Welcome to cosplayer highlight, where we look to share insider tips and tricks from the cosplay community, how you can get into the hobby yourself and generally trade wonderful stories about the cosplayers.
Today, we’re joined by a cosplayer, Bryony Harris, who has a large following on Facebook. She really does deserve more attention for her outstanding work as Warcraft characters, as well as all of the amazing work she does in cosplay. She is also a friend of a cosplayer we’ve previously had an interview with, Komplex.
Interview with the Cosplayer – Bryony Harris
Q: Welcome to Cosplayer Highlight! As is customary on this series, could you introduce yourself to our readers?
A: Hello everyone! I’m Bryony also known as Rose Cosplay. I have been cosplaying for about 2 years now and I’m a complete nerd!
Q: People usually have quite a strong history with why they cosplay. Why did you first take up the craft?
A: I went to my first convention back in 2012 because a friend suggested I’d go as she goes all the time. So I did my research and I was like I have to dress up! I spent a month creating my first ever cosplay which was Avatar Korra. Now I’m completely consumed by this hobby and haven’t looked back since!
Q: Conventions are one of the primary gathering spots for cosplayers, so which conventions have you been to? Have you been to any that was particularly good and any that was particularly bad?
A: Due to university I can only make it to the London MCM’s both in May and July, however this year I managed a cheeky trip to London Super Comic Con which was awesome! In my opinion no cons are bad but my favourite has to be when I was invited to World of Warcraft’s 10th anniversary party, as a massive WoW fan it was an honour to attend.
Q: We like a bit of humour here: So what has been the silliest thing to happen to you or someone you know during a convention, cosplay-wise?
A: Trying to walk down the stairs awkwardly to the bathrooms in costume and randomly bumping into Jonathan Ross! Of course it took me a couple of minutes to process what happened but he was long gone.
Q: Can you list all of the costumes you’ve done to date? Which was your favourite and least favourite?
A: Avatar Korra 2012 was my first costume so holds a special place in my heart.
Midna from the Legend of Zelda 2013 was my first competition costume and I learned sooo much from it.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner 2013 was my first armoured costume and I have a few unpleasant memories of the armour falling apart!!
Blood Elf judgement paladin 2014, it was such a joy to wear I felt so bad ass!!
Night Elf druid in Thunder heart regalia 2014 has to be my favourite I spent ages over the details because it was one of those costumes that just couldn’t have enough! I won the October MCM Masquerade in it so getting up at 5am to paint myself purple was worth it!!
Dark Xena 2015 was my first costume that had a performance which was a very nerve wracking yet enjoyable experience.
Q: Let’s find out more about the person behind the costume: What’s your background?
A: I am a 3D architecture and visualization student who lives in Poole. I am a massive fan of The Lord of the Rings series and have been playing World of Warcraft for about 8ish years now!
Q: Would you say that you were an introvert or an extrovert when the costume is off? Do you have any particularly geeky interests?
A: I am a completely different person when I’m not in costume, I’m shy and quiet and I like to be a loner! That changes when the costume is on and I’m with fellow cosplayers!
Hmm geeky interests… I collect the swords and weapons form the Lord of the Rings films!
Q: Your Warcraft works are amazing. Why Warcraft in particular? Have you been a fan of the series for a long time?
A: World of Warcraft has been a big part of my nerdy life. I started by playing Warcraft 3 after my dad was finished with it!! Then I moved on to the online game itself and I have been playing now for 8 years with my dad playing on and off.
I’ve found that World of Warcraft has some of the most beautiful and intricate characters and armour designs. The amount of detail and lore they put into every part of their games and characters is truly captivating and inspiring.
Q: Before we wrap up, what are the best ways for our readers to find out more about the works that you do? Do you have a website or page for your costumery?
A: I have a facebook page called Rose Cosplay, just look for the purple girl with big ears!!
Q: Last question – A new cosplayer has approached you for some advice. They are uncertain on what is the best way they can get into the mind-set of the character for a photo shoot. What do you advise they do before they put on the costume, if they want to be in character?
A: I find that research is essential, study every aspect of your character from attitude to their posture and this will help to put you into character just don’t take it too far!
We’d like to extend our thanks to Bryony for her time with us today!
It’s clear to me that if there’s a particular fandom you belong to, such as the World of Warcraft community, there’s a huge array of characters you can pull from that as either inspiration or your source for characters. Bryony clearly has passion for the game and as such draws her inspiration from the games. It’s also wonderful to see that she has had the opportunity to share in her hobby with her dad, which is a nice bonus.
It’s also wonderful to see that cosplay has given Bryony a voice in the world. She mentions how she’s normally quite introverted, but when the costume is on, it’s like she’s a different person. I think a lot of cosplayers experience the same situations, where they’d normally be silent, they find this voice – this confidence to get involved with the community and to share in the experience. It’s truly a fascinating hobby!
If there was a series you’d love to do cosplays from, what is it? As always, leave us comments below, over on Facebook and Twitter and don’t forget to give Rose Cosplay a like on her Facebook page for us!