This entry in our ongoing Feature Interview series features the amazing talents of Canadian cosplayer Dayna the Sloth Cosplay. Dayna is part of our #SMCstreet team and is one hell of an up an coming cosplayer. For now read up on all of her cosplaying adventures and make sure you give Dayna a Follow and Like!
SMC: Why did you start cosplaying?
Dayna The Sloth: I have been making costumes since I was a child and I have always been a theater kid. ‘officially’ began cosplay in 2014 but didn’t get serious until 2016.
SMC: What was the first convention you attended in cosplay?
Dayna The Sloth: Anime North, Toronto, in 2014. I almost skipped my prom to go. I wore a really terrible Fiona cosplay from Adventure Time.
SMC: What has been your most memorable convention moment?
Dayna The Sloth: Probably Yeticon 2017, or as the kids are calling it ‘Tornado con.’ We were up in Blue Mountain for the con when a tornado hit. My friends and I were trapped in a sketchy motel room eating cold ramen waiting to go to the rave. You should know I have a horrible phobia of know I have a horrible phobia of tornadoes. It was very scary but at the time but now it is hilarious! We ended up braving the rain and going to the rave and having a blast.
SMC: What is your favorite thing about cosplaying at a convention?
Dayna The Sloth: I love the look of amazement on people’s faces when they realize one of their favorite characters bass been materialized in front of them. It’s magical. Some people really treat you like you ARE that character and really believe it. It’s nice to be part of someone’s memory and making something possible for them that would otherwise never happen, like meeting their fictional hero.
SMC: Where can fans expect to see you next? (2017/18 Schedule?)
Dayna The Sloth: I attend just about every convention in the GTA (Toronto). If you see me please say hi!
SMC: What cosplayers inspire you?
Dayna The Sloth: I look up to Kamui Cosplay, Evil Ted, Jessica Nigri… all the big dogs. I am also inspired by my cosplay friends. Some of the best cosplayers I know are not famous but they are incredible. Our community is full of unsung talent.
SMC: Which is your favorite cosplay you’ve created?
Dayna The Sloth: Every new cosplay I make is my favorite because I try and improve with every costume. I guess right now it’s Sylvanas Windrunner.
SMC: What cosplay are you best known for?
Dayna The Sloth: Sylvanas Windrunner I suppose! I wore it on CTV and won best in class with her at Fan Expo. That cosplay was really well received and people really seemed to love it which makes me very happy!
SMC: If money was no object what would be your dream cosplay creation?
Dayna The Sloth: At the moment, Kerrigan from Starcraft/ Heroes of the Storm.
SMC: Do you have any new cosplays currently in the works?
Dayna The Sloth: Always! Right now I’m working on a Death Knight from World of Warcraft and a couple projects I started earlier this year.
SMC: What are your cosplay strengths? (Tailoring, fabric painting, worbla armor,
in-character performance etc.)
Dayna The Sloth: I’m a foamsmith and I am starting to get pretty good with Worbla.
SMC: What’s one thing you wish you knew about cosplaying before you got started?
Dayna The Sloth: You won’t be an overnight success and you might never get famous. You won’t enjoy yourself if you focus on the numbers. Ignore the competitive side of the community and just have fun.
SMC: Any advice for people interested in cosplaying for the first time?
Dayna The Sloth: Admiring professionals is great, they are inspirational and are talented. But don’t do what they are doing in hopes of fame, You will have a much better time finding your own style and making things you are passionate about. Be original and don’t lose sight of your own interests for likes and follows. You will find success being authentic!
SMC: What do you do in the real world for a job?
Dayna The Sloth: At the moment I am in my fourth year of university for marketing and advertising.
SMC: What is something your fans may not know about you? Other hobbies?
Dayna The Sloth: I am interested in all things Halloween. Scary movies, haunted houses, and costumes (obviously!). I dabble in FX makeup and once had a dream of making
SMC: What part of “geekdom” is you favorite avenue of entertainment (i.e.
comics, movies, video games, anime, etc?).
Dayna The Sloth: Video games would be my biggest area of interest.
SMC: What Comic Books are you currently addicted to?
Dayna The Sloth: Canadian artist LIGHTS released a comic series paired with her newest album Skin and Earth which I adore.
SMC: Any favorite TV shows, movies or cartoons?
Dayna The Sloth: Archer, Rick and Morty, American Horror Story, Wayne’s World, all of Lord of The Rings, I can go on and on.\
SMC: What is your gaming system of choice?
Dayna The Sloth: PC
SMC: What are you currently playing / upcoming video game releases?
Dayna The Sloth: League of Legends. I don’t really have my eye on upcoming releases at the moment.
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