Cosplayer Spotlight InfamousLaura Laura Gilbert
Cosplayer Spotlight InfamousLaura
An instrument of Love
On an island that possesses the world’s most unique form of creatures on the planet, there’s one of Australia’s most best-kept secret you’re about to meet. Known to fans as InfamousLaura, Laura Gilbert is Sydney’s newest and most belove cosplayer you’re going to be a fan of. At just 24 years old, she’s been a Geek all her life. Growing ups watching Pokemon at three, a wizard fanatic with Harry Potter at six, and a love for pop-culture she’s a blessing to the cosplay world. InfamousLaura is no stranger to social media sites and fans as she always pushing past her limits to connect people with just her smile and her music.
At a young age, she learned the lessons of hard work as she saved her earnings to buy 2004 blue Subaru all by herself. This Leo-born lady is musically gifted. She plays both the Piano and the Trumpet while as a teacher for a local high school when not cosplaying. When she’s hungry, Laura loves a good hamburger while playing her favorite game of Red Dead Redemption or Ratchet & Clark on her Playstation. Though not known to wear an abundance of tattoos, there is a sedimental one, inked on the back of her neck. The musical treble clef symbol was a gift from her father after Laura received a full scholarship to a private school at sixteen. InfamousLaura is a creature worth exploring and as such OutRightGeekery reporter, Brian A. Madrid got the chance to ask Laura about herself, her cosplay, and everything else in-between. Here now is our interview with Laura Gilbert!
BAM: Hello Laura Gilbert. Thank you so much for doing this interview with OutRightGeeky. It is an honor and a pleasure. Let’s see if we can find a bit more about this lady from “Down Under”. Let’s dive in.
BAM: When you were a kid, did you love getting dressed up all the time or just on occasion? What sort of costumes did you wear as a kid?
LG: I always loved dressing up as a kid! I had a Simba outfit from The Lion King that I would wear all the time. Throughout high school, I would always assemble great outfits and costumes for parties but only really got into cosplay in 2016.
BAM: What’s your first and favorite outfit you love? What’s been the feedback did you get from people seeing you in character?
LG: Harley Quinn was my first official cosplay and it was such a thrill to fully embody my favorite character! People absolutely loved my portrayal and it bought me a lot of joy to see how convinced they were!
BAM: As a young woman, does the size of a woman matters (height, bra, or weight) when playing a character?
LG: Body type should never limit someone from ever cosplaying the characters they love! It is important as a cosplayer that you never limit yourself from all the amazing possibilities no matter what gender, race, sexuality, size you are. I’m currently working on a gender-bend of Arthur Morgan. I love his character so much that I’m choosing to cosplay him even as a girl!
BAM: What types of character did you love to do? Do your outfits make you sexy or powerful?
LG: I love being villains because they’re so fun and cheeky! As a teacher, I always have to be very professional. Being a cool villain allows me to let my hair down and have some fun.
BAM: Are all the cosplay outfits you create are reflections of your personality? Or is your personality a reflection of your outfits?
LG: I feel like the characters I choose are reflective of some of my personal qualities…at least I like to think so! Harley Quinn is especially similar to me how she is loud, cheeky, and funny. On the other hand, Catwoman reflects some of my other attributes like strength, femininity,
and directness. It’s important to me as a cosplayer that I’m able to channel personality through my characters to make them more appealing in photos and in real life!
BAM: Would you ever consider to cosplay overseas?
LG: I have been very lucky to have been invited as a cosplay guest to countries such as Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and Kuwait. One day I hope to travel to conventions in Japan, Canada, the USA, and England!
BAM: What has been your happiest moments with your fans?
LG: I recently held a “Fan-Meet” in Sydney to connect with fans outside of conventions…it was such a chilled and lovely experience! We all just sat around eating burgers and talking. It’s also super heartwarming meeting fans for the first time. It’s easy to forget how nerve-racking it is meeting someone you have been following online. It happens to me with people I follow and it’s surreal when it happens to you!
