Welcome to another installment of “Confessions of a Cosplayer”. Each week I will feature a cosplayer in the Friday franchise who I either know personally or through social media. As time moves on, I will also be focusing on other iconic horror characters from other franchises then I will have horror inspired cosplayers. If you are a cosplayer or know someone who is a cosplayer and would like to be featured on a weekly spotlight please reach out to me on Facebook or track me down through social media.
On this weeks edition I am happy to announce that we have our first international cosplayer. Over the year Canada has given us many great people in the form of entertainment: John Candy, Michael J. Fox, Pamela Anderson, William Shatner, Mike Myers and Camp Blood Radio’s personal favorite Nikki Benz! With last weeks edition, Sebastien decided to take on a form of Jason that not too many cosplayers have done so far that I have seen. If you were a backer of the Friday the 13th video game you were able to select the “Savini Jason” as a perk. For those who may not be familiar with Savini Jason, Tom Savini who was the special effects mastermind behind the original movie and the Final Chapter designed a concept of Jason from when he spent time in hell. For someone who decided to use this design for his first time cosplaying as Jason I was happy that he reached out to me!
What is your first memory of watching a Friday the 13th movie?
I was 8 years old in a camping park with my parents and family and we watched what I believe was part 7 in an old wood cabin.
What is your favorite Friday the 13th movie?
My favorite is without a doubt Freddy vs. Jason but in the official franchise it is part 3.
What made you get into the art of cosplaying (how old were you? Where did you first show off your cosplay, do you design your own clothing, hood, hockey mask etc.? If not, who do you use to help with your costume?)
I started cosplaying last year after I got Friday the 13th the game. I began to grow an obsession with Savini Jason; a version made exclusively for the game by the legendary Tom Savini. I then made researches to find a collectible figure or something but there were not any to be found. So I started looking at busts/masks and thought: wow I want this. The next thing you know, I ordered a Savini hockey mask from fiberglassmask.com (which is the only known game accurate design at the time) and a Dark Side Studios latex mask and got it costumed to fit on my little head. Then, I needed a professional to install the leds.
The 3D printed spikes I got from Ruben Morales: a 3D designing professional. The “costume maker”: Julie-Chantal costumes et accessories assembled everything for me and did a latex job on the clothes as well as putting paddings inside the shirt. Recently I started a FVJ that will be posted to my page very soon.
How many versions of Jason costumes do you have? Do you have plans to showcase more costumes?
Actually I only have one finished costume but FVJ is almost completed so you should see new photos very soon: In the snow of course.
Do you attend conventions? If so which ones do you attend? Are there any you recommend for someone who has never attended? What advice would you give to someone who has never attended a convention as a cosplayer?
Yes, I attend conventions but there are not too many here in Canada and they are not horror only conventions like the Monster Mania. We have the Montreal Comic-Con and Otakuthon as the biggest conventions during the summer. If you are new to cosplaying I’d suggest you do what your heart tells you to. Many people are going to say bad comments on the internet but you must see it as it is: jealousy.
People hate what they can’t have. It’s important to mention also that the cosplaying community DOES NOT approve any form of body shaming so even if you are a little rounder/thinner/taller/smaller than the character you are cosplaying, it doesn’t matter!!! We all judge by the time you spent on your costume; the techniques you used you build it etc. It’s a very nontoxic community so nobody should ever be afraid of cosplaying.
What advice would you give to a first time cosplayer?
Your costume is nice, prepare yourselves because fans are going to want photos with you and you are going to looooove it. Don’t be afraid that’s all !!!
Who are some of your favorite cosplayers that you follow on social media or personally know?
It’s Joe Gallow who “inspired” me to go on that path. At first I was afraid to cosplay Jason because of my height but then, Joe told me: I am 5’8” too. So I just thought: Damn if the best cosplayer I know out there is the same size as m, Why would I listen to the idiots telling me that I shouldn’t do it because I’m smaller than Jason. They’re all just jealous they can’t do it themselves.
Do you have any social media accounts for your cosplay that you would like to promote?
Yes ! You can follow me on both Facebook and Instagram under the name of Jason Lost in Canada. I mostly share any horror related stuff but I plan on posting photo shoots a bit like Gallow does. Like I said, he really inspired me so I hope I can get near his pic taking level someday!