Cosplay Interview: Nyra Cosplay
Instagram is a magical place filled with a never ending supply of entertaining videos and photos. The Geek Lyfe actually has their own account and while managing it, I stumbled across Nyra Cosplay and immediately fell in love with her look and other cosplays. When I researched her, I found out that she actually was from Germany! Praying that the langauage barrier wouldn’t be too rough, I reached out to her for an interview. Sure enough she responded and accepted, every message filled of kindness!
I hope you enjoy our interview with Nyra Cosplay!
The Geek Lyfe: Although I am a fan of yours, there may be a few Geek Lyfers who have not seen your work before, would you be alright introducing yourself?
Nyra Cosplay: Sure! Hi, I’m Nyra, a 22 year old cosplayer from Germany. I like video games, naps, and most of all: dogs. I also dress up in weird costumes every now and then.
TGL: I’ve followed you for sometime yet never learned the origin story! Could you tell us how you got into cosplay and what led you to where you are now?
NC: I don’t even really remember how I began cosplaying. I know that around 2009, I started going to super small local conventions and being super impressed by all the costumes I was seeing. In 2010 I made my first cosplay: Echo from Pandora Hearts. That led to countless conventions, making a lot of new friends, cut to now: me crying over my sewing machine at 1am.
TGL: What has been your favorite moment so far cosplaying?
NC: I don’t think I have a single favourite moment, but I love conventions. I just love showing off the costume you spent weeks working on, getting recognized, meeting people who appreciate allthe work going into your outfit – it’s great!
TGL: What is the most frustrating part?
NC: Clearly all the sewing.
TGL: Is there one situation in your Cosplay career that makes you laugh when you look back on it? If so, what is it?
NC: Last fall, we cosplayed Kurona and Nashiro from Toyko Ghoul, and had two huge Kagunes (lovingly called „noodles“ by us) strapped to our back. The night before the convention, we tried putting them on while also wearing our dresses for the first time. Long story short: It took three people, 10 minutes, and a lot of sweat to pull it off. And the exact same thing happened at the convention the next day.
It also took a whole squad of people keeping our noodles from tipping over or hitting passerbys in the face – the noodle squad.
TGL: When you aren’t doing making costumes or making videos, what do you do in your spare time?
NC: Playing video games, going to the movies, going out with friends – nothing too exciting.Oh, and I’m also a full time university student, studying both anthropology and linguistics.
TGL: What geek medium(Video Games, Comic Books, Novels, Movies etc.) made the biggest impact on your life and why?
NC: I’d say novels. Or video games. On the one hand, I used to read soo much when I was younger (also: Harry Potter anyone?), but on the other hand, I have so many good memories connected to video games, so it’s a tie.
TGL: If you could have any video game,Anime, Manga, novel, comic book be turned into a successful film, which one would you pick and why?
NC: Well, until a few years ago I would’ve said Deadpool, but that dream recently came true and I couldn’t be happier. Sooo. Maybe Mass Effect (with a female shepard). I love Sci-Fi, I love aliens, I love the Mass Effect world and lore… Yeah, I’d go with Mass Effect, I think it could make a pretty good movie.
TGL:Which cosplay do you hate to wear due to being uncomfortable the most but love to have worn it for photos and conventions?
NC: Maybe you could already guess: our Kurona and Nashiro cosplay due to the huge Kagunes. They were heavy, hurt our back, and we couldn’t move around the convention without a group of
people who cleared the space around us. The location was perfect for photos though, so I’m really happy we went through with it.
TGL: Do you have any projects in the near future we should be excited to see?
NC: Well, I’m really excited for my Sera from Dragon Age cosplay. I plan to finish it in June, but we’ll see, haha. I’m gonna do a lot of things I haven’t done before, crafting- and sewing wise, so that’s gonna be interesting.
TGL: What advice do you have for aspiring cosplayers?
NC: Don’t give up, no matter how frustrated you are with your projects. Even if you’re not satisfied with your costumes, just keep working on your skills – practice makes perfect, as my grandma always says to me when I’m getting frustrated when things don’t work out how I want them to right away.
(I can’t tell you guys just how in love with the above photo I am. I can not believe such beautiful people such as Nyra Cosplay exists! It’s not fair! xD) A huge thank you to Nyra Cosplay for taking the time from her busy life of being in college and being a great cosplayer to answer a few of our questions! I personally believe that she is going to go far if she keeps up her costuming and we’ll be there every step of the way to support her! Be sure to follow her both on instagram and on Facebook!