I would look up pictures from anime series on Google and would get cosplay pictures in the mix. I knew it existed but never thought I would get to experience cosplay for myself. It wasn't until 2010 that started cosplaying - when two college friends who were veteran cosplayers were talking about cosplaying from Ah! My Goddess, the first manga I ever read. It was a sign!
I knew nothing about cosplay, like how much work and money went into it (oh boy, did I learn fast). I was lucky enough to have friends who already knew what they wanted to do and how to do it. I will admit, they did most if not all the work. I just threw money down when they asked me to and did little jobs like painting (I felt like a kindergartner). Once the cosplays were done and the convention day arrived we had a blast! My friends were Belldandy and Urd, while I was Peorth since my height didn't match Skuld's. It was a fun experience though. Not only did I love the feeling when people recognized my character but also when they wanted my picture. I felt great. I even tried posing the way my character would, putting the "play" in cosplay into use. I wasn't expecting this, but we even won the cosplay contest that year (I don't think my friends were expecting that either).
|Mechacon 2010-Best in Show|
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|Using cosplay to advertise an event for my Japanese culture club.|
|Mechacon 2013- won Judge's Award for impressive Walk-On as Kim Possible and Shego.|
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|I was LadyDevimon and my friend was Angewomon. Photo credit: unknown.|
That was a big win to us. With that came the question how much further could we go. Like I said in the beginning, cosplay takes time and a lot of money. And since we were considering going pro, this meant more money being spent because we would have to venture out to different conventions. I was ready for that commitment until I got a story idea. Since my story is going to be very unique and geared towards a specific audience I'll be self-publishing which takes money and more time. I had to pick which was my priority, and I chose my first initial dream of becoming a writer instead of pursuing cosplay. I promised my friend I'd help her at any time if she needed extra hands and wished her the best of luck. So that's it, it's the end of my cosplay journey (for now). I need to focus all my energy on what I really want for myself. I've talked about this in a past blog post that you can read here. I had fun with cosplay but it's time for me to make my next move forward as a writer.
Thank you for reading my journey through cosplay. I've cosplayed for a total of 6 years so it's sad to stop but I may go back to it when I've finished my goal that I mentioned in another blog post here. I look forward to seeing everyone's cosplays and I hope they'll be rooting for me too with my writing!