How You Came Up With Name: Yun is actually a shortened version of my actual name! At the time I was working on my first cosplay, I listened to the song “Dearly Beloved” on repeat, and it kind of stuck with me, so the name is just those two things put together. It’s a little corny, I know haha
Other Known Aliases: My friends all call me Yun ^^
Base of Operations: Mostly at my home in Atlanta, GA
Years Cosplaying: Around 10 months
First Cosplay: Noctis (Final Fantasy XV)
First Con: Momocon!
Cons per Year: Around 3-4
Make Your Own Costume: Sometimes! But they’re usually bought and modified
Make Your Own Props: Yes!
Do Your Own Hair: This is actually something I feel pretty strongly about! Learning how to cut and style your own hair is super useful; especially if you don’t plan on living in the same area for your entire life
Do Your Own Makeup: Admittedly my least favorite part haha, trying my best to improve though!
Do Your Own Wig Styling: Wig styling is actually my favorite part of the process!
Makes Your Own Wigs: The closest I’ve done is modifying wigs, I hope to be able to make my own one day though!
Bodypaints: I’ve never done any, but I’ve been looking to try it!
Favourite Cosplay: It’s a tough one, but I may have to give it to Kaname Kuran from Vampire Knight! It’s not my best looking cosplay but it’s been a “dream cosplay” for such a long time and being able to realize it on my own terms made me so incredibly happy!
Number of times you have been to Dragon Con: I’ve been there for one day before and I don’t think I had the chance to really experience the con, I definitely want to go back eventually!
Patreon, Ko-fi, Onlyfans, Etsy, and/or Support Link: I do have a quick ko-fi account at ko-fi.com/dearlyyun
Lewds: Maybe eventually, I’ve been thinking about it actually haha
Nudes: None so far, but open to the idea
More than Nudes: This is one I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do
With Fairydevil Cosplay, we decided to do something different. We weren’t so sure if you really dug all the interviews, so we changed the format of the Up and Coming Cosplayers to just the Cosplayer Score Card and Pictorial. The score card pretty much asks all of the generic questions that a lot of you would want to know about cosplayers, and most of the interest is in the art, so we decided to let that be the focus.
So let us know what you think. Do you miss the interview? Do you like this better? We’re all ears.
I’m writing this article from a really strange and bitter place. I grew up in a household where not only giving money to charities was normal, but also our time and effort. My mother was a chair of the Atlanta Women’s Resource Center, and our house was a safehouse for abused women and children. Once I was able to drive, I donated my time to campaigns on various levels. To this day, since I don’t have the time volunteer, I donate to various causes when I can, as well as strangers and friends in need when I encounter them. However, in my older age, I have experienced encounters that discourage giving.My company was a sponsor for an anime club at a local library, for which I had to run and pay for my own background check. I bought food, refreshments, and planned outings for the future. None of it happened. In the end, I think the librarians that oversaw the group were weirded out that I wanted to help. When I tried to find other groups in libraries to sponsor, I received what I perceived resistance.
Well, at least that’s what I felt in my heart. Since when did it become so hard to help? Since when was my money, or my company’s money not good enough. I’m not wealthy, and it’s not like I was going to donate thousands, but I was considering in the triple digits at least. It’s a lot for me and my company, but that shouldn’t even be a factor, should it? Shouldn’t the correct response for all of them been something to the effect of, “Hey, thanks! We appreciate it! We are very busy right now with the protests and COVID-19, but we would heartily accept whatever efforts and donation you have to give.”
Well, I’ll keep this article short and sweet. There’s a lot of talented folks out there hurting because of The Quarantine; artists, entertainers, business owners…strippers..? Yes, that last one might be funny, but hey, everyone has to eat, and that’s about as intimate a job as I can think of that is probably being killed by COVID-19. So, the next time you think about donating to a Black Lives Matter cause, think about how much of that donation will actually go to helping, once all the salaries, meals for volunteers, cuts from funding companies, and whatever various miscellaneous fees that middle men and bureaucrats can think of get paid for. Keep your support local.
Go to the local comic shoppe or pub. Purchase something from an Etsy. Become a patron to your local artist. Send a PayPal to your favourite musician. Of course, you can go down to your local strip club that reopened, and place some dollar bills on the ground for your favourite dancer. (Remember social distancing..!)
I think that the one good thing about The Quarantine is that we are all beginning to appreciate the potential for closeness we all took for granted. A lot of us are hurting financially as well as socially. Supporting your local artist, entertainer, or business help solve both of those problems.