This week we have the super talented anime cosplayer, Amanda Rachelle Brown. She started out her freshman year of high school and has never looked back. It’s so much fun to see how people grow with cosplay and still love it just as much. Check out what she has to say about her journey into cosplay.
How did you get into cosplay?
It started with my love of anime and manga. I could relate with some of the characters, their personalities and back stories. One of my friends actually introduced me to it my freshman year of high school with Naka-Kon. My first cosplay was L from Death Note. It was a lot of fun and I’ve been doing it ever since.
How many characters are you currently cosplaying and what are they?
I am currently cosplaying two characters, Gaara from Naruto Shippuden and Levi from Attack on Titan.
What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far and why?
Gaara. He was my favorite all-time character from Naruto and I can relate to him the best out of any of the other cosplays I’ve done. Plus, this was the first cosplay I made by hand and the gourd was a lot of fun to make. Without doing this cosplay, I wouldn’t be as good with make up as I am now. He was just an awesome cosplay to make and be. Plus, there aren’t as many Gaara cosplayers, so it makes it fun going to cons.
What’s your favorite way to craft?
My favorite way to craft? I generally work with paper mache and paper clay to make props. I don’t really have a set way to doing props since I’m still learning with new materials. I generally plan out the prop and think of what could be used to make the prop.
What’s your favorite crafting item to work with and why?
I love using paper clay. Its easy to work with, dries white, smoothes out nicely, very durable, and cheap. Paper clay is the item I have used the most with making props such as the Gourd for Gaara. The only draw back is waiting for it to dry which can take up to three days in the winter, but overall I love it.
What are your cosplay goals (e.g. professional, hobbyist, charity, gateway to another career, etc)?
I hope to carry cosplay as a hobby until I’m able to actually turn it into something I do all the time. I hope to start up a prop shop and turn that into a career of sorts. Just a few dreams I have.
What’s your dream cosplay and why?
My dream cosplay would be Sasori from Naruto Shippuden. He is my dream cosplay because I actually want to make the 3rd kazekage puppet as a prop. Plus, the makeup to make my joints look wooden, the chest plate and spool of wire in his abdomen, and the blades sticking out like wings from his back; that is going to be a challenge to do, but I’m going to do it, one day, and it will look awesome.
What advice would you give someone who wants to get into cosplay?
My advice is be whoever you want to be. Do not let anyone or anything get in your of what you want to cosplay. It doesn’t matter who you are, not what you look like. All that matters is what makes you happy.
Oh, and if you want to make your cosplay, please do not procrastinate. Take it from someone who knows what it’s like to be still sewing the night before a con, it’s not fun. So please plan ahead and just have fun.
What other interests do you have outside of cosplay?
I love to write. It’s a small passion of mine. My guilty pleasure is Korean Dramas. Those just get to me and they are so cute. They will get you right in the kokoro. I also have my fluffy baby, Sadie. She’s my dog but my pride and joy. If I’m not working on cosplay or writing, I’m usually with her watching TV or going for a walk.
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why?
If I could have dinner with one fictional character… hmm… tough one… I can honestly say that I can’t decide since I don’t know who would be a good dinner companion… I would go with the Doctor. I have always wanted to see the T.A.R.D.I.S. and who wouldn’t want to meet the madman in a box. I could see the Doctor being an interesting companion as always. It would just be a hoot to see.