Our Cosplayer of the Month for August 2017 is the lovely Kayla from Kay Bee Cosplay. Kayla is a Johannesburg based Cosplayer and I’ve always liked her attention to detail in her cosplays. Let’s find out a bit more about the lady behind Kay Bee Cosplay…
Hi there lady! Tell us a bit more about the person behind the cosplay persona?
Hi! I’m Kayla. Bubbly, kind, enthusiastic and passionate about everything I do. By day I’m a 3D animator and character designer and when I’m not creating magic, I’m a full time fan girl.
How and when did you get started in Cosplay and why do you enjoy it?
I’ve always known about cosplay but didn’t know it existed in South Africa until I went to Geekfest in 2015. I was overwhelmed by the amount of cosplayers and I wanted to get involved too. So I promised myself for Geekfest 2016 I would do a full cosplay, wig, outfit, and the lot. I did it and I have been cosplaying ever since.
I love cosplay because it’s the one chance I get to be my favorite characters. It’s also another way for me to get creative and make new friends who are as passionate as I am about cosplay.
Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of cosplaying?
Yes! Lots in fact. I love to read and sometimes I write. I draw all the time since I’m an aspiring fan artist. Dancing is in my DNA. I began Irish Dancing at age 9, moving onto Latin and Ballroom when I was 18. During this time I also took up horse riding, really enjoying dressage. Now I figure skate. Oh… I forgot to mention, I also take art lessons.
We all know that cosplay has been become a very expensive hobby these days, do you have hints or tips for other cosplayers as far as cutting down expenses etc. are concerned?
Wise things I’ve learnt
- Create a budget, that includes cosplay outfits for the year, convention entrance fees, transportation costs and a little bit extra for just in case.
- Look for bargains. Sales come up all the time so keep an eye out, you may be able to snag a great deal on something you need.
- Raid your cupboards for odds and ends you could use.
- Remember you don’t have to go to every cosplay event and re-wear your cosplays.
What is the one thing that you try and avoid when making a new costume?
I try to avoid comparing my work to others. Since we live in a world where we have access to large volumes of content, it’s very easy to compare. I start a new cosplay with the mindset that this is my version of a particular character and I’m going to try and do it to the best of my ability.
Every Cosplayer has a favourite part of creating a costume or something they are really good at, what is yours?
I love 3D modeling my props.
Tell us about your most epic fail ever, whilst crafting a cosplay costume
It was the week before ICON 2017 and I was busy with Princess Talia’s top. I had to cut out a particular shape on the front panel. So I marked everything, pinned it all down and cut the shape out. Needless to say I cut the shape out of the front and back. I spent the next hour unpicking and replacing the back panel.
Which character do you consider to be your Holy Grail of cosplays?
I believe that each year I will have a particular character who I will consider my Holy Grail of cosplays. One that will put my creativity to the test. This year that character was Princess Talia from Lolirock.
Which international con would you really love to go to and why?
I’m going to be cliché but I would love to go to the San Diego Comic Con. It was the con that introduced me to the world of cosplay when I was 13. To go would be an incredible experience. I would look forward to all the cosplayers, the panels with my favorite creators and I would go on a shopping spree in the artist ally.
South Africa’s convention scene has been growing leaps and bounds over the last couple of years. Do you have any tips for the other cosplayers as to how to stay comfortable throughout the day?
Tips and Tricks
- Get a good night’s rest. Cons are really not enjoyable when you’re super exhausted.
- Take a bag, with water, snacks and an emergency cosplay kit in it.
- Stop and take a break every few hours.
- If you’re wearing heels, pack a pair of flats.
- Take the season into account when planning your cosplay lineup. You don’t want to be freezing or overheating.
|Real name||Kayla Bubb|
|Cosplay name||Kay Bee Cosplay|
|Current home town||Johannesburg|
My favorite anime/manga is
Yuri!!! On Ice
Why do you like this particular title?
I love this anime with my heart and soul. There is just something about the characters and the storyline that had me hooked from the first episode.
Yuri’s story is inspiring and heartwarming. In many ways we are alike and I have never related to a character as much as I did with him. It brought back motivation I had lost and made me dream again. ”
My favorite platform to watch or experience my favorite titles is
Movies, TV Series, Books
Complete the sentence: I want to run after them and tell them that……
…………. if you can dream it you can do it.