“To live creatively is a choice. You must make a commitment to your own mind and the possibility that you will not be accepted. You have to let go of satisfying people, often even yourself.”— Jessica Ollen (read her article here -> http://ow.ly/rFNqY
Craftsmanship can be a part of cosplay, but it does not NEED to be. Some people do not have the ability or time to make their own costumes and prefer to purchase or have someone else make them.
Cosplay is all about having fun and dressing up like our favorite characters. It is awesome if you like to make your cosplays from scratch, but don’t attack those who do not.
To me, personally, dressing up is the most exciting part of the costuming experience. I do not have the motor skills needed to sew, and I have more fun putting together outfits and buying beautifully-made pieces from other crafters.
I once had someone rag on my costume because I did not hand-sew the socks I had on. That is just silly! As long as I am happy with the way my cosplay looks and makes me feel, it doesn’t matter if I bought my socks at the mall.
Decided to put together a list of social medias you can follow me at as well as what you would find in each one.
Facebook - Posts about 3-5 times a day. Photos, videos, tutorials, I also post select photos from the con I’m at while the bulk of con photos, I post to my instagram.
Google+ - I finally got into it when they pushed YouTube profiles to doing it and you know what ? It’s not bad ! There’s some things I like better than Facebook. The photos posted here are the same as Facebook.
Twitter - My posting varies but it is a combination of links from Facebook, Tumblr as well as tons of links. I also do #FandomEvent tag as well as #ConsThisWknd tag so y’all can keep up to date with stuff going on. Feel free to send me info on #FandomEvent - basically stuff like screenings, cosplay gatherings, geek bowling, just events outside of a convention.
Tumblr - Posts between few to maybe around 10 times a day - kinda depends. More cosplay photos here as well as videos, tutorials, memes, and occasional photo from my Instagram. Also book progress.
Instagram - I used this mostly for at-the-con photos meaning - I take photos on my phone and upload here. Some will show up on my Facebook or Tumblr but the majority of photos I take will end up here. Other photos include my travels and progress shots from the book.
YouTube - This is where I post my con videos, cosplay interviews and video blog.
Oh, finally, some of my account is CosplayAmerica, others are Cosplay in America. Really depends on the social media - Twitter doesn’t allow more than certain number of characters so I shorted in to CosplayAmerica which I now use on my Instagram and Pinterest.
So in doubt, search Cosplay in America as well as Cosplay America
Often I struggle with my confidence. I am well aware of what others may view as my “flaws” and it is a constant struggle of knowing I am already happy with myself versus wanting others to love the costumes that I love myself. Constant “friends” telling me I am too fat, too unattractive, to this, to that to cosplay a character beats a person’s self confidence down to a miniscule sliver. It does not help that the new generation of cosplayers have taken it to a whole new level where it is more about modeling and looking like you jumped out the pages of a men’s magazine.
But we are NOT models.
WE are individuals with a silly hobby to take our minds off out everyday, mundane lives.
And when cosplay becomes more tiring then fun…it comes time to reevaulate.