Meet Loh Wan Jing Stephanie, the president of the Singapore Cosplay Club and a hardworking cosplay convention organiser. With her dedication in her craft and through the help of her peers – she plays a major role in pioneering the trending Cosplay Culture in Singapore.
As the president of the Singapore Cosplay Club, Stephanie always ensures that everything is in order, particularly making sure that their events are smooth sailing, from start until the end.
The cosplay trend has grown in popularity since the latter half of the 1990s, especially in the countries of Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea. Here in Singapore, one of the names that are of significance when it comes to cosplaying and event organising is our woman of the week. Starting work at the age of 18, she already had a fair share of an interesting journey that makes her one to watch out for in the industry.
Cosplaying has been a great niche platform for young people to release their creativity, from which our interviewee believes in. For some, cosplaying is a hobby, but for her, it’s something closer to her heart.
In this article, Stephanie shares about how her humble beginnings, and reveals interesting facts that may have shaped her path and calling in life.
Q. Let’s talk about your current business/profession, what do you do?
I am a cosplay convention organiser. We organise cosplay conventions professionally and also do cosplay appearances.
Q. Given what you know today if we took a time machine back to the beginning, what would you have done differently?
I would have done nothing differently.
Q. What does empowerment mean to you?
The freedom to strive for anything you want.
Q. Tell me something that’s true, that almost nobody agrees with you on.
You can make everyone happy.
Q. There are ups and downs in life, can you tell us an interesting story?
The world works in strange and amazing ways. When I was 16, and we were looking for sponsorship for one of our very first Cosfests. We met a game distributor company. We sought sponsorship and they seemed agreeable. Maybe it was due to our lack of experience, we did not really know how to give the sponsors enough perceived benefits.
This sponsor decided to pull out but chose to do it in a very nasty way. They gave Takahan (my partner) and me a very brutal tongue-lashing; deliberately picking on the event and design of the posters.
There were 2 of them; a managing director and his assistant. And after justifying their stand, they gave enough reason to pull out.
I will never forget that day; as I stood crying outside their company door and Takahan was very upset. I swore that I must succeed.
I bore in mind never to harbour any hatred or remember them. I just kept working and working.
10 years later, we went to a networking session. A man in his early 30s suddenly came up to me. He looked sheepish and shook my hands. “Stephanie, right? I know, you are still around after 10 years.”
I was a little surprised because I didn’t really know who he is. “Remember, xxx (Xxx is the company name I mentioned above).”
I suddenly recalled he was one of the younger man (the Managing Director’s assistant) “Oh!” I said and shook hands with him, without bearing any grudges, just amused. He said he was no longer in the company that he was working at and the company either had downsiZed or was no more.
And I understood the fragility of everything in this world.
Q. What is one question you wish we had asked you?
What gives you your strength and conviction?
Q. If you’ve committed a crime, what would it be, how would you have done it and get away with it?
Eating too much chocolates and ice cream! I would have invited my friends to come with me and in that way, we would share everything!
Q. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
I picked up toy photography!
Q. Describe the colour pink to someone who is blind.
It is one of the colours that would make you feel happy to your very core.
Q. What would you do if you were the one survivor on a (possibly) deserted island?
I’ll find somewhere with flowers to sleep at.
Q. If you woke up and had 1,000 unread emails and could only answer 100 of them how would you choose which ones to answer?
Look for emails in this order: Paying customers, interesting ideas.
Q. If you could have a machine that produced 100 dollars every day for your entire life, how much would you be willing to pay for it?
Up to SGD 30 per day. I hope to make a 70 percent profit.
Stephanie’s passion and dedication towards organising cosplay convention have greatly contributed significantly in the cosplaying niche in Singapore. With her experience in the industry, she has learned the values of patience and hard work, which makes her a great role model for budding event organisers.