been cosplaying, and how did you first get into cosplay?
I was first introduced to the hobby by my sister. By December, I would have been in this hobby for 12 years now!
What do you like most about cosplay? What about it would you change (if you could)?
Wow, quite a tough question! I definitely love the sense of accomplishment and joy after tons of hard work! Meeting old and new friends of the same interest are also the best moments in cosplay! I've been really lucky that most of the people I've met in the hobby have been really friendly too.
As for what I'd like to change, it would be nice if more people would take this hobby seriously (but not excessively!) and also with more respect. I've seen people who either don't give cosplay the respect that any art form like it should get, or who just disregard it completely without first learning about just how beneficial it can be, which I find really sad.
You've done a wide variety of characters, of both genders too! Was this a coincidence, or a deliberate decision?
I always have this dilemma of picking "a character that I really love" or " a character that I could pull off well" and somehow I end up picking a character that fulfills both these desires. So it's neither a coincidence nor deliberate - I just do what I feel is right for me! However, there's a need to research and practice in order to achieve this. I can't say every cosplay of mine is perfect, but I believe in trying. This thought, for the past 11 years, hasn't changed much!
What is the 'perfect cosplay' to you?
I'll probably say this in terms of a cosplay photo shoot. Being able to convey the right message and emotion that you want to express would be perfect! But of course to do that, it's not just your cosplay itself (costume, makeup, pose etc) but also help from your photographer/videographer/assistants is important to make the whole production work. Good communication and agreeing on the same idea helps a lot in the whole scheme of things.
It can be frustrating for new cosplayers to be able to pull off a particular look properly, especially of a character they might lack natural features for (e.g. for a girl to do a male character). What advice do you have?
You can do research on others, but make sure you do your own interpretation that suits you the best! You may be a little stressful or feeling insecure at the start but keep practicing and you'll be absolutely stunning in no time~!
Photoshoots, events AND competitions such as 2011's AFA Regional Cosplay Championship - you've done quite a lot in cosplay! Is there something you've not done before that you'd like to try out one day?
I've always wanted to do a mini cosplay talkshow where people could share their experiences, whether amazing, hilarious or otherwise, that they've had at the various conventions/photoshoots/events they've been to while cosplaying. I personally have a lot and I think everyone does too! Cosplay is not always about the end product - it’s also about having fun during the process of it too!
Being daring enough to go out of one's comfort zone to try new things, while still keeping your feet grounded on your own sense of self identity - Peggy's definitely got that down!
Check out more of Peggy's awesome cosplays at http://wildmushrooms.deviantart.com