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Confessions of a Cosplayer: Dan Mason

Welcome to another installment of “Confessions of a Cosplayer”. Each week I will feature a cosplayer in the Friday franchise who I either know personally or through social media. As time moves on, I will also be focusing on other iconic horror characters from other franchises then I will have horror inspired cosplayers.
If you are a horror cosplayer or know someone who is a horror cosplayer and would like to be featured on a weekly spotlight please reach out to me on Facebook, Instagram or send me an email at SouthJerseyJason@gmail.com

What is your first memory of watching a Friday the 13th movie?
I saw part 5 late at night on cable at a friend’s house.  The scene with the leather strap and the tree!

What is your favorite Friday the 13th movie?
I love part 6 the most, but it’s too hard to not include part 7.

What made you get into the art of cosplaying (how old were you? Where did you first show off your cosplay, do you design your own clothing, hood, hockey mask etc.?  If not, who do you use to help with your costume?) 
My first public cosplay was at a Comic Con in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  I had only previously been Jason for Halloween and someone I had met while buying props told me I should go the next expo and show it off as there aren’t many horror characters where I am.  I became addicted.  I made everything myself save for the mask which I customized.  The hood I also purchased online and customized. 

How many versions of Jason costumes do you have?  Do you have plans to showcase more costumes?
I have one version that is a mix of part 6&7 and I hope to have dedicated costumes for each version of Jason in the future.

Do you attend conventions?  If so which ones do you attend?  Are there any you recommend for someone who has never attended?  What advice would you give to someone who has never attended a convention as a cosplayer?
I would attend as many as I could travel to realistically, so far only Saskatoon and Calgary.  Calgary is very good, where I met C.J. Graham for the first time!

What advice would you give to a first time cosplayer?
Depending on the costume, use the bathroom before you suit up. 😉

Who are some of your favorite cosplayers that you follow on social media or personally know?
@southjerseyjason, @bunnyrockettzz, @goregalor, @huskins_xiii, @jason_voorhees1981, @angelperfectkiller

Do you have any social media accounts for your cosplay that you would like to promote?
I would love it if people would check out my Instagram @finallyfridaythe13th!

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