Interview By: Brandon Sooknanan
Cosplayer: Andrea Diaz
Social Media: Twitter – @TheMightyDrea | Instagram – Space.Drea
What are your Favorite Movies, Television shows and Books?:
Films: Star Wars, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Holes, Legally Blonde
TV: Twilight Zone, Parks and Rec, Stranger Things, Sailor Moon
Books: Scott Pilgrim vs the World, the Kite Runner, Batman: The Killing Joke
What is an interesting fact about yourself?
My dream career would be to be a voice actress. I remember being a kid and lying to all my friends saying that I voiced “Dot” in a bugs life and they all ended up believing me.
Characters you have cosplayed before?
- Han Solo
- Ramona Flowers
- Dr. Sattler
- Firecracker Jinx
What got you into Cosplay?
I grew up very religious and was not allowed to dress up for halloween. I would always find ways to secretly make costumes last minute with things that I found laying around the house. Now that I’m older, I get to express myself in ways that I wasn’t able to as a kid. Another reason why I got into Cosplaying is because I suffer from anxiety and agoraphobia, and it helps me to put my focus on something that i’m passionate about. There was a time in my life where my anxiety was so bad, it was hard for me to get out of the house. Cosplaying was my therapy in a sense that I was able to soothe my nerves by sewing or building armor, and by motivation to go out in public and show off my hard work.
Who are your favorite cosplayers?
What cosplays are you currently working on?
I am currently working on Chun-li from Street Fighter, Suicide Squad Harley Quinn (but with a twist) and Eleven from Stranger Things.
Advice for people who want to get into Cosplay?
To not be afraid of what other people think of you. To not let people’s negative comments get to you. To go out to as many conventions as possible, even the little ones. I find that I get the most comments on my cosplays at smaller conventions. When making cosplays, look at everyday objects differently. Maybe that water bottle will make a good accessory piece to a bow staff. (Parts of my Rey staff was made out of water bottles, My pocahontas dress was made out of an old skirt that I had lying around) Cosplays don’t have to be expensive, you just have to think outside of the box. Most importantly and yes most cliche, is to have fun. Talk to as many people as you can while cosplaying, you make such great friends in this community and they are so helpful. I have made many friends doing this and i’m glad to say that i’m a cosplayer.
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