Cosplayer of the Week: Pixelghosts

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Cosplayer of the Week: Pixelghosts

Check out our interview with the fantastic pixelghosts! She is a talented cosplayer and writer who loves all things geeky.

The Geek Lyfe: What is your cosplay origin story?

pixelghosts: Back when I first started, I was really into Vocaloid so my first real cosplay was from “Matryoshka.” I knew nothing about wigs or makeup, so it was definitely a mess. However, I do remember having an amazing time running around cons. After that, I had fallen deep into Homestuck (I know) and the rest is history!

The Geek Lyfe: Out of all the years you have done cosplay, what has been one of your more favorite/proudest memories?

pixelghosts: I think I’ll have to go with going to Katsucon for the first time. It was always a convention that I thought would forever be out of reach so that was a great experience. It was also my first out-of-state con and the first time I got to room with friends in a hotel for a con.

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?

pixelghosts: Yes, so much goes on behind the scenes! I do a lot of cosplay looks rather than full out cosplays because it’s an expensive hobby to keep up with. So first off is seeing if I have the right materials to pull a character off. I’ll think about what type of vibe I’m trying to give off and base my makeup and background around that. Since I don’t have that many resources, the actual photoshoot process is a lot of fiddling around with my lamp trying to get good lighting. When I have a photo I like, I’ll pop it into Lightroom and pray it turns out well haha.

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?

pixelghosts: This is such a hard question. I always cosplay a character because I really like them so they all are important to me. I will say that I really loved cosplaying Chrome Dokuro from Katekyo Hitman Reborn. She’s from a series that was a huge obsession of mine in middle school. No one knew who I was when I wore her to a con (someone even called me Ciel Phantomhive?), but it felt good to go back to my nerdy roots.

The Geek Lyfe: You feature a lot of awesome geeky content, what is your absolute favorite geeky medium? (Video games, anime, comics, film etc.)

pixelghosts: Anime! Though gaming is quickly becoming a close second lately.

The Geek Lyfe: Subbed or Dubbed Anime?

pixelghosts: I have nothing against dubbed… but subbed for sure.

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?

pixelghosts: I love to eat so I’ll go out with my friends and get a good meal. More realistically though, I’m at home playing games or binge-watching something on Netflix.

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?

pixelghosts: Thank you LOL, I try! I definitely struggle with being positive and anxieties crop up on me a lot. Unfortunately, cosplay opens you up to a lot of criticism and a lot of it isn’t nice. Life gets in the way all the time too. If I find myself in a negative headspace, I reach out to my friends! Having people I can talk to no matter what is a lifesaver.

The Geek Lyfe: What is one piece of advice you wish you received when you first got into modeling/cosplay?

pixelghosts: I think it would definitely be to do what makes me happy! It took me so long to actually start cosplaying because I was so worried about what I would look like or what others would think of me. Now that I’ve been doing it for a few years, I wish I had started earlier. Even though the cosplay community has its fair share of problems, I don’t regret getting into it. I’ve made so many friends and have had so many great experiences.

The Geek Lyfe: Where can we find you online?

pixelghosts: I’m pixelghosts on both Instagram and Twitter!

Be sure to check out more of her work on her website! Give her all the love and follows she deserves!

Darth Mexican
Darth Mexican loves writing, his friends, and all things geeky. While there is so much trouble in the world, Darth aims to bring a bit of joy and good vibes to the table! He owns and operates The Geek Lyfe and is constantly coming up with new ideas that'll help the community!

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