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About Briboobear Cosplay
My name is Bri from BriBooBear Cosplay. I am a 23-year-old, student and a cosplayer from Texas.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I’ve always liked to dress up for Halloween, and I really wanted the costume to be very detailed and precise. When I attended my first AKon at the age of 14, I fell in love with all the costumes, and I knew I would enjoy cosplaying too.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I see this purely as a hobby, something I do for fun. I don’t make any money doing it (yet). I eventually plan on selling prints and things like that to help me fund all my cosplans.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
Currently, I buy them. One day I would love to be able to say that I made a costume completely from scratch, but until then I do little by little to learn to transition from completely bought, to a hybrid, then to being completely handmade.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Well, I can be quite indecisive when it comes to choosing costumes so it could take me days to decide what to order.
What is your favorite cosplay you have done so far?
I would have to say my favorite is Winry Rockbell from Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
It is hard to pick just one good experience, but honestly, my favorite Convention that I have attended so far has got to be Kameha-Con. It was the first all Dragonball convention, and it was amazing. I’ve never had so much fun as a cosplayer. People treated you with respect and love and kindness like we were all just one big happy family. It was the first ever time that I had been asked, “Can I put my arm around you?”. As someone who has been to a lot of conventions, I could not remember another time that had happened. I cannot wait to go back for the second one 🙂
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love them <3 Cosplaying in groups with friends has always been fun for me 🙂
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Oh jeez. The sad part is that they all kind of just fall into place by accident. I really want to work on something big for the next Kameha-Con but I haven’t nailed anything down yet. I also want to try to branch out from the blonde characters. So I’ve been thinking of perhaps a Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket or Kagome from Inuyasha.
What issues do you see as being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I constantly see these post on forums, and I’ve even done them, where people post a picture of themselves and ask who should I cosplay. I don’t know that this is a divisive issue really but I see it as an issue. You should be able to cosplay anyone you want to, because that character means a lot to you or just because you like them, regardless of what anyone else thinks. Cosplay is just that… Cos Play.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
haha Well, I obviously love strong, blonde, female characters, but I like strong females in general.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I would say my favorite part is seeing the characters come together and then attending the con. When I put on the costume all together for the first time, I’ve often cried because I was so excited, then to introduce that to others who are just as passionate about it as you are. It’s truly an amazing feeling.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I love wigs, so Arda is my favorite for wigs 🙂
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
My fear of being imperfect. I am a huge perfectionist, so I had to/have to learn that the most perfect cosplays happen in the most imperfect ways.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Always treat people with love and respect because they deserve it. Do not judge people by their costumes or their makeup or their wig, because they are so much more than that.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Whatever you do, do it in love, because it’s not the costumes that make the person, its the memories you make and the people you meet that make you who you are and who you are to be.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I believe that it has become more open, more accepting.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Oh, it would have to be an awesome like time period accurate costume. I’m not sure what time period, but as a history major that would make my whole life.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Oh, I have to. Otherwise, I would blow so much money on one, maybe two, costumes.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay to me is having fun and making friends with similar interest. It’s giving people a platform on which to start beautiful relationships and connect outside of the realm of the internet.
How do you see the cosplay community 10 years from now?
I see it growing into a group of people that support and love each other. Much like it already is, but like… MUCH MUCH bigger.
What is your favorite con to attend?
Kameha-Con was so fun last year and I look forward to it again this year, but I also have to throw in Akon and Fan Expo.
Is there another cosplayer who inspires you or is your role model?
Honestly, there are too many to name. I look up to a lot of people for different reasons, and most of them are because of who they are and not what they cosplay.
Do you consider yourself an inspiration to other cosplayers?
oof. No way. I hope that I can inspire people one day.
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
Be respectful. ALWAYS ASK to take pictures. ALWAYS ASK before touching people. DO NOT be creepy, and stalk cosplayers. You can enjoy their work without causing distrust between you and them.
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
I am a Christian, and I love all people. Get to know me. Ask me questions. I love to talk and discuss. Oh, I am also a Political Science and History buff. Always down for hot topics, but If it will cause animosity or hate between people then DON’T.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
I’m not sure, maybe, but it would have to be something really bad.
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