Cosplay Confessions is yet another monthly feature I’ve added to my blog. Every month (and maybe twice a month) if I can, I plan on featuring a different cosplayer and my interview with them, along with photos featuring their cosplay. This will not only be beneficial to the cosplayers themselves – because any publicity is good publicity when it comes to updating your fans on which conventions you’ll be at, and what you’re working on – but it will also be beneficial to those who are interested in cosplay as a hobby.

Since this is a new feature, I have asked some cosplayers I know to fill out my questions and it’s my great pleasure to introduce a very talented cosplayer hailing from Vermont, Cheryl Wild. I first met Cheryl online – and she’s become a great online friend and source of inspiration from her many cosplays. She creates many of her cosplays from household items, and all of them look fantastic. So, without further ado – here is my interview with Cheryl – AKA WyldRyce Cosplay.


QUESTION: Hello! Many people reading this may not know much about you. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. How long have you been cosplaying?

I’m thirty years old, married almost twelve years, and mother to two daughters ages nine and seven. I have been cosplaying since 2011. I hail from the great small state of Vermont and I’ve been a geek as long as I can remember. My fondest memories from when I was little was watching my dad play Dungeons & Dragons on a 5″ floppy disk and trying to collect every gaming console my brother and I could afford.

I’m in love with my dogs, my family and my life. I’m not a very active cosplayer, but I can tell you I love it just as much as anyone else does. My family and personal life always comes first before cosplay. I would label myself artistic because no matter what the medium is – it is one of my passions in life. From baking to drawing to sewing to building props, I love it all.


QUESTION: Do you attend many conventions? Which ones are your favorite to attend?

I try to attend at least one convention per year.  My first two years of cosplaying, I went to Boston Comic Con, Granite State Comic Con, and Super Mega Fest. I was unable to attend those last year, but I did pick up a new one with Vermont State Comic Con when they asked me to judge the costume contest.


QUESTION: Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to cosplaying?

I used to when I first started. I thought cosplay was supposed to be done a certain way or you had to have the right look. I was taking it too seriously. I have more of a carefree attitude about it now. Even when I don’t finish a costume on time, I’ll still wear what is done.


QUESTION: What’s one cosplay project you’d like to do in the future?

I would like to do some well-known characters that are more on the sexier side, like Poison Ivy or Catwoman.  I had a hard time with the fact I’m a mother to two growing girls and how they would see me. I’m glad I did wait until they were older so we could discuss what it means to be a woman, how to take care of your body, and not be ashamed of your body. I still take into consideration how much T&A I show for their sake because I don’t want to embarrass them.


QUESTION: Are there any cosplayers (professional or otherwise) who inspire you? If so, why?

I’m a little biased with this because I notice I tend to follow a lot of other female Asians. I didn’t have many peers that looked like me or even many famous people that looked like me so when I see people like Miss Gidget, Kris from JK Cosplay, Ani-Mia, Yaya Han it inspires me more than just that they make great costumes. Even actress Ming-Na Wen is a huge inspiration, especially since she kicks ass at 50. I love seeing strong, beautiful Asian women because it helps me accept who I am and who I’m striving to be.


QUESTION: What do you think sets you apart from other cosplayers?

I dunno, maybe the fact that I have two kids? Or maybe that I’m one of the few Vermont-based cosplayers out there.


QUESTION: Any advice for someone wishing to begin cosplaying?

Be humble, be kind, and be yourself 🙂


QUESTION: Last but not least – do you have a website or Facebook page where people can check out your cosplay endeavors?

You can find me on Facebook, or on Tumblr, or on Twitter.


Graduated from Saint Joseph's College Of Maine with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts - Creative Writing as well as Stonecoast, a low-residency MFA program through University of Southern Maine. Has several screenplays, a novel, graphic novel and a memoir all in development.

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