Fan Friday

Fan Friday – Jim Taggart

16th March 2018

*STAR WARS FAN FRIDAY*
This week is Jim Taggart (Star Wars That Poe Dameron) a Poe Dameron cosplay artist. I asked Jim to write something about his love of Star Wars and cosplaying as Poe Dameron. You can also find Jim on Instagram here http://bit.ly/2IuRVyP. This is Jim in his own words:

I have been a Star Wars Fan since I was five years old! I watched the original trilogy so much I can speak the lines before the other Characters get a chance to speak them themselves ?

I Cosplay just for fun but am aiming to be joining the Rebel Legion when I’m ready. Being part of a larger group dedicated to what I love and working for, Well, the Light side of the Force is something I’ve always wanted.

The reason I chose Poe Dameron as a cosplay to get really fixed on and dedicated to was just because Poe fits me perfectly. To be honest, just his personality, how he is so nice, charismatic, thoughtful and tough! Even when he was captured and thought all was lost on the Finalizer he still believed there was a chance! Nothing can Dim his Spark at all! And I’ve related that to many instances in my life. With certain experiences, I’ve managed to stay a good person at the end and in my core. Poe helps with that. He reminds me to stay sincere.

Also, funny enough, how he acted when he met Finn in the Tie Fighter is literally how I introduce myself to someone when I have that instant connection!

Poe is an inspiration. His love and passion to his Droid, BB8, and his team is just so strong you see it clearly in his demeanor. He fights for what he thinks is right even when he knows it will get him in trouble. He spoke out of turn and lead a mutiny on Holdo because he thought she wasn’t keeping the people he cared about safe… and he learned the hard way but knew in the end why he messed up. First when General Leia demoted him, and then he truly understood the lesson after watching Holdo’s sacrifice.

Watching him learn the world was bigger then what was just right in front of him is a journey I’ve been taking myself. It’s another connection and one I’m glad to share with this character. Seeing him gain more depth has allowed me to really explore different aspects while cosplaying him and truly fleshing out a character.

I was lucky enough to meet the man himself, Oscar Issac, at Tiff. I was in my first version of the Flightsuit and got the helmet I made on my own signed! He held it up to the crowd, called it beautiful and that, right there, was my greatest Star Wars moment of all time.

It has taken me a year to get the Costume to this stage thanks to Meekobits(http://bit.ly/2Ivs9uh) helping me build this crazy thing  Slowly we are collecting the pieces and fabric to make it as screen accurate as possible. The jumpsuit itself will be the first big task. The vest is pretty much where I want it but we’re still making improvements! I have a feeling it will be a life long journey constantly adding and building this but that is part of the joy of Cosplay and I’m lucky enough to have a great character that I can fully relate to and embrace.

What can I say, I think I was born a Rebel.

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