Episode 5 of Cosplay Melee featured some super Super Heroes and we interviewed with Dhareza about his work on the show – including that oh-so-interesting ‘pebble’ technique!
To start, congrats on your episode and your awesome work! It was awesome to see your character come together and we were all cheering as you pounced down the runway – I love seeing people who can really evoke their character in posing, and you had that down pat!
First Things First: This ‘Pebble Technique’ – I’ve never seen it and apparently neither had the rest of the shop and none of our crew here – is this a secret you can share with others?
The “Pebble Technique” came about after getting way too many blisters in my hand trying to form my eva foam into specific shapes. In the past, I would use my knuckles or my palm to rub the foam into a specific shape. But after months of getting blisters, I found a random pebble on the floor and one thing lead to another.
Do you have a pet? Was your Cat Revenge Story because you have a cat yourself? Or are you just a big fan of the John Wick movies….
I have 2 cats that my fiancee, Becka Noel (also a contestant on Cosplay Melee) and I rescued. Every great hero has a tragic back-story. I can’t think of anything worse than my cats being brutally murdered. Also, I had just watched John Wick on the flight to LA and it obviously inspired me.
Your girlfriend, Becka Noel, was also in an episode and it was so sweet to see you both talk about one another. Were you worried you might end up competing against one another when you auditioned? Who’s episode was filmed first?
While Becka and I are super supportive of each other, the question that is asked ALL THE TIME, is “who is the better cosplayer.” The only way to prove who’s better is by competition and we love competing against each other. But we lover working WITH each other even more. We salivated at the thought of competing against each other, but it worked out better to not be in the same episode. My episode was filmed first, and Becka’s was right after. It worked out for the best because we met amazing life-long friends in the process.
The workshop is out of a cosplayer’s dream: was there any tool you got to use for the first time while working there? Is there anything you wish you could take home with you?
I’m used to working on the floor. That’s been my “workshop” for over 6 years. Having a table was already amazing, but having an entire workshop with EVERYTHING a cosplayer could want was breath taking. Since this was a skills and time based competition, I thought it was more strategic to stick with what I know. Instead of asking for tools that have been on my wish-list for years, I asked for the things I’ve worked with for years. There’s a saying that I live by – “You don’t go to war with an untested weapon.” If I could take anything back with me, it would have been the entire shop … If I could choose something more realistic, it would have been the table.
Speaking of the workshop: there sure was a lot of last minute spray painting in that enclosed space without masks. Were you worried about the fumes at all?
“Safety first.” That’s a mantra that every cosplayer should recite to themselves everyday. Having said that, the Cosplay Melee workshop had plenty of ventilation and the ceilings were actually beyond 30 feet, so there was plenty of circulation. When I sprayed, it was to spray polycrylic to seal my paint job. It’s relatively harmless, but a mask would have been smart to use.
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