The term “costume play,” or “cosplay,” is a convention tradition unlike any other. Cosplayers are people who dress up and impersonate their favorite characters from video games, anime, cartoons, and other media. Here are some tips to help you excel at your next convention if you’re new to the field of cosplay or want to improve your cosplay abilities.
1. Choose Your Character Wisely
The first step in cosplay is choosing your character. Consider a character you love and identify with, but also think about the complexity of their costume, your crafting skills, and your budget. Remember, it’s not necessary to choose a popular or recognizable character. Cosplay is about expressing your passion.
2. Plan a Budget
Once you’ve chosen your character, break down their costume into components. Research the materials you’ll need and compare prices from different suppliers. It’s easy to overspend on cosplay, so setting a budget upfront can help you keep costs under control.
3. Quality Matters
If you’re crafting your costume, take your time and pay attention to detail. High-quality costumes can withstand the hustle and bustle of conventions. If you’re buying your costume, invest in one that’s well-made and comfortable. You’ll likely be in it for several hours.
4. Comfort is Key
Speaking of comfort, remember that you’ll be wearing your costume for a long time, often in crowded spaces. Choose comfortable footwear and fabrics. If your character wears something impractical like high heels or a heavy cloak, consider modifying the costume for your comfort.
5. Practice Makeup and Poses
Makeup can make or break a cosplay look. Watch tutorials and practice your character’s makeup before the convention. Similarly, learn some poses that your character typically does. This will come in handy for photos.
6. Respect Convention Rules
Each convention has rules regarding costumes, especially those involving props or weapons. Be sure to review these rules to ensure your costume complies. The last thing you want is to be turned away at the door because your prop is too large or unsafe.
7. Pack a Repair Kit
Despite your best efforts, accidents can happen. Your costume may tear, or a prop might break. Pack a small repair kit with items like safety pins, a needle and thread, glue, and duct tape.
8. Be Prepared for Attention
If your cosplay is particularly impressive or your character is well-loved, you may attract attention from fellow attendees. Be prepared for this, and remember, it’s okay to say no if you’re uncomfortable with photo requests or interviews.
9. Be Respectful and Have Fun
Cosplay is about celebrating fandoms and having fun. Respect other cosplayers and their costumes. Compliment their work and ask for photos politely. Most importantly, enjoy the experience.
Cosplay can enrich your convention experience and connect you with like-minded fans. Whether you’re a seasoned cosplayer or a beginner, these tips will help you create an impressive, comfortable, and fun cosplay for your next convention. Happy cosplaying!