Our last featured member of the year is none other than the gifted Chelsea Snow. Her keen abilities allow her to create gorgeous costumes in little time while never skipping on the important details. She is truly a magnificent cosplayer, using every chance she gets to advance her craft and have a good time with it.
How did you get into cosplay?
I’ve been cosplaying for about ten years now but before that I used to attend our local renaissance festival back home in Oregon. My parents were always big gamers and nerds but my step dad’s best friend Robert was a tournament sword fighter and really successful leather armor smith. I was the kind of kid who sat in the attic and read books, I didn’t have a single friend until highschool because I chose to sit alone and draw. Rob saw seven year old me and wanted to actually see what I had in me, so he taught me to sword fight. Sort of the Syrio Forel to my Arya Stark.
He got me into anime as well which turned into a pretty big passion. I was about thirteen when I finally talked my parents into taking me to a convention. I threw together a costume out of things in my closet and haven’t stopped since. It helped me see that people could actually like me for being myself and think all the information in my head about enterprise schematics and fictional history is actually really cool.
How many characters are you currently cosplaying and what are they?
I’m currently making about five at the moment, my most challenging build is a female variation of Darius from League of Legends.
Though I’m almost done with Galadriel, and I’ve also finished a Merida from Brave for a charity event I earlier this month. I’m also working on Angel from Borderlands, and Sailor Jupiter.
What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far and why?
That’s a hard one to choose. I think the first one I was super proud of was Meg from Burst Angel. I had so much fun with my Jo, especially when we went up to Mt. Hood and shivered in the snow. I think, however, my Merida is going to become my favorite just due to the wig.
What’s your favorite way to craft?
I usually get a few drinks in me now when crafting butback home I used to have craft nights with friends which I really miss and need to get started up again once my cosplay room is done being set up.
What’s your favorite crafting item to work with and why?
I’m really, really enjoying worbla, but I’m also a big fan of foam fabrication. My sewing is pretty shotty so I’m definitely trying to improve on that. The most relaxing is probably just wig styling and armor painting.
What are your cosplay goals?
This is just something I love. I really admire people who have made careers from this and people who get to help so many kids. I just honestly want people to smile and enjoy themselves with me.
What’s your dream cosplay and why?
I should have it started some time in 2015 but I really want to make Vi from League in her default outfit. I’m making her officer uniform for PCC (Kansas City’s Planet Comicon) as well but her default is a bit more complex. Her and I look and sound incredibly alike so I’m definitely looking forward to it.
What advice would you give someone who wants to get into cosplay?
Just do it. It’s fun and rad and you’ll make lifelong friends. Skill comes from making those friends, asking questions, busting ass; nobody makes a perfect cosplay first run.
What other interests do you have outside of cosplay?
I tattoo for a living but it is such a lifestyle of a job that it’s really all I do outside of go to bars and punk shows. Which just comes with being in the Westport area. Tattooing consumed everything outside of cosplay though. I’m always painting, or working for long hours into the night down at the shop.
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why?
Bilbo Baggins. I’d love to sit and smoke pipes and just listen to his stories and riddles. It sounds like absolute bliss.