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Years Of Experience: An Interview With Sheikahchica Cosplay

Happy Cosplay Friday! Many people consider cosplay to be something that has just started becoming popular in recent years. The lovely Sheikahchica Cosplay proves this stereotype wrong. Sheikah is a ten year veteran cosplayer with the talent that proves that. Whether it be her incredible Leia cosplay or r her beautiful Disney work, Sheikah shows that years of hard work creates an extremely polished craft. We hope you enjoy all of her cosplay and spirit as much as we have.
JR:How long have you been cosplaying?
Sheikah: Completed my first costume in late 2008 and attended my first convention in early 2009, so it’s nearly been 10 years now!
JR:Do you cosplay or crossplay or both?
Sheikah: So far I’ve only Cosplayed, though with the gender arguments that surround the character Sheik from the Legend of Zelda, I suppose you can argue that I’ve crossplayed. I have considered a few characters to crossplay though – maybe in the future!
JR:Most cosplayers consider there to be three main categories of cosplay, tv, movies, and video games. What do you consider yourself to specialize in?
Sheikah: I have dabbled in all three categories, so I don’t think I’d consider myself a specialist in any of them. I’m more of a free for all type. If I like the character and the costume, I’ll go for it. I don’t really consider the media.
JR:As a woman in cosplay how do you think your views of cosplay differ from men in cosplay?
Sheikah: I’m sure it varies from person to person, as everyone has their own priorities in the community. But I’m not sure gender plays a huge role in views of cosplay, at least not in my mind. 
JR:What do you consider your most memorable cosplay to be?
Sheikah: Probably Princess Leia. I was lucky enough to be born with a similar facial structure to Carrie’s, so from certain angles, I can look pretty convincing as Leia.
JR:What has been you favorite convention to cosplay at?
Sheikah: I’ve had a blast at so many, so it’s hard to choose. I’d probably say Colossalcon or Star Wars Celebration.
JR:What is a cosplay pet peeve of yours?
Sheikah: When putting a costume together – When something isn’t coming together right or I have to continually repair the same thing over and over. With cosplay in general – the negativity that exists in the community. Whether it’s someone tearing another down, or people that think it’s ok to take advantage of others, etc.
JR:Have you ever had anything embarrassing happen to you while cosplaying?
Sheikah: Oh yes! First thing that comes to mind is trying to step up on a platform in my first slave Leia costume where the skirts were attached with Velcro. I stepped on the skirt by accident and it partially came off. Luckily there was no one in front of me and I realized what I did before I lost the whole skirt and was able to fix it quickly. I switched to snaps when I upgraded my slave Leia bikini, thankfully!
JR:If there was one animal you would compare yourself to what would it be and why.
Sheikah: Probably a cat! A good combo of crazy and laid back. Also very independent, but loves cuddles!
JR:What cosplays are you currently working on?
Sheikah: I have a few that I’ve been slowly working on over the course of the past year. One that I need to finally complete is Savage Land Rogue from X-Men. I also have Kida from Atlantis: The Lost Empire in progress, and one or two other surprises.
JR:What was your first convention?
Sheikah: Motor City Comic Con 2009 in Novi, Michigan.
JR:What was your last convention? 
Sheikah: Last one was The Great Philadelphia Comic Con in Oaks, PA.
JR:What is your next convention?
Sheikah: I have two in a row coming up – Colossalcon in Sandusky, Ohio and Wizard World Columbus in Columbus, Ohio.
JR:What does cosplay mean to you?
Sheikah: Cosplay means becoming a character you admire or has traits you wish you had. Cosplay is a hobby, an escape, and most importantly a way to give back while doing something you love. It’s all about the impact you leave behind. If I can make one person smile, it’s worth it. 
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And as always,
Have a geek filled week!

Josie Price

Mild mannered writer Josie Rose is known as a calm Graphic Design student who never misses a due date. But when darkness falls she becomes the Proverbial Princess. A cosplaying fiend out to decorate the world in glitter. Watch out, or she'll sparkle you too.