I can't begin to tell you guys how excited I am to bring you this interview. It is with none other than the amazing Anti Ai-chan! She is one of my favorite cosplayers not only because of how many different kinds of characters she portrays, but she is an absolute riot! Her posts on Facebook as well as Instagram are hilarious! A down to earth girl with mad crafting and sewing skills. Did I mention that she makes the best Levi from Attack on Titan? Hang with me until the end of the interview and you'll see! Okay lets go!
EV: Starting off would you like to tell my readers a little bit about yourself?
AAIC: Hi! I’m Steff, but the people of the Internet probably know me as Anti Ai-chan. I’m in my mid-twenties and don’t actually care for long walks on the beach. Seriously, that sand will be with you for weeks in places you don’t expect! I have a mop dog named Pickles. I stand at a whopping 62 inches and depending on who you talk to, I am actually a Vulcan.
AAIC: I've been cosplaying since 2003, which will put me at the 11-year mark in July.
EV: How did you get interested in Cosplay?
AAIC: I've always enjoyed dressing up from Halloween to school spirit days; dressing up was just always something I had fun with. When I discovered cosplay through the knowledgeable website, Wikipedia, I knew I just had to try it out at my first con, Anime Expo 03. After that, I realized the costuming world was the place for me and never went back!
|Super Vanellope from Wreck It Ralph|
EV: Did you ever think this would become such a large part of your life?
AAIC: No way! I mean, I went in thinking that I’d have some fun and meet some new people and in general, just have a good time. I never thought I’d still be going strong 11 years later. I never thought I’d meet creators of comics through the craft. I never thought I’d be close friends with some of the cosplayers I looked up to. I never even thought I’d properly make a costume well since my first ones were so bad!
I mean, there are some cosplayers I know who make their living on costuming now; and while I’m not even close to something like that, not a day goes by where I don’t do something even related to cosplay. It’s crazy how much it has just enveloped me.
AAIC: It probably depends on what I’m making. I love having giant props but, man, can they be a huge pain in the ass! On the other hand, sometimes it’s the smallest thing on a sewing project that I keep needing to redo. It just depends. I often times like to go back and forth between the two so I don’t get burnt out. I’d love to be able to work with more tools though. For example, molding and sculpting are so fascinating but it’s something I've never been able to personally try. One day!
EV: Generally, how long does it take you to create a costume from start to finish?
AAIC: Gosh, it really depends. I've whipped up a costume in a day and some have taken me weeks. Due to the wonders of procrastination, I have also taken a year and a half to bring one costume to life; so really, it just depends on the project and your personal deadlines.
EV: Out of the many characters you've been, do you have a favorite?
AAIC: Cliche as it sounds, each costume has brought me a unique experience and I really enjoy them all in different aspects. For the sake of giving a proper answer, Vanellope will always be near and dear to my heart because we are very similar physically and personality-wise. In fact, people often ask if I’m manipulating my voice or am acting to be more like her! Haha! No, that’s just me and I love that kids will often think I’m the real thing.
AAIC: Cosplay is about having fun- nor more, no less. It’s not about the masquerade contests, who’s costume is more accurate, who did the better sewing job, etc. Cosplay is showing your love for a character or series. Can’t sew? Buy the costume! Don’t have the correct skin color? Doesn’t matter! Not the right gender? Who cares! Have fun and meet new people who share your love for that character or series; don’t bother with those who are too concerned about “perfection.” Do your thing and be you!
EV: Do you travel to conventions? If so, do you compete in costume contests?
AAIC: I usually don’t, simply because of the money involved. I would love to travel across the country or even go to SoCal more for conventions but personal bills come first. Even though I enjoy dressing up as a fictional character, I’m still an adult and need to know where my priorities lie.
AAIC: I really enjoy challenging myself with some of the costumes and props. I personally think I've come a long way from when I first started but with every costume I complete, I learn something new. It’s nice to look back and say “I’m made that” and be proud of something I put so much time and effort in; but at the end of the day, I’m always looking for ways to improve myself.
Concluding this interview, I leave you with two awesome photos. Hands down my favorite Levi cosplay (Attack on Titan).
|Levi again, because...LEVI!|
|Levi from Attack on Titan|
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