Cosplayer of the Week: Nea Dune
We are so excited to have interviewed such a wonderful human being such as Nea Dune! She is an accomplished actress and cosplayer. Absolutely someone you will not want to miss out on!
Please enjoy our interview.
What is your cosplay origin story?
I jumped into this chameleon career a decade ago by accident and so far have done around 20 cosplays. One of my firsts that kinda went viral back in the day was a latex-clad Riddler, published in so many magazines and geeky outlets! I always loved DIY and creating otherworldly looks so, while I absolutely love seeing cosplays as exact recreations, I really enjoy doing mashups or adding my own spin to the looks, combining them with a random skill from my repertoire.
Out of all the years you have done cosplay, what has been one of your more favorite/proudest memories?
Hard to choose between meeting super nice fans on conventions or seeing myself tattooed on someone – my fave so far is my album cover look I did for Gridlink’s Longhena sporting the iconic Evangelion-inspired latex plugsuit!
I am positive that cosplay, alongside my acting and modeling work, helped in booking some of the sci-fi acting roles too. People still recognize as one of the Lovebots from Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2 and I am super-excited for my upcoming shoot (once the pandemic is bye-bye) in a witchy feature film Hexengeddon where I am starring alongside Supernatural’s Ruth Connell.
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?
One of my fave sets, that also graced the cover of Kultur magazine and got published in CosplayZine, is my Alien vs. Predator pole play. People didn’t know how to react to it when first released so I laugh at comments to this day. As a former pole and aerial arts instructor, I couldn’t miss on such an opportunity =)
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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?
It depends on the character, sometimes an idea is birthed, created and shot within an hour – it helps that I own a ridiculous amount of random items, wigs, accessories and everything in between. And sometimes it takes a while depending on what I need to create the look, figuring out the location etc. One of my quarantine goals is finally having the remainder of my cosplays up on the GeekGirls site to have a nice overview over the years – check out the current ones up!
When you encounter a creative block, how do you deal with it?
I just switch to something else creative, watch a movie, binge a show… whatever feels right. It happens to everyone and there’s no point in dwelling on it – just come back to it when your passion reignites.
You feature a lot of awesome geeky content, what is your absolute favorite geeky medium? (Video games, anime, comics, film, etc.)
Film for sure. I am a huge sucker for sci-fi and movies are quite an inspiration. And as a metalhead, love me some bangin movie and game themes that inspire moods for shoots. From StarWars to Alien to MCU… I am sending good vibes into the universe for booking a bigger role in any of those upcoming movies 😉
You can choose one fictional character from any universe to come to our world and be your best friend for life. Who is it and why?
Wade Wilson. Like, c’mon. I have DP inked on my buttcheek. He is goals and basically me in male form.
It is apparent that you hustle to provide content for fans but when you actually have a day off, how do you spend it?
Spare time is a tricky term since my career consists of a lot of trades within the same industry. When I am not acting, modeling, doing makeup/styling, producing or performing, I plan what to do or embark on next. I blame my ph.D background and polymath nature for that. I live for travel, exploring and learning new skills – lately it’s been archery and stilts, and my goal is to learn how to hold my breath for a few minutes so my mermaiding can prosper more as well.
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?
I focus on doing what makes me happy and look back on my victories and successes, however big or small they are. Social media doesn’t help with any of that so it takes work on oneself. Be unapologetically yourself and try to not take serious what others say or think about you. There’s A LOT of naysayers out there who are unfulfilled or just plain negative by nature, and they are completely irrelevant.
Where can we find you online?