» Cosplay Interview – Bryony Harris (AKA Kaldorei Cosplay)

Cosplay Interview – Bryony Harris (AKA Kaldorei Cosplay)

Cosplay Interview – Bryony Harris (AKA Kaldorei Cosplay)

After meeting this young lady in CFCC (Cardiff Film & Comic Con) this past month, listening to what she had to say about the cosplay world, how she creates her costumes and the passion she hold for it all. I had to interview her.

With one of the best attention to detail cosplayers I have seen come across, and a genuinely humbling person to speak with I hope that you all like what Bryony has to say.

Q: What is your cosplay alias? A Kaldorei Cosplay

Q: How many years have you cosplayed? A: 4ish

Q: How did you get into cosplaying? A: A friend wanted me to go to MCM with them and after some research it seemed like an event that at you have to dress up to go to! So I made my first costume out of fabric scraps and old cloths. When I got there I was blown away by all these amazing costumes it really inspired me to great bigger and better costumes

Q: What was your first convention and how did it go? A: May MCM London in 2012

Q: How many cons have you been to? A: I don’t really know I’d say over 10 now

Q: How many cosplays have you done? A: 8

///Your Cosplays///

Q: What was your first cosplay and why did you choose it? A: my first costume was Avatar Korra because I love the TV show and it seemed like a nice simple costume I could try and make in a small amount of time.

Q: What is your favourite cosplay you’ve done so far? A Maghda from Diablo 3, it was the most challenging costume I’ve ever attempted and there were times when I hated it because of that. The headdress for that costume took two months and it was 100% handmade and all the studs where cast/painted by hand!  But when I completed it I was so proud of myself! It also has two super cute moths that are attached to my back that everyone fell in love with!

Q: What is your least favourite you’ve cosplayed? A: Sylvanas, it was my first armor build and I was still getting used to the techniques of worbla. It broke before I was about to go on stage and the body paint was coming off all day making me feel uncomfortable because of that I’ve kind of disliked it ever since! haha

Q: What cosplay is the most uncomfortable and Why? A: Magdha for several reasons. its such a massive costume i can’t go through doors well and i can’t sit down at all….not to mention going to the bathroom

///Process///

Q: How do you research the cosplay before you make it? A: I like to gather up as many pictures as possible of the character and props from every possible angle. Then I like to research how other people made it, and then I like to make a list on what material and fabric to use.

Q: Do you sew your cosplays yourself? A: yes either by hand or using my sewing machine, which still kind of scares me

Q: If so, how did you learn to sew? If not, do you plan to learn? A: I learnt a little at school but the rest was just trial and error. YouTube also helped when I got stuck!

Q: Do you make your own props? A: I do yes, I like to learn as much as possible when making my costumes so when I come to make another I have a good understanding of that skill.

Q: If so, how did you learn to? If not, do you plan to learn? A: again it was trial and error, figuring out what worked and what didn’t. I also do a lot of research when it comes to making something new.

Q: Do you style your own wigs? A: somewhat I’m not very good with wigs

Q: What other skills do you use to create your cosplays? A:  pattern making for armor and sewing. Sanding and priming for props and armor

Q: What skill has been most useful for making your cosplay? A: being prepared and managing my time well. I always bring a costume first aid kit  just in case something breaks, I also plan what I need to make and when that part needs to be finished so I can start on another part. I make a lot of lists haha

Q: What is the hardest thing when making a cosplay? A: picking a costume is super hard for me, I like to pick ones from something I love and know  a lot about, it also needs to be something challenging for me as I love learning new skills and don’t want to repeat myself.

Q: What was the biggest screw up you’ve had making a cosplay? A: I wouldn’t say it’s a screw up but I also end up making things twice as the first attempt always fails or I feel I can make better.

Q: How often do you injure yourself while making a cosplay? A: it’s really bad but quite often. I stab myself with pins a lot. I also forget to wear my mask when sanding which is super bad!!

///Budget///

Q: Do you try to stay cheap or do you splurge on materials? A: I try to be as accurate as possible with my materials so I don’t mind spending a little extra. It’s better to spend that little bit extra on good quality fabric or foam for example as it will last longer and look better.

