[CosplayInfinity] – Hello Ally, Could you tell us a little bit about yourself ?
[Ally Tamara Cosplay ] – Hi, I’m Ally ! I’m a Canadian cosplayer from the Toronto Area in Canada ! I’ve been cosplaying since 2011, and ever since then, I’ve been hooked! When I’m not busy with all of my side projects, I spend full time being a mom to my 1 year old daughter, and real-life waifu to my hubby of 2 years! And I’m a co-host of a podcast called Mass Nerder Cast!
[CosplayInfinity] – How did you start doing cosplay ?
[Ally Tamara Cosplay ] – I started cosplaying after years and years of attending conventions and from adoring all the other amazing cosplayers in attendance. After taking a special effects course in college, I learned that I absolutely loved to build props, and through that, I could actually create and edit my own cosplays! My first cosplay debute at a convention was Sailor Jupiter at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto! And from then on, I was bit by the cosplay bug !
[CosplayInfinity] – Do you make your own cosplays?
[Ally Tamara Cosplay ] – Most of it, yes ! I build all my props and armors, but I’m not as great in the sewing department, so sometimes I’ve taken random articles of clothing and “Frankensteined” them to look how I need them to, depending on the character. Prop making is my specialty, and I usually use things like Model Magic clay, Apoxy Sculpt, Worbla, or other random materials to make things! However, I do love the idea of taking something old and turning it into something new! It’s a great way to recycle old things, especially when you are on a budget !
[CosplayInfinity] – What do you like most about cosplay? What do you like less ?
[Ally Tamara Cosplay ] – I love the fact that I can BE whoever I want, and pay tribute to the characters I love in the best way I can, and it allows me to be creative, which is also a huge factor. I also LOVE the community of cosplayers! I’ve made so many friends within the community, and everyone I’ve met is so loving and willing to help if you have any questions! Also, planning out a cosplay is one of my favourite things to do, I’m always inspired, and that excitement of ‘let’s get started on a new cosplay” is SUCH an adrenaline rush ! The one things I don’t enjoy so much are when people tell cosplayers they can’t cosplay a character for a particular reason, based on looks or ability, and that bothers me because cosplay is for EVERYONE who loves it !
[CosplayInfinity] – What is your favourite cosplay character ever ?
[Ally Tamara Cosplay ] – This is such a tough question because each one has such a special place in my heart ! Juliet Starling was the one that “launched” my cosplay career, I guess you could say, so I owe her everything, but the one cosplay I always go back to, and have cosplayed the most is my Handsome Jack! He is my favourite video game villain of all time, and I poured so much love and dedication into him; I even drew his wrist tattoo on mine in permanent marker because I wanted it to look just right !
[CosplayInfinity] – Do you have other passions, hobbies, or talents ?
[Ally Tamara Cosplay ] – Other than cosplaying, I’m also a huge gamer, a Marvel Comics and Star Wars enthusiast, and I’m a huge movie and T.V. buff! I also love to collect anime and manga related figurines, as well as ANYTHING Overwatch or Star Wars !
[CosplayInfinity] – A final word for our Cosplay Infinity readers or anything you would like to add ?
[Ally Tamara Cosplay ] – Cosplay has made such a huge impact on my life, and it pushes me to try harder and build a better cosplay each time out. All I can say is if you love cosplay as much as I do, don’t ever stop, even if you feel discouraged or want to give up, just keep pushing yourself! It’s amazing what determination and a strong will can do !
Thank you again for the lovely interview! It means the world to me ❤ !
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