These are my top 6 cosplay facts, basically things that I have observed from the year 2003/2004 to now.
3. Anime, Manga, games know-how and love IS required
Cosplay for most of us is a way to show our geeky passion, how overly obsessed we are towards a non-existent character. It’s not all glamorous like fashion as that’s usually to emphasize aesthetics, as in the heart of it there’s only sheer mania that brings us to the edge of spending so much on clothes we can’t really use on a daily basis. Or buy contact lenses with crazy shades we don’t even use as much and will expire in 3 months or a year from now. There’s also investing on wigs when you only have one head and it’s highly doubtful that you’ll ever wear it more than 20 times.
2. It is a VERY varied community that has a LOT of stubborn and cruel people
To have survived in this hobby for more than 7 years or so, you have to be hard headed. From your parents, to your professors, not everyone will embrace your love for dressing up as a Japanese school girl. Wherever you go, we will be opinionated. That’s a fact but yep it does vary, some people WILL TRY to convince you that their way of thinking is THE ONLY WAY. While others could care less and would say various things but don’t expect you to listen. Also, always take into mind that this is a hobby for everyone and cultures clash no matter what generation you are in. Beliefs, culture, gender, and race are all part of the cosplay culture. Anyone can do it as long as they love it, and everyone will always have something good or bad to say no matter who you are as long as you’re in this hobby
1. Cosplay is EXPENSIVE
You think wigs; contact lenses, props, and the costumes come cheap? Even if you rent those, if you’re going to a photo shoot, you need to buy food and pay for transportation. If you’re attending a convention, then you would have to buy tickets, in addition to food and transportation.
That would be around a preferred budget of at least 1,000 php or 50$ AT LEAST
Conventions showcase goods, entertainment and food. Competitions happen as main events nowadays, and standing outside a convention is hardly the reason why people host these events. If you want to meet up with friends, there are ways to do that. If you want to meet up with friends while in costume, then go for a photo shoot. It doesn't make sense to get angry when a guard tells you to NOT LOITER outside convention halls. The mall is a public place; they have to keep walkways clear for the other people aside yourself.