Cosplay 101 Part 1/5: From Fan to Cosplayer
Cosplaying may look hard and difficult to get into, but I am here to tell you that it is not.
The first step you should take is deciding who you want to cosplay. This selection can be narrowed down by who you want to be, what crafting skills you have, and how much money you want to spend. For a first timer it can intimidating but one thing you have to remember is that you cosplay for yourself. Some easy cosplays are TV show, movie, and cartoon characters because often times, the characters wear every day clothing. Take for example, South Park, King of the Hill, Family Guy, Lethal Weapon, and most movies from the 80’s. This is mostly done because of the simplistic nature of the characters. If you want to go the superhero route to start off with, think Deadpool, Spider-Man, and Harley Quinn as go to costumes.
The second step is knowing your limits. Sometimes it is easy to bite off more than you can chew. If you are highly skilled at crafting, sewing, and painting, you can start with a big project, but also know to work your time wisely. No matter how skilled you may be, time has the final say. If you have friends that have certain skills you do not possess, ask them. This is the first step to learning and takes some pressure off of you to focus on other parts of your cosplay.
If you want to be recognized, you can dress up as an iconic character. If that isn’t something that’s important to you, have fun with it. Do a mashup or a variant of the character. I do cross-cultural cosplay which means I take a character that I love and give them a Hispanic twist so that I can embed my culture into my costumes. Sometimes the ones that are easily recognizable are the easier characters to cosplay.
The next step is to wear your cosplay with pride and to enjoy yourself. Act like that character, but be polite to people. Be courteous to those who want pictures, have fun, make friends, and never forget that you are doing this for yourself. Remember cosplay has the word play in it so don’t take it too seriously.