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Cosplayer of the Month | September 2013 Tarryn

Summer is here and we met Tarryn at Geek Fest 2013 and decided to ask her to be our Cosplayer for the month.

Profile: Tarryn-Leigh Wood (Tazz)
Age: 29
Location: JHB, Gauteng
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GES: When you first started cosplay? Inspiration? First Cosplay appearance at an event?

A: Ever since I got into anime and gaming as a youngling, not only would I find characters that I loved, but the outfits they wore always interested me. I started wishing I could have outfits just like those.

Eventually, I would learn of the hobby known as cosplay, and I could actually learn to make that outfit myself.

My partner in crime, Paula Ferreira, inspired me to start cosplaying when she cosplayed Chii (Chobits) at Rage 2011. My first ever cosplay was Alice Liddell (Alice: Madness Returns), which I wore to the AIFest’s December event of that same year.

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GES: What is your most memorable moment in cosplay so far?

A: Having complete stage fright as I got up on stage to present my Roxas (Kingdom Hearts 2) cosplay to the judges and the huge audience at last year’s Rage cosplay competition.

It was the first time I had ever been in front of such a huge crowd.

Photo by: TwoGuysWithGlasses
Photo by: TwoGuysWithGlasses

GES: Have you ever been in a group cosplay? I f so what was the theme of the event?

A: Paula and I did an Assassins Creed team up at Geek Fest. She cosplayed as Ezio and I cosplayed as Altair. It was the most fun I’ve had with cosplay and we endeavor to do more team up cosplays in the future.

GES: What are your favorite materials and sources when choosing and crafting your outfits?

A: I don’t have a favorite material. How I usually shop for materials is to go to the hobby store and I feel and see what fabric would best suit the intended cosplay. You often don’t see textures in your references, so therefore I try to make as accurate a guess as possible.

I am also looking forward to learning how to use craft foam for my Rage cosplay.

GES: What projects are you currently busy with?

A: I am currently busy making my Edward Elric (Full Metal Alchemist) cosplay for Rage 2013.

Photo by: Rockin Pix
Photo by: Rockin Pix

GES: Do you have any cosplayers as well as original costume designers that currently inspire you?

A: Sushi Monster is a cosplayer based in the USA. Her costumes, wigs and props are very well made and I like how she puts her own special touch into her cosplays.

The cosplayers who inspire me most are the people who make up the wonderful Cosplay community of SA. I find that they are just all round awesome and super supportive.

GES: What for you is the most difficult aspect of cosplaying?

A: Finding the time to construct my cosplays. It is sometimes just so difficult to juggle a full-time job, a side business and cosplay. But somehow, we always manage to set aside some time.

GES: At conventions, events and locations are you usually approachable? Do you like it when people want to talk and discuss your art form?

A: I am usually very approachable and I love it when people come to ask me about this awesome hobby or even to just stop for a photo request. I am more than happy to try answer any questions about cosplay. So if you see me buzzing happily about in a cosplay at some event, don’t be afraid to come and have a chat with me. I don’t bite, at least not too hard.

Take note though, I don’t take kindly to trolls and haters.

GES: What are your plans for this year in Cosplaying? Are there any events etc that you are looking forward to?

A: I am really looking forward to the Rage competition this year. The cosplay I have planned is one I have wanted to do for a very long time.

Next year, I am especially looking forward to experiencing Free Comic Book Day in Cape Town, as well as many other events that happen around JHB.

Take note though, I don’t take kindly to trolls and haters.

GES: What advice would you give to a future cosplay enthusiast that has never cosplayed or created their own costume?

A: Firstly, start with a simple cosplay and work your way up to more complex costumes.

Secondly, cosplay knows no color, creed, shape or size. Cosplay whatever character you want to and remember to have tons of fun.

Photo by: Rockin Pix
Photo by: Rockin Pix

GES: And lastly but not least how do you see the progression of Cosplay locally in Southern Africa?

A: Cosplay, I believe, will continue to grow in leaps and bounds. At each event I attend, more people become interested in trying out cosplay. Every year since I have started cosplaying, more events that have a cosplay element to it are being organized.

Recently, there has even been a campaign setup to get the first SA team to the World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya, Japan.

It is so exciting to be in the midst of all this growth and I look forward to what the future of cosplay in SA holds.

Final Word:

Gaming Entertainment Solutions would like to thank Tarryn for taking her time to share her thoughts with us.

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