all of my cosplays

anonymous asked:

What would your advice be for someone wanting to cosplay who has never done it before and who feels they're too old?

DOOOOOOO IT.  :D

Okay, more concrete advice. Start small! Cosplay a character where you can buy most of the pieces ready made and alter them if you can. That’s what I did with my Piper Wright cosplay. All of the pieces were bought from Amazon/eBay and I just had to rough ‘em up and weather them.

Or if you’re not up to putting it together yourself, and the option is available to you, purchase your costume! I’ve purchased some costumes before (my Miranda Lawson from Mass Effect 2 for example) because it just made sense economically, and I was supporting other cosplayers/makers in the process so win-win :) There is NO SHAME in buying a cosplay, as long as you don’t try to pass it off as your own work.

Also, you would be SHOCKED the age range of people that cosplay. If you are still worried about feeling too old (which I assure you you’re not, but here  is one example, but there are many many others!!!), I suggest getting a group cosplay together with either a friend or significant other. I did that for my first cosplay experience and I feel like it made it that much more enjoyable, plus I had people to fall back on if I started feeling anxious or stressed (which happened, but yolo haha).

If you don’t have anyone to cosplay with, and you’re planning on going to a con, check out if there are any photo meetups for your fandom. When I went to PAX East in 2016 I went to the Fallout meetup and met a lot of awesome people, a great range of ages and had SO much fun because … well, we all already had a common ground to stand on! I still keep in touch with a lot of those people, all because we enjoyed a stupid video game. Crazyyyyy.

I love cosplay because it’s a unique creative outlet for me, and allows me to become that character. Especially because in some way I personally relate to that character. For a day or weekends at a time when I cosplay, I’m no longer an introverted, cynical person with anxiety, but a strong, ass-kicking rebel like Jyn or a crazy, peppy time-traveling Brit like Tracer. It let’s me become these characters without that fear of being judged.

As long as YOU yourself are having fun, that’s all that matters. No matter if you slaved over the costume for 6 months or bought it with paypal, or if you’re 18 or 80, we’re all just a bunch of dweebs dressing up as our favorite characters at the end of the day :)

ask me stuff on anon

Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.
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Some photos of my kenku costume at Anthrocon 2016, taken by @adammillerstudio! Oh boy did I ever have a lot of fun! The other raven in these photos is @qawstume and the snowy owl we are mobbing is @crystumes, who made both of the blanks that we used for our masks.

If you have any questions about this costume please check out my FAQ!