There are plenty of people dressed up as their favorite characters at conventions and on the internet, but when you get to know the people behind the costumes, it seems wrong not to engage with them. For those of us who aren’t involved in the cosplay community, the idea of cosplay may be frightening and mysterious. This will serve as a great introduction to the community by featuring a few emerging talents you should be aware of.
Cosplay provides impressive, high-quality images of our favorite movies and shows and games that come to life. In any case, looking at Scarlette’s collection made me curious about the process of becoming a cosplayer. Instead of calling her, I decided to write her an email and ask if she was interested in an interview. She graciously responded, and you can read the interview and see more of Raiden Shogun Cosplays by clicking on the links below.
Question: First of all, I am a great admirer of your cosplay. The images on your Instagram feed look very similar to the scenery in games, and your bio says you are a big fan of Genshin Impact. So tell me, is that your source of motivation behind becoming a cosplayer? Raiden: Since I was a little kid, I have loved watching anime. So one day, when I saw a documentation about cosplaying, I was fascinated by the hobby. This was the moment I knew that’s what I wanted.
Question: Cosplay involves a very intricate process of dressmaking which has to be replicated precisely like the character. So how do you make it possible, and what do you think is the most challenging thing for you in the whole process? Raiden: Sewing patterns! I never learned to sew or make customized patterns. Sometimes it takes me hours and many attempts to get something right.
Question: Considering you have been doing this for some time now. Could you tell us some of your unforgettable experiences or moments as a cosplayer? Raiden: During the world Gymnaestrada 2019, I had shot as Ahri KDA. I was on the train, and some little Girls were amazed about the nine tails! Most of them spoke a different language, but it was no barrier because their teacher translated most things for them. Other than that, I also got a high five from a german League of Legends player!
Question: You have come a long way as a cosplayer, and you are still aspiring to be more. So tell us something about what has kept you inspired and motivated up till now? Raiden: The challenge of bringing the characters to reality is what I enjoy the most. I try to do it the best I can. Also, I find it amusing how different you can look with make-up and a wig, almost like the character on the screen.
Question: All the challenges you have faced until now, did it ever give you the vibe to try another profession or look for a change? Raiden: Yes, after my Instagram account got deleted, I thought about giving up. It felt like my strength had left me, and there was no hope. I have doubts about my skills and my body. So it wasn’t about my deleted account itself, more about how they all laughed behind my back after it got deleted and how this made the self-doubts even worse.
Question: Damn, that was a real setback, but seeing you back in action is how you have decided to reply to them all, who have tried to pull you down with them. So Raiden coming to the next question, you have seen yourself in so many characters and have done so many photoshoots. Among all of them, what cosplay was most fun while creating it? Raiden: I enjoyed spirit blossom Ahri. It was relaxing to color with the details on the sleeves using the fabric paint. However, the sewing pattern was quite simple.
Question: What cosplay did you think was the hardest for you while creating it? Raiden: It was Raiden shogun; the character has many different patterns on her sleeves and the backside. I had to cut every detail with iron-on-film by hand. Also, the big bow on her back was quite difficult because of the size. It needed to be stiff but lightweight.
Question: Okay, enough of cosplay-related questions; tell me about your favorites, be it anime or TV shows or the characters who have initially inspired you in the profession? Raiden: Oh, that’s hard to decide because I like many different Animes! My favorite classic anime would be “Sailor Moon” a newer one would probably be “The Case Study of Vanitas.” I don’t really watch TV, but when I enjoy Family Guy or American dad.
Question: If you had to pick a second hobby other than cosplaying, what would that be? Raiden: I really enjoy reading during my free time. Also, previously I had worked as a bookseller.
Question: Now that you have come this far, do you have advice for your fellow cosplayers or followers who want to pursue cosplaying? Raiden: Don’t let you bring down by gruesome people! They will talk about you no matter what you do, so don’t listen to them.
Question: It was a great interview; Team OtakuKart wishes you the very best for your future cosplays. Lastly, any social media profiles you would like us to add to the interview? Raiden: Yes, sure, you can follow me on Instagram at @Scarlettsirene2.