Juliet The Siren
You know those moments when you look at the pictures and it goes beyond reality? Well, that’s what happens to us with this cosplayer.
A great artist, creative and self-taught, she makes her passions an exceptional and admirable work. Julieta García is a cosplayer, photographer, make-up artist and illustrator. She’s an amazing woman with a sweet heart.
We had the opportunity to meet this cosplayer in the Manga Hall of Morón de la Frontera (MorónGo), where she made herself known.
Better known in the networks as Juliet The Siren.
We are very happy to have you in the magazine and that you can finally tell us more about your life as a cosplayer and your work. We’ve been following you for a long time and we couldn’t wait for this interview. We’re excited so let’s start with cosplay.
We’ve always wondered the reason of your name. Why Juliet The Siren?
Well, this name came from the combination of my name Juliet (Juliet, which is how everyone knows me) and The Siren, from the Borderlands game, where the kind I always used were the sirens (Maya The Siren).
Besides, I’ve always been a great lover of mermaids, so I thought it was just right for me.
how were your beginnings or your beginnings and how long have you been characterizing characters in the cosplay world?
I could say I’ve been cosplaying all my life. Since I was a little girl my mother used to sew costumes of my favorite princesses and I played with them at home, while I watched my VHS, living it as if I was also inside the screen.
My first cosplay sewn by me didn’t arrive until 2006, the first manga salon I went to. My friends at the time and I were obsessed with Bleach and decided to go, as well as we could, from a mini-group with our favorite characters. That was a total disaster haha, at the time we didn’t know what Ebay was, Aliexpress didn’t even exist, etc. We bought some wigs in Chinese, sewed our costumes as best we could and went to the “Salón del Manga de Jeréz” in 2006.
What has cosplay brought to your life to keep you in it?
I think I have to thank cosplay a lot for bringing me incredible people, people I consider family today. Cosplay has made me put an end to fears and ghosts that had been bothering me for a long time. It has also taught me what things I am capable of doing that I thought I was incapable of. It has brought me knowledge that I can now put at the service of my work and makes me very, very happy.
I think I could say that the best thing that cosplay has brought me are wonderful friends and lots of happiness.
You told us your first cosplay was in 2006. How many cosplays have you made to date and which would you say is your favorite?
So far I’ve made about 50 cosplays, pretty few for the years I’ve been in the business, but I had a big break for 6 years, so we could say it’s okay, now I’m back strong. I think my favorite cosplays are Yuna from Final Fantasy X and Maou de Maoyuu Maou Yuusha.
Within cosplay there are thousands of styles and characters to choose from. What style of characters do you usually do?
To be honest, at the beginning I didn’t have a favourite character style, but over the years I’ve changed the characters I like a little. At first I had a penchant for cute characters and schoolgirls, now with the passing of the years I have started to like characters with strong characters and ” naughty faces “, although sometimes I also like Disney princesses and then we mess around, sweet faces are not my downfall.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever encountered or experienced in cosplay?
I think the most difficult thing I’ve found in this world has been the characterization, to some people it may seem silly, but a good makeup can help or sink a cosplay a lot. For me it’s a very important part because it’s what makes you feel 100% like the character. Personally, until I’m not fully made up I don’t finish watching cosplay and many times I don’t even like how it looks for the same reason.
Tell us an interesting and funny anecdote that you have experienced personally?
Well, I think one of the funniest anecdotes I have about cosplaying was when I met who is now one of my best friends. I walked into the room dressed as Yuna and started listening to “YUNA, YUNA, YUNA, YUNA” and a mini Kefka started running towardion like a brightly colored lightning bolt until she tackled me. It wasn’t until she get off of me, I could recognize that she was a girl I had been talking to for months from Tuenti (Social Network).
After having known a little about your experience as a cosplayer, let’s get into the subject of photography: When do you start with photography?
Well, about my beginnings as a photographer, my first “good” camera was given to me in 2010, but it wasn’t until 2014 that I started to take the whole photography thing seriously. I started my photography studies in art school. I’ve always loved capturing moments with the camera and have been very interested in it. When I looked at pictures of my favorite artists I thought “Why not?” So one day I just got right to it.
I have to say, my photos in 2010 were very bad, I didn’t even think about styling for them or anything, we often took them in my house with a sheet hanging on the wall as a background. But I have to say that this made me get a little bit more excited every day and want to do new things, to inform myself, to learn, to continue with my dreams.
After studying photography and training, why do you choose this style?
The idea of taking cosplay photos came to me because all my friends are cosplayers. When I started taking pictures, they were my models and the ones who let me practice with their cosplays.
The best thing that the cosplay photography brings me is to be able to meet incredible people that doing another style of photography I probably wouldn’t know. Apart from providing me with incredible friendships, it gives me the possibility to practice a lot with photoshop to improve the integration of backgrounds in my photos, recreate environments, etc.. It also gives me insomnia, but that’s another issue.
Of all the sessions you’ve done so far, which one of them has been the hardest to photograph?
I think one of the most complicated photos and overall sessions I have had to date has been that of Merida de “Brave”. Not only because finding a horse was a titanic task, but also because it was the first time we had worked with animals. The model was terrified to get on top of the animal.
Another drawback of that session was the infernal heat we all went through, even at an hour when the sun was no longer shining so brightly. Still, I think it’s one of the nicest sessions I have.
