Cosplayer Spotlight: Elizabeth Carter
Updated: May 28, 2019
A New edition of Cosplayer Spotlight is now up! This week we talk to the enchanting Elizabeth Carter! She is from across the pond and has alot to add to the cosplaying community!
Droids: This week we have a treat for our fellow geeks! We get to sit down with Elizabeth Carter, a Cosplayer from England! Thank you for sitting down with us for an installment of Cosplayer Spotlight!
Elizabeth: Hello, thank you very much for having me! I never thought I’d ever be asked for an Interview.
Droids: Easy/typical questions first. What was the first convention you attended? What was the most memorable part of that convention?
Elizabeth: The first Convention that I ever attended was the MCM Manchester Comic Con in England back in 2013 (I think.) Some people I used to know were going and suggested it to me. I had no idea what Cosplay was, but I decided to go and see what all of the fuss was about. I Cosplayed Vanellope Von Schweetz from Disney’s Wreck It Ralph. The most memorable part of the Convention, was getting people constantly asking me for Photographs. I had no idea that people would even ask for Photos, I was stunned!
Droids: Is there a cosplay you will not do? If so, and Why?
Elizabeth: I wouldn’t Cosplay a character that I’m not a fan of or I’m not a part of that ‘Fandom.’ I wouldn’t want to go round a Convention dressed up as a character that I knew nothing about. I’ve been told to Cosplay many characters just because I’m told that I really look like them, but until I’ve researched that character and watched them, then I wouldn’t. I also wouldn’t Cosplay characters wearing risqué costumes. I know a lot of Cosplayers do that and are really famous whilst Cosplayers like me aren’t as popular as them due to the fact I don’t wear costumes like that, but I’m barely comfortable with myself. I wouldn’t want to depict myself in that way. I usually Cosplay characters because of their morals and personality, not on their appearance and costume wear.
Droids: What was your favorite cosplay costume that you've done so far?
Elizabeth: That’s such a difficult choice! I have so many! My main Favourites are Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite and Ellie from the Last of Us. Not just because I’ve been told that I look like them, but because they are amazing characters. But I do adore my Max Caulfield Cosplay (Life is Strange!) Her costume and props haven’t even been finished yet, but I’ve already had so many positive responses and feedback from people. Many people saying that I really look like her and that I’m their favourite Max Cosplayer so far. It’s such a strange feeling that I didn’t expect. She’s mainly my favourite Cosplay because of her personality, how she is in general and also because I’d stereotypically wear her type of costume daily. She’s shy, loves Camera work and doesn’t have many friends. I can relate to her so much.
Droids: Do you have a favorite convention? If so, which one is it, and why?
Elizabeth: I’d have to say the bigger Conventions like MCM that have larger Exhibition Halls and Locations outside. I adore the MCM London Convention just because of the different locations surrounding the Convention. There’s a row of trees right outside, a grassy area, concrete structures, a car park and a river etc… There’s quite a few places to shoot Location shoots for Cosplays, which are my favourite type of Photoshoots.
Droids: What was the hardest costume for you to make to date? What made it so difficult?
Elizabeth: Easily my Jen Costume from Jim Henson’s 1982 Film ‘The Dark Crystal’! I tried to Research the costume but there was such little information on how the Costume was made and what materials were used to make it. I decided to use Chamois (which is actually used for washing cars with) as it looked similar to his costume in the Film. It was so difficult to make the Costume because I had to make a template for his tunic and chest piece and I had never made a costume from scratch like that before. It was incredibly tedious and I wanted to give up at times, but I didn’t. So much work went into him, like for example the wig had individual extensions sown into it, yet I feel like it paid off eventually.
Droids: Is there a cosplayer that you look up to for inspiration?
Elizabeth: Easily Hayley Smith Cosplay, she’s a Cosplayer from England and she is amazing! She mainly focuses on Makeup for her Cosplays and she’s such a shapeshifter! She can literally make herself look like anyone its crazy! I’ve met her a few times and she’s such a sweetheart. I’d love to be successful like her one day in the Cosplaying Community!
Droids: Is there a Con that you have not gone to yet but aspire to do so?
Elizabeth: If I had a lot of money I would adore to attend the San Diego Comic Con in America! It’s such a huge convention with amazing Costumes and Guests, it’s unbelievable! But until I get a really well paid job in the Filming Industry like Acting and/or Writing, then that won’t be happening for a long time!
Droids: Do you have a funny experience from a comic con that you want to share?
Elizabeth: Not really funny but more embarrassing! When I Cosplayed as Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea at the MCM Birmingham Convention in 2016, my Costume was literally falling apart on the day! It was horrendous. A rule of advice I’d have to give to Cosplayers, is to NEVER make a Costume the week before and not test it. Anything could happen!
Droids: Is there anything else you want to add about cosplay or yourself in general or perhaps promote something that may not have already been covered?
Elizabeth: I am a Freelance Actor, mainly specializing in Voice Acting. I have worked on Company Videos and even won an Audition for the Titanic: Honor and Glory Computer Game. I work Freelance as a Videographer, Photographer and a Writer. I work at Local Conventions whilst Cosplaying, Interviewing Cosplayers and Guests, Filming Highlights and all areas of the Event for Event Videos and own Projects. My dream Job is to work in the Film Making Industry, working in all areas of a Production whilst Acting and Writing for my favourite show Doctor Who and other Projects.
Droids: It was an absolute pleasure sitting down with you! Congratulations on your continued success as an amazing cosplayer!
We hope to see you at a Convention some time!