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About Rebecca Rose
My name is Rebecca Rose. I was born and raised in Seattle, and consider the Pacific Northwest my home. I love working out, cooking, hiking, and hard rock music. I am a dog lover and consider them members of the family. I hope to travel the world someday and see everything the world has to offer!
How did you first get into cosplay?
My first cosplay was Orihime Inoue from Bleach. I first became interested in anime when I was taking Japanese classes in high school. Later, I cosplayed Misty from Pokemon. Then I took a break from conventions for a few years and first got serious about cosplay when I cosplayed X-23. I decided to cosplay her when a close friend of mine let me read their X-23 comics. It was love at first read. She is such a strong, powerful, interesting character and I immediately knew I had to personify her.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
A bit of both, honestly. I mostly do cosplay for fun, but I think it is more than that. I was a theater minor in college and have been acting since the 5th grade. Cosplaying allows me to not only build/wear cool outfits but to become those characters. It is an incredible experience. My cosplaying has also put me into the public spotlight and has helped me do more fashion/modeling photoshoots. I have also been in commercials, music videos, and have voice acted in a video game.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
All of the above! It depends on the skill needed to create the piece. I, for one, am NOT a seamstress. I can attach simple pieces, but anything custom made is not my forte. Thus, I will build some cosplays, purchase pieces, or commission the work to someone more skilled than I am. Of course, I think when you commission your work, you should give credit where credit is due.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
That really varies! I like to work on projects slowly and steadily. A bit every day or so. I honestly don’t know how much time it would be all together, but my Winter Soldier arm (100% worbla) probably took a few days to build. My Aela the Huntress cosplay is taking quite a while since I’m doing it all by hand. But the end result is always sooo worth it.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
This is such a tough question!!! X-23 will always hold a special place in my heart since she was the first serious cosplay I did. But I also loved creating my Lara Croft cosplay and my Poison Ivy cosplay. Black Canary is also a crowd favorite!
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
When I go to charity events. The look on the children’s faces when they see the “real” Poison Ivy is absolutely priceless and truly warms my heart. I remember going to Disneyland as a kid and seeing the princesses and feeling my heart skip a beat. Bringing that feeling to kids young and old makes it all worth it. It is easy to love the moments at a convention when I’ve been swarmed by photographers, but the true happiness for me comes from the appreciation for the characters.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I think they are great! I have yet to be a part of many group cosplays but I think they give the opportunity for some incredibly dynamic group photos and videos! Again, this is where my acting background comes in. I love being able to play off of others.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I’m currently working on Aela the Huntress and am SO EXCITED about it! I am also excited to finish Starfire. She has been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl, and I am so excited to bring her to life!
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
Cosplay is not consent. It should be simple, but it seems that people have difficulty understanding the concept. Just because someone is dressed a certain way or as a certain character does not mean they ARE that character and it does not mean you can just walk up and touch them. Cosplayers are people, and we have feelings and histories and preferences. We wouldn’t go up to a stranger and touch their nifty jacket unless we asked first and got the “ok.” Be respectful, ask, and you will be thanked for it.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I absolutely love superheroes. Specifically, strong female superheroes. They inspire me to stay in shape and to show the world that women are just as strong as men.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Another tough question! I love the whole process! But that is a cheat answer. I love the moment of trying on the completed cosplay for the first time. Seeing it with my own eyes in the mirror and looking at what I have created… It is incredible. Us cosplayers create items that do not exist. We create giant swords, outfits that are outrageous, glowing props, armor, etc. We create something that does not exist in our world, and seeing that come into being is a beautiful thing.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I never hesitate to ask friends and other cosplayers for advice. I also love my good friend google. The internet is HUGE and there are so many people who have different tips and tricks to offer.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Public scrutiny. I never thought my cosplay would come as far as it has, and it has been a growing experience. Like so many people, I have my own insecurities. Cosplay can sometimes challenge those insecurities, and I have found ways to overcome those obstacles and feel proud in my own skin and in my cosplays.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Yes! Be humble. I have seen some people let the “fame” get to their head, or take advantage of the fact that their character is popular. It has blown up in their face in one way or another. Staying humble makes you more real and more approachable. It allows you to truly appreciate what you have been given and to not take anything for granted.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Stay true to yourself. If you start cosplay and think that you have to be half naked to gain a following but that is against your morals or standards, don’t do it. You will thank yourself later and save yourself from making any regrettable decisions. Cosplay is different for everyone, and you don’t ever have to do something you’re uncomfortable with doing.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I think the cosplay community has become more accepting of cosplayers who do not fit the “typical” mold. There are so many incredibly talented cosplayers of different races, genders, sexual orientations, body types, etc that have been put in the spotlight, and I can’t wait to see more!
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Ooooooh man, you shouldn’t ask this question. I might get dizzy from all of the ideas running around in my head! Hmmm, I would absolutely love to create some intense Skyrim armor. For example, ebony, daedric, or glass armor would be INSANE! I would just about die and go to heaven.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
I do. Currently, my budget is solely dependent on my income through Patreon. My financial situation does not give me a lot of extra wiggle room to spend on cosplay, so I let my incredibly generous supporters fund the cosplays that they want to see. I am so grateful for them! I want to continue cosplaying for many years, and their support truly makes my cosplay possible.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay means freedom. Cosplay means creativity. Cosplay allows me to act, model, create, learn, and meditate. It helps me discover new things about myself and is an amazing creative outlet. I used to think I wasn’t very creative at all, and I have proven myself wrong.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
I don’t think so. Even if I could no longer afford cosplay, I would try to find a way to make at least one costume per year.
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