Hello, this is NiShi. I am a cosplay lover from China, but now living in the California Bay Area. It is a pleasure to be featured and get this chance to share something about me. I create cosplay works or photos for fun, and it is my biggest hobby. I hope you will love what I do.
When and how did you get started into cosplaying?
Nice question hahah. I learned about cosplay in 2010. I was following a TV talk show and they featured some cosplayers from a University club in one of their episodes. I was addicted to anime back then, so I decided I wanted to cosplay too. Then I told some of my besties and we formed a little cosplay group. But that was just little kids having fun, we had like only two cosplays in a year LOL. Then I took a rest from it for a couple of years. And I picked it back up in 2014.
What do you love about cosplay?
Many things! This question took me a lot of time to think…hahah.
Well, first all I like anime, so I want to be the characters I love. And it feels amazing when I perform as someone else. Then I really enjoy the whole process of delivering the characters’ personality and my own analysis of her/him. Because it is easy but also hard to deliver emotions through the screen; it is easy because we can do makeup, lighting, composition, and photoshop; it is hard because emotion is so vague, and the screen is just way too small for heart-touching.
We must put work into it, so that we can be the best we can; and when we achieve a higher level of delivery, I feel SOOO GOOOOOODD! Being able to deliver my thoughts through cosplay is one of the biggest reasons why I love it. But also, I made so many friends through cosplay, and my most contacted friends are all cosplayers. I’m not sure if I worded all these right, because it so much more than this… I hope when people get to know my works, they can feel how I enjoy cosplaying.
Which characters have you enjoyed cosplaying most?
I would say Mashu Kyrielight from Fate, because she’s my best waifu hahaha. But I don’t have many finished shoots with her, because I want to make sure I do her justice haha. Also, Nero from Fate, Honoka from LoveLive are my favorite too. I like them by their characteristics.
Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn but haven’t found the time?
High level photoshop!! Because there are many things that happens in fiction, but hard to accomplish in real life, like breathing fire, strike lighting, etc. If I can do some magical photoshop, my cosplay works would get to a new level. And, how to be a game master, cause I suck LoL.
On a scale of 1-10, how much of a foodie are you?
12. Very very very foodie. That’s why I always suffer in losing weight.
If you could time travel, where will you go?
Ehhhh… No where! I’m satisfied with what I live in now. There are things I don’t like and wish I could have changed it. But there are more things I love, and you never know if you get to keep those if you mess up the past. And there will not be a perfect solution. So, I enjoy right now.
Which is a funny or lame attempt a guy has tried to know you?
It was funny, lame, but a little creepy. We were in a science lab class and assigned to the same group. The guy just straight up went, are you looking for a romance relationship? I was so shocked. It was during class, everyone else is doing experiments, and that was the first sentence he talked in that class period. It was the only time I got picked up.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions NiShi. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
It can be defined in many ways. You are sexy, when you are confident of yourself. I guess people think an attractive person or object is sexy. But people can be attracted in many ways, by the appearance, personality, creativity, etc. So sexy can be found everywhere.
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