Cosplay Confessions is (what used to be a) monthly feature I added to my blog, though I’ve sort of been away from posting for a few months (almost a year, really) due to my job and getting married and other developments. Every month (and maybe twice a month), I tried featuring a different cosplayer and my interview with them, along with photos featuring their cosplays. This is not only 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’s also beneficial to those who are interested in cosplay as a hobby. If I can reconnect with enough cosplayers, I hope to make this segment a regular feature of my blog once more. Until then, I will be posting them as I get them.
It’s my great pleasure to introduce a very talented local Maine cosplayer, Jenelle Beasley, whom I met at a children’s event called Kidabaloo. Jenelle is a very kind individual and seems excited to be able to cosplay as a princess for the children, who get a big kick out of it. She doesn’t have a lot of different cosplays (quality over quantity), but the ones she has are done very well (and she’s won contests with them for craftsmanship).
On to the interview!
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?
My name is Jenelle Beasley. I’m a medical assistant at a pediatric specialty care office in Portland, Maine. I’m obsessed with Disney! So much so that I’ve been cosplaying Disney characters for the past eight years or so. Currently I am working on a Rapunzel and Briar Rose cosplay I hope to debut during Portcon this summer.
QUESTION: Do you attend many conventions? Which ones are your favorite to attend?
Not nearly as much as I would like to. I love my job, but it doesn’t allow for me to go to many conventions. Currently I regularly attend Portcon and Anime Boston. I do help out with local events around the Portland area.
QUESTION: Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to cosplaying?
People who take it too seriously. Also, taking hoop skirts and petticoats to conventions is a huge pain in the butt.
QUESTION: What’s one cosplay project you’d like to do in the future?
My next project I plan on tackling is Ariel’s park dress. My goal for when my partner and I have kids is to maybe one day do a family cosplay as Ariel, Eric and Melody.
QUESTION: Are there any cosplayers (professional or otherwise) who inspire you? If so, why?
Traci Hines for sure. She’s fantastic at what she does. I followed her on youtube for awhile and she really was one of the ones to get me inspired to start cosplaying Disney.
QUESTION: What do you think sets you apart from other cosplayers?
I do it a lot for the kids. It was so great at Anime Boston to just walk in the mall as Anna from Frozen and have all the little kids smile, some even having their parents ask if they can give me a hug and take a picture.
QUESTION: Any advice for someone wishing to begin cosplaying?
Have fun with it! If you worked your butt off making the cosplay, enter it into a contest. I was so scared to enter my first craftmanship contests. I have now won two from Portcon in the Master’s class. It’s a great feeling and I encourage everyone to try!
QUESTION: Last but not least – do you have a website or Facebook page where people can check out your cosplay endeavors?
Not really at the moment because I don’t really have time. I am starting up a Princess Company with my friend Leeshy called Faith, Trust A Princess Is A Must! It’s a work in progress.