Introducing Cara Lee a.k.a. @siriuslee_cosplay
I've been cosplayng since 2014.
My first cosplay was the Tardis from Doctor Who, the time-traveling box. I made it out of cardboard, it was huge, used one day, blue hair dye, wore blue lipstick. I was super proud at the time, but I have since buried those photographs.
Challenges of Cosplay?
I like to build whatever I can on my own. I make pretty much all of my props and accessories. I'm not the greatest at sewing, but I'll try to Thrift then do detailing and hemming by hand. The problem comes when I'm making something new and don't have any sort of reference. It's all trial and error and there are a lot of Errors. I never got a prop completely right the first time. It can be discouraging to watch something you put a lot of time and effort into fall apart sometimes over and over again, but the feeling I get when I see it come together in the end is amazing!
Best con experience hands down was NYCC 2019! I loved everything about the two Peggy Carter cosplays I debuted. The panels were fantastic - Star Trek Discovery Picard the angel reunions. I got to meet Nichelle Nichols my absolute hero, Christopher Hilton and Paul Rudd. But most importantly the people were all amazing. It was my first year going to a con where I already knew people who would be there and had plans to meet up even if it was just for a picture. I also met a ton of great cosplayers who I became really close with especially during quarantine. NYCC 2019 was also the con where I found out about Cosplay Instagram and a month later I started my own account and met even more amazing people. I can't wait to see everyone at Cons again and get back to cosplaying outside of my house.
My current cosplans are a Captain Carter "What if?" cosplay and a Star Trek Tribble pile - both are in the early stages. For Captain Carter I'm on attempt number 3 at crafting the shield and that's my first step. For the Tribble pile I'm still waiting on the Tribbles to reproduce LOL.
What do friends and family say about you cosplaying?
I have been pretty lucky. I do have some friends and family who think it's kind of strange, that don't mind it overall in a "you do you" sense. But for the most part, my friends and family are just happy that I'm happy or think it's really cool or cosplay themselves. Two of my cousins are actually coming to a Con with me and I am incredibly excited. It hasn't always been the case. I've had friends who found out that I cosplay either because I told them or they saw pictures and they didn't react too kindly. That hurt a ton, but when it comes down to it, I wouldn't want to hang out with someone who insults me or anyone else because of something their passion about anyway.
Where can people find you?
On Instagram: @siriuslee_cosplay
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