COSTUME DESIGNER, PROP MAKER, TEACHING ARTIST
Philip Odango is an award-winning maker, cosplayer, author and international teaching artist with 15 years of experience in entertainment. He is federally-appointed as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and uses his background in advertising and degrees in psychology, public relations and project management to inspire people to practice their creative self-expression.
He is a two-time ReedPop Champion of Cosplay for needlework and special effects, and has been a craftsmanship judge for numerous conventions. He is featured by GQ, MARVEL, Disney, The New York Times and SyFy.
He works in professional theatre at Virginia Stage Company, as an interior design fabricator for IKEA and as Brand Ambassador for SINGER™ Sewing Company. and is the founder of the "Bros Who Sew" movement.
Convention Guest, Presenter, Panelist, Lecturer
Philip's panels have inspired thousands of attendees at comic conventions worldwide, with a presence in Austria, Philippines, South Africa, France, Australia, Hawaii and throughout the USA. A cosplay champion himself, Philip is a sought-after judge with qualified real-world sewing, armor, hair and makeup and special effects craft skills for world-class costume contests.
Cosplay Professional Development
Philip's experience as a marketing and advertising veteran helped aspiring cosplay entrepreneurs. He created the Cosplay Professional Development Series to empower creators to build and market their brands and have been ranked #1 by Book Authority