My parents never frowned on cosplay until I started. I started budgeting extra money into simple outfits from thrift stores. It quickly grew into making my own things from scratch, learning to sew, do makeup, and style wigs. They called it a waste of time and money, and waited for me to grow out of it, even after I brought home a cosplay award, and a second one, and a third. I'm in my mid twenties now, and I think they have given up on stopping me, but they still ask when I'll stop fairly often.
lol, well, since you are an adult, you can choose to spend your money however you want :) As long as it makes you happy and you’re not neglecting work or other responsibilities, and not hurting any other person, just keep on cosplaying, You’ll gain a lifetime worth of friends and memories :)
“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There’s almost no such thing as ready. There’s only now. And you may as well do it now. I mean, I say that confidently as if I’m about to go bungee jumping or something - I’m not. I’m not a crazed risk taker. But I do think that, generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”— Hugh Laurie
“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.”— Meryl Streep
“I didn’t ever do this because I was trying to become someone else. I was just doing something I really loved. It took me 20 years to get where I am today. I think with integrity, hard work, authenticity, and doing it because you enjoy the doing instead of trying to seek rewards, I think that’s when the rewards come to you.”— Dita Von Teese ( source )
Hosted by Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin, Stuff Mom Never Told You is the audio podcast from Discovery and HowStuffWorks that gets down to the business of being women from every imaginable angle.
As cosplay has become more popular outside of Japan in recent years, it has raised fascinating questions about gender, sexuality and authenticity in fandom and the fictional realms cosplay strives to mirror. Just in time for con season, Cristen and Caroline share how there’s far more to cosplay than dressing up.