Name/Handle: David B. @bydeebee
Location: United Kingdom
Favorite cosplay and why: While my Snape is certainly the most popular with others, my personal favorite is Grand Admiral Thrawn. I loved the original Timothy Zahn Trawn trilogy and wearing the cosplay is a real transformation into someone else.
How long have you been cosplaying? About 3 years now. It came about through a combination of when my niece @Chocolate_sundae_ started cosplaying and a friend inviting me to costumed charity walks.
Do you create your own or have it commissioned: A real mix, I've bought online, found things in Thrift stores, made and modified my own items and also commissioned. I'm a fan of commissioning as it's a way to support talented people within the cosplay community.
Favorite thing about Cosplaying: As I'm also a cosplay photographer I love being able to get con-floor photos that really show off a character and costume and sharing them with the cosplayer.
Next Convention: MCM London
Favorite Experiences Cosplaying: The best experiences are always when you know that by cosplaying you've made someone's day. I think then that the best single experience is being part of the dragon con parade and getting to interact and have fun with the crowds and other cosplayers.
Advice for New cosplayers: Don't worry about costume standards, if you're wearing a costume and having fun you're a cosplayer! Also wear costumes for the love of the character, not who you look like, that way you'll meet people who like the same things as you.