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About Miss Oo La La Cosplay
My name is Brigette Rose. I go by the name Miss OoLaLa in the cosplay world. I like to make costumes, especially weapons, armor and props. I love music, videogames, coffee, action figures, concerts, conventions, and music festivals. My day job is at a radio station, where I schedule music, as well as voice & produce radio commercials… oh yeah… and talk… lots of talking. I’m a DJ too haha. My favorite games are classic RPGs… Secret of Mana is my religion.
How did you first get into cosplay?
As a kid, I was fascinated with the stories and worlds from the Final Fantasy games and other RPGs, and I dreamed of one day getting to “be” them I guess you could say. Fast forward a few years, I eventually learned to sew, and learned of these wonderful things called anime conventions. One of them popped up in my hometown, and I was asked to model a flight suit and do promotional work for their convention. At some point I moved away from promotional cosplay for cons, to making my own costumes and began competing in contests, judging a few, and even emceeing on occasion. The rest is history!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
A little of both. Right now it’s more for fun, mostly because already have a career. I currently work on-air for a local radio station, as well as am production director for the entire media cluster. But if given the chance I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE a career in cosplay. It would be a dream come true!
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
Almost always completely handmade from scratch. Half of the joy is the craft itself! I love building props the most, but love to sew and create my own patterns too. The only time I’ve purchased were for things that needed to be custom printed, for example, a Spider-verse character.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
A few months for most. I have been known to take almost a year though. I also have a habit of working on more than one project at a time…
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
KOS-MOS from Xenosaga Episode I… It’s my most ambitious, but not my most well made. I have fond memories learning with it.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Hard to say – I’ve been cosplaying a loooong time! Possibly the time I was in a Chrono Trigger group with Atelier Heidi, Shinka Studios, and Firaga Fox… all 3 of which were cosplayers whose craft I always admired. We even had a professional photo shoot to capture it all. It was surreal.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
Love them!! I love having a whole cast of characters to a game or anime, it makes the experience so memorable!
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Gwendolyn from Odin Sphere, Sailor Moon/Zelda mashup, Witch Mercy from Overwatch, Primm from Secret of Mana… but wait there’s MORE! (… I just can’t remember them at the moment…)
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
There are a lot! But the one I encounter the most is “making cosplays vs. buying cosplays”. I feel like it’s fine to do either, but don’t enter a contest if you didn’t make it.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Video game RPGs! I love cosplaying cleric/healing characters or mages the most.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Does it make me a terrible person if I say photo shoots?! LOL! No, but really I love all parts equally, but the most fun part is when you capture it forever in an image. Photo shoots used to not be as fun as making the costume, but now that I have a photographer that I share a deep bond with (my boyfriend/soulmate) – it has quite possibly become my favorite part!
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Lowe’s and fabric stores… sometimes online too for things they do not carry locally. The best way to research materials is YouTube, and watch tutorials where people use them!
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Time… There’s never enough time (probably because I have a full-time job). So I do my best to budget my time and set goals.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Yes… I learned that you can’t trust everyone. Becoming a successful or popular cosplayer can draw people to you just as easily as it can make them despise you.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Never cheap out on your wig. Always prime before you paint. Have fun, but be classy.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
The rise of social media and YouTube has dramatically changed the face of cosplay over the past decade for both good and bad. Media is so accessible now that, as a cosplayer, you can be easily lost in a sea of other cosplayers, making it hard to get noticed. But it’s good because it’s easy to learn from others by asking cosplayers questions or watch video tutorials. New materials for crafting have been created, and materials have also become more available, which is always a good thing. It means stiffer competition, and more beautiful cosplays are being created because of this.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
I’d probably want to build a giant mech suit or Gundam that I could get inside and maneuver!
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Nope, not anymore! If I can’t afford to buy everything at once, I space out my purchases or make fewer cosplays. It’s gotta be right, dang it!
What does cosplay mean to you?
It means embodying a character and imagining you exist in their world. It’s acting, modeling and art, all in one!
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
Just ask! It always feels like a compliment. We live for that stuff.
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
I’m not sure how to answer that. I would like them to know whatever it is they wish to know about me. I don’t mind answering questions 🙂
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Maybe if I get too old?
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