REAL GEEK GIRLS: Katie George 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 Katie George! You might know her from Syfy’s Heroes of Cosplay. I got the chance to interview her and learn more about her love for cosplay, cosplay influences, hobbies outside of the cosplay world, and more. Follow her on twitter here and like her on Facebook here. Here is her store. Check out the interview below!
In your opinion, what does being a geek mean?
I think it’s basically loving an aspect (or multiple aspects of) pop culture to the point that it goes against the mainstream’s idea of “normal.” I think that’s the broadest definition I can come up with that incorporates all genres and fandoms. I’m sure there’s a better way to define it, but I’m not exactly a nerd culture scholar 😉
There’s always someone out there who thinks women are faking it when they say they are geeks, what’s your take on this?
Anyone who believes that a large percentage of women are out there, pretending to be nerdier than they really are, should probably consider seeing a therapist for their paranoid, misogynist tendencies.
How was your experience on Heroes of Cosplay?
Stressful. (Haha). It basically sucked the joy out of cosplay and competing for a while, so I took a few months off from cosplay when we finished filming the last episode. I didn’t even want to LOOK at a sewing machine!
Cosplay is such a huge part of your life, what made you fall in love with cosplay, costume and makeup design?
I’ve loved playing dress-up for as long as I can remember, so it’s not shocking that when I realized that as a young adult, I could take dress-up to ~THE NEXT LEVEL~ through cosplay, I would soon become hooked. I joke that cosplay is like being a celebrity for a day because people suddenly want you to stop and take your picture, tell you how much they love the series you’re dressed from, etc., only it comes with the perk of being able to turn it off at the end of the day when you remove the costume. I bet a lot of celebrities WISH they could do that. (Haha)!
Any influences who have helped shape your love for cosplay?
The friends I’ve made over the years through cosplay are definitely my biggest influences. If I hadn’t made so many great, lasting friendships (some of which date back to 2005), I probably wouldn’t still be doing this!
What are some of your favorite cosplays you’ve done?
For sewing achievement, my Wizard from Granado Espada. For most technically challenging, my Injustice Wonder Woman. And for the most childhood feels, my Briar Rose from Sleeping Beauty and Sailor Jupiter from Sailor Moon.
When you’re not cosplaying, what are some of your hobbies?
Wait, I’m supposed to have hobbies outside of cosplay?! Who has the time?!? (Haha). I used to dabble in fanart, amateur voice acting, and recording J-pop music covers, but when I graduated high school and college and entered the workforce, I no longer make time for any other hobbies. But in an attempt to sound less boring, I do love me some karaoke. 🙂
Is there any actor or actress you’d love to do makeup and costume design for on a film?
Honestly, I’d be over the moon to work on ANY superhero franchise film (even the crappy ones, like the Amazing Spider-man movies), but I don’t think my skill set is impressive enough to even get my pinky toe in the door. And let’s not even talk about my portfolio or lack-there-of… (Haha)!
Is there anything you’re working on right now or in the future that we can look out for?
Expect more Sailor Moon cosplay. I am definitely an active participant in the Sailor Moon Renaissance of the past year or so.
What’s your advice for all the girls out there who are afraid or embarrassed to show off their geekiness?
OWN IT. I wish I could’ve done so in high school, but I thought for some reason that openly loving anime would be, like, social suicide, omg. In hindsight, I was not cool enough, nor was my group of friends clique-y enough for anyone to care what nerdy things I loved, so it was stupid of me to hide it like it was a shameful secret. In fact, owning it might have made me look cooler, because you never know who else secretly loves something nerdy that they’re afraid to openly nerd out about! Not to mention, anyone who would tease you for loving comics or anime or video games is obviously suffering from their own insecurities, so feel free point that out to them, and they might just back off!