Cosplaying is a wonderful form of expression, and The Comic Vault specialises in conducting interviews with cosplayers from around the world. The latest interview involves model and cosplayer Cynthia Chovska, who goes by Robin in the cosplay world. I caught up with her on her current cosplay plans and enjoyed talking to her about how she feels costumes benefits mental health.
What do you do when you’re not cosplaying?
At the moment I’m moving to San Francisco with my fiancé and we’re working out the visa process. In the meantime I make more cosplay costumes and do photoshoots. I also try to do a lot of sport.
What was your first cosplaying experience?
My first experience with cosplay was in TGS (France) where I wore a Miku cosplay that a friend made with me to be on stage. It was very cool and I liked it a lot, so immediately after that I started to create my own costumes and go to events that were around my area.
Which characters have you enjoyed cosplaying the most in recent memory?
I enjoy wearing all of my cosplay costumes. Some are more comfortable than others so I wear them longer. When I enjoy a con it’s usually because of the people I’m spending the day with. Sometimes we have a cosplay group, sometimes I go for a solo photoshoot.
I always meet new people and spend great time with them. Each day is a new adventure and I create new memories, so that is why I don’t have a favourite one.
Who’re some of your favourite superheroes or villains?
I have a lot of superheroes that I love, like Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and The Incredibles. I have special feelings for Disney characters, as I grew up with Disney movies. Some of the females characters that are an inspiration to me include Pocahontas, Mulan and Tiana.
Have you made any money from cosplaying?
I made a little by selling prints and at the time I had Patreon.
You’ve done some great work as Storm recently. What does the character mean to you?
Thanks a lot! I liked this character from the first time I saw X-Men, and let’s be honest, Halle Berry helped me a lot in liking the character! My fiancé, who’s played Black Panther, asked me from the beginning of our relationship if I would make a cosplay of Storm. We were referred to as a Storm and Black Panther couple when we were apart and I loved imagining us as strong as they are. Also, for SFCC some friends wanted to make a X-Men group and asked me if I wanted to take part of it, so I accepted and chose to make Storm. It was a lot of fun!
Do you think that cosplay can benefit mental health in a positive way?
It did to me! Cosplay has become my main passion and I find happiness when I do it. Cosplay is art. Creating, painting, crafting, and playing a role opens up your creativity and imagination. I would recommend cosplay to anyone who loves art.
Would you say Instagram is the best place to advertise cosplay photos?
I would say mainly social media websites but Instagram offers more visibility on the pictures than Facebook does. I get more responses of the same picture on Instagram than Facebook.
I noticed you sell your own cosplay prints. For anyone who’s looking to do something similar, can you explain how that works and recommend some good websites to sell prints?
I have a good friend printing the pictures for me so I don’t go through a website to print them. To sell them I put them online via Storenvy, which is easy to use. First, I tried to sell them on Etsy but I had a limited time of a few months to sell my products so I moved to Storenvy.
For anyone who’s looking to cosplay for the first time, what would be your best advice?
Choose a character that you love, that you’ll enjoy being for few hours, a day or more. The most important thing when you make (or don’t make) a cosplay is the passion and the love you put on it. It’s not a bad thing to buy a costume from a store or from other cosplayers, as long as you love the character and enjoy wearing it.
As I learned sewing by myself I would recommend you watch tutorials online. They helped me to progress and you can easily find anything you want. Don’t hesitate to ask for help from people who know more. Don’t put too much pressure and stress on yourself if you don’t manage to do something. The most important thing is having fun and creating great memories.
Who do you plan on cosplaying in the future?
I have many projects! I could say the next ones will probably be Elastigirl, Belle and Captain Marvel! My plans keep changing all the time.
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