Sunday, March 30, 2014
Friendship Over Fame: A Lesson in Costuming
I have seen a lot of people change over the last few years. People who were once humble and kind turned out to be anything but. Individuals who I thought were my friends proved to be nothing more than a trendy cosplayer trying to network. I found myself trying to keep up with my Cosplay Page so it wouldn't get lost in the ever increasing flood of new cosplayers. It became a job. Before I knew it, I realized that I wasn't having fun anymore. In fact, I was pretty miserable. I knew then that I needed to redirect my focus and remember why I began costuming in the first place. Rediscovering that love and focusing on the true friendships I have made are what helped me get back on track. I also started a branch for a nation wide charity for the state of Pennsylvania. Giving back to the community through super hero charity work and helping kids in need brings me such happiness and peace.
At the recent Megacon show in Orlando, Florida. I spent time with friends I have knows for roughly 3 years now and got to know new ones. Looking back, I realize how blessed and fortunate I am to have found such a beautiful group of people whom I love very much. Some of them I regard as family. They accept me 110% for who I am. Growing up, I had many social issues. I was bullied because I was the girl who wore a Superman shirt to school and carried a Jim Balent Catwoman comic in my binder. I was rejected from a group because I wasn't Caucasian and the other group rejected me because I wasn't Latin enough with my light skin, green eyes and inability to speak Spanish. I was made fun of for having dark hair. I never imagined that as an adult, I would been accepted. Wearing a geek shirt would be okay and no one cared what color my eyes or hair was. The love and the friendships I made, being accepted for who I am and expressing my love for comic characters; that is what costuming is all about.