BAM: Do you exercise/workout? What exercise do you do to keep yourself in such great shape? Is there a sinful food or dessert you crave for?
LG: I love going to the gym and lifting weights. Rowing is also a favorite pastime of mine (I rowed for 7 years throughout high school!), so I like to jump on the rowing machine when I can too. Exercise is not only about feeling great with how you look but also with how you feel on the inside. Working out keeps my mental health steady and clear! I never say “No” to a good burger or “Big” serving of tiramisu though!
BAM: What genre are you most drawn to? Marvel, DC, Anime, Manga characters or something else? What sort of character you really want to cosplay? Have you ever used latex or other materials for your outfits to wear?
LG: It’s important to me that I consistently push myself out of my comfort zone, not just in cosplay, but also in life! Recently, I did two latex cosplays; Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls and my own interpretation of Barbie. Having never worn latex, it was a big change and right out of my comfort zone! I most like working with lycra and cotton though…so much easier and less sweaty!
BAM: Are you able to profit from your artwork? Or do you suffer like the rest of us? What is the price when doing a typical photo shoot?
LG: Would we be artists if we didn’t struggle?! It’s been exceptionally hard to monetize cosplay, especially since I don’t experiment with lewd shoots.
LG: I make most of my money from cosplay through my Etsy store which sells cosplay tattoos and signed prints! To do a professional photoshoot, it can cost me between $400 to $800 Australian dollars, so most profits go to funding the shoots and towards the costumes.
BAM: Other than cosplay photos, what else do you do to make a living? Is playing the piano you love to do? Do you play classical or contemporary?
LG: I support myself by teaching trumpet to primary school kids in the afternoon. Through my social media platforms, I’m also lucky to get paid advertisements sometimes! Recently, I graduated from university as high school music teacher…so we will see where that path leads! I love playing classical piano and jazz/mariachi trumpet pieces. It’s one of my happiest places.
BAM: Did you ever go shopping while in a character outfit?
LG: Yes! My best friend was Enchantress and I was Batman Returns Catwoman…We picked up ice-cream and wine after a convention and got so many weird looks!
Now, it’s time to ask our Outright Geeky questions with our lovely Laura Gilbert.
BAM: What can a million dollars change your life?
LG: I’d pay off my dad and mum’s mortgage!
BAM: What is your biggest pet peeve?
LG: Sloppy grammar.
BAM: Have you ever changed a tire wearing one of your outfits?
LG: No – thank goodness!
BAM: What can you do to bring Spider-Man back to the Marvel Universe.
BAM: What Anime character best describes your personality?
LG: Misty. I can be very sensitive a grumpy at times, but she always means well and looks out for her friends!
BAM: What would surprise you more? Be mistaken for another cosplayer? Or, getting a Cheetah as a pet from a loved one?
LG: Definitely the Cheetah…I would call it Stripes!
BAM: Do you have a male/female celebrity crush?
LG: I’ve been crushing on Billy from Stranger Things!
BAM: Do you cry at movies?
LG: No, I’m tough as nails!
BAM: Do you think photo shooting with a full stomach is advisable?
LG: Not at all! I did shot Suicide Squad Harley Quinn with a belly full of burgers and it was so uncomfortable!
BAM: What secret talent you alone do well that no one knows about?
LG: I can play the didgeridoo!
BAM: Describe your life in ONE WORD?
BAM: Thank you so much for the interview. Where can people go to find more about you and become a fan of your work, ask a question or two, get merchandise, or buy you a cup of coffee or tea?
LG: Here are my social sites:
LG: My YouTube:
LG: My Etsy:
LG: My Ko-Fi:
LG: My Facebook
There you have it fans. Thank you once again Laura Gilbert for sharing a wonderful interview with OutRightGeekery.com as well as being a wonderful young woman from the inside and out! Catch more of InfamousbyLaura through her personal websites.
That’s my story and I am sticking to it. Reporting for OutRightGeekery, I am Brian A. Madrid.