MEET JessoLaurus Rex
What city are you based in?
Tell us a bit about yourselves.
We’re a couple of creators that specialize in costuming, acting, and puns! We’ve been Cosplaying together for 7 years and have made so many friends in the process. Jesse currently runs a YouTube channel for the tabletop community. Laura does most of our sewing and tailoring and Jesse does most of our leatherwork and 3D printing. In 2016, our Witcher group won Best in Show at Denver Comic Con, and Jesse’s “Grog” cosplay was featured on Talks Machina’s Cosplay of the Week. Jesse also won an award for his Game of Thrones Khal Drogo cosplay.
What fandoms are you into?
We’re into Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Elder Scrolls, Marvel, Dungeons and Dragons, Critical role, and Pokémon.
Can you tell us about your first cosplay?
Laura’s first cosplay was Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim. Jesse’s first was Goliath, from Gargoyles.
Do you have a cosplay piece that you are most proud of?
Jesse: The leatherwork on my Fjord costume is top notch, in my opinion!
Laura: My second Wonder Woman costume; we made it entirely out of leather, and it turned out looking so amazing!
What do you hope to achieve through cosplay?
Honestly, we just want to have fun while expressing ourselves creatively. If other opportunities arise, that’s all a bonus!
If you could give any piece of advice to new cosplayers, what would it be?
Jesse: Be ambitious! You can learn to do almost anything online! There are SO MANY incredible resources and videos out there!
Laura: My advice is the opposite. Don’t worry about being ambitious. Start small. Start with projects you maybe only need to make one or two items on it. My Ramona Flowers was mostly common clothing items I bought from the stores, and then I trimmed my wig and made a foam hammer. As you cosplay more and more, you will start to build more and more skills. Try to learn something new or improve on an existing skill each time! Pretty soon, you’ll be amazed at how much you can do.
Jesse: Don’t listen to Laura! Be ambitious!