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Hi! Please introduce yourself.
My cosplay handle is BriiMassacre, and I’m usually referred to as Brii, but my real name is Sabrina. BriiMassacre was a nickname I was given when I was younger; I met many of my closest friends when we were in pre-school together, and at that age they struggled to say ‘Sabrina’, so they all called me Brii. This stayed with me for many years, and in secondary school biology, we had to do an experiment which involved dissecting a heart. The majority of the girls in my class were disgusted by the thought of it, and where being all prissy and refusing to go anywhere near it, so once the experiment was finished, I cut little heart shapes from the leftover heart, and flicked them at the girls who were refusing to take part. My teacher thought it was amusing, and joked that I should add ‘massacre’ to my name, and from then on, I used the name BriiMassacre for all my social media sites.
What is your favorite beverage?
Alcoholic drink without a doubt would be spiced rum and diet coke, especially when I can find the diet coke that has vanilla in it. Best drink and it tastes so good! For non-alcoholic I’d say green tea, I drink gallons of the stuff at it when I’m at my desk at work.
When did you start cosplaying?
I started cosplaying back in 2013, at a Halloween bowling party I went to dressed as Arkham Asylum Harley Quinn. Most of the costume was made from clothing I bought and then modified to resemble hers. The first cosplay I completely handmade was completed a few months later, and it was Daenerys’ Qarth dress from Game of Thrones.
Why did you start cosplaying?
I started cosplaying as I love the feeling of being able to bring my favourite characters to life. I have always been a huge fan of video games and movies, and was always inspired by the badass characters in them; I wanted to be just lie them, and whilst I would never have their skills, I could always re-create their costumes, and make them a reality. Being able to do this has given me a huge self-confidence boost, as when I cosplay, I don’t feel any of the anxiety I usually feel in daily life. It’s as though when I’m in costume, people can’t see the real me, it’s like a huge mask, and it gives confidence I never usually have. It sounds corny, but cosplay really has changed my life for the better, and I have met some amazing friends because of it.
Who are your cosplay idols?
My biggest cosplay idols are KamuiCosplay and LeonChiro. KamuiCosplay is made up of Svetlana and Benni, two incredibly talented artists who I one day hope to be half as talented as. They build incredible props and costumes, and I always find myself super excited to what they are going to attempt to build next! LeonChiro is an Italian cosplayer with remarkable skill. I first found his work after seeing his Dante cosplay a few years back, and immediately started following him. He always picks the best characters to cosplay, and goes all out to recreate their costumes, their look and their mannerisms, the Gladio cosplay he did recently was particularly brilliant.
Also, I’m hugely inspired by all my fellow cosplay models at ItsTheNerdyLife. They are all immensely talented, and are the kindest, most genuinely lovely people I have ever known ❤ You can view the page by searching ItsTheNerdyLife on Instagram.
What type of cosplays do you do?
Most of my cosplays are either from video games, TV shows, or superheros (both from comics and their movie counterparts). I like to portray strong, powerful characters, with unique and interesting costumes – My goal is to cosplay all the main female characters from the Borderlands series, as I love the art style, and their costumes are all so different.
What are your favorite cosplays?
Hands down, my favourite cosplay I have ever done is my Lilith cosplay from Borderlands 2. I still need to do a studio shoot with this cosplay, as I only have selfies from after conventions – I hope to set up a shoot for this cosplay in the New Year. I have had a few Borderlands costumes commissioned from me, including Maya and Mordecai, which I loved making! The picture to the side shows my Lilith cosplay, and my friends Maya cosplay which I made for her.
I also really loved my Velma cosplay, as she is a character I have loved since I was about 6 years old – I related to her a lot as a child, being the dorky one with glasses, who liked to know all the facts, and was great with exams. So bring able to bring her into the real world made me very happy, and I am sure 6 year old Brii would be proud!
What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?
Helga from the TV show ‘Allo ‘Allo. I adored her character on the show, I thought she was so so funny, however to someone who has never seen the show, or who doesn’t know the character, it would look like I was dressed as a Nazi officer. Purely due to the fact that I don’t want to offend people, it’s a costume that I would never be able to do.
