My name is Amber Brite, and I actually work full time as a professional prop-maker and cosplayer. I make and sell props to fellow cosplayers all around the world, travelling to conventions and keeping my fans updated on all my crazy adventures! I am best known for my Star Wars aliens (Twi’leks and Togrutas especially) as well as my many bodypainted characters.
Amber Brite:Honestly I’ve been cosplaying since before I knew it was called cosplay. I made costumes for movie premieres… halloween… any excuse was a good excuse to dress up! But I really started cosplaying about four years ago. Once I discovered conventions, and the fact that I could do this twice a month? I was hooked!
G33K-HQ: What was your favorite character to cosplay as?
Amber Brite:I think most of my fans would riot if I didn’t say my Twi’lek from Star Wars! She’s so fun because she’s an original character, I get to make whatever weapons or tools or outfits I want for her and it all works! And because she’s a Star Wars alien, she’s still really easy to recognize, which is cool.
G33K-HQ: What first attracted you to cosplay?
Amber Brite:I like creating stuff, and I like nerdy stuff. And it just… fit! Cosplay takes skill in just about every category: painting, sewing, fabrication, makeup… it really stretches you to the limit and I love it.
G33K-HQ: What is your favorite part of doing cosplay?
Amber Brite:That moment when 6 months of hard work, no sleep, stress, blood, sweat, and tears all comes together, and you see your costume finished for the first time!
G33K-HQ: What conventions will you be at this year?
G33K-HQ: What was the first con you went to? What was your general reaction to it? Who did you Cosplay at that con?
Amber Brite: My first con was Phoenix Comicon. It was absolute heaven! So many awesome cosplays to see! I was wearing some steampunk outfit I put together… that’s where I met a bunch of Star Wars cosplayers and knew I found my home!
G33K-HQ: How does Facebook/social media influence your costume making and character selection?
Amber Brite:It allows me to be more in touch with my fans, so I can find out what they’re excited about and what they want to see more of. I usually have a list a mile long of cosplays I want to build, and they help me decide where to start first!
G33K-HQ: Do you have a dream cosplay?
Amber Brite:OH MY GOD YES. Zerg Kerrigan from Starcraft. Such an intense build. So hard to do. I don’t even know where to start. But one day… ONE DAY… she’ll be all mine!
G33K-HQ: What is your personal favorite cosplay you have done?
Amber Brite:Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: Rebels. She’s such a complicated build, and has taken so much time to figure out. The headpiece alone was a 6 month learning experience. I’m proud to say I now sell Ahsoka headpieces for anyone else looking to cosplay Ahsoka. I love how many different talents went into making her. Mold-making, casting, armor crafting, sewing, painting, bodypaint… she’s the full package of all of my skills, in a single costume, and I’m so proud of her.
G33K-HQ: Most memorable moment whilst cosplaying?
Amber Brite:I was wearing Mystique (classic comic book version from X-Men) and I went to take a picture with this little boy at a convention. I told him, “Okay, strike your best superhero pose!” And he looked at me and said “No you can’t, you are a super villain!” Mom was so embarrassed but I thought it was the most adorable thing ever! He was so serious!
G33K-HQ: Where do you get your ideas for your next cosplay outfit?
Amber Brite:I try to choose costumes that have a couple things. First, I like if it’s a costume not many other people have tried. I try to pick characters that look kind of like me, too. And I try to pick costumes that will be challenging, and interesting to build. From there, I can usually find characters from video games or comics that I really like, and choose from those!
G33K-HQ: Have you had any cosplays go wrong/encountered problems whilst making cosplays?
Amber Brite:Every cosplay goes wrong at some point, that’s for sure. I once had a zipper on a catsuit break an hour before I needed to be at my booth. Thankfully I’ve never had a cosplay go so wrong that I couldn’t fix it with some trusty tape, glue, or safety pins!
G33K-HQ: Have you ever done group cosplay? If so how did you find that experience?
Amber Brite: Group cosplays can be a lot of fun, but they can also be challenging. I tend to meet up with people if we’re all doing the same type of costume, but I find it’s easier & less stressful if we don’t try to plan it all out ahead of time.
G33K-HQ: Do you have one piece of advice that you would give to cosplay virgins?
Amber Brite:Ask questions. Ask everybody about everything. Cosplayers love to talk about what they made, and will be honored you thought to ask them. It’s the best way to learn!
G33K-HQ: What is your dream con to go to and why?
Amber Brite:I want to go to an international conventions. Travelling is so much fun, and I want to meet fellow cosplayers in other countries someday!
G33K-HQ: If you could be any character in your fave story who would that be and which story? (like I’d be Spiderman in the Civil Wars series)
Amber Brite:Oooh… this is a hard one. I would be… Sailor Moon. Because who wouldn’t want to be a magical girl with a talking cat?
G33K-HQ: Money is no object, what geek collectible you would purchase? (real Batmobile, Superman #1, etc.)
Amber Brite:David Tennant. He’s a collectible, right? Right?
G33K-HQ: Have you ever regretted cosplaying a specific character?
Amber Brite:Liara. Because Mass Effect armor is the devil and you can’t actually walk in it without looking like a Penguin! I’m working on a different Asari that I hopefully will enjoy more!
G33K-HQ: Can you share with us any future cosplays you are planning?
Amber Brite: I have a few! Elise from League of Legends, Samus from Metroid (both her Zero Suit & her Armor), Darth Talon from Star Wars… and the one I think I am most excited for… Selendis. She’s one of the female Protoss from Star Craft. Such gorgeous armor!
G33K-HQ: How do you define “geek”?
Amber Brite: Anyone who is truly passionate about something, regardless of what popular opinion tells them they should be.
G33K-HQ: Are you a geek?
Amber Brite:I can name two dozen dinosaurs off the top of my head, does that count?
If you are at Wonder Con this weekend, be sure to find her and say Hi.
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