A round of applause for Sumi Go, the cosplayer in the limelight this week! She gives us a lowdown on her life, both in the cosplay world and out. “I'm widely known in the cosplay scene, or even in the blogging community, as Sumi which stands for Sumirehana, my username in the j-culture community,” she explained. “I’m 21 and a fresh Marketing Management graduate from DLSU.”
But what has she learned about cosplay and about the world at large? Read on and find out as Sumi spills the beans.
Tell us something unique about yourself, something only your friends and family usually know.
“I'm actually allergic to seafood, chicken, and eggs, but I'm stubborn so I still eat whatever I want. I'm also a self-proclaimed jack of all trades, but sadly, master of none.”
What do you like doing during your spare time?
“I love going on food trips, watching movies, taking photographs, blogging, singing, especially on Youtube – Warning: it's mostly covers of Japanese songs – and watching anime and South Park.”
Tell us about your cosplay career.
“I can't actually call it a “career” since I've been cosplaying for fun. It was an on and off thing though, but let me share how I got started and what I do now.
“I was an anime and gaming fan as early as I can remember, but it (cosplay) all began in 2004 when I discovered communities of anime fanatics like myself. I was an active member, attending conventions, and it was then that I saw cosplayers doing their thing onstage. I was really amazed and I told myself that I wanted to try cosplaying, too. In 2005, I finally got to save up the money I needed to make my first costume -- Ling Xiao Yu of Tekken 5. Although I didn't personally sew my costume, I was hands-on with making the accessories and shoe covers. Although my first costume looked simple, I was proud that I've somehow pulled it off. I still did some cosplay after that, but I became busy so I just opted to do cosplay photo shoots instead.
“I started cosplaying only by myself and later on gained friends in the community. However, in 2008, I got in touch with my musical side and decided to shift to singing in a band. We covered Japanese anime songs. I left the band when I was about to go to college, but it was then that I started being an active fandubber/ singer on YouTube. But since YouTube became so strict with copyright infringement, I later on got disheartened to sing there and finally restarted blogging.”
Find out what award she won; read on!