It’s been way too long since I’ve done a Cosplay Confidential. I’m thrilled to kick off the return of one of my favorite segments with Canary Cry Cosplay aka Taylor Peed. I spotted Taylor at this year’s Awesome Con and she was gracious enough to be up for being featured. Check it out and as always if you know anyone who’d be willing to be profiled in an upcoming Cosplay Confidential email me at email@example.com.
How did you get into cosplay? I started getting into cosplay through making Halloween costumes and loving the process, so I wanted to make more than just Halloween costumes.
How long have you been doing it? I’ve only been seriously cosplaying for about a year, however it has been about two years since I started working on my first cosplay.
What was your first costume? My first cosplay was Sara Lance’s Black Canary from Arrow.
What’s been your favorite? Either Ana from Overwatch or the Huntress.
What was the hardest costume you’ve done? The hardest cosplay that I’ve done would definitely be Ana because it is so intricate and detailed.
How much time does it take to make an average costume? On average, I would say it takes about two months for me to make a cosplay from start to finish, but Ana took me about three and a half months.
How much money do you typically spend on your outfits? I normally spend anywhere from $100-$250 on any given cosplay depending on the amount of supplies and items I’ll need to complete each one.
What makes it so rewarding? I love seeing positive feedback at cons, from friends, and on social media for my cosplays, and having that is what gives me a sense of accomplishment in my work. And I especially love it when children want to take pictures with me!
Do you have a regular group you partner up with for costumes? Whenever I go to cons, I’ll go with my best friend, but we haven’t done any cosplays together yet. I normally see a couple more friends at the cons I go to or we’ll have other friends come with us, but I’ve never done a group cosplay.
What would you say to people who have thought about doing cosplay, but haven’t quite worked up the nerve yet? To anyone who’s thought about doing cosplay, I say go for it! The cons are a place where people of all skill levels can just have fun and be judgement free with their cosplays. I want to encourage as many people as possible to get into this fun hobby because I’m living proof of the progress one person can make in a year.
Do you have a website people can check out more of your costumes? I have a Facebook page Canary Cry Cosplay, an instagram @canarycrycosplay, and a twitter @canarycrycosply where people can check out more of my cosplays.