At the age of nine, like most kids, Briana Lawrence had a dream. She wanted to be the best “WRITTER” in the whole wide world. Her fourth-grade class laughed and wondered how one hoped to become a “writer” when they couldn’t even spell the word. Back then, Briana’s stories were created with crayons and construction paper. As she grew older, they progressed into notebooks and colored-ink pens of pink, blue, and purple. But when she lost her older brother, Glenn Berry, in a car accident, Briana stopped writing.
Dreams, however, have a funny way of coming back.
Before she realized it, Briana was grabbing her notebook and pens again. She would write stories that ranged from high-school romances to her imagination running wild with the likes of Goku, Vegeta, and the other characters from Dragonball Z. Briana continued this throughout college, when she would often end up writing about the space exploits of Gundam Wing pilots. Soon she realized that she wanted to do more than write fanfiction. Her head was full of ideas—original characters and worlds that she wanted to share with others. Soon she channeled her passion for writing into an academic major, along with second degree in women’s studies. Since then, she’s had a number of books published and has done freelance writing that tends to focus on the geek community.
College was also where Briana discovered cosplay, thanks to her online friend, Jessica Walsh (also known as “Snow Tigra”). Briana’s love for geeky things increased, along with a personal discovery of her own sexuality. The two women soon got together and are partners in everything now, including cosplay. Jessica is the one who makes the costumes and does the sewing, and she is also a writer in her own right. Meanwhile, Briana speaks out passionately about cosplay bullying and how loving yourself is the most important thing when it comes to cosplay.
At the end of the day, both women believe in one very important message: to love your cosplay is to love yourself!
Articles by Briana
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- Incredibles 2 Is Exactly How to Do a Sequel Jun 15, 2018
- Hotel Artemis Brings the Style and Action Jun 12, 2018
- Ocean’s 8 Is a Waste of a Heist Movie Jun 11, 2018
- Deadpool 2 Isn’t Groundbreaking, but It Brings the Mayhem and the Fun May 16, 2018
- Here Is Your Spoiler-Free Avengers: Infinity War Review Apr 26, 2018
- Rampage Is Exactly What You’re Expecting Apr 12, 2018
- Where Does Tomb Raider Fall on the Video-Game Movie Scale? Mar 15, 2018
- A Wrinkle in Time Celebrates Black Girl Magic Mar 8, 2018
- Black Panther Is a Different Kind of Civil War Feb 15, 2018
- In the Justice League Movie, Things Actually Come Together Nov 16, 2017
- With a Great Reboot Comes Great Relatability in Spider-Man: Homecoming Jul 7, 2017
- Wonder Woman Is a Movie with Character Jun 2, 2017
- Please Stop Using Creators of Color to Defend Representation Problems Apr 18, 2017
- Prepare a Team of Teenagers with Character Development and You Get the New Power Rangers Mar 24, 2017
- Hidden Figures Reminds Us That Black Women Are Important, Period Jan 6, 2017
- When Did Cosplay Stop Being about Fun? (Spoiler: It Didn’t) Jan 2, 2017
- That’s Not Gonna Happen to Me Jul 7, 2016
- The Story of the Lone Black Kid and Why #29DaysOfBlackCosplay Rocks Feb 2, 2016
- Cosplay Event Alert: Outpost Anime II Jan 5, 2016
- Why Halloween Season Can Be a Downer for Black Cosplayers Oct 12, 2015
- Cosplay Event Alert: ATC Cosplay Fest September 26th, 2015 Sep 23, 2015
- Why Cosplay Bullying Really Sucks Sep 9, 2015
- Cosplay Event Alert! Superhero Science at the Science Museum of MN August 6th, 2015 Aug 4, 2015
- Insecurities and Cosplay: It’s OK to Not Be OK Jul 12, 2015
- The Importance of #28DaysOfBlackCosplay Feb 19, 2015
- Cosplay Event Alert! Outpost Anime on January 24, 2015 Jan 13, 2015
- Minnesota Conventions to Cosplay at in 2015 Jan 10, 2015