Dessyy Talks About Cosplay, Overwatch, And TikTok

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 Dessyy Talks About Cosplay, Overwatch, And TikTok

You’ve seen some amazing growth on TikTok over the last couple of years. What do you find different about that platform versus some of the others you’re on?

The thing about TikTok is everything’s super-fast. Everything is in your hand. I know some people use the editing outside of the app, but I always edit in the app. So, everything is just done so quickly. I don’t have to go on my computer, and upload anything, and edit it for such a long time. And everything is based on music or audio too. So like the ideas, like when you scroll through the For You page, the ideas just pop into my mind. And I’m like, “Save this sound!”

So to me, that’s what made the difference, because I started on YouTube, but there’s so much to go into YouTube because you have to edit for hours, and record, and then if something messes up, you have to go all the way back and redo it. But this is just like everything’s just quick and fast. And I love that.

How long were you using TikTok before you found it worked better for your style?

It was actually quick. I started TikTok, I think, in 2019 around October. And when I first started, I was just viewing things. I was like, “Okay, this is like an app for teenagers or something.” But then, I started realizing the more that my For You page started to sync with what I liked, I was like, “There’s a lot of Cosplayers and gamers on here.” I was like, “This is really cool!”

At that time, I just made videos as [a joke]. It was actually, I guess, when COVID first started happening. That’s kind of when I jumped on the app. I was bored, and I was like, “You know what? I’m just going to make some funny videos.” And then, one day I was like, “I see a lot of cosplay. I’m going to put on my D.Va costume and see how it does.”

That video got like 10,000 views. And I was like, “Oh my gosh.” You know? And then, people were like, “We want more.” And I’m like, “Okay.” So, I just put on my D.Va again and again and again. I finally got another cosplay, and I was like, “I’ll try this one.” And my next one, of course, was Mercy because I like “Overwatch” a lot. So I was Mercy, and then it just started piling on from there. And now, I have a whole closet of cosplays over here that I use. So yeah, 2019 was the start. And then, just from there, I hit my first [100,000 viewers] in 2020, and now I’m at 3.5 [million].