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Just started cosplaying and not sure how to take your work on the next level? Worry not! I have the same problem, haha. So let’s gather our wisdom and learn something new!

Instagram
The holy grail of cosplayers and influencers. It’s pretty useful to learn a little bit about its algorithm (even it’s still a little bit of a mystery for me) and it’s also useful to switch to the business profile. It will let you see for example if the majority of your followers are male or female, where are they from, when do your posts get the most likes, yeh neat stuff right?
Sometimes, being shared od cosplay support pages is also a good thing and it helps you to grow your audience. Search profiles like @starsofcosplay @curvycurvycosplayers @cosplayczsk and just stuff like these.
I also advise you to join some cosplay facebook groups like Cosplay marketing, run by Ginny Di, where you can find all kinds of tips to improve your game!

Facebook
Yeh, I am a little bit of old school, but having a Facebook page is always a plus, because people still use Facebook as a platform, not gonna lie to you, the reach is terrible but it is something. You can also join groups like Cosplay Europe and similar, where you can share your work and get some help if needed.

Twitter
The word count is limited, but it’s the best way to get noticed by brands, our to get retweeted by the studio you are cosplaying from.

Tumblr
Pretty neat site to communicate with your fans (if you have some, or don’t like me lol). You could gain a lot of followers there by doing some stuff for fandoms. I am talking fanarts, memes, jokes and simply just stuff like that.

Create a blog
I can’t really recommend you the best page there is, but I am using WordPress. This is really good for longer articles, reports, tutorials (that is good for youtube as well) or even movie reviews.

Cosplanner
A neat app that helps you get organised with your cosplay stuff. What to buy/make, your budget….

Pixlr
Or any photo editor you can find, but this one is my personal favourite. Simply for making collages, editing those red spots you can have on your face or adding cute little hearts to your ship pictures.

Cosplay amino
Last but not least….cosplay amino! NEat app, especially for cosplay beginners. But the problém I have is, that I have big follower count on cosplay amino, but a really small one on my other social media. Why? I have no idea. But it is a really good app to talk and socialize!

Hope you took a thing or two from here!

Have a nice day!

Cat

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Glitter Cat by Klárka - 3w ago

Hello,

Cat here.

A brand new year has come, which means…..CONVENTIONS!!! I have seen a lot of new, small confused cosplayers with questions about their first conventions, asking what to expect? How to prepare? Don’t worry about anything because I am here to share with you some of my survival tips I have caught during my cosplay years. Let’s get started

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Bring water and snacks

This is a very important one! I know, that I sound like your regular soccer mom (sorry Karen) but stay hydrated! Especially during summer cons. Another small meaningless plus – your skin would look much better!

As for the snacks. It’s always good to have something in hand, either for you or your friends. Food inside convention usually either suck or is more expensive than your whole cosplay. I do not recommend bringing chocolate bars but I DO recommend bringing fruits like apples, it gives you extra energy which always comes handy.

It’s also a very good idea to have snacks in your hotel room. You can never know when you’ll get hungry, and shops tend to close at 20.00.

Bring a friend

Me@Cassidy Charlie during Akicon 2018

It’s always a lot more fun if you can share your convention experience with someone! You can even plan a group or pair cosplay. Being with someone also helps with safety at conventions (especially for girls or cosplayers with revealing cosplays). If you are still a newbie or really young I strongly advise you to bring a parent or older sibling with you, for your own safety.

Plan in advance

I tend to plan our biggest convention a half a year before. Yeh, it sounds a little bit weird, but I like to have things under control.

  • Buy your tickets in advance
  • Book your hotel room early
  • Make a checklist
  • Plan carefully your journey

Always state one person who plans the whole thing. Make a group chat or something and settle about your hotels, tickets, and stuff. In our case, I am the one in charge, which means that I choose the hotel (with others approval of course), collect money from them and then pay our travel tickets and other expenses.

Schedule your time

Make a short daily schedule (I inspire myself in bullet journals on Pinterest). Mark every photoshoot you have, every meetup or a panel you really want to see. This helps you get nicely organized and you will have a much better con experience.

Entertainment

Lines for panels tend to be long and boring. Be sure to have a mobile game (Don’t forget to bring a power bank with you!) or Nintendo or something like this.

Cosplay Etiquette 101

Never! touch other people without permission!

Do you want to hug this super kind cosplayer? Or perhaps you want to také a closer look at their really detailed armor. Always ask! Seriously it’s not that hard. Some people may not like hugs (me included) and that’s okay. Maybe some of their cosplay parts are really fragile or expensive. I heard too many horror stories about people who got ruined their work because of rude convention goers.

