Contestant on Cosplay Melee – SyFy’s cosplay competition show. Best in show Momocon 2017 Masters Division. Best in show ConNooga 2017. Best use of Technology and Favorite Social Media Vote at Dragon*con 2016, Professional Division. Best in Show Journeyman Momocon 2015. Member at Geekspace Gwinnett, maker space.

Emily Schmidt, also known as Go Big or Go Home Cosplay, is from Atlanta, Georgia. She likes to make costumes and props in her free time. She has been cosplaying for a little over two years and loves the cosplay community. She feels it is a great place to make friends and learn new crafting techniques. Emily enjoys making armor for strong independent female characters. When making her costumes she primarily uses thermoplastics and EVA foam. One of the things that she most enjoys includes teaching classes at her local makerspace, Geekspace Gwinnett. Emily has won awards for Craftsmanship Competitions in the Masters/Professional and Journeyman levels at local conventions. Her most praised accomplishment includes competing and winning her episode on Cosplay Melee, SyFy’s cosplay competition show. As an artist, she is exploring more opportunities to work on commission builds and pursue work with others in the community.

Photo courtesy of Syfy Cosplay Melee