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About Querencia Cosplay
Hey all! I’m Brea, some of my friends call me Bunny. I’m a 23 year old Pharmacy Technician, and I’m super into knowing my drugs! I like being able to identify and know what they do and how they interact with people. I’ve recently accepted myself as Pansexual through the conclusion that love is love. I’m from the East Coast so that’s where most of my conventions are. I’ve been very into ballet and figure skating since a younger age, and of course like many (I know lame) Yuri on Ice rekindled my passion for skating and I’ve been training and getting back into the swing of it for the past four months and going strong.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I first got into cosplay through a friend who had been doing it for a few years. I had just recently gotten back into anime at the time after a few years of having fallen out. She took me to my first convention and it’s been my life since.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
Both in honesty. It’s always been for fun but I do have a slight competitive side that pushes me to do the best I can and striving for that appreciation from others. I would love to be like a Jessica Nigri or a Yaya Han and do this forever and make a career out of it, but I’m not sure I have the drive to make that happen. I’m really content just doing my best and enjoying my time with my friends.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
For a long, while I strictly commissioned, I did the stereotypical buy it from eBay thing. But recently I’ve been more and more interested in doing it myself, starting slowly with altering an existing article of clothing. I plan on pushing forward and trying to do more things myself/with the help of friends~
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Well, the one I did try and make took about two months only for it to be a flop lol. Meanwhile, I made my Blake Belladonna cosplay in three hours the night before a con. I guess it depends on how much is scratch and how much I’m just altering.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
This is really hard, but I think Kaguya Otsutsuki is the one I’m most proud of.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Probably each memory I have of meeting all of these incredibly important friends of mine. Nearly all of my friends have been made through meeting at conventions or through similar interest. Just about all of them are cosplayers and I’m so beyond blessed to have gotten the chance to meet everyone in my life. Aside from that, it was really precious when a younger girl came up to me in an RWBY group and specifically asked me for a hug because she just loved Blake so dearly and my heart basically swelled.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
My first group cosplay happened fairly recently actually and my mindset has been forever changed. I almost never want to be out of a group now. It was the most entertaining thing ever to have so many people/friends indulging in the same thing as you and getting stopped all the time because of having a full squad. The reactions and attention people give you are the absolute best.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Well, I’ll be debuting Janna, Pyrrha Nikos, Viktor Nikiforov, and Yuri Katsuki, at this years Katsucon as well as an Espeon Gijinka that’s belly dancer/gypsy inspired. I also plan on getting Blake Belladonna’s Season 1 and 4 outfits completed as well as Homura Akemi’s devil version.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
Honestly, I’ve seen a lot of people in the community treating others horrendously and it’s got to stop. I understand cosplay can be competitive, I certainly get that way. Who doesn’t low key thrive off of attention and knowing they did well? But ultimately we all do this because we love it, we’re attached to and love the characters and series we’re portraying, and at the end of the day we’re all a bunch of nerds who should be coming together to appreciate one another and be glad we have an opportunity to be who we are and be around others who are accepting and mutual of that feeling.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
My cosplays are always based off of a character I see a lot of myself in. Whether I entirely relate to the character or see even a bit of myself in them, that’s usually what makes my decision for me.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Attending conventions is definitely the best part. Finally putting everything together in its final form and walking out into the crowd is a really intense feeling that can’t be expressed through words alone. The memories you make, people you meet, and overall the feeling of accomplishment all falls into an incredible category for me I can’t express on paper.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Typically I go to Joann’s Fabric store for most of the materials I need. That or I’ll look endlessly on eBay and Amazon.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Learning that I’m not the only one cosplaying something and you can’t always be the best. I used to get upset and disheartened if I didn’t do as good as another person doing the same character as me. Typically this happened because I felt so close to that character that I wanted to do them the most justice out of anyone. But I’ve gone far past that point and have grown to just appreciate people doing the same thing as me because they love the character or series just as much and that should be bringing us together not separating us into a competition. So now I compliment and cheer on my peers doing the same thing as me instead of feeling jealous or upset.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Oh certainly. It doesn’t really pertain specifically to cosplay but it has happened during my time as a cosplayer. Sometimes people are in your life to teach you a lesson and aren’t meant to progress in your life’s story. As much as you love someone, if they’re toxic, you have every right to cut them out and do what’s best for yourself. Take care of yourself, and take complications as stepping stones and learning experiences rather than loses. Be thankful for the knowledge you’ve gained and the memories you made, but know when it’s time to move on and continue to become a better you.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Stay hydrated at conventions! Please remember to take care of yourself, you’re likely in a hot and heavy cosplay all day walking around and exerting yourself. Don’t be like me and have a heat stroke and miss your entire Friday or the convention! You will have time for events and friends later, take care of YOU now!
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
Unfortunately, it definitely has turned into more of a popularity contest rather than doing it for the sake of happiness.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Oh my God I’ve always really wanted to do Elise from League of Legends. To some, that may not seem like something big but it’s very out of my skill range and budget.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay means… Getting out of my own skin for a few hours. It means showing off my love for a series/character. It means meeting new people I’ll cherish forever. It means memories and good times. It means feeling accepted, loved, and appreciate. It means feeling beautiful when you typically hate yourself. Those are all things it means to me, it means the world.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Absolutely nothing except maybe age. I know there will come a certain point in my life where I probably won’t be able to do this anymore, and it’s a crushing thought I try not to consider often.
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