Interview with Fazgardian

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JM: Let’s start off with something easy, What got you into cosplay? And how long have you been doing it?

FG: I’ve always liked dressing up for Halloween, and a few years ago started making my own costumes out of clothing from Value Village and Goodwill. I really loved the show “Arrow”, and wanted to put together an accurate Green Arrow suit, and the rest is history.

JM: How many different cosplays do you have?

FG: 5. I’ve got Thor Infinity War/Endgame, Green Arrow, Thor Ragnarok, Jon Snow, and one that I haven’t worn yet!

JM: Why did you start to cosplay, What does Cosplay mean to you and What has kept you doing it for so long? Is cosplay a hobby you could see yourself continuing to do  in 10 years from now?

FG: Cosplay is a way to connect with people who love the things you do. It’s a crafting hobby to make some really cool things with your hands. I’ve met a lot of great people from this community, and been very fortunate to get to do some cool things. I definitely see myself doing it for a long time.

JM: Do you have a dream cosplay or bucket list of cosplays?

FG: I would love to do an Iron Man suit with all of the bells and whistles. 

JM: What is your fav cosplay to date or cosplay genre and why?

FG: I love superheroes, so it’s gotta be the superhero genre for me. You get the chance to dress up as your heroes, and brighten children’s days. What could be better?

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JM: What is the biggest challenge you have faced as a cosplayer or even as a male cosplayer in a mainly female predominant industry?

F: Time management. If you think something will take 2 hours, it’ll probably take 6, and you need to budget for that. 

JM: Do you have any advice or words of encouragement, you would give to someone who is just starting out or thinking about cosplaying?

F: Read how-to’s online, ask people for advice, and have fun! The community is very active and eager to help people as they begin with the hobby. 

JM: What accomplishment or project(costume) are you most proud of and why?

FG: I am most proud of my Thor: Infinity War Cosplay. I built most of it myself (with help from some great friends). It’s won a costume competition, and I got the chance to wear it when meeting Chris Hemsworth himself this year. He complimented my suit and loved my Stormbreaker, which is a dream come true.

JM: What is your favorite con and what con is your dream con that you hope to one day attend if you haven’t already?

FG: My favorite con is probably whatever the upcoming ACE Comicon is. They bring A list stars in and give fans a chance to meet them. I would like to go to San Diego Comicon someday. 

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JM: Who are you favorite cosplayers, Or cosplayers that have been an inspiration to you and why?

FG: I couldn’t have made my Thor build even close to as well as I did without @joelandprops_cosplay and @torontostarlord. As for other inspiration, @silhouettecosplay and @thorofoz are phenomenal! 

JM: Do you have any Cosplay pet peeves, If so what are they and why do they get under your skin?

FG: I don’t like when big Instagram accounts follow you, and then unfollow you once you follow them back. I follow people because I like their work, and don’t expect a follow-for-follow sort of relationship. 

JM: How do you decide or choose a character, what is your process on starting a cosplay to finishing?

FG: I pick characters that interest me or are my favorites (like Thor or Green Arrow). My process would be research, sketch out templates, and then build!

JM: What are your thoughts on paid and unpaid photo shoots? Do you prefer on location shoots or in a controlled studio?

FG: I think there is a place for both paid and unpaid shoots. I really love location shoots, as they don’t need much editing to make some fantastic photos.

JM: There’s so much drama that surrounds the community. What are your thoughts, do you think it’s always been that way or is there more drama now with geek culture becoming so mainstream?

FG: I think drama will always increase when there’s more people in the community, but I think the good far outweighs the bad — I’ve met many more great people through this hobby than bad.

JM: So what is next for you? Tell me your secrets.

FG: I’ll go to some more conventions, do more photo shoots, have more edits, and hopefully get some videos done! As for actual cosplays, those will stay my secret for now.

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