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If you have 10 min to spare, you can get to know me in this intimate interview for the upcoming (hopefully) documentary "Cosplay Boom". 


youtu.be/kvUspACCnDM

Todd has this innate way to ask questions that make you open up to him. I am so grateful for the opportunity to just talk and be myself. Todd is trying to make a documentary series on Cosplay full of these types of interviews, so please consider backing the "Cosplay Boom" kickstarter to help make this happen! 
www.kickstarter.com/projects/c…

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:iconliminalworks:
LiminalWorks Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
A Pro's Pro.  <3 you Yaya!
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PantherFlint Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student General Artist
YOu have got to be the most down to earth famous person I know. I kinda expected the opposite (Sorry if that's insulting) but you have a great personality, not pretentious like most cosplayers I know.
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costume-cat Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Student
Yaya, I have been following you on DA for a long time and I love your cosplays, just like everyone here. I want to someday be where you are and be able to take my love and passion for costumes and makeup to the next level. As of now I actually go to school for a costume design major at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. You have inspired me to keep pursuing my dream of having my own cosplay boutique and I am thankful for it. I also watch you on Heros of Cosplay every Tuesday. You remind me a lot of myself, in particular watching the interview just now. I went to my first convention about... 5 years ago I believe but I was never able to make my own stuff. Now with my freshmen year done and countless hours in our huge costume shop I am attempting to bring my dream to life. I have always wanted to design a character and then cosplay them and I am attempting it this year for SDCC. Do you have any tips for someone who wants to do original cosplay? I know you have done them yourself. I am also doing Rikku from FFX as well and I really hope to stop by your table at SDCC. You were there last year I believe but it was my first time and it was over whelming. 
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dj23jc Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
awesome! 
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ShadowRinXDT Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You give all cosplayers and aspring cosplayers a VERY good name!
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HearseGurl Featured By Owner May 31, 2014   Photographer
Watched your show, never knew after all this time you were on dA. :D
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AprilMcGuire Featured By Owner May 29, 2014   Digital Artist
I love your pointing out of introverts and extroverts. I'm very much an introvert and I realized lately that it doesn't have to be a life-long thing. :) You're really an inspiration, I'm thankful I found you all through Heroes of Cosplay, I hope the show continues on for a long while. You really have the ideal outlook on the cosplaying world.
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kairinaminemix Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student General Artist
I love how you mentioned your ethnicity. That was always an insecurity for me because I always wanted to cosplay some fair skinned character and my tan Asian skin always held me back. It's inspirational how you don't care about those things and hopefully one day I will get to meet you at a Con. :)
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BigMac1212 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I love hearing your voice.  :)
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Qi-Li Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
your interview video was very insightful and inspiring...
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:iconaerial97:
aerial97 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought it was so funny when you said, "Der. I just wanna comsplay." I thought it was just the funniest thing! Keep up the good work! :D
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aerial97 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Mein Gott
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pharynroller400 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student Artist
happy birthday yaya han
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Blaquepsmith Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very inspiring, to any artist. So glad you're doing this for the best of all reasons, because you enjoy it. Your designs and energy are simply amazing.

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mib4art Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ein wirklich schönes, interessantes und informatives Interview.
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Kemet42 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student General Artist
It would be really cool to see you make more videos. I would love to see some of your techniques for making what you make.
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ViNa-Shiranui Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Nice to see you be so candid in an interview.  :)  I'd love if you did more stuff like this, especially videos on how to get started with costume making, etc. 
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InvisibleFriends Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
:) you're very cool by just being yourself
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Tom1947 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
       Yaya, I just watched your video.  I am glad you presented it.
       Tom,
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Maiko-Girl Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fun and educational to watch,thanks for sharing! Tight Hug 
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David-Python Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Very informative, also a good take on cosplay I think
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David-Python Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Almost got to see you at Wizard World Portland, but I was a day late T^T
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pharynroller400 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student Artist
yaya han
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The-Penciler Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Have you ever been approached by prop and costume design companies from Hollywood or something? Because a lot of what you make really looks authentic for the materials you already use. I'd love to see what you'd do if given a huge budget from a major studio. Maybe design something with comic-universe authentic materials like kevlar and the like (I'd love that detective-work part of it, to figure out what materials make sense for which application by studying stuff like military handbooks and stuff). I love what you do. :)
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WickedPrince Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
I think you were spot on with your comments about being an introverted extrovert. I think a lot of us introverts really wish we were more extroverted and like it when we can feel comfortable talking about or doing something we feel comfortable with.  :)
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muhminatali Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
youre so cute
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muhminatali Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xD
extroverted introvert
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Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've seen lots of great cosplayers complain about this... don't understand all this hate in the Cosplay community. :(
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animepandachic12 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Yaya you are such an amazing person, me and my friends look up to you. You inspire us to do what love, thank you for being you!
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MeryllPanthar Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're a great inspiration for artists of all styles and genres. Thank you Yaya. :)
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Pentragon1990 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Dann schreibe ich mal auf Deutsch :)

