“When you face yourself and win, you never lose”
Cosplay Minney used anime, gaming, and cosplay to sober up and get in shape whilst obtaining his dream job in the process. He began cosplaying 10 years ago as part of the Naruto cosplay community and since then he has transformed himself into what's been called the real life Goku.
World Cosplay Summit UK 2018 Winner W/Nomes Cosplay
Clara Cows Cosplay Cup UK 2019 Winner W/Nomes Cosplay
Minn has made a name for himself in the cosplay community by winning multiple international cosplay contests (1st place WCS UK 2018 + 1st place C4 UK 2019), appearing in music videos (ShaoDow - Kaio-Ken (2018), and officially cosplaying for video game companies such as Ubisoft (Assassins Creed Origins, Bayek 2017).
Minn as the official Bayek for Ubisoft's Assassins Creed Origins area at EGX 2017
Minn is also a decorated cosplay judge and guest speaker, he has judged qualifiers for a wide variety of international contests including World Cosplay Summit, Clara Cows Cosplay Cup, Cosplay World Masters, European Cosplay Gathering, and C2E2. He has also judged cosplay contests for conventions big and small including UK conventions such as MCM London Comic-Con, EGX, & CosXpo but also international conventions and contests such as Anifest Bulgaria, Otafest Canada, and World Cosplay Summit in Japan.
Minn and Nomes on stage at MCM London 2018 announcing the contest winners
Minn focuses on translating video game and anime characters from the screen into real life, aiming to bring realism into fantasy. He uses his degree in Graphic Design to craft high quality replica shirts for cosplayers to wear, along with gym gear for other fitness passionate weebs. This has provided Minn with an online income that gives him the freedom to travel the world and he considers himself a cosplay entrepreneur (not really liking the term ‘pro cosplayer’).
He is recognised as a fitness specialist and takes pride and pleasure in sharing his training knowledge with the cosplay community. In 2020 he released his first book 'The Super Saiyan 6
' for free to share his knowledge with as many potential trainees as possible. He is training to become the strongest version of himself (powerlifting total of 587.5kg/1295lb) and he sees it as his purpose in life to inspire others to do the same.
Minn performing as Son Goku from Dragon Ball Z on the World Cosplay Summit 2019 Alumni stage in Japan
He aims to inspire people to live a healthy lifestyle and give fellow geeks the courage they need to step into the gym armed with a foundation of knowledge that can take them from strength to strength. Perhaps counterintuitively he is also a world record holding speed-eater currently holding world records for the most chicken nuggets eaten in 3 minutes (>900g) and the fastest time to eat 20 McNuggets (1:03).
Minn didn't choose the nug-life, the nug-life chose him
When asked how someone should start with cosplay Minn had this to say
“Pick a character and go all in, a character who truly resonates with you and inspires you. Then once you've figured that out, give it everything in your heart”.
Minn's entire life philosophy is predicated on giving it your all in whatever it is you want to do in life, just like an anime character. He aptly called this philosophy '#BEMORESHONEN', a mantra that invokes images of strength, triumph, and never giving up.
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