Debut Focus: Koralene Cosplay


Debut Focus: Koralene Cosplay

Unread postby d-chan o^_*o » Sun Nov 23, 2014 4:20 am

Hailing from Lock Haven, PA & a dedicated student of costumed craftsmanship since 2012, Koralene Cosplay is 1 of the greatest new-age cosplayers that the world has to offer. With a social media fanbase that is thousands of people strong (& counting), her followers hang on to every stitched thread of each polished costume she proudly presents (from a variety of Asian-inspired influences). And while there are many chapters left to write in Koralene's storied career, its defining moment would come in October 2014 when she'd compete in (& win) Philadelphia's 1ST-EVER reality show-based cosplay competition, Philly's Next Top Cosplayer (earning her the right to co-headline TAKII 18 & become our official World Tour(ing) cosplay ambassador). May Ms. Cosplay's legend shine for MANY years to come! ^_^

So just how does Koralene feel about having competed in Philly's Next Top Cosplayer to begin with? As featured in a recent press release (, let's hear from the perspective of our reigning PNTC Champion herself:

"Being in Philly's Next Top Cosplayer was an amazing experience. My 1st impression was that it was going to be something really fun & interesting to do. As the start date got closer, I was more nervous than anything. That was alleviated quickly because D-chan was so great & constantly talked to me about any concerns or worries that I had, which made me feel so much more at ease going through all of this as a person who has never competed in a cosplay contest before. As each of the "Challenges" were revealed, I got to work immediately with full support from friends & family, as well as the sensei.

My interactions were limited at 1st with the other contestants because I honestly didn't know if I was supposed to be talking to the competition! Eventually & happily, Sakura & I did start conversing, not just about PNTC, but life in general. I was really happy to have made another great friend through this experience. My time with my assigned sensei (Anastasia Versace) was very limited, much to my chagrin (thought she gave me great tips on makeup for "Challenge #1": Slice Of Life ~Philly~). However, D-chan came to the rescue (often) when my sensei was unavailable & made sure I was supported in the competition. Dokudel was also a sensei who was very fun & helpful. I got to spend some time with her at the Live Finale & I always looked forward to her feedback. The feedback from all the sensei was an immense aid to improve my performances in each "Challenge". Speaking of the "Challenges" as a whole, it was important to me to step up my game & push myself. Again, I had a lot of support from family & friends, who helped me come up with some great ideas! I definitely couldn't have done it without their help as actors & editors. In short, PNTC really pushed my creativity to the next level.

If anything can be said about this reality show, it's that TAKII has done something incredibly amazing & special for all of the cosplayers out there. I'll absolutely be supporting The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational in any way I can & plan to represent the title of Philly's Next Top Cosplayer in a manner that would do the organization proud, make other cosplayers aspire to follow in my footsteps, & get our fandom to fall in love with the art of cosplay all over again. Being involved in the competition made me feel great & excited & gave me the opportunity to reach out to people & make new friends in a style I previously thought was impossible. Winning Philly's Next Top Cosplayer has been a true highlight in my life & has served as a spring board for my creativity, encouraging me to push my cosplaying boundaries to the extreme.

I am so thankful for the friends I've made, the incredible prizes I've won, & the opportunity to be a part of something new & different. I honestly wish I could enter again next year, but I get to do the next best thing & be a sensei! So as I begin my reign as your cosplay standard bearer in the Philadelphia area, I leave you with this: "Charisma. Uniqueness. Nerve. Talent. These are some of the most important qualities one must possess in order to be successful. But do you have what it takes to be the best in the world at what you do in a universe of costumed illusions? If so, put your skills that pay the bills to the test in Philly's Next Top Cosplayer!" xoxo, KORALENE COSPLAY"
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