Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020 - Q&A with Rock M. Sakura


The following is an email Q&A between Crunchyroll Cosplay Cup judge Rock M. Sakura and Matthew of the California Conventions Blog.


You were on Season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. What are some key takeaways from participating in this prestigious show?

Well, my biggest take away from the show is the lesson: “Loving yourself isn't as easy as just saying you love yourself. You have to mean it, and truly mean in order to succeed and bring your art to life.” Being in the drag race environment can really put you into a dark place, where you don't if you really belong there or not. I wasn’t able to learn this lesson until after the show aired, unfortunately, so from the time that we filmed to the day that it aired, I had convinced myself that I wasn’t good at my craft. But the truth of the matter is, I am good at what I do, regardless of what my mean brain says. 

What was your greatest experience in meeting one of your fans?

One of my favorite experiences with meeting a fan came virtually. I had met a fan that had so much fun and love in his heart, but he had been battling with his emotions and coming out to his parents. It really hit me hard finding out that so many LGBTQ+ people would be looking up to me for advice. The advice I gave him provided him with the courage to come out a few days later, and he and his parents are happy and are looking forward to seeing him be honestly happy and free.  I received a message from the boy and his parents via a video message, and they thanked me. I honestly don’t care that I was sent home so early on DR, because my impact was able to help people.

Is there any difference between the way you approach cosplay and the way you approach drag?

Not really either way it’s pretty underwhelming-- JUST KIDDING. Well, the way that I approach drag and cosplay is definitely the same. I'm not a person who seeks details when doing their cosplay, because what I do seek is performability and wow factor. And, either way, the inside will look unfinished, and there's gonna be a lot of hot glue and safety pins.

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