Top o’ the morning, Cosplay Hopefuls~! Morgan here. As you are well aware, #OJBG is all about the subculture scene. From Softgrunge fashion statements to RAVE!life, we here at 20/20 Productions like to explore the world around us. So, I have the pleasure of introducing one of my personal favorite subcultures, #COSPLAY! Cosplay is the happenin’ thing for anime/comic/gaming fans across the globe, and it is my mission to help fellow geeks learn the nooks and crannies of the wonderful world of Cosplay couture~ Here I’ve provided some helpful hints from myself and some friends in order to make the most of your cosplay experience. So let’s get started! Ikimashou~!!!
1. Always plan your cosplay well in advance. Whether at a big anime convention or for a small get-together, anyone who wants to make an impression will start planning out their costume at least a few months before their big debut. Six months seems to be a good comfy timeframe, especially if you plan to make your own costume from scratch. If you already have a character in mind, great! If not, no worries~ Just rewatch some shows or give their games another go. Research as much as you can about that character- not just their clothing but also their personalities, mannerisms, and things the character themselves might not even know about.
2. Cosplaying doesnt stop at the wardrobe. Acting is also essential! So, you’ve done your research and you’ve got a pretty decent costume all set up. You’re good to go, right? NOPE! Cosplaying requires a bigger commitment than that. Suppose you want to portray Naruto Uzumaki from the hit anime series Naruto. The bright orange jumpsuit is set, the goggles fit right, and you’ve even got a couple pairs of fake kunai knives on you- but the cosplay goes all but mediocre if you’re not shouting out Naruto’s catchphrase “Believe It!” with your goofiest grin plastered on your face! Fans expect to see real-life models of their favorite characters come to life so they can take lots of pictures and bask in their glory. Act it out!
3. Speaking of photography, be prepared to take lots (and I mean LOTS) of pictures! In the cosplay world, the more accurate the cosplay the more likely you are to be recognized which means the more likely you are to be photographed. Please, do not be alarmed, cosplay hopeful! It is entirely normal to be asked for your picture while in costume… or twice… or ten times in one day. Take it as a compliment- they think you look good and want a souvenieur of your hard work. There’s no such thing as being shy when you’re cosplaying… unless of course the character has a shy personality. So, Accuracy = Recognition = Lots of photo requests!
4. Size literally does not matter. Whether you’re super skinny, a little curvier, or somewhere in the middle, you have the freedom to choose whoEVER you want to cosplay as. It’s a free country after all. I’ve heard several of my friends complain about how they can’t cosplay x-character because they’re “too big” or “too short” to accurately portray them. Stop right there! As a woman of plus size myself, it saddensme to think that a Sailor Moon fan is too scared to dress up as Usagi/Serena because of fear of judgement for her size. I’m here to tell you that if you like the character and want to dress up as her, you better follow through with that fandom and show off! People will still recognize you, and a lot more will praise you for being brave enough to ignore any nay-sayers and just do you. You’ll be a shining star no doubt.
5. Last but not least, don’t forget to have fun with it! The process of obtaining/making your costume can, at times, be quite stressful. Something doesn’t fit right or you just canNOT seem to fix that pesky seam… but know that it will all be worth while if you take the time to breathe and remember why you’re doing this to begin with- for the love of the character! Whether you’re purchasing your costume or making it from scratch, always remember that your time and effort spent getting the pieces together will be worth it as long as you are committed to the project with all of your might. Rock on with your fabulous selves, Hopefuls~
Want in on the action? Are you dying to show off your costume? Just click on these links for info on some of the next major cons! They’re local~
MAGFest: Jan. 23-26, 2015
KatsuCon: Feb. 13-15, 2015
AwesomeCon : May 29-31, 2015
Otakon: July 24-26, 2015
Anime USA: Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2015 (This site has not been updated for 2015 yet, but check back soon!)
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Tell us about your cosplay experiences!
**All images lovingly borrowed from their respective image sharing websites.