Many nice memes again so fun to do these. I don't know who persons have already been tagged so again please make this if you like, YOU ARE TAGGED if you see this entry! (sherimi automatically..)
1. If you could offer one bit of advice to your past self when you were getting into the hobby, what would it be?
Be patient and search your first dolls with more self control (lol.. what is that?), just consider longer time and investigate some characters for dolls before buying any because you (I'm talking to myself, personally) know that you can't have any dolls without planning any background stories etc. That way you can find dolls, their clothing styles and other necessary things easier without going through too many makeovers or sculpt changes because you don't know who your doll really is and how she/he must look like.
Reason: When I started this hobby I bought several dolls without planning characters and almost each one of them has been sold because I didn't bond with them. Couple of them survived through many makeovers when I eventually knew what to do..(Like Ophelia, Soom Heliot) XD It was frustrating sometimes! New clothing styles and characters.. Some people collect only pretty objects but I definitely need them with ”a soul” inside, not a creepy way, just characters!
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 buy planned dolls (characters and styles usually planned) and sometimes need to catch a limited doll which sometimes may has priority but if I definitely don't have any use for the doll I still adore I just skip it. For example I'd like to buy some Cerisedoll's, Doll Chateau's and some other sculpts/dolls but as I don't have any characters (yet) I just watch pictures. Also some Iplehouse and Soom dolls I have skipped because even though they inspire a lot, I will wait the right time if I get some ideas. I need to admit, I have also some collector's syndrome XD Idealian Hyperons... But they fit perfectly my world ;3; Grail!
3. What is the purchase you are the most happy you made?
Which do you regret the most?
This is TOO difficult question, I can't say for sure T__T Maybe when I bought my first doll and without it I wouldn't be in this hobby?
And I totally regret Ringdoll Frankenstein version one, the style he had been painted wasn't my thing at all, first time I moved his joints, I noticed how heavily his whole body had been painted grey as pieces of his "skin" started cracking inside his joints when I posed him even a little bit, and it looked totally horrible, all that mess! I was unable to customize or paint him
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?
I'm not actually a fan, it sounds so distant but her:
5. Do you have any other hobbies?
If so how have they been affected by your entering into the BJD hobby?
Actually yes but they are more like ”now I feel like doing this” -hobbies, not everyday stuff. Drawing, painting, paper crafts, human or doll sized accessories and jewelry, collecting plastic figures, playing video games, watching movies, series and anime, dressing up and photographing, making Fimo/Cernit clay stuff, role playing... Everything random XD
I feel like all those creative things and interests in Japanese stuff (especially and mostly clothing styles) were my reasons to enter this hobby ^^Also It felt awesome to bring some of my drawings "alive". But I just love decorating things..
6. Do you have any pets? Do you trust them around your dolls?
I don't have any pets but when I had two guinea pigs they just ignored my dolls when they saw them.
7. Do you do anything creative involving your dolls? [Sewing, photography, faceups, etc.]
Like other hobbies I listed, many of them are related with dolls. Photography, face-ups, accessory making, stylizing.. customizing, making cernit food..
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?
First time I heard about BJDs were when I was in high school and I read Anime magazine and there was a small article about dolls.. I was like.. what.. ??? Dolls for adults (that was the main point) and I was really confused, didn't get interested at all because I though that sounds very creepy and very difficult to get anything anywhere or caring them XD In upper secondary school I found them again, many many photos (internet..) and one doll looked like me somehow when I was dressed up in elegant gothic aristocrat fashion and I thought that it'd be fun to have even more that kind of "styling/photographing/customizing" hobbies than Japanese street styles and all those clothes and photo shoots.. 2010 I met some people and I bought my first doll. There was many many years between the first discovery and the first doll, I'm not even sure when I got that magazine but I was too young anyway (in my own opinion when I think about it now, needed time to get jobs, earn money etc.)
9. Do you take part int he 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?
Both local and global but I'm not the most active forum person though XD I talk about characters with sherimi but I share general bjd things on DoA, Hartsilapset (Finnish forum) and pictures on Deviantart.. Sometimes I write more, sometimes I just read what others are doing, just what feels necessary
10. What's your long term plans for the hobby?
Where do you see yourself in five years?