Welcome to the first day of the week! I have an absolutely amazing, versatile cosplayer for you today. Enjoy!
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
WeyrWoman Cosplay and Lady Byrd Productions LLC
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?
Coffee! Juice of life.
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
If I had to sum my life up into three words it would be: PASSION. FEARLESS. COSPLAY. My main hobby is cosplay, although I have many talents. Who says you have to choose between being a photographer and a model? I have been dedicated to both for over ten years now. I only have three rules. Be passionate about what you do. Have no fear, try anything and most of all keep calm and cosplay on.
WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?
I started cosplaying at a yound age because my father was an amazing super nerd and supported all things nerdy! I have been cosplaying more professionally about 10 years.
WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?
I cosplay for fun, family, friends and community. I love to cosplay for fun first, I like to create, dress up like someone else and make my daughter’s characters come to life! I love cosplaying with my daughter, we have several matching cosplay and we make any excuse to wear them, even just around the house or watching a movie! I have met such amazing people cosplaying and am even in a cosplay duo with my best friend Brian Harris, known as Harris_Cosplay. And finally, community is a reason for cosplay. I try to give back to the community with all of the hobbies I have in some way; for cosplay I like to donate my time to children’s charities that let kids meet their favorite characters and brighten their days! For photography I donate my time to animal shelters and rescues, taking photos of the animals for adoption.
WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?
Trey Maxx is fricken awesome. I really like the spunk of Cara Nicole. And Victoria Bradley is uber beautiful. To be honest there are so many I really love that I can’t really choose favorites…Brian Harris, Alyson Tabbitha, Christina Johnson has insane Charisma, just too many!
WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?
I do mostly Superheros, Princesses and a select few anime. I have some random assortments of TV/movie characters also. I usually just do my favorites so you never know what is coming!
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?
Captain Marvel is a fan favorite and SUPER comfy, I like Thumbelina because I get to dance around all day, Megara when I’m feeling sassy, Leeloo when I don’t really want to talk except “Leeloo Multipass”, So many favorites for different reasons.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?
Red Sonja, I love the character but her cosplay is so tiny…😂
DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?
I do all! Some of my cosplay I make from scratch, some are made from re-purposed clothing, some ordered, some purchased. Cosplay is cosplay no matter where/how it is made.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?
Everything! I love every step of it from brainstorming, to putting it on and makeup, photoshoots and cons, meeting people, seeing the kids reactions, seeing my kiddo’s reactions! All of it is fun. I don’t like cleaning up the disaster I create in my cosplay studio when I’m getting ready though….
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?
Choosing which I want to be! I have over 45 cosplay completed and always some in the making so it’s really hard to choose sometimes. I usually post and ask my fans/friends or the con I’m guesting at to see if they can choose for me! ha!
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER TO COSPLAY?
My favorite actual character is probably Megara because I can be super sassy and I don’t smile ALL day, or maybe Disgust for a similar reason. My face sure does hurt after smiling for photos all day! Sometimes it’s nice to get a break.
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
Xanth would definitely be where I would live. A world created by Piers Anthony and just thriving with adventure and danger and magic. Everything is based on puns and it is one of my favorite book series.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR COSPLAYS?
Some come from seeing a new movie, old movie, reading a comic or seeing another cosplayer. Other times my daughter requests it (which is where I acquired a new Anna cosplay to match her Elsa), Sometimes I have fans or friends request something and if possible I love to oblige!
WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?
Studio Ghibili anything, Star Wars, Star Trek, LOTR (though nothing I currently cosplay), a large assortment of fantasy and sci fi book series, and Marvel Comics (for the most part, though I do love characters from other comics).
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?
You don’t have to be perfect and store bought is A-OK. Everyone is just here to have fun and there are always going to be a few haters but this community is awesome and loving if you just keep on!
WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?
Goodwill has a clearance section for clothes and shoes for re-purposing and sells fabric by the bolt for under $5. You’re welcome.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?
We are NOT the characters, we are real people! Please keep your hands to yourself and please respect basic boundaries! We are not your “fantasy” being recreated, we are humans.
WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?
Oh man. I always have about 10 in the making, but currently working on a maleficent which is very time consuming and finishing my Atlanna.
WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?
SO MANY. My dream cosplay would probably be a Mord Sith from the book series Sword of Truth and a Kahlan. I want a full suit of Captain Marvel, Hela, and Wasp and I’d also like to round out my Disney Collection with a Snow White, Mary Poppins and a better Belle Gown probably. An Arkham Catwoman would be really cool. There are just so many! I’d love to do a full armor cosplay, Taarna from Heavy Metal.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?
What is your favorite thing that fans do?
Create more art based on my cosplay, like drawings or edited photos. And also recommend cosplays and come and visit me at cons and events.
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