Sonia Blade Cosplay interview

Who are you?
Hi, I’m Sonia or Sonia Blade Cosplay whichever you prefer.

Photo of Sonia Blade as Kida, photo by @photo_brand_cosplay
Sonia Blade as Kida, photo by @photo_brand_cosplay

What was the first cosplay?
So my first cosplay ever was ran mao from black butler back in like 2012? My friend suggested that I would look really cool in that costume.

How did you get into cosplay?
So my first convention was in 2008 and I thought cosplaying was so cool but I had no way to fund it at the time. I was like 15 with no disposable income and my parents were not trying to buy me costumes. So fast foward, my friend suggested that ran mao cosplay, and I bought it from a website and tada. In college I dropped off for a minute, because again no disposable income and after college now I have some money and am making most of my cosplays.

How long have you been cosplaying?
Seriously for about 2 years.

Favourite cosplay you’ve done so far?
My shiny chariot cosplay, even though my quality wasn’t great, I love it, and now I want to redo it and make it look phenomenal

Which cosplayer would you love to work with?
Anyone that is willing to deal with my silly self. There are a lot of cosplayers I would love to meet though.

Any group cosplays you’d want to do (eg Mystery Inc, Sailor Scouts, Avengers, X-Men, etc)?
I would love to have cosplay group of the diamond authority from Steven Universe. With me as pink diamond.

Any advice for beginner cosplayers, or people wanting to get into cosplaying?
Cosplay what you love. Pick a character that no matter what you have to do, you will enjoy the process. Whether buying, thrifting, making, just at the end of the day have fun. Now my smart side is saying, cosplay by your budget. Make sure your main priorities are taken care of and that you aren’t putting yourself into debt.

Back in July you won your first cosplay contest. First off, congratulations. Can you tell us more about the cosplay that got you the win?
So I just wanna clarify it’s my first win, not my first cosplay contest (it’s my 3rd). So I won best journeyman (intermediate) with warrior kida (design done by gladzykei). It’s mainly an eva foam build, and it took me about 2-3 weeks to finish it. This is my second foam armor build and I’m incredibly proud of how it came out and am happy that the judges enjoyed what I produced. You can go to my instagram and in my highlights for warrior kida (I post wips y’all) and the very last one, (shout out to my friend who caught the essence of me) is the award being announced and me just being so shocked, because I didn’t expect to win.

Do you have any plans to enter any contests in the future? If so, can you share which?
So ideally I wanted to enter the ikki-con cosplay contest (austin, tx) in december, but things have happened in my personal life so that’s being canceled for me. However, I’m looking to enter in the a-kon cosplay contest in Ft. Worth, Texas. I love competing and being on stage. So as long as I got the money and time, I’ll enter a contest, regardless for a win or not.

If time/money/materials were no issue, what’s the number one cosplay you’d do?
The grand duchess Anastasia. (which i’m slowly working on)

If you could have a single superpower, what would it be and why?
To teleport, I would never be late. Also save money on airfare and traveling.

Have you binge-watched any shows recently? If so, what have they been?
I don’t binge much anymore, I don’t have a lot of time so 1-2 episodes is good for me. Currently have been watching banana fish.

If you could live in one franchise, what would it be and why?
Overwatch probably. Seems fun and cool I wanna be a hero.

Are there any cosplayers you think deserve more attention/coverage?
Tons, like I could sit here and list like 5 million and one. Basically anyone under 1k on any platform. @yuyumir, @lordsalsaverde @hollowqxween @turnfreebaby just to name a few.
[Note: I’ve already had the chance to interview Turnfreebaby.]

Where can we find you online (social media etc)?
So twitter/instagram handle @soniabladecos
And my new store ​