First name and last initial: Robyn G.
Where are you from originally, or where do you currently reside? Born/live in Pittsburgh, PA.
How long have you been cosplaying? About a year and a half.
Which characters have you cosplayed? Jyn Erso (Rogue One, Imperial Disguise), Tracer + Soldier 76 (Overwatch), Piper Wright (Fallout 4), Miranda Lawson (Mass Effect 2).
What inspired you to start cosplaying? A few friends and I decided to dress as Fallout 4 characters for PAX East 2016 for fun. People on the floor were calling us by our in-game names and even Bethesda asked for our photo; it just completely blew my mind! We then went to a meetup of other Fallout cosplayers, and that was when I realized cosplay was a whole community in and of itself.
I’m also inspired by my incredibly talented friend Del Borovic who not only makes amazing cosplay but has been a godsend with photography and modeling advice. She was the first person I ever did a joint photo shoot with, and we had so much fun I realized that this is what I wanted to do with my dwindling free time. 🙂
What do you do when you’re not cosplaying? I’m a Business Analyst Consultant by day, which is an amazing job with how flexible it is. In my spare time away from cosplay, I like to work on Lego/model kits or draw. If the weather is nice, I also like to ride bikes with my husband (and I often bike commute to work as well!).
Which costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far, and why? Tracer, by far. It was the first costume I completed 100% from scratch, doing all the sewing, foam work, wig styling and LED soldering. I had to learn how to work with foam on a much bigger scale, making sure that the armor would actually be proportional to my frame. Adding in the LEDs was a challenge as well, not only making sure I didn’t short out my LEDs (which I did…way too many times), but making sure I had the battery packs hidden away well enough.
The jacket and leggings were probably the hardest part, as I am not a seamstress at all. I ripped apart existing clothing to create patterns for both, and spent a lot of hours in front of my machine cursing it out. Wearing it to Katsucon 2017 all completed was an amazing feeling. So many people asked for photos and I just felt so proud when they asked, “How did you make ‘x'” or “Who made that?” and I could talk their ear off about how I had done it all myself!