viral cosplay

Cinderella transformation dress for the cosplay contest at G6 where I won 1st place! This was the practise run through about an hour before hand!


Timeskip!Viral (TTGL) Shirt, Cape and Scarf

I’ve loved Viral and hadn’t done tatters in awhile so this commission was awesome! I forgot to document the start but I used my Bolin undershirt pattern for Viral’s shirt, which the client agreed for sleeveless since they would be covered with the cape anyways and we didn’t want any errors with altering sleeves for the monster hands. Separating zipper and some blanket binding for the detailing, the cape was pretty much just draped. All the tears were done with small sharp scissors and some vigorous scrubbing with heavy grit sand paper. I sealed all the edges so they wouldnt fray with modge podge and fabric glue then lightly painted the tears and tatters and holes with watered down fabric paint to get that singed and burned look.

It (Probably) Won’t Be You

There are new viral cosplay photos posted and shared every day. Online zines publish listings of 20 Most Amazing Cosplays all the time. The Facebook algorithm may suddenly favour a small-time cosplayer with a tiny following and bring thousands upon thousands of new people to their page. 

We measure cosplay fame (and, consequently, talent) in the numbers of likes and shares on social media – and the one with the biggest figures is immediately crowned the new rising star of cosplay.

And it’s wonderful that talented crafters and creators from all around the world get recognition, and that their work gets the kind of exposure it deserves.

The problems begin with the idea that anyone can be the next Yaya Han. Because sure, technically this might be true, but what people often forget is that cosplay fame and being able to make a living as a cosplayer are two entirely different things.

You can be a hugely popular cosplayer and still have to work a day job to be able to pay your bills and to afford making new costumes. Popularity does not automatically mean you can tell your boss to go do unspeakable things to himself, before you prance out of the office with money raining on you on your way out.

The actual professional cosplayers, the people who have turned their passion into a hobby, have more things going on for them than just a huge social media following and a nice set of… crafting skills. They are entrepreneurs, they are business women and business men who see the potential beyond pretty pictures and convention appearances, and turn that into profit.

Being a (and I use this term very loosely) popular cosplayer may be a good starting point for an actual career in cosplay, but to be able to make it, you need a proper business plan, and you can’t just sit around making hugely expensive costumes, hoping that someone might notice them and come running to you with a sack of money.

I often say that the cosplay scene is like a miniature play-version of the entertainment industry: full of young, bright-eyed hopefuls who dream of some day making it big and becoming a star, just like the ones they look up to. And while there may be loads and loads of talent and dreams out there, it’s only a small handful of those hopefuls that eventually are able to make it in the big world.

My point is this: you’re probably not going to make a living as a cosplayer, because being able to make a living doing what you love is very, very unlikely in the first place. I’m not saying you shouldn’t try, though, but if you do, remember this: 

Don’t just sit around sewing and waiting for someone to discover you and your immaculate stitches. Have a goal and a plan on how to get there. And if that seems like too much work, you can always throw another giveaway and enjoy the growing numbers of followers on your Facebook page – because that feels kinda nice, too, doesn’t it. 

- Elina