Do you make, buy, or special order your cosplays?
I used to make every one of my cosplays, however my job keeps me very busy, and leaves me little free time, so nowadays it’s more of a 60/40 split. 60% is handmade by myself, with the other 40% being zentai suits, like my Silk and Captain Marvel cosplays. I always style my own wigs though, I find it really relaxing, and a lot of fun!
Personally, I don’t see any issue with people buying their cosplays. I know a lot of people can be quite ‘elitist’, and proclaim that you aren’t a real cosplayer unless you make everything yourself. This is such rubbish, everyone has a different skill level, and not everyone can afford to spend hundreds of pounds on fabrics, and not everyone has the time to make everything. Does it make you a worse cosplayer? No. The only thing I can’t stand is when people buy cosplays, and then pretend they made them, or try to pass them off as their own. If you bought it, you bought it, don’t try and take credit for someone else’s work, that’s extremely unfair.
What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?
Just finding the time! My cosplays take me ages to build, as I don’t have a lot of free time to work on them. I work full time all week, on Saturday’s I need to run errands for my Nan as I am her carer, and that only leaves me Sunday’s to do as much as I can. Considering my Katniss Everdeen wedding dress took me a month to create, and that was working on it every day for about 6 hours, you can imagine how long it takes me to do the same amount of work now!
Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
It’s a toss up between Lilith from Borderlands 2, and Silk. Both are characters I love to cosplay as; Lilith because she is such a powerful, confident character and I am super proud of how my cosplay turned out, and Silk because the suit is super comfy, and it’s fun to do all the spidey poses!
If you could live in or visit any fantasy world, where would you go?
Oooh that’s a tough one, I’d have to say Borderlands; the characters are amazing, the world looks phenominal, and it would never be dull! The adventures would just be brilliant!
Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?
Generally through playing video games and reading comics – that’s my biggest inspiration. Most video games now allow you to get a 360 degree look at the character, so you can see exactly what you need to create their costume, and get every detail perfect!
What are your “fandoms”?
Borderlands (the art style is amazing and the humour is just brilliant), Gears of War (guns with chainsaws on them, need I say more. Oh and Baird!), Final Fantasy (the amazing graphics on the newer games, the way every characters hair in every game just defies all laws of physics, and incredible costumes), South Park (the show is so funny, the games were fantastic, and I adore Kenny), Marvel (no explanation needed), and the Child’s Play films (I adore Chucky so much).
What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?
Lace front wigs are the best things you can ever buy, trust me! Also, that no matter how much effort you put into a costume, and no matter how incredible it looks, there will always be someone telling you it’s shit. Ignore them, keep your head up, and carry on being incredible, you got this!!
What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?
A LOT of time and effort goes into our costumes, and it makes us all really angry and upset when you stomp around conventions and step on our costumes, bash into our props and criticise our work. Take care, be considerate, and be mindful of your surroundings when you are with cosplayers, please don’t damage our work. Also, if you don;t have anything nice to say, keep your mouth shut, I hate hearing people heckle abuse at cosplayers both at conventions and online, it’s so unnecessary, and it puts people off of doing something they love.
What cosplays are you working on?
At the moment I’m working on Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and 2 different costumes for Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn (her Heavy Banuk Ice Hunter armour, and her Shadow Carja armour). I also have a few versions of Black Cat that I plan on doing.
What cosplays do you want to do if money and time were no object?
If money and time were no object, I would love to do Anya from Gears of War 3, and Lulu from Final Fantasy X. Both aren’t particularly large builds, but they would require a considerable amount of time to work on, that I currently don’t have.
Where can people find your cosplays?
They can be found on:
– My website: www.briimassacre.com
– Instagram: www.instagram.com/briimassacre
– Facebook: www.facebook.com/briimassacre
– Twitter: www.twitter.com/briimassacre_x
– Ko-Fi: www.Ko-Fi.com/briimassacre
What are your life’s ambitions?
Mine are to have a successful career, get a pet, and live a comfortable life. I have the career down, life is currently great, now all I need is a pet!!
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