Seal your bodypaint

This mistake does mostly new and unexperienced cosplayers. Please, please, please do this. You could ruin someone’s costume so easy. Don’t wear body paint/ makeup/ fake blood if you don’t know how to seal it, that’s it I am sorry. What can happen? You can accidentally rub your colorful skin to someone’s expensive hand sewn cosplay and I am telling that you can never get rid of this stain. Never. Please don’t be that kind of person

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Check this out!

Roleplay, yes, but not too much

Yeh, of course, it’s good to do roleplay. Don’t go and stab other cosplayers who never met you with your foam sword because it’s your character’s Nemesis. Don’t do overly sexual gestures as Deadpool cosplayer (it could make many people uncomfortable).  

Basic hygiene

Please shower every day. Use deodorant. Wash your hands. That’s all I ask. Thank you.

Selfies

Always ask a cosplayer for a picture. They would mostly say yes. They are as excited as you are! But sometimes they are in a rush or maybe they are really tired, so please don’t be a d_ck and don’t be rude if they politely decline.

Do's & Don'ts of Asking a Cosplayer For Photos | mistercomb - YouTube
A helpful guide

Please don’t forget to bring:

  • Cash
  • Food and water (or at least empty water bottle)
  • Your phone with a charger or a power bank
  • Your schedule
  • Basic makeup kit
  • Small medical kit – hand sanitizer, disinfection, band-aids, painkillers, eye drops, hand lotion, and a specific medicine if you have some (I have to take my whole diabetic pump kit with me)
  • Deodorant

This was it! If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask me, I don’t bite (usually). If you have any other tips for surviving in a wild, comment them down below.

Love,

Cat

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Hello everyone,

Cat here.

I am here to present you my brand new project called „Under the wigs“ which I am pretty much excited about. I will show you 3 amazing, ambitious and of course very talented cosplayers from all around the world and ask them few questions about their work and cosplay life. Hope you will enjoy this as much as I do.

So let’s get started!

First very talented cosplayer I had the honor to do interview with is Anso Cosplay.

Photo: LarsWS

Let’s see what she can say about herself

My name is Ansocosplay (or just Anso), and I’m from Denmark. I’ve been doing cosplay for around 2½ years now, and absolutely love it! When I’m not in cosplay, I’m a student with some other interests like singing and scouting. My favorite cosplays I’ve made are David from Camp Camp, a human version of Baymax from Big Hero 6, and Max Caufield from Life is Strange. I’m on insta as @ansocosplay.

  1. Let’s start with the classic one, what got you into cosplay? Tell us more about the moment you realized „Hey, this is cool, I want to try it!

It was one of my great friends who first introduced me to cosplay. Back then I only really did it because a lot of my friends where doing it, and I didn’t want to be left out. It was not until I saw the biggest cosplay show in Denmark, where I met someone who told me about the amazing cosplay community, cosplay competitions, famous cosplayers etc. that I wanted to take cosplay to the next level. I was so fascinated by the amazing costumes, scenography and performances, and I really wanted to do something like that myself.

Is cosplay a hobby you see yourself doing in, let‘s say, 10 years?

I hope so! I have no clue about what I’m doing in 10 years, but of course I hope I’m still doing something related to cosplay. I’m still very new to cosplay, and I hope I get to develop my craftmanship, so maybe one day I can help others with crafting.

  • Photo: Joris Hougaard

How are you dealing with cosplay hate? What do you do when someone tells you that they hate your work?

I haven’t experienced cosplay hate from anyone in the cosplay community. Outside of the cosplay community, the only thing that I’ve experienced is people taking photos of me without permission, which is never fun. Personally, I deal with it by either ignoring it, if it isn’t serious, or confrontation, if I found it harassing. Other than that, I just never travel alone in cosplay if it’s night or I’m in an area I don’t feel safe in.

Do you prefer working alone or in a group?

I think a combination of the two is perfect. I love when you get to walk around at cons or attend photoshoots with a group, but when it comes to crafting and creating, I prefer to work alone because I tend to work in the middle of the night.

What is your favorite part of cosplay and your least favorite? What are your strengths?

I love when you get to show the cosplay at cons and photoshoots, especially when your cosplaying someone’s favorite character and they freak out (it’s just so cute!). I also love when you’re making the cosplay, and a part of it just turns out perfect! And of course, I love the entire community!

