10 THINGS YOU WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD YOU ABOUT COSPLAY
1. It’s incredibly expensive
I knew a single costume might cost a hundred bucks or so, but what I didn’t know starting out was that cosplay seldom stops at just one project. A wig here, and a yard of fabric there add up very quickly. Something to keep in mind if you’re a broke college student like me.
2. There is no such thing as an “ideal” cosplayer
Anyone who says that there is a certain type of person who makes a better cosplayer than another is full of shit. I’ve learned that with so many series out there, and so many characters to choose from, anyone has the potential to look awesome.
3. Everyone was a beginner once
Even the people who have made careers out of cosplaying had to start off somewhere. There is a first time for everything. Almost no one goes from never having completed a costume to winning a cosplay contest without a little struggle in between the two.
4. Effort shows
It is very easy to tell when someone has spent hours perfecting their costume, or when they have thrown it together the day before the con. Construct something you can be proud of.
5. You should cosplay because you want to
Don’t let others talk you into cosplaying a certain character because they want you to. Do what makes you happy. If you’re not comfortable with something, don’t do it. You don’t have to cosplay anything you don’t want to.
6. Not everyone will like you
You can be the best freakin’ cosplayer in the universe, and there will still be people out there who say you look like shit. Why? Because that is how people are. This is easier said than done, but don’t take it personally. Instead, focus on the people who support you.
7. Listen to constructive criticism
Some people are just assholes, but others really do have some good advice to give. The people with advice are most likely telling you things to help you become better at what you do; they have your best interest in mind. Listen to what they’re saying, instead of assuming that they don’t know what they’re talking about.
8. It’s exhausting
Being in costume never seems tiring at first. Then your feet start to ache from walking around in four-inch heels, or your neck begins to hurt from wearing a heavy wig, or perhaps your eyes are begin to feel dry after wearing contacts for a few hours. To top it off, there is always someone who will want your picture. By the end of the day, you’ll probably want to sleep for ten years.
9. You will make mistakes
You might accidentally use acrylic paint to change the color of your shoes (guilty), or even have to scrap an entire project because you picked the wrong kind of fabric (also guilty). Whatever your mistakes are, you will make them. You will also learn from them.
10. It all comes down to attitude!
Your attitude, confidence, and all around demeanor is the difference between a cosplay that is fairly decent, and a cosplay that is amazing. If you feel really great about what you’re doing, it definitely shows. Don’t worry about looking stupid (even with your Wizar and Fanela). At the end of the day, we’re all just a bunch of nerds in costumes!