Don’t know what cosplay is?
It’s basically an enriched form of wearing costumes centrally focused on fictional characters found in Japanese Animation or Manga (Japanese Comics). It did not quite originate in Japan, but they did sensationalize it to the point that it becomes an art form. (For some)
Ok, so moving on,
There is a misconception about cosplay that thrives in the Filipino youth nowadays
People are thinking that you can opt to become a ‘cosplayer’, like when one opts to be a singer and such. While true, if you’re rather good at cosplay you can gain an amount of friends and maybe a following— it does not necessarily lead to fame (and fortune) as one would imagine.
And no, it’s not a profession either.
While some people make money out of being guests/hosts. It’s nearly impossible to achieve a similar status unless you have connections or you join local television shows.
Most of us, have day jobs— other hobbies, and another life to lead besides parading in malls in costumes.
There comes the tipping point… which is more important? That new mp3 player you’ve been eyeing for a month, your dream BJD (ball jointed doll) or materials for your dream cosplay (for the month XD) ?
Cosplay (at the least mine) is field with a lot of downs together with the ups. There is nothing as exhilarating as doing a character right and having photos to show for your hard work. Cramming late night when you have work tomorrow is both rewarding and deadly.
I enjoy sketching, writing, studying codes/coding for web, photography, games, music, movies and collecting bunny and Hatsune Miku merchandise.
And when I say I ‘enjoy’, I am willing to spend about 5k to 9k one just one item for any one of those.
I don’t expect any kind of return from it. (Except from web design, I want to be one hell of a programmer someday)
How to do it:
• Time management – easier written than done, but once you get the hang of putting at least an hour or so a day for all of your frustrations, you’ll get better at it
• Budget Constraints – As much as you want to spend ALL of your money on just cosplay, think about it first. And put some for later use.
• Have a day job that does not stress you out (so much)— Mondays come just after Sundays, and that daily stress while making your costume will NOT help you in any way. Find a job that supports your hobbies but does not cause you cardiac arrest.
• LOVE all of it WHOLEHEARTEDLY – I don’t really believe that a mother of four can’t love all her children equally. I’ve seen some people juggle as much as I’m trying to and they’re pretty good at it. It’s the passion that makes you keep at it
• Get rid of negative people— If anyone is saying you can’t do it. Don’t listen to them, or better yet exclude them from people you want to keep. Negativity is NEVER a good thing.