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Greetings, my nerdy fam. Welcome to another copslayer spotlight feature, where I interview cosplayers, and they tell us more about themselves. This is my second cosplayer interview of 2019, and recently, I got a chance to chat with Matt Hollands, better known as Mister Cosplay. He's an amazing and talented cosplayer who has such a positive presence on social media, especially at conventions. I hope you enjoy this interview.
Texxx-Man Cosplay: What made you interested in doing cosplay?
Hollands: I have always had a creative side, and over the years I found different ways to express it. So when I started hearing about cosplay, I was interested in it right away. I attended my first con at Niagara Falls Comic Con in 2013, and I've taken my passion for this since then, and turned it into a career that I love.
Texxx-Man Cosplay: How did cosplay change your life?
Hollands: Cosplay changed my life in many ways. I am a very shy, introverted person usually, and cosplay has allowed me to open up, and become friends with some of my favorite people on this planet. It has also given me drive. I haven't had anything I was this passionate about doing before, and the desire to make my cosplays keeps me going.
Texxx-Man Cosplay: When I first started following you on social media, the first cosplay that I encountered of yours was General Zod. How long have you been cosplaying as him, and what reactions have you received from others?
Hollands: General Zod is my most popular cosplay hands down. I started portraying the General at the 2018 Niagara Falls Comic Con. My initial reason was to meet Dean Cain. I wanted to meet him as a Superman villain, and General Zod has always been my favorite of Superman's rogue gallery. The reaction I received from everyone, and Dean Cain himself, was incredible. Everyone wanted to kneel before Zod, and it became the fun thing to do.
Texxx-Man Cosplay: Out of all the cosplays you have done, which one would you say is your overall favorite?
Hollands: My favorite cosplays I've made would have to be either Deadshot or Judge Dredd. My favorite cosplay to wear and portray would definitely be General Zod. I've been told the way of portraying that character gives me an ominous presence, and I really enjoy that.
Texxx-Man Cosplay: Do you have any cosplayers that you consider role models?
Hollands: Two in fact. I admire and look up to Cosplay Chris and Xieng Prod. They are both very passionate about this craft, but they have very different ways of going about it. I admire Cosplay Chris for his spirit, his personality, and his showmanship. I admire Xieng Prod for his creativity, his craftsmanship, and his outlook on the community.
Texxx-Man Cosplay: What advice would you give to someone who is interested in doing cosplay?
Hollands: Figure what makes you happy. That's the first thing you need to do. Try different types of cosplay making, and find what works best for you. Then improve on it. Make whatever character you want to make, and don't follow the crowd.
Texxx-Man Cosplay: Are there any cons that you are planning on attending this year, and which ones would you want to attend in the future?
Hollands: This year I have Toy Con (which I'm actually a guest at) in May, Niagara Falls Comic Con coming up in June. I would love to attend San Diego Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, and several others one day.
I appreciate Matt for taking the time to be interviewed by me. To my new, and current readers, if you like the articles I've written, and like my content, feel free to send me a small one-off tip that's located towards the end of every article. Your support is greatly appreciated. It helps me to write more articles such as this, and brings more people to my page. I'm also on social media, so please feel free to follow me. I'll be doing more cosplayer interviews in the coming weeks and throughout the summer, so stay tuned for those.