This creative cosplayer is sure to make your Monday. Enjoy the interview.
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
Real name: Sierra Brannon
Cosplay name: Sillysgb Cosplay
Sillysgb Cosplay @sillysgb
Sierra Brannon Modeling @SierraBrannonModeling
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?
I would definitely have to go with coffee just, because it can come in many flavors and styles. But a close second would be boba tea, I go to this boba tea place near where I live and it use to have a Super Smash boba tea menu and I loved getting the Kirby flavor it was like strawberry and coconut with yogurt pop boba. Total side note I love Kirby and play him as one of my mains in super smash, but if I compete in a competition I choose Mr. Game and Watch.
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
I am one of many hobbies. I have been Cosplaying since 2013, but have done artistic stuff longe before I started cosplay. Art is like therapy to me, because you mentally step out of reality and focus on something fun like writing poetry, sewing cosplay, or even drawing one of your favorite characters.
WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?
I started cosplaying in 2013 and my first convention was a very small convention called Anime South (which no longer exists). I since them have learned to sew and build things better then I knew back them. The second convention I ever attended I competed in the competition, but didn’t place. I have grown so much and can see it looking at old cosplays vs current cosplays. I now compete in the Masters level at local conventions.
WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?
I cosplay because it’s like stepping out of reality and going to this location where there are others like you. When I was younger I went through the struggle of being bullied because I was different. I enjoyed anime and video games where other people my age only cared about drama such as dating. I never really fit in, but then I started to cosplay and met people like me who get super excited over character and games. I found my place where I fit in.
WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?
Well of course one of my cosplay idols is Yaya Han, because she really evolved and shaped cosplay for the modern cosplayer. She has taken cosplay “a fun hobby” and created a career out of it. There are fabrics in stores with her brand on them that she pushed to get created, because there was no fabrics suited for many characters along with patterns for complex costumes. This really broadened the horizon for cosplayers. Yaya is my main idol and my others are mostly friends I have met along the journey who have inspired me and have helped me along the way.
WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?
I predominantly do anime cosplays, but I have to say my video game ones have seemed to be my more well known cosplays. My two most known cosplays would be Bigsister from Bioshock who I intend to fix and redo in the future and Jinx from League of Legends who is a current cosplay that I have worn many times.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?
Well obviously Bigsister and Jinx are in the top, but I think at the time my current cosplays are my favorites considering that those are from the fandoms I am most interested in at the time. So that list is always evolving current it is Nico from Nanbaka, Jinx from League of Legends, and Shiro from No Game No Life. I’m currently working on Parona from One Piece and she will end pushing one of the other cosplays out of the top 3.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?
Oh I doubt I will never cosplay any character that I want to. I’m so determined and once I set my heart on a character I will end up doing it eventually. I have some characters I have pushed back till I get better, but have never once thought “I could never”.
DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?
Make, because I enjoy the challenge. I love competing and stepping on stage and people cheering on my hard work and appreciating the details and time I took to make a character. I don’t care if I win, I enjoy making because it’s fun and it will make me and hopefully at least one other person smile.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?
Interacting with and meeting other people that are interested in the same things as me. As well as feeling like I’m a different person for a day, by embodying a character I love.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?
Health is the only difficulty I face. I use to compete at a convention that held people 8 hours from the start of prejudging to the end of awards without letting you get out of hot cosplays or allowing you to eat which is unethical so I don’t support that convention anymore. I have also had struggles with cosplays getting broke and stuff where I wore it 8 hours with screws digging into the tops of my shoulders till I was bleeding, painful cosplay shoes, and much more. If your really determined you can get hurt from cosplaying, which is not good.
Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
Omg yessss I love this question. I will have to answer No Game No Life, because living in a society revolves around games vs fighting would be so fun.
Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?
I get my inspiration from my interests. So my boyfriend recently got me into One Piece and we were talking about who I would be from the show and we settled on Parona because I am most like her, so now I’m making a Parona cosplay.
WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?
I’ll keep this answer short and simple.. EVERYTHING. Well I have a lot of anime and games I am into, but I’m also into so much more.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?
Don’t sexualize cosplayers, because they are just like you and don’t want to be groped or get creepy messages in there DMs.
WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?
Make friends!!!! You will learn more from your cosplay friends about how they do things rather then all the “Cosplay 101” panels at every convention that teaches you nothing.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?
We don’t cosplay as a fetish. We cosplay as characters that inspire us.
WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?
Well I answered part of this earlier, so Parona from One Piece. I’m also working one a super secret Monster Hunter armor with my boyfriend. Plus unfinished cosplays such as Marry Nightmare from Dreameater Marry, Purpleheart from Hyperdiminsion Neptunia, and Soraka from League of Legends.
WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?
ICE DRAKE SHYVANA!!!! Umm well yeah so most of the League girls along with some mech cosplays.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?
Instagram and Facebook under Sillysgb
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