Here is part of the interview that I feel everybody in the cosplay community really ought to read. At the tender age of 12, Ysabel seems to have a greater understanding of this hobby and a bigger heart than some people who are far older than she is.
Ysabel: Cosplay is for fun. It's a misunderstood hobby with a good and bad side. If everything is going good in your cosplay, keep it up just dont lose your head in its fictional world. Keep priorities like family and school in order. If things arent great, do not be disheartened from doing what you love. As long as you are having fun, keep going!
Its a different kind of happy-high when you are among fellow cosplayers but at the end of the day, it only matters if you enjoyed yourself or not. Its not about popularity or pageviews, having fans or not, being better than others... no. Its about expressing yourself through a character you love and sharing it with others.
Hopefully, youll make friendships that will last even when the costumes are faded, wigs worn out and cameras stop flashing.
We love you, Ysabel. And we are SO PROUD of you. I cannot say it enough. One of the things I am most thankful for is how That Big Guy Up There lit up the paths that allowed us all to meet.