A lot of us are familiar with the term "Cosplay",
and most of us have at one point thought of actually putting in time, money and energy into creating a costume and stepping into the shoes of our favorite characters, and in this blog I'd like to discuss my journey from a wannabe cosplayer to a cosplayer!
It all began in 2014. when I got the idea and inspiration to create my first cosplay. I didn't really plan on actually realizing my idea at that point, but I expressed my desire to do so to my friends when it struck me. I have no idea how cosplay works.
I didn't know how to sew (still learning),
I didn't know how wigs work, where to buy them or even which ones to buy,
I didn't know anything about make up (I actually still don't know jack shit about it),
I didn't know how to pose for pictures,
I knew some crafting because I loved doing so ever since I was a child, but it wasn't anything special,
And lastly, I was generally insecure about the whole "I'll dress up as a specific character and go out in front of a bunch of people" thing - never knowing that this is a soon to be hobby of mine.
I was told by a friend to contact a local cosplayer, and now my cospartner Tenshi, to seek help in finding an adequate wig (she is known for vast wiggu knowledge) for my first cosplay - Hatsune Mikuo. She helped me pick the wig, gave me a few tips on ordering stuff like that online, and offered help in the debut, as well as calling me to a photoshoot afterwards.
I was stunned. I never knew that I would find a community with such outgoing and kind members. She also hooked me up with a few people that were also doing Vocaloid cosplays for a small event at a nearby shopping mall, and even though I hardly knew only one of these people, they all helped me out without hesitation to create my first version and closet cosplay: Panda Hero Hatsune Mikuo. Helped me with make-up, shared props, and were generally really friendly and kind towards me, which truly amazing from all of them. Sadly, Tenshi got really sick only a couple of days before the event so she couldn't come, nor finish her Panda Hero Gakupo Nevertheless, we continued talking, planning and ploting for more cosplay projects, sticking together, and having a trusty companion at each of our sides.
And from that day forward, I am still sticking with this hobby, with dedication, decision and will to improve my costume making skills, bring my favorite characters into life, step in their shoes, put on a show, get a heat stroke from all the layers of clothes, endure eye pain from contact lenses (damn those things), and fully enjoy what I do!