1. If you could offer one bit of advice to your past self when you were getting into the hobby,
what would it be?
Wait a bit longer instead of spending all your college money on your first doll.
I had a lot of stuff to pay when I got my first BJD. But instead of focusing on that. I decided to buy one right after my friend did. Mostly because I was jealous, because she did have the money to just buy one. (At least, as far as I can remember). And me, still going to school (to study for animalcare and whatsoever), well. I had a lot to pay. But that didn't stop me. I got the Luke, from Dream of Doll. I loved him to bits when he arrived. However, he was huge! For my feeling. And heavy too. If I would have waited a bit and looked around for a longer while, I am sure I would have chosen a different doll for the character I had in mind. (We are talking about Yue, a doll I no longer own, but with the RP me and my friend had, I still love him to bits!).
So yeah, I guess I would say; wait a bit. Look around more. See what you think that will fit the character for years.
2. How do you go about picking out dolls? Do you approach it from a collectors perspective?
Buy for characters? Grab the pretty ones?
I have characters in my mind. And from there on, I will go look for a sculpt. Depending on their story, I will see who I want to get first. And who I can wait for a little longer. I think this happend the same way when I wanted to get a doll to get Yue done in BJD form. We rped long before I decided which one I wanted to get. Dylan is a pretty one and honestly. I can't remember if I got the sculpt first before thinking of a name. Story was ready in my head though, just the name was needed.. If I would just go for the pretty ones.. I would have a big collection in my room already. And I only have two left! haha
3. What is the purchase you are the most happy you made?
Which do you regret the most?
I do not think that I regret any of my purchases. Unless you are talking about the clothing..
But the one that made me the happiest, is ofcourse Dylan. I would not be able to sell him. At all. Perhaps get his head sometime later again. But I love how he looks. I just love every bit of him. Devan is the same though. He's a vampire Miho. My wolfboy. (I love wolfs, hence wolfboy.. he is actually a werewolf but shhh, lets not talk about that. It's a secret!).
4. If you could own any doll [not from a company but from someone you're a fan of]
whose doll would it be? Why?
*stares at Pindakees
her dolls* .... uhm.. haha *steals Mari, Levi, Eden, Nolan* shhhh... *sweats* I don't have 'em!
5. Do you have any other hobbies?
If so how have they been affected by your entering into the BJD hobby?
Oh yes, I have! I cosplay. However it has been on a pause for a bit. Just used old stuff I had around or made a cosplay just to fit into the group. Like my son of Thor and Loki cosplay. Outfit didn't work out as I wanted to, because I couldn't attach my cape *red, like Thor his cape* to my clothing. It hasn't really affected much of me buying dolls and things for them though. I just kind of did 50/50 with it? Other hobbies don't cost a lot of money. I love swimming, watching TV series, reading books, drawing. And hanging out with friends.
6. Do you have any pets?
Do you trust them around your dolls?
I have two cats. Named Baileys and Bones. Baileys often comes into my room but shows no interest. Bones doesn't even enter my room if I am not there (door is mostly open because Baileys loves sleeping on my bed). But yes. I do trust them with my dolls. Bones only attacks flowers haha. I also have 5 snakes, but they won't come near. And I have a tarantula. And you can guess, that this girl also doesn't come near as she doesn't even like being touched! (And no worries, if I would ever get any other pets, I would easily trust them near my dolls as well).
7. Do you do anything creative involving your dolls?
[Sewing, photography, faceups, etc.]
Actually.. I do nothing of it all. All pictures are taken by Pindakees
, same goes for face-ups. And often also wigstyling. I can't make clothes because I have zero patience when it comes to that. I wished I had some talent though. But I just don't have any patience for any of it. Apart from photography. But sadly, I do not own a camera yet. My parents do, but I am not really allowed to touch that damn thing.
8. When did you first discover BJDs?
How long was it between the time you found them and the time you got your first doll?
Years ago! I think I was 15/16 or so. I saw a few on this convention I went to and had interest in them. Searched some up. And *boom* I had a lot of interest in them. I just never could buy one until years later because of money. And not having a job. (I still don't have a job, well I am a paperboy, but that doesn't earn a lot of money!).
9. Do you take part in the BJD community on a local or global scale?
Do you prefer to keep it between close friends, enjoy it by yourself or chat with the whole community?
I am on some websites. Like Den of Angels, but I do not participate there at all. I rather keep it between me and my friends. I do RP on facebook. And you might find my boys (Dylan Ethe and Devan) on there. If you tend to come across them, you are welcome to add them as long as you own a BJD account. If you want to talk to me. Feel free to add me on my own facebook: www.facebook.com/AkiraxShiki
10. What's your long term plans for the hobby?
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I really have no idea. I have no plans when it comes to buying other dolls at the moment. Apart from doll clothes, wigs and eyes. Perhaps I will learn how to paint on tattoos. Because I loved drawing my own designs always. (Unless it comes to something I want to have on my own body..). Either way. I hope to have my own camera soon, a body for Devan and other stuff that I want to use for them. So I can do a little more. Because really.. right now I am just sitting here, doing nothing at all. And that makes me feel quite useless in this hobby.
And that was it! I hope you liked my stupid answers.
Feel free to answer these questions as well (or just ask me to tag you!)