///COS-PLAY///

Q: Have you ever cosplayed with a partner or group? A: I have only once with my best friend, it was fun sharing the experience with someone plus we helped each other stay calm throughout the day.

Q: Do you try to act in character? A: as best as I can, but I cosplay a lot of world of Warcraft characters many people don’t really know who I am!

Q: How do you react to cosplayers dressed as character from the same anime/game/etc.? A: we talk for ages about the game and discuss how long we’ve played it. Then I ask if I can take a picture with them as I love meeting other Warcraft fans!

Q: Do you try to duplicate your character’s expressions, walk, movements, etc.? A: I do a lot of research on my characters poses and movements that way I find I can best portray the character and make the biggest impression. When I was wearing my night elf druid costume I kept hissing at people with my fangs haha!

Q: What was your funniest experience of acting in character? A: one time someone tried to learn up against me because they thought I was a statue, they jumped so much when I started to move it was hilarious

Q: What was your worst experience acting in character? A: you always find that one person who takes everything super seriously, I made the famous Warcraft blade Ashbringer and someone came up to me and said “your character can’t have that” he was a little shocked when I told him I could and the reason why I could. I meet a few people who don’t believe I play the game and I always say if I’m going to spend hundreds of pounds and hours making a costume I’m going to play the game!
///Competition///

Q: Do you compete in cosplay contests? A: I do about two competitions a year, I find it’s a good way to show off your costume it also helps with my confidence. I’m a shy person in real life and when I get on stage I start shaking like a leaf!

Q: Have you won anything? A:   I won 1st place/ best in show – October MCM London 2014

1st place – World of Warcraft anniversary event 2014

Manchester MCM – 1st place Euro cosplay finalist which is the won I’m most proud of!

Euro Cosplay – 14th

Q: Do you prefer skits or walk-ons? A: I prefer skits even though I feel I’m terrible at them! I feel it’s the best way for the audience get an understanding of your character and it really helps to show off your costume.

///Community///

Q: How many friends have you made because of cosplay? A:   all the friends I have I’ve made at cons for because of cosplay, competitions are also a great place to make friends as you wait in line for ever to go on stage. it’s a great opportunity to talk to each other and learn from one another. Q: Do you attend photo shoots and meet-ups outside of conventions? A: i’ve done few photoshoots, as i live so far away from everyone! Q: What is the funniest reaction you’ve gotten cosplaying from people? A: when your walking to a con from the hotel and you pass the normal people on their way to work, the looks you get are amazing!

///Future/// Q: How long do you think you’ll be cosplaying for? A: i’ll totally be doing this for the rest of my life for sure! i’ll be one awesome old lady!        Q: Name a few cosplays you’re planning to do next: A: Skull Kid from Majora’s Mask

Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars

Maiev Shadowsong from World of Warcraft

Q: What is your dream cosplay? A: Skull Kid from Majora’s Mask

Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars

Yrel from World of Warcraft

I’m doing two of my dream cosplays this year because I feel I am ready for the challenge I also cannot wait any longer!

///Misc///

Q: What do you take into consideration when picking a character to cosplay? A: it’s really hard for me to pick a costume I kind of follow a set of rules. It has to be challenging so I’m learning something, from something I love and have a good mixture of skills so I don’t get bored.

Q: Is cosplay serious business for you? A: it’s just a hobby for me, Turing it into a job would be a dream for me but I’m worried that it will take away the fun aspect. It’s more important to me that I’m learning and having fun!

Q: What is your favourite thing about cosplay? A: definitely meeting people who share the same passion as you, talking about what you love with people who love it just as much as you. Sharing ideas and techniques with others is something I really like about cosplay too.

Q: What is your least favourite? A: I really dislike elitism is cosplay, it’s about having fun and enjoying yourself not making others feel bad or getting stroppy when you don’t win. After all cosplay is for everyone!

I would like to Thank Bryony for taking time to complete this interview with me. If anyone wants to take a look at her awesome work. you can see her on the following

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