REAL GEEK GIRLS Comikaze Expo 2015 Spotlight: Ashphord Jacoway
The goal of my “Real Geek Girls” series is to show the world that girls truly can be geeky. This time around I got to talk to quite a wonderful woman who I discovered while I attended Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo this year.
Ashphord Jacoway is a cosplayer, actor, loves dolly fashion and she empowers the world to let their inner geek, gamer, nerd and cosplayer self-shine. She is not just an incredible person, but she’s an incredible role model for girls all over the world who want to feel like they can be who they want to be without being ridiculed about it.
What does being a geek mean to you?
Being able to be obsessive about something almost to a childlike point and totally being cool with it. I think Sean Penn said something similar and I loved it.
What’s your take on the fact that people still think girls are being ‘fake’ geeks?
Still? Haha. I love the idea that everyone is a different level of geek and it’s all about gradations. Plus women are half the industry now, so…deal with it and celebrate!
Tell us about ‘Chocolate Covered Cosplay.’
We are a cosplay group of four African American women who promote the freedom of cosplay no matter one’s race, size, or gender. Our motto is cosplay what you want. We are invited as guests to many conventions in the Southern California area to hold panels on diversity.
What’s ‘The Doll Life’ about?
Cyril Lumboy and her life as the creator and designer or DollDelight. It follows her and her team of models, an assistant and a manager, and their determination to put on top quality fashion shows.
Do you have any advice for anyone out there who’d like to get into cosplaying?
Do it! Learn as much as you can about patterning and multiple technologies and techniques to better yourself. Cosplay accuracy counts, especially when cosplaying outside of your race. Just put effort into your costume, not painting your skin.
If you were trapped in an elevator and needed a super power to get out, what superpower would you want?
Super strength to open the doors and get out. Normally I pick flight, but in this situation, strength counts.
What are some of your hobbies that people don’t know you like to do?
Cooking and baking!
What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve ever done?
Asgardian Storm. I love strong warrior women.
Is there anyone who has inspired you to become such a positive influence for geeky people all over the world?
Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates. She was one of my acting teachers and introduced me to Ritual Poetic Drama within the African Continuum. When I became a member of her theatre company, The Conciliation Project, I learned how to lead an honest dialogue and be a champion for justice. She taught me to validate myself and inspired the work I do with C3.
You’ve studied theatre and are an actor, what kind of projects do you gravitate towards?
Honest work and projects that allow me to share the cosplaying part of myself. I love geeky projects, and I love working on legit shows.
For those who may not have attended the panel you took part in at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo this year, what did you guys talk about? Will you be partaking in more conventions with C3?
C3 discussed diversity in cosplay. We told the journey of how we became comfortable in our own skin, and how we came to believe we could cosplay what we want. We finished with an open dialogue about race and gender and our audience’s experience. We will be at Anime Los Angeles as featured guests this year! Lots of panels and parties, so come join us!
Is there anything you are working on right now that we should look forward to? Any new cosplay?
“The Doll Life” is still playing on Myx TV and almost all of the episodes are available on demand on Myxtv.com. The season finale airs next Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 8/7c on Myx TV, and streams onlineWednesday, Nov. 25 at Myxtv.com. Chocolate Covered Cosplay will be featured guests at Anime Los Angeles this year holding panels, so I am sure a secret cosplay is involved.
What’s your advice for girls all over the world who struggle with letting their inner geek shine?
Be yourself. No one can validate you but you. People will judge you whether you do or don’t, so just be you.
Check out a sneak peak video from ‘The Doll life’: