Our Member of the Week, Bradley Beeghley, is a cosplayer of epic proportions. His dedication to the craft allows him to create detailed pieces transforming a costume into a cosplay. While he can rock a Deathstroke like none other, this man isn’t a one trick pony. He’s been known to spend months crafting a new costume, or throwing together something brilliant at the drop of a hat. Get to know Brad and his cosplays a little more below!
How did you get into cosplay?
I’ve alway been into theatre and comics, so I started just making random things (I’ve always been a crafty person). It started off with simple things, fantasy armor for role playing, props from movies, the first actual costume I made was a full duct tape Classic Thor suit for the first movie premiere. I didn’t really begin doing anything big until after I was discharged from the Air Force. My first job back was working at the Kansas City West Bottoms Haunted Houses, scaring people and assisting with the makeup. Doing that made me want to pursue special effects makeup as a career. I even put in an application for Tom Savini’s school, was even accepted. Sadly I can’t afford the school, but that opened the door for me to meet so many cool people and cosplayers!
How many characters are you currently cosplaying and what are they?
Currently I have 3 Deathstrokes finished. I’ve only been wearing one because it’s my favorite. I also have a Stealth Suit Captain America that’s still getting worked on, also a WW2 Captain America. I have a Scarecrow from Batman, now a Thor armor, Yondu from Guardians of the Galaxy. Also just finished a Hal Jordan, but plan on making it bigger. Then I have a list of projects that I hope to start soon.
What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far and why?
Deathstroke. Because he is the absolute best. End of story.
What’s your favorite way to craft?
I love to tickle the belly of dragons so that I may use their fire to smith dark and grim armor. No? Not a real thing? Fine, favorite way is to just blast music and get down to it. Usually when I get off work at night, luckily no neighbors near to complain.
What’s your favorite crafting item to work with and why?
Favorite crafting item? Hmmm, do swords count? That isn’t a joke either. I have used a sword to cut fabric before. It was fun! I also love sculpting. I started off using water based clay, then moved to oil. It’s a bit easier to work with and you don’t have to worry about your item drying out. Trust me, nothing sucks worse than spending hours sculpting a cowl and during the molding it cracks and breaks. There goes your time and money.
What are your cosplay goals?
My cosplay goals are pretty simple: I hope that I can become greater in my makeup and costume making skills and help out the community. I would like to organize an anti-bullying campaign also because that is something I can relate to.
What’s your dream cosplay and why?
DOOMSTROKE! Because what can look as cool and be as deadly as a combination of Doomsday (Superman) and Deathstroke? The answer is nothing, all shall perish! (Insert evil laugh here)
What advice would you give someone who wants to get into cosplay?
Start small; big projects can overwhelm pretty much anybody. Don’t be afraid to ask people for advice and help. I ask people all the time for input and ideas.
What other interests do you have outside of cosplay?
I LARP (live action role playing), play card games, studying law enforcement. I live a pretty boring life. Uh, something that I’m now starting to get into is making performance illusions. I was always loved the movies The Illusionist and The Prestige and being a magician like that would be pretty rad.
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why?
I’ve seriously spent 2 days thinking about this question and I still have no idea who it would be. So I’m just going to say Gandalf, because chances are after the meal he’ll have a quest for me. Gonna be swimming in XP!
You can check out more of Bradley’s cosplays on his Facebook!