Everybody belongs to a fandom – whether it’s a video game, comic book, podcast, TV show, anime or movie.
If you’re part of a fandom – DC, Marvel, Game of Thrones, Halo or Skyrim, whatever your interests are – then surely, you’ve been to Comic-Con or PAX. Every time you go to these events, you’ll always see people in costume. From superheroes – even villains – to ponies and robots, you’ll never know what you’re going to see next because, in cosplay, everything is possible, even the things you never thought would come to life.
You can represent your fandom, too! Why not bring your favourite characters to life and start cosplaying. Before you do, here are some things to remember:
First Time Jitters
Since it’s your first time, it’s totally normal if you feel nervous – no doubt, some long-time cosplayers feel it, too. But don’t feel intimidated, especially if you spent hours on DeviantArt, as you will see photos of people who are passionate about cosplay to the extent of turning it into an art form – with detailed costumes and elaborate hair and make-up.
Remember that you’re doing this to have fun and not to compete with other people – unless that’s your intention. If it isn’t, then have fun. It’s your choice, whether you want a simple costume or a complex, elaborate one. You’re doing this for yourself and not for anyone else.
Deciding on Who to Cosplay As
There are so many characters to choose from, which gives you endless possibilities. Choose someone with whom you connect, whether the character is from a video game you recently played or from your favourite book and start from there. Global Gear suggests that apart from making your costume, you can buy your cosplay gear and weapons from an online store – there are unlimited choices on the internet!
Preparing for a Convention
By this time, you have already spent so much money and time for your costume, which is why you should be efficient in packing and preparing for the convention. Ruining your costume during the event – or even worse, before it starts – is a cosplayer’s worst nightmare. Make sure that your costume and weapons, if you have any, are safe during the whole trip to the convention site. Use bubble wrap if you have to.
Don’t forget to bring extras, as you should prepare yourself for wardrobe malfunctions. Bring a sewing kit, sweat guards and even undergarments for those unexpected situations.
The main point of cosplaying is for you to stand out, as you are portraying a character. One of the best experiences you’ll have is when people ask you to take photos with them. Sometimes, the attention you will get are the ones you don’t expect.
People are going to stare and comment negatively about how you look, but you have to think that you didn’t dress up for them – you dressed up for yourself and you should be confident about it.
These conventions happen only a few times a year, so don’t miss the chance to step out of your comfort zone and take part in dressing up as your favourite character. With cosplaying, you’ll get to know more people and maybe take interest in new fandoms, too. Hey, being in multiple fandoms is fun – more characters to bring to life!