My name is Rouxan (ROO-in)[REDACTED] I'm married, and I’m[REDACTED] cosplayer. I have degrees in Outdoor Education and Costuming and enjoy finding the overlapping areas where the two mesh! (It happens more often than you would think.)
I’ve always been interested in movies. Any movie that had notable makeup, sets, costuming, I would hunt endlessly through the special features for any insight on the production of the film. I didn’t gain an interest in cosplay until about 2010, and didn’t start cosplaying till 2014. In 2016, though is when I truly started working on creating the more intricate costumes. That year I worked on Jak from Jak 2: Renegade, the project was very near to my heart as Jak and Daxter were my childhood. This project had so much nostalgia riding on it, it was incredible to finally finish it, get a photoshoot in and take to con. The reaction to Jak is always amazing, and it spurs some of the best conversations! Kili was the project for 2017, it was meant to be done by September but I just couldn’t hold off so in three months, I put in over 240 hours to finish it. The pride I have for that cosplay is substantial. I got the chance to prove to myself that costuming is a career I can pursue. I used some incredibly unorthodox methods to finish that costume, but I couldn’t have asked for a better result.
Cosplay has been many things to me over the years. It has been a creative outlet, an escape, a point of stress and feelings of inadequacy, a driving force to pursue the things that I love. It has brought me friendships, opportunities to teach and learn, intense moments of self- discovery, and wayy too many bins of crafting supplies. I love cosplay and thank the community every day for the person I have become through it.