CosSLAY Saturday: Utahime Cosplay

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Briana of Utahime Cosplay is absolutely incredible. I've actually seen her pop up a few times around the cosplay community in her Kida cosplay, her few renditions of Pocahontas and her amazing Kora. Getting to see more of her work and talking with her was an absolute blast. I am so excited to share this interview with you! :)

First things first, of the cosplays you have done, which is your favorite and why?

I always get this question and it's so hard to decide because I love each and every cosplay I do. It usually is whatever is my most recent cosplay. So I guess I'd have to say right now it's my Joker cosplay!

If time and cost weren't a factor, what is your dream cosplay?

Demona from Gargoyles the Disney animated series!

What are some crafting aspects of cosplay that you feel you are strong in, and what are you working on improving? And is there an aspect of cosplay building you haven't tackled yet, but would like to in the future?

Honestly, crafting is not my specialty so I would love to one day learn how to work on armor builds. I see so many spectacular armored cosplays these days at conventions and I am completely blown away by the craftsmanship!

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So many of your cosplays are of these badass, awesome, strong women. You've done Princess Kida (MY FAVEEE), Black Canary, Gamora, Korra, Katana... just so many!! What draws you to these characters, and are there more you have planned in the future?

I am so glad you noticed my love for strong female characters! I absolutely love to cosplay characters who inspire me or who I connect with on a personal level. I am a sucker for characters who have epic back stories and those who have overcome adversity to achieve greatness. Definitely expect to see some more fierce female cosplays from me very soon.

Why do you cosplay? What about it brings you joy? :)

Cosplay is an art and wonderful form of self expression. It has helped me find a community of amazing individuals who share the same passion as I do. I love having the opportunity to embody my favorite characters and bring them to life at conventions and on camera.

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What is a favorite memory from doing cosplay? Maybe a convention experience, a challenge you overcame, meeting a hero, etc?

I think that my favorite experience so far took place at San Diego Comic Con this year. I got the amazing opportunity to go onto the Marvel stage in my Gamora cosplay with talented friends who were cosplaying the other Guardians of the Galaxy. The best part was having Stan Lee come up on stage and meet all of us! Even today the whole experience seems kind of surreal. I mean I met the legendary Stan Lee!!

Who are some of your favorite cosplayers and why (and where can we find them?)

It's so difficult to just name a few because I am blessed to have so many talented cosplay friends! Be sure to check out @aliciamariebody, @murrmaiden, @shawshankprops, and @slcgreenarrow. They are not only very talented but they are some of the greatest people you will ever meet! I have learned so much about cosplay from each of them and they have been so supportive during my cosplay journey. I think anyone who follows them is inspired by how much love and hard work goes into their craft. Man I could go on and on about my friends I mentioned and many more but this interview would then be several pages long.

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Do you have any crafting resources or tips that you wish you'd known when you first started cosplaying that you wouldn't mind sharing? :)

I am still learning so much that I feel I would not be able to give any helpful tips when it comes to crafting. However, a tip that I learned while cosplaying over the years is how to create attainable goals when it comes to executing cosplays. I usually start out with a list of cosplays I want to try to do in a year then I create a budget for materials and commissions. That way I am not overwhelmed and I don't overextend on myself financially.

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Do you have any other thoughts or words of advice for people wanting to jump into cosplay, but just might be a little intimidated or nervous to take that leap?

Always remember you can cosplay no matter your ethnicity, age, body type, or gender! Cosplay is all about having fun and showing love for your favorite fandoms. You can do anything you set your mind too! I hope I don't sound too cheesy, but honestly if I had a mission statement this would be it 😆

Where can we follow you online, and are there any other projects or platforms you'd like to promote in this interview?

You can find me on Instagram and Facebook under @utahimecosplay and on Twitter under @BrianaDeCoster!

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