My least favorite part is when the thing I’m crafting doesn’t turn out right. Oh, and everything about wig-styling (it’s so freaking nerve wrecking).

I think my strengths are my positive attitude and my love for performing, which have proved themselves useful in a lot of situations!

What are your next 3 cosplans? Have you ever been in cosplay contest?

Photo: Bang photography

My three next cosplans is Candace Flynn from Phineas and Ferb (For a cosplay contest), Elsa from Frozen, and Chloe Price from Life is Strange.

I’ve never been in a real-life cosplay contest before, but I’m planning on participating in one at the next con I’m attending. I’ve been in some other weird competitions at cons, like a Lip-sync battle, and the Karaoke contest at J-popcon, which I managed to win! (Yay).

Is there a type of character you cosplay frequently?

I tend to cosplay the good characters, who are very kind towards others, because then I can go around at cons and compliment people and still be in character. I do however want to cosplay a villain at some point just to change things up a bit!

What are you currently working on? How is it going?

I’m currently working on my Edward Elric cosplay, which is one of the biggest projects I’ve done. I’m currently working on the automail, and just need to make the upper arm and shoulder part, and then it’s done! Then it’s onto the wig, which I’m quite terrified about.

Thank you for your time and good luck with your work!

Slightly Bitter

Next cosplayer is Hannah aka Slightly Bitter

Hannah aka Slightly Bitter, is a 20 year old Australian cosplayer who got into cosplay in 2016. Since then she has made all different kinds of cosplays from superhero mutants to ghost princess pirates. Her proudest cosplay moment was getting on stage for a Cosplay Showcase and getting up the stairs in giant foam arms and a tail. When she isn’t hunched over her sewing, not realising her bobbin ran out 2 minutes ago, she’s at uni studying business and events or volunteering at music festivals.

Instagram: @slightly_bitter_

Let’s start with the classic one, what got you into cosplay? Tell us more about the moment you realized „Hey, this is cool, I want to try it!“

I learnt about cosplay when I was 15 and attended my first con with friends, I went with the intention of just buying nerdy merch and having fun socialising but left in awe of some of the costumes I saw there.

I loved looking at other peoples creations and seeing how it all came together for a few years but it wasnt until I started learning how to sew that I thought I would give it a go. I did so much research for my first costume and ended up making two at once! One for myself and one for a friend. Thats when I knew I was hooked, I loved every second of it from planning and researching all the way to wearing it, even when things weren’t going right and I was sewing sleeves on upside down!

Her 1st self-made costume

Is cosplay a hobby you see yourself doing in, let‘s say, 10 years?

Initially cosplay was a creative outlet I had to just create what I wanted and learn new techniques, I never thought about long term goals for it. However, now I have met so many amazing people through it, I can’t see myself stopping any time soon. I may not be doing huge builds or complicated costumes but in 10 years I can still see myself attending cons and crafting costumes.

How are you dealing with cosplay hate? What do you do when someone tells you  that they hate your work?

Cosplay hate and negative people are everywhere and unavoidable when you put yourself out there, especially online. Although I haven’t had any major experiences with it I still get the comments here and there. My way to deal with it is to block and move on or simply just ignore it. Obviously there’s a difference between hate and constructive critcism but it’s easy to tell them apart and if someones intentions with their words and actions is to bring you down and make you feel bad then its just not worth spending any time or head space on them. It’s easier said than done I know, but at those times it’s great to go to friends or family or anyone who supports you to just take your mind off things. It’s good to be proud of your work because then it doesn’t matter what other people say, they aren’t the ones who control how you feel about your work.

Do you prefer working alone or in a group?

Personally I prefer working alone. I have been in groups before and loved the experience but I take so long to complete projects and I am too much of a perfectionist! I hope in the future I will have the chance to be in more casual cosplay groups but for now its just me. My dream cosplay group would be a full straw hat pirates group (One Piece) and I would be Brooke!

What is your  favourite part of cosplay and your least favourite? What are your strenghts?

One of my favourite things about cosplay is standing back and looking at something I have created and seeing my vision in front of me. I am proud of all my cosplays even if they didn’t come out perfect or something didn’t work out. Another thing is the community, no matter where you go the cosplay community is so wonderful and full of talented creative people. Of course I love my local community, shoutout Brisbane Cosplayers!

