REAL GEEK GIRLS: Chloe Dykstra From SyFy’s HEROES OF COSPLAY
The goal of my “Real Geek Girls” series is to show the world that girls truly can be geeky. For some, that seems like an obvious observation, but there’s always that one person, almost always a guy, who will talk about how girls are fake geeks who don’t know what they’re talking. Girls are just doing it look cool and lure in geek guys. They don’t know what it’s all about when it comes to “geek culture” and they’re somehow just there to be admired by geek guys. I’m here to let the world know that girls DO know what we’re talking about. We can be and we ARE just as geeky as the guys. Every now and again, I’ll interview a new geek girl just to highlight how many of us are out there, how real we are all. We come in all shapes and sizes, and love a many number of geeky things. I’m going to show the world that there are real geek girls, and they know as much, if not more, than the somehow more revered geek guy.
Meet Chloe Dykstra! Many of you might know her from SyFy‘s Heroes of Cosplay, and I got to interview her and learn a little more about her! She’s a Whovian and is involved with several different things which include her own vlog Cool Story Chlo and Chaotic Awesome. Her dad is Special FX wizard John Dykstra! Read my interview with her below for more awesome things about her:
What does being a geek mean to you?
Being a geek means unapologetically loving something in a passionate, unadulterated way. Also, sometimes it means falling asleep to Doctor Horrible.
Sadly, we still have to deal with people assuming girls are ‘fake’ geeks, what’s your take on this?
HAH. HA HA HA.
Is that dude a fake skateboarder? Is that lady a fake needle-pointer? The minute you call the authenticity of someone’s hobbies into question is the minute you should rethink your priorities.… And maybe get another hobby.
Tell us a little about Chaotic Awesome.
Chaotic Awesome is my concept for a super chill talk show featuring my favorite fandoms. Basically, it’s an excuse to have my friends come on and talk about stuff we’d normally just talk about at home. It’s pretty much a dream job.
Also, tell us a little about Just Cos.
Just Cos was a show I did for Nerdist, which was essentially me interviewing amazing cosplayers that caught my eye. It was so cool, I can’t even tell you how much I learned about cosplay from the time I spent filming that show. It’s quite humbling to talk to a guy in full Warhammer armor built from fiberglass.
If you were randomly walking on a street and came across the Tardis and went up to it and the door opened, which incarnation of the Doctor would you want to be the one that greets you?
[David] Tennant. Come on now. If this was a question asked in person, I would have interrupted you halfway through it.
Tell us a little about Cool Story Chlo.
Cool Story Chlo is my vlog on my little Youtube channel, Skydart, where I give advice, answer questions, and usually end up doing ridiculous things. Sometimes it’s me giving tips about picking up girls, sometimes it’s speaking about something personal to me, and other times my entire face is pink from a botched hair dye job.
What are some of your favorite cosplay’s you’ve done? Do you have an all time favorite one?
My favorite cosplay is probably my Gaige from Borderlands 2. I worked my ASS off on that sucker and I’m pretty proud. The best part was probably my Death Trap—I built it out of foam and put it on an RC car. Custom built for ANARCHY.
Did you ever want to get into the special effects world like your dad John Dykstra?
Absolutely. I went to all sorts of film programs when I was a wee one. I was (and still am) more into the directing side of things, though. Back when my dad was in his prime, they were blowing up models of spaceships in warehouses. These days, most effects are computer generated, which is a lot less fun and slightly more tedious than REAL EXPLOSIONS.
Do you ever find Star Wars stuff around your house courtesy of your dad?
I managed to avoid it for years, but now I have SO MUCH STAR WARS in my apartment. Surprisingly, not because of my father, but because of my best friend who leaves a trail of Star Wars roleplaying game paraphernalia in his wake.
Is there anything you’re working on in the future or current that we should know about?
I actually have a few things in the works—not too much I can talk about. Until I can announce anything, you guys can come watch me and my friends every Thursday night on the Skydart Youtube channel while we watch hilarious parody porn and eat pizza during my livestream, Pizza And Porn. Also, my friends and I are trying to film our short, Tenspotting, about a cosplayer looking for love at a Doctor Who convention but we need help funding it. Anything helps! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/emilyblake/tenspotting.
What’s your advice to girls who feel embarrassed to be geeky?
Girl, put your Star Trek on, or a Jon Colton song. You go ahead, let your geek out.
Seriously, though? Be proud, fly that nerd flag—Nerds get cooler friends anyway.