Hi! Thank you for taking the time to feature me. I am a full-time software engineer and part-time cosplay content creator based in northern California.
How did you get started into cosplaying?
It must’ve been around 7th grade? I was really into Vocaloid at the time, and my friend told me about an anime convention called Kawaii Kon some random afternoon. I looked it up and fell in love with the idea, so I begged my mom to let me attend and cosplay Hatsune Miku. It was so exhilarating to interact with other fans and meet my favorite talents. Back then I cosplayed casually, but nowadays I take it quite seriously when I cosplay any character.
What inspires your cosplay character to cosplay as?
I’m largely influenced by anime or video games that my friends or fans tell me about, and after I watch something or play something, I easily fall in love with certain characters. If I feel like I can portray them well and bring them to life, I’ll end up either buying or making the cosplay.
How is a typical day like for you?
Hmm, I have had a few professional gigs as a cosplayer, but I’m actually a software engineer by trade. It’s a profession that takes up a lot of my time and energy during the weekdays, so my day is usually spent programming, and then winding down with kdramas or anime at the end of the night. I allocate my entire weekend to content creation though! I spend every weekend self-shooting pictures or video content then editing and planning out posts for the week. I also sew and craft sometimes, depending on whether I have a new cosplay project.
What have you always wanted to do or learn but have yet to find the time for it?
I’ve always wanted to hone my language skills. Specifically, Chinese and Japanese, but it’s really difficult to keep up when you don’t have a conversation partner.
Have you been in an embarrassing situation before that is funny now when looking back?
I thought long and hard about this question but nothing comes to mind! My life is riddled with embarrassing moments. But they’re so embarrassing to me I just block them out of my memory and try not to think of it LOL.
If you could have a superpower, what will it be?
I think having absurdly good luck would be an OP superpower. Can you imagine it? That’s like, going to Chipotle and always getting fresh guac, or never getting your socks wet walking in the rain. I’d feel so reassured and relaxed having luck on my side.
What turns you off on a date?
Hmm, my biggest turn off is being too egocentric. I went on a date once where the other person ordered food for me without even getting my opinion first, just because they frequented the restaurant and “knew all the best dishes”. I’m a person that cares deeply about the happiness and comfort of others, so people who brazenly take charge without first considering another person’s thoughts or feelings do not mesh well with my character.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Chuu. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
“Sexy” to me is a mix of charisma, confidence, and compassion. I think everyone exhibits those traits a little differently, but one (fictional) example is Yamada from “My Love Story with Yamada-kun at Lv999”. I’m a little embarrassed to use a character as an example but Yamada is undeniably a sexy character LOL.
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