Today we’re joined by CV Addams. CV is a phenomenally talented and versatile artist, who I met at Indy PopCon (one of my favorite parts of conventions is meeting fellow ace artists). They’re a dedicated cosplayer, an actor, and an aspiring writer. They’re currently working on a webcomic with their girlfriend. Their cosplays are absolutely amazing and their passion for art really shines through in this interview. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
My main artistic expressions are acting, cosplaying, and writing. I have been cosplaying for almost eight years now and it has lead me to meet most of the friends that I have now, helped further my passion for acting, and introduced me to many new communities. Writing has been an excellent way for me to keep my brain excited and the creative gears turning, I especially enjoy writing fantasy or sci-fi! Oh boy, I have so many started stories on my computer that I hope to finish!
My art is all about expression or enjoying myself, if it isn’t fun for me then I won’t do it. That, for me, is the way to produce the best art!
What inspires you?
Two things: enjoyment and recognition. I will admit, I do share my art for the recognition for it. But, I wouldn’t do any of it if it weren’t fun for me!
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I got interested because I discovered a cosplay YouTube channel called “Parle Productions” that cosplayed from a video game that I really enjoyed playing. They inspired me to begin cosplaying myself! Acting has always been a part of my life since I have family who was in theater and the independent film industry for many years while I was growing up. Writing has always been a way for me to escape, to venture into new worlds and meet new people! … Well, create them.
I have loved acting and performing as long as I can remember! I was performing when I was 5 years old in the family room of my grandma’s home dancing to Britney Spears for them. When I was closer to 7 I was in tap dancing. I have been on the stage and acting for quite a while, I’m hoping to get back into theater within the next year! I have been writing for ten years and cosplaying for about 8. Artistic expression has always been very dear to me.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?
Not exactly, no.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Keep at it! Practice, practice, practice! Don’t beat yourself up or down about it, you will get better the more you do it! ❤
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I identify as demisexual biromantic.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Not from fellow artists, no. But in general: yes.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
“You haven’t found the right person”. Or that I’m now practicing celibacy? No?
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
You are valid. It is a real thing that MANY people experience, thousands of people even. You are not alone. ❤
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I have a blog where I post photos and gifs of my cosplay, posts about my writing, and reblog a lot of things. I shall soon be creating a blog strictly for my cosplays, writing, and acting, which I shall have a link on this blog for when it is created! I am always up for answering any questions and making new friends, so do please send me messages! http://www.witchyrobobabe.tumblr.com/
I also have a YouTube channel which at the moment it’s mostly just vlogs and videos with my girlfriend (we are both actually asexual artists), but soon we shall be posting cosplay videos, short acting skits, and videos about our writing! We do also discuss mental health/LGBT related themes so there shall be content about asexuality! http://www.youtube.com/c/casperaddams/
Thank you, CV, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.