We had the lovely pleasure to ask few questions to Sandy Tang, a Professional Cosplayer! As you know Tamara and Rixi are heading to Animate! Miami to cover this exciting con. They've even shared their past cosplay roles. Today, we are lucky to share Sandy's experience as a Professional Cosplayer to all our geek readers! Read below:
Would you please tell us something about yourself? When did you first Cosplay? For which event?
I am a self taught makeup enthusiast with a love for anime, video games, and things crafty. I have always known about cosplay because my sister has been doing it for years. Until recently I wanted to expand my artistic ability into making costumes. Originally I wanted to debut my first cosplay to Animate January 2014 but I was unable to finish my costume. So I ended up bringing it to Megacon 2014. It was of my Morrigan Aensland from Darkstalkers.
When performing a character, is it more important for you to do it in the way that feels most right to you, or do you think it is more important to echo your Japanese counterpart's performance?
I don't think about cosplay as a "performance". I tend to choose characters who I feel have similar personalities with a side of feeling confidence when wearing them. For example Morrigan Aensland is a dark character with a sassy attitude and at the same time very beautiful.
What do you personally think of the vicious hatred expressed by certain otaku for any kind of English dubbing?
I don't pay attention to what people say about anything. What I do is because it is what I like to do and I could care less about what people say. I grew up watching anime subbed but I don't mind watching it dubbed. It makes it easier when I am crafting, so I can watch my anime and sew at the same time.
Are you an anime fan, yourself? If so, which ones (that you did not work in) appealed to you most.Why?
Yes I love anime. I like a lot of animes that have comedy, action, and romance in them. Such as Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Ranma 1/2, Trigun, Outlaw Star, Claymore, Samurai Champloo, etc
What work have you done that you are most proud of? Least?
I am most proud of my most recent cosplay which is Kitana from Mortal Kombat X. Since Mortal Kombat released a new version of Kitana wearing actual ARMOR made me love her. I felt I built her well in durability, wear-ability, and accurate to the concept art.
Least proud of would be the characters I tagged to be in a group of and I didn't really know the character of and so there was no drive and passion to those builds. I.E. White Canary
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
To anyone who wants to cosplay or already cosplay, it doesn't matter about the number of followers or likes you have as long as you have fun and enjoy what you do, none of that matters.
About Animate! Miami
Animate! Miami is Florida’s largest convention for anime and animation, with three days featuring some of the industry’s biggest names, celebrities, cosplayers, comedians, entertainers, and more. There will be hundreds of events, including panels, Q&As, costume contests, video gaming, comedy shows, exhibitors, artists, and more for all ages. To learn more about Animate! Miami (formerly Anime Supercon / Animation Supercon), click here. The event is produced by the team at Super Conventions, the organizers of the South Florida comic conventions, Animate! Miami, Florida Supercon and Magic City Comic Con. Mike Broder originally founded the first Florida Supercon (currently the largest comic convention in South Florida) to fill a void in the South Florida geek culture scene, and he has since launched Animate! Miami and Magic City Comic Con.