5 Reasons You Haven’t Cosplayed Yet.
Cosplay. It’s a funny word, and quite honestly a hobby that I would say defines me as a person, but a interest that I share with only my closest of acquaintances. The word itself seems to bring out a strange reaction from “normal” people, and brings up an even funnier conversation/reaction when I try to explain the activity of cosplaying to those who find it childish.
Cosplay, also known as costume-play, it is an activity in which individuals dress up as a character from their favorite cartoon, anime, comic, game or any other sort of fandom, but I assume many of you “nerdy” guys are at least familiar with the term; heck, maybe some of you have even participated, be it during Halloween or possibly even at some sort of gaming/anime/comic convention. In fact, cosplay itself, is a major driving force for many who attend anime conventions. To those that have cosplayed before, I’m sure you can relate to what I have to say, and to those who want to get into the art of cosplay, what’s stopping you. There are many what if’s and should have beens, but here are just a few reasons you may want to cosplay, but just haven’t found the time:
- It’s too expensive…
- Cosplay can be as cheap as you want to be. Heck it’s as easy as finding a box, cutting out some holes for a head and arms and writing the word. “Gundam” on the front.
- Or as simple as buying some “Old Spice” and slapping on a towel.
- Thrift stores can be your friend.
- Coupons! Stores like Michaels and Joannes always offer 40 to 50 percent off coupons, and on a few yards of fabric, that is a ton of money saved.
- I don’t look like an anime character..
- Nor should you. That would be very creepy.
- While some people have that “face” or “body type” that shouldn’t stop you from doing something you might love.
- Characters range from all ages, to all different body types, and even attitudes.
- Find a suitable character and go for it!
- I don’t know anyone who cosplays…
- Make friends. You would be surprised at the vast community of cosplayers around the world.
- Find a meetup or convention in your area. Roam the message boards and make friends.
- Websites like http://www.cosplay.com and http://www.acparadise.com/ace/ offer great resources and a huge database of cosplayers all over the states. Ask questions, network, and have fun.
- I’m too old…
- Age, like many hobbies, holds no weight to cosplay. If you love it, then why not do it?
- Creativity has no age, and this hobby isn’t the type to lack creativity. From young to old, all types of people do and are encouraged to cosplay.
- It’s too hard to get into…
- Start small as you have to start somewhere
- Choose a costume that fits your skill level, be it beginner or advanced.
- No one start out by making a Master Chief costume, work your way up!
- Finally, like any project, do the proper research and ask questoins. Again, this is where networking online is helpful. Find people who have done cosplay before, ask qestions, but don’t be rude, you’ll be surprised how helpful some people can be. Read tutorials, learn to sew, and most importantly, have fun!
Last but not least, why not get into cosplay when you can meet some really… *cough* attractive people like those below. ;D Happy cosplaying to all. And leave a comment if you guys have any questions, or future cosplaying topics you want covered.