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Meet Tia (Aka Tia Song Cosplay)

Name: Tia Song Cosplay ​ Location: USA What's your Favorite Costume & Why? My Favorite cosplay, so far, has to be Marceline. She's my favorite Adventure Time Character and even since before I started actually cosplaying she's been a dream of mine! It was also my first experience with using body paint and I've been really happy with the turn out and the response I've gotten from others. How Long Have You Been Cosplaying? I've been cosplaying consistently now for almost 2 years. My first cosplay ever was actually back in 2014. I've made an Umbreon cosplay the night before Yamacon. It was rough but I hand sewed the entire thing myself and I felt so accomplished. Then I got busy and didn't really jump fully in until Yamacon 2017 when I went all in with a full line up for the weekend. Do you make your own, or commission? I've actually never commission anything for a cosplay. I typically buy some of the pieces and then hand make what I need to. I usually decide this by checking prices against my skill level. For example, I actually handmade my slippers for pajama Mei. The official ones are available on Blizzard's website but are a bit pricey. Because I possess the skills necessary to make my own, that's the route I took. What's your favorite thing about cosplay? I love a lot of things about cosplay. The way it makes me feel when i'm able to bring a character to life is magnificent! I only choose characters that I love and feel good when wearing them. It's a confidence booster, honestly. I also can't express how much I love the community! I've met so many wonderful people and made so many friends through cosplaying and going to cons. Even just being active on Instagram is a great way to connect with other cosplayers. It's just such a joy to interact with people who love the same things as you. Next Convention? She was at Conapalooza this past weekend. There will be a con in Knoxville i'll be attending, and of course look for me at my favorite: Yamacon! Advice for new Cosplayers: Sometimes cosplaying is intimidating. There are so many skilled cosplayers out there and there's just so much to know. We all get overwhelmed at times. The best way I can speak to that is to say just do your best and keep pushing. If you get stuck, ask for help. Most cosplayers are more than willing to give advice and help any way they can. Also, try not to compare yourselves to others. I know that's a tough one. We all do it. But that's so discouraging. Cosplaying isn't a contest! We're all here to have fun. Together. What you put out there is good enough, even if you feel like it's not.

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