Dem, was du gesagt hast, ist im Grunde nichts mehr hinzuzufügen. Viele, die ich kenne, sagen dass sie introviert sind/waren und durch Cosplay mehr Selbstvertrauen bekommen haben (ich zähle mich auch dazu).
Und es stimmt, als Cosplayer ist man auch zur Unterhaltung der Conbesucher da und sollte auch versuchen, das Bild des Charakters, den man darstellt, zu bewahren. Allen voran steht aber der Spaß an der Sache. Ein Kostüm kreieren und es mit Stolz tragen, auch wenn es nicht 100% korrekt ist und einfach eine schöne Zeit mit Freunden verbringen. Das ist für die meisten der grundlegende Antrieb - was gibt es Schöneres? :) 
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Kapplin7 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Yaya Han is an amazing cosplayer. I would love to meet her. I am considering getting into cosplay and would love to talk to her about how to get started. Can't wait until she next comes to Baltimore.
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DreadedOne131 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Wow!   If you don't mind me saying, that voice makes your "adorableility" factor go through the roof.  And here I only thought you were hot. :officechair: 
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KateRSykes Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
I really love this interview! It's fantastic! Very informative about the history of cosplay. I started in 2007 and it seems to have become even bigger since then. I would like to work my up and start doing it professionally myself, but I live in the north of England and there aren't any cosplayers in my area, nor conventions, so it's quite hard to get myself known. I also agree about there not being a right or wrong way to do it. I'm in a wheelchair and I've mostly cosplayed Lara Croft. :P By the way, Oracle is on my list. ;)
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pharynroller400 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Student Artist
cosplay boom a documentry video
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watashiveracasan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
That was such a nice joy to watch :)
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bluueskyy Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
You are my hero!
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B-Man100 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
And yet yer HAWT...... >_> <_< 
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Hawkeye024 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
You mentioned some of your early efforts at costume creation.  I think it would be cool if you posted a photo timeline of sorts from your early works to your most recent, so your fans can see how much you have progressed and how far you've come in your cosplay  career.

Just a thought :)
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PWheartgal Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014   General Artist
I completely agree!
Yaya! If your reading this, I think it would be a great idea for you to do this too!!
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Way to represent, Yaya! It's about time the fans know you the way we, your friends, know you. Keep on keepin' on, little sister!
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PixelatedPanda Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Every time I see either a cosplay of you or a video post of you, you're always so inspirational. It's what keeps me wanting to cosplay. :heart: Thank you for giving us insight, Yaya. :rose:
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IllynReaver Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
I love hearing how others got into cosplay and how it's helped others like myself be more outgoing and more comfortable around people in crowds. 
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mpz28 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
cool interview, was well worth the look, thanks for sharing Love Clap 
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ReneeCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student General Artist
You've been my biggest inspiration ever since I've started cosplaying[ 10 years ago]! Your such an amazing person, you are right about things. Everyone starts out somewhere, you make mistakes and you learn from them in the process! I may be a student studying in the medical field, but to see myself cosplaying is something that I really enjoy doing as I love it very much. <3

I always get excited to see what cosplay and creativity you have in stored! I'm hoping one day that I can become a great cosplayer like you are Ms. Yaya! My mother even seen you on Cosplay Heroes as my father did as well, I told them on how you started on cosplaying and they were amazed by your work and how much creativity you do. <3

I'm hoping one day I get to meet you! I wish the best of luck for you Ms. Yaya! :heart:
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Carringd Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
I always knew she is an amazing woman! And yes I am guilty of looking at some cosplayers and saying their cosplay is crap!! This is because I have been following Yaya for so long that I cannot accept anything below the magnificent and remarkable standard she has set! She truly is the original cosplayer and standard bearer.Love Clap 
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naruXhinata Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Yaya you are amazing and very beautiful !  
^_^ :) :rose:
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charliemacpaintings Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014   General Artist
You rock Yaya!! Very inspiring! #8^)
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ReneG78 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Cool! =D
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RenJeagerjaques69 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
sweeeet if cosplay boom does air ill watch it i loved you heros of cosplay. i cosplay too i love it my dad doesent like it he called us cosplayers freaks i said hey im one of those freaks and im proud of it.
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