Share My Cosplay Interview: Brandida

Location: Tri-Cities Washington
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SMC: Why did you start cosplaying?
Brandida: I’ve always had a real interest in costuming it sorta stemmed from an obsession with the costumes in all of the Lord of the Rings movies, I loved them as a teen. I watched every special feature and re-watched over and over the behind the scenes with the costume designers and became obsessed with just how much I loved the characters and how much I loved what they were wearing and how they were created. It took me a long time to think I could even attempt to make something even remotely similar to the extraordinary work you see on the big screen and else where.

SMC: What was the first convention you attended in cosplay? 
Brandida: Sakura Con 2011! It was so much fun! I didn’t make any of the cosplay I wore that year I bought them off of cosplay websites this was before I tried making anything really, they were Ai from Hell Girl And Yuki Cross from Vampire Knight.

SMC: What has been your most memorable convention moment? 
Brandida: We purchased a photo op with Danielle Panabaker at ECCC last year and when we went in she complimented my Harley Quinn cosplay, I was over the moon!

SMC: What is your favorite thing about cosplaying at a convention?
Brandida: Probably when people recognize the character you are and tell you about how much they love them as well it’s kinda like attracting people of your Fandom right to you it’s so fun.

SMC: Where can fans expect to see you next? (2016/17 Schedule?)
Brandida: Rose City Comicon RCCC 2017!

SMC: What cosplayers inspire you?
Brandida: Arielle from Air bubbles Cosplay! I actually attended a panel she was hosting last year at RCCC called “working with worbla” it really inspired me to just go for it!

SMC: Which is your favorite cosplay you’ve created?
Brandida: Probably Ms.Freeze. I love Dr.Victor Fries I fell in love with his origin story in the episode of Batman Animated Series “Heart of Ice”. He’s the type of villian you can’t really hate because he does what he does out of despair, complete devotion and love.

SMC: What cosplay are you best known for?
Brandida: I think people would say my Suicide Squad Harley Quinn.

SMC: If money was no object what would be your dream cosplay creation?
Brandida:  Oh boy I have so many ideas bouncing around my head all the time I’m not sure really.

SMC: Do you have any new cosplays currently in the works?
Brandida:  Yes! I’m currently starting on Blue Diamond from Steven Universe.

SMC: What are your cosplay strengths? (Tailoring, fabric painting, worbla armor, in-character performance etc.)
Brandida: I think my strength is costume design I can usually draft up a pretty okay pattern to use.

SMC: What’s one thing you wish you knew about cosplaying before you got started? Brandida: That I can do it! I thought for years that there was no way I would ever be talented enough to make a costume for myself or others. I wish I would have started making years ago the process is just so much fun and the cosplay community is so warm and welcoming.

SMC: Any advice for people interested in cosplaying for the first time?
Brandida: Just go for it because your going to have such a great time doing it, and never fear rejection no one has ever come up to me and been less than encouraging and kind to me at a con.

SMC: What do you do in the real world for a job? 
Brandida: I’m a supervisor with AMC.

SMC: What is something your fans may not know about you? Other hobbies?
Brandida: Oh gosh probably my obsession with adorable plushies! I think I have  over a hundred at least!

SMC: What part of “geekdom” is you favorite avenue of entertainment (i.e. comics, movies, video games, anime, etc?).
Brandida: Animation! All kinds really, I love Anime I’ve been watching DragonBallz latley I really like slice of life stuff like Clannad I’m a huge fan of Steven Universe and Adventure Time as well

SMC: What Comic Books are you currently addicted to?
Brandida: I’m completely in love with Rachel Rising and Revival.

SMC: Any favorite TV shows, movies or cartoons?
Brandida: Steven Universe and Batman Animated Series are my favorite TV shows. I really like Game of Thrones and I’m really into Legion right now as well.

SMC: What is your gaming system of choice?
Brandida: Xbox One but I’m usually a Playstation person so hopefully I will end up getting the ps4 soon!

SMC: What are you currently playing / upcoming video game releases?
Brandida: I’m currently working my way (Be it very slowly) through the remastered Batman Arkham Asylum. And I can’t wait for Mass Effect Andromeda, the first three are probably my very favorite console games I’ve ever played.

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