We have a wonderful cosplayer for you this week by the name of Kami Jupiter! She is fantastic in her craft and we were so excited to get to interview her!
Please be sure to follow her!
The Geek Lyfe: What is your cosplay origin story?
Kami Jupiter: I wanted to cosplay since I was little, but had no idea how to start it. So ten years ago, a bunch of friends organized a D. Gray-Man cosplay group for a con and invited me in! My cosplay was done, but my friends canceled the group a day before the con… And I had to go and shine by myself as Lulu Bell. And that was my first cosplay ever!
The Geek Lyfe: Out of all the years you have done cosplay, what has been one of your more favorite/proudest memories?
Kami Jupiter: I think my 2019 memories were the best! That was the year I cosplayed the most, traveling to another state for other cons and gaining more recognition, I judged a small cosplay contest for the first time, had the opportunity to perform more with my Love Live cosplay group (@lovegemscover) and finally dared to step out of my comfort zone and tried to cosplay new characters.
The Geek Lyfe: Many people online will simply see one of your images, appreciate it for the moment and move on. However, I know that a lot of care and time goes into photoshoots. Could you describe your process for a cosplay photoshoot from the concept to when it hits your fans?
Kami Jupiter: Oh, it actually takes a while to bring a photoshoot to life… First of all, after I choose the photographer, we sit and discuss ideas and concepts for the shoot. Then, I try to buy or create anything else that’s needed for it, and I bring it to the chosen location. And of course, I have to be there already with makeup on and dressed. We never know what might happen, so I always have a “first aid cosplay kit” with me in case something happens to my costume, makeup ou accessories. The rest of the process is easy… after the shoot is done, I just have to choose my favorite pics, ask the photographer to fix any imperfections in the pics (but I like to leave the pics as natural as possible), and just wait for them to be delivered to me! After all that, I just choose carefully which will be the pic of the day to make the ones who admire my work swoon over it 🙂
The Geek Lyfe: Out of all the cosplays you have ever done which one was your personal favorite even if it was not super well received by fans?
Kami Jupiter: Ms. Marvel, for sure! She’s such a relatable character when it comes to diversity and female representation, and I loved every minute being in character 🙂 She was well received though, just not that famous when comparing to other Marvel characters.
The Geek Lyfe: You feature a lot of awesome geeky content, what is your absolute favorite geeky medium? (Video games, anime, comics, film, etc.)
Kami Jupiter: Anime and video games! I have more anime cosplays than video game ones, but that’s something I want to change in 2020 🙂
The Geek Lyfe: Subbed or Dubbed Anime?
Kami Jupiter: Subbed, without a doubt. But I do enjoy some dubbed anime sometimes, ’cause Brazilian voice actors also rock!
The Geek Lyfe: It is apparent that you hustle to provide content for fans but when you actually have a day off, how do you spend it?
Kami Jupiter: I spend it just like a normal lazy day… Reading a lot, watching some series and playing the video game, with or without friends.
The Geek Lyfe: You just radiate such confidence and the swagger of a champion. However, a lot of geeks often struggle with overwhelming self-doubt, anxiety, and depression. When you have those bad days and get down on yourself, what do you do to remind yourself that you are wonderful?
Kami Jupiter: That’s something happening a lot in the cosplay community nowadays… The thirst for likes, numbers, and followers can drive content creators crazy and they might realize it only when it’s too late. The best I can do to avoid is to think that I’m unique. Everyone wants to create interesting content, but each one of them will do it their own way. So instead of comparing myself to others and struggling with a lack of confidence, I just try to take things slowly, not wanting to rush and create new content almost every single day. I watch, play and enjoy what I want despite the hype of the moment, and I plan my new costumes calmly, unless if it’s a costume to wear with a pair. When I think I am not enough or just can’t fit the character, I try to get some inspiration from my favorite cosplayers to keep going on, or just have a day off talking to other cosplayer friends and relaxing.
The Geek Lyfe: What is one piece of advice you wish you received when you first got into costume design/cosplay?
Kami Jupiter: “Your costume doesn’t need to be accurate to be considered real cosplay. What other people think about you is their problem, not yours. Just keep going and your effort will be rewarded.”
The Geek Lyfe: Where can we find you online?