The Australian Yasemin Arslan aka Vera Chimera is passionate cosplayer and tells us a bit about her experiences in this interview.
Please tell us a bit about yourself: How did you get into cosplaying and when did you start?
When I started out cosplaying as a teenager, only a handful of people were part of the scene. There were little resources and we stuck together to learn new techniques. After 8 years, I’m still learning! Cosplay has also lead me to do acting and pin-up modelling, which has been a wonderful experience.
Which characters do you play and where do you get your inspiration from for the designs of your costumes?
I like to portray strong and complex characters, but I also choose characters that have great costumes. I prefer costumes that either challenge me to try new techniques, or that suit my figure.
Why do you like slipping into other roles?
It’s a form of escapism. I get to be someone else for the day without all the emotional baggage. It’s also a great outlet to express my craftsmanship, which I need to do, or else I’ll go insane haha!
Which fictitious figures inspire you and why?
One of my greatest fictional inspirations is Anya from Gears Of War. She’s a well-balanced woman. The Flash is my favourite male character at the moment, and I’m in love with his determination and will to keep the world in balance.
Do you have role models in the cosplay scene? If so, who?
Lyz Brickley, Yaya Han, Volpin Props, J.Hart Design, Jessica Nigri, Stella Chuu, Ryoko-Demon, K and Aly….. I could go on!
How many costumes do you own?
I’ve done over 30 costumes over the span of 8 years, and I plan to do alot more in shorter time.
How long do you work round about on a costume? Which costume was the most work so far?
Surprisingly, I only need a few days or a couple of weeks to make a costume. It really depends on which materials are needed or if there are props that have to be made. I made a wedding dress from Le Chevalier D’eon in 3 whole days; Katarina took a couple of weeks because of the armour and swords.
What makes a passionate cosplayer?
Someone with undying creativity and ambition, who has a warm heart and is eager to learn from their mistakes. A genuine cosplayer wants to inspire and be inspired at the same time.
What was the most exciting experience you had with your fans?
I’ve had a lot of people come to me and tell me how I changed their life through cosplay, and how I inspired them to try something new. Even little kids know who I am! It’s such an honour and I hope I can be a great example in this community.
You are also a passionate gamer. What are your favourites?
I’m a huge Halo fan. I also love Borderlands, and that love got me the job of role-playing Lilith in Borderlands 2.
Have you been to gamescom before?
I’ve unfortunately never been to a con outside of Australia! But I hope to go one day!