Thursday, June 19, 2014
Cosplay Spotlight: Freya
Victoria: According to your Facebook page you are a performer and historical costumer. You have some stunning period pieces on your page. Can you tell me about being a historical costumer?
Freya: It's very, very hot. But a lot of fun. It’s a totally different game that most ‘cosplay’. I can’t tell you how many times I was in 6 layers of heavy fabrics in hot 100 degree Florida sun. Although I was never SCA, I think it’s the ultimate ‘cosplay’, since many times we have full encampments and many members never break character. Often, the members live for several days as these characters. I have learned to appreciate air conditioned convention centers so much!
Victoria: What was your first super hero costume?
Freya: My first hero was Power Girl. She was the first character I thought that I could “fit”, being a woman of size. I got hooked on her because of Amanda Connor’s version.
Victoria: When it comes to historical costumes and superhero ones, do you have a preference? Is one more fun than the other?
Freya: I actually hate spandex. It's awful. I prefer the linens, wools, silks and other fabrics and notions of history. I’m a tactile person. I love the way it all feels. I also enjoy the systematic way everything has to go on. I like the pomp and excessiveness of some of the time periods. Superheros are more ‘fun’ though. And much easier to move around in, usually.
Victoria: Which costume took the longest for you to create?
Freya: I think that would have to be my Tudor gown. It was my first big gown and I just jumped in and taught myself as I went. I thought it was ‘finished’. …then I thought it needed beadwork. It actually still isn’t done. I stopped working on it when it didn’t fit anymore. It was a LOT of fabric to deal with and because I’m 100% self taught, it was laborious.
Victoria: In addition to being talented and absolutely stunning, you also do a great deal of charity work. Kudos to you for giving back to the community! Why is it important to you?
Freya: I got to the point where I’ve taken so many photos and had my costumes as something that was all about ME (selfish, I know). I think I reached the age where I thought there HAS to be something more to this. It gives me a real reason to do it, other than just getting attention. Although my characters are almost never recognized, the children seem to at least understand that I’m a hero. I find it most interesting little girls’ reactions. They don’t care who I am, they just know I’m a girl, like them and I’m a hero. I get lots of hugs that way.
Victoria: You are very psychically fit. What's your daily regimen like?
Victoria: You were hired for the 2013 New York Comic-Con. Can you tell me what that experience was like?
Freya: It was intense. I am SO grateful to Vinnie Tartamella for that experience. He is an absolutely amazing artist who made me into his Power Girl. Since he is an artist, we were in artist alley and not on the main convention floor. I’m still kind of a ‘nobody’ in the community, so thankfully I wasn’t overwhelmed with fans and friends. I had to make a trip to the main floor to pick up some goodies for friends and oh my god! Thank goodness I had a friend to act as a handler to get me through. Once you stop for a photo, you’re stuck forever! I have attended DragonCon since 2005, so I’m no stranger to the paparazzi wall, but NYCC was a little different. It is more an industry con than a costumer con. For that reason, ANY costume is a huge hit. I had a wonderful time, but I don’t think I’ve ever been so exhausted. I only wish I had the chance to meet some of the other costumers that were there.
Victoria: Are you currently working on any new costumes?
Victoria: What conventions will you be attending for the remainder of 2014?
Freya: Supercon (Miami), Tampa Bay Comic Con, UltraCon (ft.Lauderdale), DragonCon (Atlanta) ….after that…I’m not exactly sure. However, there is a good chance I’ll be in Puerto Rico next May!!
Victoria: Where can people contact you and view a port of your work?
Freya: I’m embarrassed to say I STILL don’t have a real site up yet. For now, the best place to find me is www.facebook.com/facesoffreya I am also on twitter and Instagram, both as Golden Freya.