COSTUME & PROP MAKER, TEACHING ARTIST,
Philip Odango is an award-winning maker, cosplayer, author and international teaching artist based in Virginia with 15 years of experience in entertainment. His mission is to inspire people to practice their highest forms of creative exploration and self-expression.
A former marketing and PR executive, he works in professional theatre at Virginia Stage Company, as an interior design fabricator for IKEA, a Kryolan Professional Make-Up™ artist, and as Brand Ambassador for SINGER™ Sewing Company. He is the founder of the "Bros Who Sew" movement.
He is a two-time ReedPop Champion of Cosplay for needlework and special effects, and has been a craftsmanship judge for C2E2, New York Comic Con, Emerald City Comic Con, Keystone Comic Con, Vienna Comic Con, Comic Con Africa, Asia Pop Comic Con and more. His costume designs have been profiled by MARVEL, Disney, The New York Times, The Jim Henson Company and SyFy.
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