Bam Smack Pow Cosplay Spotlight: Cathy Kutz


Meet Cosplayer Cathy Kutz!

Cathy Kutz is a Trekkie and a huge fan of the famed TV show Xena: Warrior Princess. She has sustained her cosplay career by having  many episodic versions of Gabrielle, Xena’s TV show sidekick. As a cosplayer of five years, Kutz is well known at the west coast conventions, especially Xena conventions.  While some form of Gabrielle is the most frequent costume you can catch her in, you may catch her in a Star Trek: TOS costume or a  My Little Pony mashup of Princess Celestia and Rainbow Dash. You can rest assyred that you will be seeing more of that one.

Bam Smack Pow had the opportunity to interview Cathy Kutz to discover how her love of Xena: Warrior Princess got her to this point.

BSP: Who or what inspired you to cosplay?

Kutz: When I first started attending Xena con I had a number of people tell me that I should cosplay as Gabrielle, so I thought “Well let’s give this a try!”  I had no clue it would have such a big impact on my life and lead me to meet so many amazing people.

BSP: What do you do when you aren’t cosplaying? 

Kutz: I’m a professional Fairy performer, so chances are you can find me somewhere in a tree covered in glitter and still in a costume ^_-  I also love crafting and have a passion for designing Fairy wings.  L.A. doesn’t offer much in the way of nature, but I spend as much time as I can surrounded by it.

BSP: What part of your Gabrielle cosplay provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far, and why?

Kutz: Cosplaying Gabrielle’s evil, lookalike daughter Hope in her freshly hatched state was by far the most challenging. I stood in the hotel bathroom with my arms out as liquid latex was applied layer by layer. After the base, liquid latex was free-poured on me, and then sheets of dried latex were strategically placed and affixed to the already existing layers of latex. The whole process took about 2-3 hours. I couldn’t sit the entire time I was wearing it, I had latex in places there probably shouldn’t be latex and it wasn’t exactly the most fun to take off! I’ve found my Gabrielle/Fairy mashup to be the most rewarding.The adults get Gabrielle, but the children don’t even have to be familiar with the character to be excited by a Fairy sighting! Seeing that glow in their eyes when they’ve been freshly sprinkled with Fairy Dust (a.k.a. glitter) warms my heart every time! Plus it ties together 2 of my favorite things: Gabrielle and Fairies! I couldn’t ask for a better combination!

BSP: What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying?

Kutz: Just have fun with it! Cosplaying with friends is also a blast and adds as an extra element of play!

BSP: Do you get to travel the country to different conventions? or are your local to one area?

Kutz: I’m primarily local to the Southern California area, but would love to venture out to more conventions around the country!

BSP: What show can fans expect to see you at next?

Kutz: I’ll be bringing some Fairy action to the Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball in August. The next convention is Comikaze, but there is always the possibility that something else will pop up before then, so stay tuned ^_-

Check out Cathy Kutz on social media via Instagram, and be sure to like the her Facebook page!

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