If you've been to the CORSAIR Meet + Greet, PAX South, or PAX East you may have met the incredible CLG streamer (who also cosplays) Lindsay Elyse! We got the chance to talk with Lindsay a few weeks back so that you can get to know a little more about who she is and what she's all about.
Can you introduce yourself to our fans that might not know you?
Hey! My name is Lindsay Elyse, and I am a cosplayer and gamer from Phoenix, Arizona. I've been cosplaying since I was about 14, and I've been streaming for about two years now. And I love it!
How did you get into gaming and cosplay?
My mom actually got me into cosplay. She found a flyer for an anime convention, and it was like, "You like anime you should go check this out! And they have costume contests." So I didn't know how to sew at the time, so she made my first two costumes for me and I just absolutely fell in love with it. I learned how to sew and have been doing it ever since. Streaming was kind of an accident. I already established myself as a cosplayer, but it was like, "How can I find a way to interact with people more outside of conventions?" So I heard about streaming and I was like, "I can play video games and also talk to people from all over the world and get to know them better?" So I tried that out and loved it and have been doing it ever since.
How did you get into anime and what were the first two costumes you cosplayed?
I got into anime from... watching Adult Swim super late at home and it would just come on and I was like, "Hey I kind of like this, this is awesome." My first two costumes were Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist and Riku from Kingdom Hearts.
Are you a full-time content creator?
I do stream full-time and I sort of do cosplay on the side now. I shifted my focus from cosplay to streaming, I still cosplay once in a while, but it's mostly streaming now. Sometimes I kind of mix the two as well, recently I've been making a costume while on stream. So it's kind of cool because it's the best of both worlds. So the people who know me for my cosplay can come in and learn how to make stuff and see something actually be created that I'll post later.
How and when did you decide to get into all of this?
It's funny, so I worked at Starbucks at the time and I hated it, it was just awful. I put in requests off for E3 and San Diego Comic Con and my boss said no. So it was like, "Okay then I quit." [Laughs] So I quit like that week and went to E3 and went to San Diego Comic Con and then my career completely took off after that. So it was scary at first, because it's always scary to jump out of something consistent and jump into something like that could potentially fail or could potentially be awesome. I got lucky and my career did really well. It's cool though, because it lets me by myself. I don't have to put on any kind of act. I do whatever I want, and if people like it, cool. If people don't, then they move on. I like that.
If you had to give a brief history of the games you fell in love with over time, what would they be?
The first game I ever played was called "Life Force" for the NES. I think it was called Salamander in Japan. But that game, my brother and I used to play so, so much when we were little. That was the first game I ever really played and was like, "Hey games are cool."
Then Kingdom Hearts will and will forever be my favorite video game... ever. I credit that with sparking my love for games. So Kingdom Hearts definitely.
I've always been an avid WoW player. I started in vanilla and I just did my dailies today before this interview! So I've been playing since it came out consistently, forever. And then I don't know I picked up some games here and there. But those are my three main games.
What games do you enjoy the most right now?
Right now I've been playing a lot of Witcher 3. I'm super late to the hype train for Witcher. I just recently got a new PC and a new graphics card and I was like, "Well what am I going to play to put this thing to the test, and see if it can handle it. And I was like 'Witcher 3' let's go." So I just finished the main story a few days ago and I got the worst ending ever and was depressed for two days. I really enjoy Witcher and have been playing a ton of Overwatch and Kingdom Hearts 0.8 as well.
So when Kingdom Hearts 3 comes out are you going to drop everything and just play that?
Oh my god yes. When they announced Kingdom Hearts 3, what was it... three years ago now? God. I was at E3, but I wasn't at the press conference. I was at a hotel room and watching it on a laptop, and they were talking about I think Final Fantasy, and I was half paying attention and half doing something else. Then the host says 'We have one more announcement for you guys,' and the first five minutes of the Kingdom Hearts theme song came out and I just lost it. I was sobbing, jumping up and down... I lost my mind. So I'm excited, if it ever comes out... [laughs]
What is your stream schedule like?
I don't have one, it's really hard for me to keep a schedule because of all the other things I have going on. I stream full time, but I also travel a lot and make costumes. I have a bunch of things going on, so some days I am able to stream at noon, but the next day I might not be able to stream until six because I have a meeting that day or something else. So I don't really have a schedule right now. I've been trying really hard to work on one. Normally it's around 6 PM EST. That's my main goal this year, to sit down and get on a schedule, because I think it helps so much for streaming.
What can people expect when they watch your stream?
I really pride myself on being extremely interactive with my chat. I feel like I'm more interested in talking to the chat than gameplay sometimes. But it's kind of funny because I'll look over and talk to somebody in chat and I'll end up dying in the game. I don't know, I think that's cool - it makes people happy to know that I'd rather talk to them than just stare at my screen and not interact.
I do pride myself on that a lot. I think another cool thing is just the fact I do creative streams every once in a while. So those people that have been following me for my cosplay can come on and watch me make one, ask questions, and see it happen.
What events do you go to?
I used to do two or three conventions a month, and then it just got to be too much so I tried to dial back a lot. I do try to hit up all the PAXes usually, I'll do E3, San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con... I guess all the big events. I've been to a couple MLG tournaments in the past. So whatever I feel like going to.
When I do gaming events, I don't usually cosplay because I have this streaming part of my life. I go as a streamer to the gaming events. But for Comic Cons and other events like that I'll go as a cosplayer.
Is there anything that you haven't yet achieved or any goals for the future?
I really want to get into YouTube. I have a channel and I have a pretty decent number of subscribers on there actually, and I think I posted like three videos ever. I do a lot of cool stuff and it would just be so easy for me to record all that and put it up on YouTube. So I really need to just get into that mindset and recording stuff and doing YouTube videos. As much as I love Twitch and the live interaction of videos, YouTube is a very big platform and I feel like vlogs of my travel would be pretty cool or timelapses of my costumes. So YouTube, that is my main endeavor for this year.
How has it been in the past few months being a part of CLG?
Oh man it has been an absolute dream. I've been with organizations in the past, who have just kind of... I don't know, I never really felt a part of them. But with CLG, you guys have been the most wonderful and welcoming people. I'm just so blown away by the support. Not only from CLG internally, but all the fans at CLG as well. Everyone from all the pro teams, they host my channel when they're done and they tweet out that I'm streaming. Everyone has just been so friendly and they want to get to know me and it's just been amazing. I've felt so welcomed and I'm so thankful.
Any final words to our readers and your fans?
Just thank you for all the love and support and I'm seriously looking forward to the upcoming months with CLG!
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