Talyah Rodriguez from FanGirl to Cosplay Extraordinaire
I got to talk with the lovely Talyah Rodriguez recently. Talyah is an award winning cosplayer who has taken her love of gaming and turned it into a passion for becoming the characters that inspire her. I spend quite a bit of time looking over her portfolio and was truly impressed with her skill and passion. Lets see what she had to say.
How did you get into Cosplay?
– I got into cosplay in 2006. I attended Anime Expo and dressed as Aerith from kingdom hearts. It was all altered pieces I bought from a store. When I got there I saw so many beautiful costumes and realized that many of them were made by the costumer. It really captured my interest and I went home and immediately learned to sew and have been making my own costumes ever since.
-Yes I am a gamer. I really love the Diablo games, World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy, Kingdom hearts, Halo, and Borderlands.
-Honestly I get my inspiration from my daughter. She is constantly pushing me to do my best and I want her to pick up a fun hobby from this as well and some wonderful skills from it.
– I have to say I am a huge fan of Kamui Cosplay. I got the chance to meet her last year at Salt Lake Comic Con and she was the sweetest person ever. She is very talented and what I love is that she will share her process with people.
-My Night Elf Druid is definitely one of my favorites, followed by my Pirate Poison Ivy. They are definitely my most elaborate cosplays!
– I have won several awards. Best Duo at AniZona in 2007, Second Place in Masters at Amazing Arizona 2014, First Place in Masters at Amazing Arizona 2015, and Best in Show at Amazing Las Vegas 2014, as well as being one of the winners for the Arizona Republics King and Queens of Cosplay.
-Right now I have plans to make a female Immortan Joe from Mad Max, Johanna from Heroes of the Storm, and a Demon Hunter from Diablo 3.
-This year I will be attending Saboten Con in AZ and Salt Lake Comic Con. I usually got to the Amazing Arizona and Phoenix Comicons.
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