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|Can you tell us a bit about yourselves?
My name is Tomáš (Thomas) and I live in a small village in Czech Republic. I work as a stock keeper in Skoda Auto Ltd.
How old are you?
I am 22 years old.
When did you start cosplaying and how long for?
17.10. 2009 The first, but small cosplay meeting I’ve ever been to … so it’s not even a year since I started :)
What attracts you to cosplay?
It makes me forget about my daily job and I’m able to meet my friends. This friendly atmosphere at cosplay meetings is great. I know it’s a cliché, but that’s how it is.
What do you do outside of cosplay?
I watch anime and play computer games.
Have you entered cosplay competitions before? Have you won prizes before?
Yes I have entered some cosplay competitions, but only at small meetings. Prizes are not even worth mentioning :)
Was this your first con? If not, how many conventions have you attended before?
This was indeed my first con.
What made you want to attempt this costume?
I like this anime and mainly this character because I think it is an extremely annoying double edged weapon (literally :P) and in a way also similar to me :)
How much time and money did the costume cost to make?
I’ve been making the costume for about 2 weeks – the main part was to design it and then finish the details. I am actually still working on it. So far it cost me about 100 euro.
Did you have help, or did you construct it all by yourself?
My sister did the sewing stuff, and I did the rest :)
What was your first thought when they announced you had won?
Well, I had never even thought about winning anything big before. I just wanted to participate. Everyone was encouraging me, telling me I can do it etc. Nevertheless, it was still a big surprise for me to hear that I won. I was really glad and I celebrated all night long :) Funny thing is, that unlike other participants, I was told the winner gets to participate in the Euro-cosplay contest at the con and not before .
What advice would you give to cosplayers who want to make this cosplay?
It may not be obvious at first glance, but making the hat was really hard. I spent 8 full hours doing so and it consists of several layers of different materials. So what you need is patience and manual skill :)
What advice would you give to cosplayers about presenting yourself on stage in a contest?
Even if you don’t believe in yourself like in my case, pretend that you do :D Once in a contest I forgot what to say and it seemed like minutes, but when I was watching a video recording later, it was not even a second XD