My least favourite is the same as many, the unwanted competition and elitism. Whether it’s worded as an insult or compliment comparing people who didn’t ask for it is endlessly frustrating. I know hoping for a day where these things don’t happen is overly optimistic as there will always be those people in any community but I do feel things are becoming more supportive and positive which is always a step in the right direction.

My strengths are my planning skills and ability to know when to quit. Most of my time making a cosplay goes into research and testing techniques, this is also why I probably take so long too, but I find having everything laid out in a plan its much east to not stress or find yourself in the dreaded con cruch. Con crunch ties into the ability of knowing when to stop or quit too. I have only found myself concrunching once and it was awful, up at 3AM spray painting and glueing only to be exhausted the next day! Never again! It only took that one time to realize that it isn’t worth it, that costume will be there when you come back and there’s always another con. If my cosplays aren’t ready or if i need to take a break I’m not going to push myself. At the end of the day this hobby is about having fun and being creative not being tired and stressed.

What are your next 3 cosplans? Have you ever been in cosplay contest?

My cosplans have been up in the air for awhile but I finally settled on one solid plan. I am planning to make Boa Hancock from One Piece in her original outfit. This will be for a competition in April, it will be my first real cosplay competiton and I am so nervous and excited.

My other plans I think will Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail in her Flame Empress Armour. This was a project I stopped working on, I needed some time to work on other things and I think I’m ready to come back to it.

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“All I ever wanted was to watch out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart”

I immediately fell in love with this anime the first time I watched it….okay maybe a little bit later after few crying sessions. That’s when I jokingly suggested to cosplay two main protagonists to my friend (@cassidy_charlie) and break hearts to some strangers online.

I am not that good at sewing at this time, and neither is Cassidy, so we both purchased our cosplays online. This part was a little bit of problem for me. You see, they tell you “custom sizing” but in reality? They are not able to do it. Or at least not for me. But in the end, I somehow found a seller who was willing to make this marshmallow thingy for me.

But we made it to the convention, shoot it and overall had a great fun! I am definetly going to reshoot this pinky girl again.

All of the pictures were taken by incredibly talented Mashiiro Photography

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  • How to prepare

Research! Research! And Research! Your poses! Facial expressions! Just really look up your character. Download pictures, gifs, videos, everything useful. Make a folder online or print them and do not forget to bring them with you. Sometimes, the photographers would like to see it as well and in advance, so they can prepare properly. I highly advise you to bring them with you for reference.

  • Choosing your photographer

Easy, photographers usually post on their social media, when they’re attending certain conventions. They usually post time slots and prices as well. Contact them! You can try commenting, but I advise you to rather send them a private message on their page or an e-mail. They usually prefer it.

ALWAYS research reviews. Is this photographer well known for submitting their work late? Do they have a bad reputation in a community? Well, I would not choose them.  You should also look through their portfolio.Maybe they photoshop too much, or maybe their picture’s atmosphere is too dark for your kawaii anime girl? That’s okay, but maybe it’s not the best fit for you.

  • You have to know, what you want

As I told you before, PREPARE YOUR POSES. Practice your facial expressions and poses in front of the mirror, take a shitton of selfies, anything.

Yeah, the photographer will usually help you with the basics, but you have to do most of the work, otherwise, it will get very awkward very soon.

If you want some special edit, don’t forget to tell them! They don’t bite (usually). Don’t forget to describe it as much as you can, add pictures. It’s usually no problém, so you don’t have to be afraid.

  • Don’t be a d_ck

ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS credit the photographer! The picture doesn’t legally belong to you, it belongs to the one who took it. They usually spend hours editing your pics and I am not even talking about their equipment!

Just be nice to them so you both enjoy this as much as you can!

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Glitter Cat by Klárka - 3w ago

This project was one of the easy ones, but I will love it until my dying days. Tonks has a special place in my heart, she always had. She is kind of bonkers and clumsy, but everyone loves her anyway. 


“Don’t call me Nymphadora, Remus,” said the young witch with a shudder. “It’s Tonks.”

You know that she could choose her looks literally any way she likes. BUT GUESS WHAT?! She stayed in the body she was born with!

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Glitter Cat by Klárka - 3w ago

S A L U T A T I O NS!

The whole Penny cosplay was really challenging for me. I really love Penny as a character, but I am not planning to wear this costume again. Why? Because it does not fit me well. I don’t feel comfortable wearing it. And it would need A LOT OF REPAIRS.

photo by David Mitty Mitáš – https://mitty.cz photo by David Mitty Mitáš – https://mitty.cz photo by David Mitty Mitáš – https://mitty.cz
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