Welcome back to Cosplay Spotlight! For this tenth edition we present to you Destiny Nickelsen Cosplay! As usual, our promise is to bring you some of the amazing work these cosplayers do, but also we will be focusing on the why’s and the how’s!
Super dork who costumes, plays games and reads comic books. Let’s be friends. – Destiny
Destiny Nickelsen – My pleasure! I’ve been doing pretty okay, thanks for asking. Just trying to plan for the new con season coming up this spring!
It’s hard for me to pick ONE particular favorite costume. I feel like whatever my newest costume is, that’s my favorite at the time. Because there’s a rush to feeling proud of the new costume, being able to be that character now, and seeing the response it gets. So all my costumes hold a special place in my heart, but I think I have momentary favorites with all of them.
DN – Excellent question! Personally, I’m a perfectionist, and I think everyone is to some extent. Wanting to have or be the best is a huge motivator. And I don’t mean that in a conceited way, as if I think I am, by any means, “the best”. I just think seeing other amazing costumers and wanting to be on that level is a big driver. It’s inspiring. From an artistic point of view, I love the chalenge of trying to take a 2D cartoon, or a video game character, and bring it to life. I love working out how to make it translate to real life and be something wearable. Then the finished project in itself is motivating. Knowing what you’re potentially working towards keeps me going. All of the reasons I just stated are part of how I handle the stress of deadlines and trying to make it all work. I work better under pressure, and the stress of trying to finish something to perfection in a certain amount of time, on a budget, motivates as well. The only time I find I can’t process stress that well, is when something reaaally just isn’t working and I have to start from scratch. That’s the most frustrating thing EVER.
If I described myself as a geek, I would say I’m considered one because the majority of my focus is on video games, most of the movies I watch are nerdy in nature, and my wardrobe consists mostly of Star Wars apparel. I think you can be a nerd or geek about anything. I think those words describe having an intense passion for one thing in particular. You can have book nerds, music nerds, cooking nerds, whatever. I’m a nerd about sci-fi, costumes, anime, games. It’s just what I like and put my spare time, money, and effort into.
DN – I have mixed opinions on that subject. On one hand, I think if you’re brave enough to wear something risque and feel comfortable doing so, more power to you. Artistic expression, freedom to express yourself and whatnot. I also see how some people wear the risque stuff in order to be really accurate, as a lot of characters are very sexualized in nature and appearance. I can also see it from the perspective of con admins. Conventions are, for the most part, family friendly environments. So I understand how they might want to keep things toned down. I think trying to censor too much isn’t necessarily fair, as it hasn’t been much of an issue in the past. Kind of like you can’t make rules and then change them half way through the game. I think some costumers take the revealing aspect to an extreme and could modify costumes to be a little more practical for real-life wear though.
CBT – Many Cosplayers are either into Comic Books or Manga/Anime. What are you most into? Favorite Comic or Manga/Anime?
DN – I’m into a little bit of everything I think. For the most part, I’m into movies, games and comics. I love anime also, but I’m more selective about it so I don’t read or watch quite as much as your normal ‘otaku’ might.
I have a few favorite comics, and I’ll have to go with Captain America, X-Men, Kick-Ass, and Wolverine. Manga wise, SAILOR MOON ALL THE WAY.
DN – BE YOURSELF! Don’t ever try and like something or change yourself just to be popular. Stay true to what you love, aim for characters that inspire you. Learn from your mistakes, google is your best friend. Work within your means, and don’t try to tackle huge stuff without practicing on smaller projects first. It’s easier to mess up and learn with the small stuff, then goof up big time with expensive materials! Don’t be afraid to ask for advice or seek tips from costumers who inspire you. I promise we don’t bite. Take notes, and plan. Make lists, and start your projects in advance. A lot of the time, you run OUT of time, because con season sneaks up on you.
DN – Thank YOU for talking to me! Be on the look out for new costumes! I’m working on a bunch to debut this spring. Also check out girlsofgeek.com, I’m going to be in their 2013 Calendar along with a bunch of other awesome geeky ladies. All the proceeds go to Breast Cancer funding!
I’ll also be in the 2013 WoCC calendar https://www.facebook.
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