Today we’d like to introduce you to Dommie Dommer.
Hi Dommie, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started cosplaying as a way to express who I wished I could be. Along the way, I learned that I love the person I am, and cosplaying is a joyous craft. Now cosplaying is a way I get to give back and hopefully help others learn and grow too.
I started like most cosplayers with hot glue and a dream, but if it wasn’t for the friends, I made through the craft I wouldn’t be where I am today. I helped a young lady with coupons; her name was Awkwardturtlecosplay she introduced me to a group called The Variant.
The Variant featured me as a Spotlight and from there it’s been an amazing roller coaster of working conventions, helping other cosplayers, and getting to see our dreams slowly become a reality.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
The road hasn’t always been smooth, but I believe the internal roads are the harder ones to walk. I’m competitive, and a perfectionist, and sometimes I overestimate what I am capable of.
It is hard for me to accept that I’m not perfect at everything. I will do a cosplay over and over until I’m happy with it. My grandfather was a carpenter and he wouldn’t sign any of the finished pieces unless he was proud of them. He would tell us to never put our name on something that wasn’t worth having our name on it. That has always stuck with me. Cosplaying is challenging and I love a good challenge.
I try taking it a step further at times by only using materials from thrift stores or by trying something new every cosplay. After the 5th or 6th time at an object and I finally, achieve what I was trying for; that makes going through the tough roads worth every step.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I love to recycle old clothes into cosplays. Outside of helping others achieve personal success in cosplaying; I want to help others understand their impact on the world around them.
Clothing companies are one of the leading causes of environmental pollution and I try to challenge myself by only using fabrics from thrift stores and second-hand clothing stores. I know that my efforts as a whole do not impact largely; however, new cosplayers usually do not know where to start or know how to sew.
By encouraging others and showing them it’s possible to upcycle clothes into a cosplay. I hope that it will impact someone before they buy fabric at a store where they may be able to find a similar fabric for potentially a lot less.
What do you like and dislike about the city?
Raleigh allows so many talented artists to fully express themselves. For this reason, Raleigh is home to a lot of amazing drag queens. There are a lot of parallels between cosplaying and drag.
The skills of makeup, wigs artistry, and performances; are all transferable skills in cosplaying. If not for growing up around Raleigh I do not believe I would have the confidence to cosplay. I passed a con; Animazement; at the convention center and saw cosplayers out front.
It was amazing seeing so many people doing something I always wished I could do. If I lived anywhere else, I would have missed all of the culture and empowerment Raleigh has brought to me.
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