You are never too old to do what you love.
Retired couple Steven and Millie Tani first stumbled upon cosplaying three years ago when they needed a costume for a Halloween event. The couple, who have been married for 27 years, have not stopped since then.
From Mary Poppins and Chimney Sweep Bert to Captain America and Agent Carter, the couple, who live in Southern California, travel the state attending various events and conventions dressed up as their favorite characters.
Cosplay, a portmanteau of the words “costume” and “play,” sees people dressing up as their favorite characters – from anime to video game characters.
Here they are at Stan Lee’s Comic Con in LA:
The couple, who refused to reveal their ages but added that they were “both in their 60s”, first learned cosplaying through their daughter, who is a 10-year-old cosplayer – but never thought she would end up would repeatedly cosplay themselves.
They changed their minds after their first cosplay event.
The couple’s very first cosplay outfit was the adorable elderly couple Carl and Ellie from Pixar’s Oscar-winning Up.
“Since we kind of look like Carl and Ellie, we decided to try something simple,” the couple told Mashable. “We got a wonderful reaction from the guests … and that’s how our cosplayer career began.”
Her daughter also suggested creating a Facebook page dedicated to her cosplaying adventures.
The couple say it takes them up to two months to make a costume. They try to use items they already have but sometimes go to thrift stores to buy additional items or look for supplies online on sites like Ebay and Etsy.
The costumes are sewn by Millie, who considers herself the “average seamstress who can make simple outfits”.
Steven and Millie add that when they started they were surprised by the attention they got.
“We’re both basically very shy and introverted. When people started photographing us in our cosplays, we were first amazed at the attention we got,” they said.
“We [also] I wasn’t sure how people would react to us as an older Asian couple … but many greeted us and … we were more comfortable and made more new friends. “
And the couple are showing no signs of slowing down.
“We will continue this cosplay adventure as long as our health is preserved,” they said in an email to Mashable.
“We don’t want to sit around in rocking chairs because we want to enjoy our golden years and enjoy life to the fullest. It’s almost a 24-hour love work to develop new cosplays, so hopefully we can squeeze into another one.” ten years.”