Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Don't Give Up! 5 Reasons to Keep On Costuming.

The Cosplay scene has exploded in the last few years. More people than ever before are practicing the art of creating costumes, props and accessories. And it's wonderful! However, with this new found popularity,  the hobby seems more stressful  than it did in the past.  Many feel there is pressure to keep up with the millions who call themselves cosplayers or costumers. I have heard numerous complaints and have sadly seen many people quit this hobby. If you're considering it, don't throw in the towel just yet! Below are 5 reasons why you should keep on costuming.

#1. You Make New Friends!
You can never have enough friends! Costuming is a wonderful way to meet like-minded people both online and in person who share the same passions as you do. These meetings can lead to a friendship (or even a romance) that can last a life time.

#2. You Have the Freedom to Express Yourself!
Multi-colored wigs, crossplay, fishnets, gender swap, anything goes! Costuming gives you the opportunity to be creative and bring these characters to life however you want! Don't let anyone tell you "No".

#3. It May Lead to Other Opportunities
Although it's not a guarantee, there is a possibility that costuming can lead you to other opportunities within the industry. Running around the con with your friends or updating your online port can catch the eye of the right person and you may get a job offer. I've been lucky enough to work for Gentile Giant Studios, and several other companies.

#4. It's Fun!
I won't lie; costuming is a lot of work. The whole process of bringing a character to life isn't easy but it can also be fun! Wig styling, makeup, painting, sewing, molding can all be an enjoyable experience. Once you have your character just the way you want it and you get to strut your stuff at a photo shoot or a convention with your friends , it's an added bonus!

#5. It Gets Your Creative Juices Flowing
You never know what you are capable of making until you try. Who knows? You may end up surprising yourself. I didn't think I could make a Supergirl costume or make a pair of horns and staff for my Couture Maleficent but I proved myself wrong. Sure there's a lot of other things I completely screwed up but that's the process of trail and error and I am very proud of the things I made.

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  1. Thank you for this. I have wanted to cosplay since I saw my first sailor moon cosplay when I was a little girl and only now can start cosplaying because my skin condition is better. But I thought of quitting because I thought so many people are doing it and they are absolutely incredible so I may as well quit. Though that's not what cosplay is about. It actually makes me feel like I can conquer anything from start to finish when I work on a cosplay! Anyway I am so very glad I saw this cause it reminded me of why I love cosplay and snapped me out of a funk! <3

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  3. I maybe will in a point of life stop doing cosplay so frequently, but I will NEVER stop doing it!! >:D