This session also competes with the last one I’ve done as sirens, that’s when you realize that if nature is not on your side, it’s not and you have to fight against it. We chose the time of sunset because it was the time we liked the most to take pictures, but the tide had other plans for us…
When we arrived there was hardly any water, it was very calm and all the rocks on which the model could sit were practically on the sand. That was not the idea I had for the photos, so she had to sit on rocks where it was practically full of shelfish, and getting to them was a dangerous. (I ended up with my feet full of cuts), everything was muddy and slippery. Even so, we pulled it off and I have to thank my whole team for following me to such a stupid thing, hahahahahaha.
Who has been the photographer who has inspired your professional career?
Without a doubt, my favorite photographer and the one who inspired my career was Rebeca Saray. I will always admire the stories hidden in his photographs, how he retouches and how he integrates the backgrounds and models in his background changes, for me it is an inspiration. Photographers like Sonia Neisha and Lidia Vives are also important pillars of my inspiration.
Between being able to do a standard photo shoot or a cosplay photo shoot, which one would you choose if you could only do it for one of the two? Why?
I don’t think I would stay with one or the other. I rather stay with the medium term, which is the type of photography I enjoy the most. This is the fantasy photograph. As a sketcher, I enjoy creating costumes and then making them in my photographs, and they are the ones that I enjoy most about editing.
Outdoors photo shoot or studio…. which one would you choose?
I always choose outdoor pictures. Although the studio gives you the ability to control the lights to get the desired effect. I’ve always found it nicer to do them outdoors. I prefer the model to be able to interact with his environment and create the atmosphere that I would like my photograph to have, although it is true that sometimes finding the right setting is an odyssey.
Tell us a little bit about your long-term projects.
My project for this year and for the long term is the same. I’ll start this year, but I don’t know when I’ll finish it. In this case it’s, uh, redoing my end-of-degree exam. This work was called “The Beings of our Imagination” and I created a series of mythological photographs from different countries. Obviously, my photos in 2015 are not the same as the ones I’m taking now and I’ve seen the moment to come back to this project to do it slowly and in good handwriting.
I hope everything goes perfectly because this has already started and I think we have done the best we can with the sirens.
This summer I expect to do at least 3 more sessions related to this personal project and hope it goes just as well. On the other hand, do some more sessions that I’ve been waiting for years and for lack of locations I haven’t been able to do yet, but STAY TUNED!
To all the people we interviewed we always ask them to give us some advice for those who are new to cosplay, but in this case we want to ask you to give us some advice for all those who are just starting to learn photography, what would you say?
The best advice i can give you, and I didn’t get it, is:
Don’t be afraid, experiment, play, learn from your mistakes. If you fail, try again. If you have an idea, carry it out. Don’t fall for the thought of: I can’t do it, it’s too much for me.
You may not have the result that was on your mind at first, many of us, although we’ve been trying for some time now, may not get it either, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep trying.
Essay and error, practice and devotion, that’s all you need to start in photography. Well, obviously a camera too. You never dream too big, never clip the wings of your imagination. If you can imagine it, you can do it. Maybe it’s not the first month, maybe not the first year, but if you’re consistent, you’ll get to do it and when you finally see your effort in the picture, you’ll be very happy.
You have told us about your time as a cosplayer and photographer, but we also know that you are a great Fx and fantasy make-up artist, so is make-up also a hobby, do you do it professionally or did you decide to learn about the subject of photos?
At the moment I consider it a hobby, although some occasional make-up jobs when someone get in touch with me. Usually in my fashion and fantasy photo sessions I am the one who makes up the models, also in some cosplay sessions if the models deem it appropriate.
Have you taken any special make-up courses or have you learnt on your own with tutorials?
I haven’t taken any specialized course in make-up, but it’s a subject that I have pending and as soon as possible I’m sure I will do it. Everything I know I’ve learned from looking at make-up I’ve seen on the Internet, whether it’s on Pinterest or Youtube.
At first I saw a make-up that I liked and said: “I’m going to recreate it”, now I’ve learned to create my own looks from an idea that comes to mind at a certain moment in time.
What do you like the most when you have to do make-up and how do you prepare for it?
What I like most about making makeup is thinking about what colors I could use to get the effect or convey what I had in mind. Think about how I’m going to make up my eyes, what shadows I’m going to put on, even what palettes I’m going to use to get the shades I want.
I also like countoring very much, because you can go from having one face to another simply by drawing some new features on top of yours, the truth is that for me that’s magic and I like it a lot when you get to the end result and say: “Wow, I’m a different person”.
I guess just like in photography as in cosplay there is always one that you like more than others… Which of all the make-up you’ve done has been the one you liked the most and the one that was the most difficult for you?
I don’t think I could choose between Tyrande, Moxxi or Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent. Although in reality I like almost all the ones I’ve done because little by little I’m seeing the improvement in this type of work. Each one is special to me, whether it’s easier or harder.
In terms of difficulty, I think my best challenge was the make-up of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) in Game of Thrones. The problem with this makeup is that it has to be very soft and delicate, it has to look like you’re not wearing makeup, but still makeup enough to make your face look like hers, that was a real headache for me because her face and mine have absolutely nothing to do with it, but I’m still very happy with the result. This makeup is also the one I’ve repeated the most in the years I’ve been wearing, but I think I’ve finally found the definitive look.
Flickr: Juliet García
Fotoplatino: Juliet García
500px: Juliet García
WorldCosplay: Juliet García
Cover: The sister – Kubo y las dos cuerdas mágicas / Cosplayer: Big Kiss