An interview with Shockolate Energy Cosplay

What made you think of your Cosplay name?

 My Cosplay name is actually one of my Nicknames that stuck with me since College years.  Me and my friend watched a lot of College Humor videos and our favorite ones are the Power thirst ones.. So when we first saw it one of the drinks is called Shockolate… and it’s said it’s like drinking and electrical storm… My friend turned to me and said…. OMG this drink reminds me of you. Every time you go somewhere you so happy and electrifying…. So since the my nickname has been Shockolate Energy 🙂

What made you get into Cosplay modeling?

Okay funny story of course when we were teenagers most of my friends loved naruto… it was even to the point that one of my friends bought the different headbands so we can walk around school wearing them…. During the summer me god brother wore them to the mall and a woman saw us with the headbands and told us about Youmacon.. and we went in 2008… it was freaking amazing :)So after that I decided to start cosplaying in 2009… <3 And I’ve been cosplaying since then 🙂

How long have you modeled?

The first time I cosplayed was in 2009;(so about 8 years) the first character I cosplayed was Tsunade from Naruto..

Who’s your favorite character to model? 

The bad part is I really don’t have a specific favorite, but it’s a 3 way tie between Nozomi Toujou from Love Live, Athena from Saint Seiya, and Tsunade from Naruto

Is there one particular cosplay that you’re dying to do?

Yes it really is. It’s Athena from Saint Seiya, All Golden Armor. For right now that is my Dream cosplay 🙂

Do you prefer to buy your cosplays or make them yourself?

Actually I’m half and half.  I do buy some cosplays and others I make… When I make cosplays I usually have to Frankenstein the patterns (take 2 pattern from different packs and fuse them) Or when I buy them I will buy them from a site or a sale group… It even gets to the point where I make half and I buy half as well.

What do you feel about the presence of (or lack thereof) POC in the Cosplay scene? 

I feel like there’s no support. Like there are little to no articles that cover cosplay in a positive light.. It’s always an article if POC’s are getting bullied or someone called us out our name. I would love to see more publications show how a lot of our community is building armor.. making a difference… and convention coverage. And also POC cosplayers making a difference as well. I feel like if we work on stuff like this the world would be a better place.

What are your favorite Cosplay events to attend?

Well I just list off the cons I go to that I know people would enjoy <3
(Most I go to but some I haven’t as of yet)

-Youmacon, Cosplay Beach Party  (All of these are in Michigan)
-ColossalCon( Sandusky,OH)
-Anime Weekend Atlanta, Dragoncon (Atl,GA)
-KatsuCon (Gaylord)
-Ramencon, Anime Midwest (Illinois)

Are you watching any dope animes or any shows with Cosplay worthy characters?

Well I’ve been watching Saint Seiya, Ronnin Warriors, Sorcerer Hunters..Trigun, Cowboy Bepop, Love Hina,(I watch a lot of old school anime) Log Horizon, Inuyasha, Jojo Bizzare Adventure, Revolutionary Girl Utena, also anything that has magical girls <3

What are your top 3 favorite animes?

Saint Seiya, Naruto, Jojo Bizzare Adventure

Who was the photographer of your chosen photo? 

Vagabond Photography(Matt), The Morning Addict (Riddle)
JustGeraldMedia  (Julian)

Can you tell us anything about them? Maybe why you dig them as a photographer or a cool story about you two?

Vagabond Photography is one of the most coolest photographers out there. We met about 3 years ago … we both like Jojo Bizzare Adventure.. so usually at the end of the photoshoot we do Jojo poses 🙂 He’s a very sweet guy and loves photography… He also shown me how to pose better as well… Very down to earth photographer and I highly recommend him.

Morning Addict I met him through a mutual friend at Colossal Con 2 years ago. I was cosplaying my first swimsuit cosplay and he asked to take a picture of me…. believe me I was so happy… and his pictures are so beautiful…. he took a picture of my Athena from Saint Seiya and I felt like I was there. He a super talent photographer.. and is very easy to talk to.

Justgeraldmedia is one of the most funniest people I ever met… also the funniest part is we graduated from the same high school. He a really sweet guy with a lot of time on his hands (while most of it goes to him practicing photography) He takes freaking amazing photos… JustGerald is also  really good at also doing videos as well..

Is there anything you want your fans and the fans of PUNK BLACK to know?

I want to let everyone know especially POC this:
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t  cosplay…
Each of us is unique in our own way. Don’t let one comment on the Interwebs discourage you and stop you doing something you love.

Also am a Moderator for:

We are Black Cosplay
Melanin Men Cosplay
So if you want to submit to any of these feel free to. We always take submissions 24/7..

1. Super Pochaco
Based on Munrou’s Artwork
Photography: Vagabond Photography

2. Athena from Saint Seiya
Photographer: Morning Addict

3. Fox Preistess
Photographer: JustGeraldMedia