• Norwegian Representatives:
    Elisabeth Erring

    Pharamony

    Photos: Paulina Ahlm & Ookami Cosplay Photography

  • Elisabeth Erring

    About Me

    Name: Elisabeth Erring
    Age: 28
    Cosplay alias: Bettcanard

    Social media: instagram facebook web

    What was your first cosplay?

    I would say my first cosplay is Jessica Rabbit, because that’s the first costume I really spent a lot of time on including altering the dress to fit my body and match the reference photo, and I did my first stage show with it. This was also a breakthrough for my stage fright, I’m still a bit nervous, but not so much when I’m cosplaying a character. I ended up dying my hair red for this costume because the wig never turned up, talk about dedication. So this was my first cosplay that trigged all the cool impulses I’m living for now.

    What do you do besides cosplaying?

    I recently took a bachelor in Mask and hair design and work contract based from project to project. It can be anything from special effects, makeup, props or costumes for film-industries, theatres, workshops, etc. I kind of made cosplay a part of my everyday life and income. I am also a qualified chef and I love experimenting with food on my free time.

    What made you start cosplaying, and what is it that inspires you to continue with it?

    The question should be who, because for me it was my sister that inspired me to cosplay. After she went to her first convention, I heard everything about it, and it didn’t take too much convincing before I joined her for the next one. I feel we have done everything together all my life, and I love that we still “after all this time” always can count on each other, learn from one another and share a hobby that we have such equal passion about.

    What is your favourite cosplay up until now, and what made you choose to portray that character?

    Sergeant Calhoun is the best cosplay to act with, I feel so badass and adopt her attitude from the movie as soon as the costume is on. It was my dream cosplay since the movie came out. There are still a lot of things I’m not so happy about with it, but I think I can say that about every cosplay I have. I accept what I have made, I just can’t help being critical to my own work, but I learn from bad decisions so I can only evolve to get better. My motto is “practice makes master” and looking back to first cosplays to now, I can only think how far I got now, all the things I learned. It’s been a joyful ride.

    Do you have any specific techniques or materials that you like working with when creating your costumes?

    I love working with special effect makeup and everything with sculpting which has triggered my new-found passion for working with foam. I always find new techniques and new ways to work with foam, and foam is a kind of sculpting material that is important to make it right on the fist go, but not too expensive if you mess it up and start over again. I love sculpting any organic objects in props, special effect makeup or even suits.

    How did you qualify for the Nordic Cosplay Championship 2019?

    At Torucon 2018 with “Grunt” from Mass Effect 2.

    What do you look forward to most with the competition?

    Making new friends and meeting old friends. It feels like a big family reunion and you are being taken care of so well, I can’t wait to meet everybody. I’m also very excited to show off everything I spent so many hours (too many hours) to prepare and make.

    What costume do you plan on competing with in the finals, and what made you choose it?

    I’m bringing my dear Grunt from Mass Effect 2, I did qualify with him at Torucon and I’m upgrading him even more to NCC. He is my baby and he deserve to shine on the beautiful stage at NCC as well. He is representing me, and my hard work, and I will represent him in a glorious show for you all to witness.

  • Pharamony

    About Me

    Name: 
    Age: 35
    Cosplay alias: Pharamony
    Social media: facebook instagram

    What was your first cosplay?

    My first cosplay was something I threw together the day before I decided to attend my first convention. It was made out of anything I had lying around in the house, and ended up as my all time favorite character; Shiek from Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

    What do you do besides cosplaying?

    I am a mother of two and I work full time at a hospital. I don't really have much spare time, but with the time I do have, I do more or less ANYTHING that can be classified as creative or crafty. Quilting, knitting, painting, writing, dancing, gaming... I could go on for a while.

    What made you start cosplaying, and what is it that inspires you to continue with it?

    I started cosplaying because it was creative and I love trying new things. I learned so many crafty skills from every single costume I made, so that got me hooked. Then I continued cosplaying because I got my family into cosplay and I've met so many great people along the way. At times when I don't really have time to make costumes, it is my cosplay family that keeps me going.

    What is your favourite cosplay up until now, and what made you choose to portray that character?

    Oh darn, that is a hard one. My favorite cosplay must be the Destiny Warlock I made for the NCC 2015 since it is the most complicated and I wept so many tears to get it finished. Also I have so many great memories with it. My favorite characters to cosplay however, that must be Fenris (Dragon Age) and Moira (Overwatch). I have so much fun and enjoy myself very much while wearing them.

    Do you have any specific techniques or materials that you like working with when creating your costumes?

    I love working with thermoplastics and painting details. However, I am and will always be a seamstress by heart. There is nothing more sexy than perfect seamwork and gorgeous fabrics.

    How did you qualify for the Nordic Cosplay Championship 2019?

    I qualified at Banzaicon 2018 where I competed with Elizabeth from Bioshock: Infinite. I wanted to challenge myself on stage by singing live which I have never done before. Also I got to perform together with my favorite stage partner (Fuzzy Teddy Inn) who was in the NCC together with me in 2015.

    What do you look forward to most with the competition?

    I love performing and I try to always do something new and exciting every time, so this time will be no different. I want people to be excited about seeing me on stage, never knowing what to expect, and remember me for my performances. I am glad that I've been in the NCC once before, so I can be less nervous about the competition and more focused on having fun.

    What costume do you plan on competing with in the finals, and what made you choose it?

    I've been wanting to improve and remake some parts of my Elizabeth (Bioshock) cosplay ever since I debuted it at Banzaicon. So I will do just that and bring her out for a second time. Bioshock: Infinite is a wonderful game with a great story, and it makes me so happy to cosplay Elizabeth because of it. I also love the idea for the performance I am going to do, so that had a lot to do with my final decision.