UPDATE: This post was originally entitled “A Touring Cosplayer”, which seemed really generic; I’m glad I get to change it since Major Sam took out the Brisbane and then the inaugural Australian National Cosplay Championship hosted by Oz Comic Con in 2015! She’ll be heading for Chicago in March 2016 to represent Australia in the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay.
Major Sam is one of the better known cosplayers on the Australian scene. Although it’s partly because she makes sure to attend at least five of the Supanova pop culture expos held across the country each year, Sam still wouldn’t have the reputation she has if she wasn’t such an exceptional craftsperson!
Though Sam’s day job in the bridal industry employs her seamstress and milliner skills, becoming a full time cosplayer is still Sam’s dream, and she’s taking steps toward her goal, selling prints of her cosplays through her online store! Not only that, but she’s also garnered the attention of Australian geek female fashion label Living Dead Clothing, for whom she models!
It was great to chat with Sam about her love of cosplay, geekdom in general and discovering where your true joys lie, even within the hobby you love!
Thanks again to Dani Hinton of Battlestar Blondie Cosplay for introducing me to Major Sam!
What’s your play?
How often do you travel in order to exhibit the products of your play?
Which skill or skills do you practice in both your play and your day job?
Which avenue for getting paid to play takes up work than you thought, or can put into it at the moment?
Which bits of your play could you do without?
Major Sam Cosplay
Sam’s Paid to Play
Living Dead Clothing, sponsor
What Sam Digs
Miss Kitty, from Basil: The Great Mouse Detective (Sam’s favourite)
The Courtesan, from Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (the one she couldn’t sit down in)
Jessica Rabbit, from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Featured image by Carlos Mayenco Cosplay Photograher