After meeting Radoslav (Rado Raven Art), allow me to present our next cosplay guest – NadiaSK! Nadia is one of the biggest names of the Italian cosplay scene, but she is also very famous across the world! Believe it or not, she’s the eight most popular cosplayer on Facebook! Nadia, benvenuta in Serbia!
AR: Nadia, you’re one of Italy’s top cosplayers, but here in Serbia we don’t know much about you. Why don’t you tell us something about yourself?
N: Hi everyone, my name is Nadia, also known as NadiaSK, and I’m from Italy.
Cosplay is one of my biggest passions. I’m not a cosplay model, but a cosplay maker. I’ve made a myriad of costumes in the genres of anime, manga, comic books, and of course, video games. My creations have won many international awards: I represented Italy at WCS 2008, WCS 2014 (2° place and best performance), ECG 2012 (3° place), ECG 2016, CWM 2011 (3° place), CWM 2012 Portugal (1° place), MAGIC 2016 (2° place) MAGIC 2017.
I work as a costume designer and fashion stylist, so fabric and dresses are really my life.
My other passions are: video games (of course), Lego and sports. I love rhythmic gymnastic, which I’ve practiced for many years, and football. I’m a big fan of Juventus.
AR: How did you discover the wonderful word of cosplay and when did you decide that you wanted to be a professional cosplayer?
N: I always prefer to think of cosplay as a great hobby that I have given so much to, and it has given me so much in return.
It’s true that it has become a job, but when you enjoy it, it is different!
Many conventions around the world have started to invite me as a guest (I receive an invitation every weekend). Unfortunately, I can’t attend every one of them, because I give priority to my job as a costume designer. I’ve started to collaborate with a lot of video game companies. For example, I was hired by Ubisoft to portray Shao Jun from Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, Evie from Assassin’s Creed Syndacate and Sitara from Watch Dogs 2. I’ve also been asked by Blizzard to portray D.Va from Overwatch and Joleera from World of Warcraft, and this year I will represent Italy with my Aloy costume from the Horizon Zero Dawn game. I’ve also worked with Kodak, Gainax, Gumi, Diamond Eyelashes, CosplayWorld and CosplayMat and others…. a lot!
In the end, everything became natural.
I really love traveling around the world and meeting different cultures and people. I love sharing my experiences as a cosplayer and hearing the experiences of other cosplayers as well.
I always try to help new cosplayers who are maybe afraid to begin. When I started I was really a newbie, but I’ve learned to sew alone, little by little.
AR: Unfortunately, there are many parents who don’t support their children because they believe cosplay is weird and childish. How did your parents react when you told them your choice?
N: In the beginning, my mother was not so happy. She was afraid that it would take time away from my studies… But, when she started to understand that it was not like this, she started to support me and now she is one of my biggest fans.
I always invite adults and parents to try to understand cosplay: it is a creative hobby that helps people to meet others and to became less shy and more confident.
If you believe in yourself, anything is possible…
AR: The life of a cosplayer can be very difficult: traveling, sleepless nights and anxiety. How do you overcome them?
N: When I travel, time always seems to pass quickly, because I’m not at home and I don’t have the chance to sit in front of the sewing machine in order to create something. This is the thing that weighs upon me the most. Traveling by plane does not bother me: I always take the opportunity to relax, read, play 3DS and watch a movie. Sometimes I suffer from jet lag, but I have my tricks.
Even though I’m considered a “professional” cosplayer, I still continue to participate in competitions: because, for me, cosplay remains a hobby.
Getting on stage and performing are one of the things I love the most and I will continue doing them until I stop. Many cosplayers, after reaching a certain amount of fame, cease to do it and only appear as guests. Despite the many competitions I’ve participated in and the many awards I’ve won, I always feel a pinch of anxiety before going on stage. I always say this to my fans: fear and anxiety should not be seen as an obstacle, but as a way to always do their best.
AR: This will be your first time in Serbia. What are your expectations?
N: I can’t wait to be there and meet a lot of Serbian cosplayers! I only know a few of them whom I’ve seen in person or on internet, like Isidora (and, wow, is she amazing!).
It will also be my first time in Serbia as a tourist and I would like to see everything and try the food! I hope there will be good coffee, which is something I can’t live without.
Hope the people won’t be shy and that they’ll come to say hello!
AR: A little something before we say goodbye…?
N: Thank you for this interview. See you there!
Poliglota, budući italo – arabista, prevodilac, večni filozof i povremeni rejver.