Cosplayer Of The Month - Bri Rose
Welcome to Cosplayer of the Month, where we feature an incredible cosplayer from our community of fans and learn about who they are beneath the surface and, ahem, WORBLA. This month, we have Bri Rose!
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What city are you based in?
I am from Orlando, FL and have lived here my entire life.
Can you tell us about your first cosplay?
My first cosplay was created for a high school Disney spirit week dress-up day. The Little Mermaid Ariel ensemble was my first official handmade cosplay that I shared in public and online.
Do you have a cosplay piece that you are most proud of?
My recent Scarlet Witch cosplay based on Wanda’s new look from WandaVision has become a new favorite I am incredibly proud of, but the Ariel and Prince Eric statue cosplay I made for MEGACON Orlando 2018 is a personal all-time favorite. It has inspired me to take on challenges with my newer cosplays!
What do you hope to achieve through cosplay?
I love using cosplay to network. Whether it’s through social media or at a convention, I have made so many new friends and connections with various people from all over. By networking, I have also had the opportunity to showcase other forms of my art, acquire work opportunities, and continue growing in the cosplay community.
If you could give any piece of advice to new cosplayers, what would it be?
For anyone who is new to cosplay, it does not have to cost an arm and a leg to create amazing costumes. If you have the budget and want to commission a cosplay or buy pricier pieces that is perfectly fine, but a trip to the thrift store and some YouTube tutorials can create amazing costumes as well. Every cosplay I own was a thrifted or handmade (from recycled materials) piece. Most of my cosplays cost me less than $15.
What would you say is the hardest part of cosplaying?
The hardest part about cosplaying, especially at conventions, was remembering to take breaks. I was constantly on the go with working a panel here or needing to be at a shoot there that I often didn’t eat or take anytime to rest for a few minutes. After a while, that became exhausting, and I finally learned to enjoy some rest time during conventions. Always remember to take time for yourself to relax and recoup, whether it’s at an event or working on the cosplays.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of Lord of the Rings, what is your favorite movie from the trilogy?
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was when I fell in love with Legolas as a kid so that film has to be my favorite from the trilogy!