Here are some things I have discovered in my years cosplaying, and sometimes I need a refresher…
Only you can see that paint spot – to that eight year old at the con you are a bona fide star.
NOTHING IS FINAL
If it’s not right you can go back and fix it – the next day or eight years later.
YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH
You are not Jessica Nigri or Volpin or Yaya Yan (mostly because they are people who already exist). Despite what social media tells us E-Fame is an optional part of cosplay and you are not a failure if you don’t succeed at this.
DON’T BE A SNOB
History of full of sounds of silk slippers going down stairs and wooden shoes going up. – Voltaire
See that newbie with the party wig and crooked seams.?..well in three years and constant practice they are going to be turning out phenomenal costumes. OR they might still be bad at cosplay and be the funniest sweetest person you ever met – so say hello.
COMPARISON IS THE DEATH OF JOY
Don’t compare a snapshot of you at a convention hallway with a carefully worked photo of someone shot in a stunning location. No.
IT’S ABOUT THE CHARACTER – NOT YOU
Sometimes you rock up to a convention wearing something you are proud of…and not one person asks for your photo*. That is not because you messed up, it’s because no-one knows who you are dressed as, and people love familiar things! Try wearing it at a different con and you might have a totally different experience.
EXPECT DOUBLE UPS
If you love a design/character, chances other people will too. Learn to love the double up. Be twins.
Now go out and have yourself a time!
*I know you aren’t meant to care about this…but shhhh I won’t tell