This interview is with Beastia Cortes of Cortes’n’Rossini.
RarelyObscure: What do you design/create in SL?
Beastia Cortes: Actually I cant say I have any specific area I belong to. I started with latex outfits. Then I jumped into tattoos and T-shirts. Next, there were shapes and gestures. Finally now, I’m working on my first furniture line. Sometimes I want to play with textures in Photoshop, other times I get into building with prims.
RarelyObscure: What is your store name?
Beastia Cortes: Cortes’n’Rossini
RO: How did you get into Fantasy designs/creations and how long?
BC: To tell the truth, creating items for this hunt will be my first experience. But I already have ideas for further development.
RO: Do you RP? Do you have time?
BC: I never RP in SL. It’s not only a question of time, but SL for me is almost the same as the RL me. Of course I don’t have wings and tail iRL… *smiles* I always say, “I don’t play SL, I live SL.”
RO: How did you discover Second Life and what made you create an account?
BC: I created my avatar in 2007. I still have some snapshots of what I looked like back then. *laughs* I wore the ‘cybergoth’ preset avatar (no prim hair, plaid white skin and strange red/black clothes). I roamed around for a while and then disconnected. I understood nothing and it was a complete disappointment. Almost a year passed before I logged back again. Finally, that attempt was successful; I soon got accustomed, made new friends, and found a new family…
RO: What made you stay and what motivates you to log back in?
BC: First of all, my friends and then the nature of SL itself. Yep, I’m addicted *smiles*.
RO: Where do you find inspiration for your designs/creations?
BC: Oh.. completely everywhere. RL clothes, those shown in fashion magazines, worn by people I see on the streets, movies, cartoons, and pc games…
RO: Have you found, developed or improved any skills because of SL?
BC: First of all, my English. I live in Russia and the “English language” we learn at school is nothing like the English spoken in U.K./ U.S.A./etc. None of my SL friends speak Russian so English is the only way we can communicate.
RO: If you could change one thing in SL, what would it be?
BC: I think we all wish SL could be less laggy. Being a programmer iRL, I’m familiar with grid technologies enough to understand that some lags are unavoidable. Oh and yes, all ways of converting lindens to real money and vice-versa do not work in Russia. But it’s more about PayPal and political drama *sighs*.
RO: That’s completely and utterly unfair! (paypal/goverment issue) Thanks Beastia