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Unread 01-12-2013, 01:43 AM   #31
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I've seen Senior Citizens Cosplaying, and met one cosplayer who was actually a Surgeon (imo the single most "highest respect" job out there)

The only limit I personally would put is when you start showing your age you need to stop cosplaying younger characters if you cant pull them off (but really that applies to ANY cosplay you cant pull off convincingly) Heck, I'm planning when I get old and wrinkled to do Happosi (from Ranma 1/2)

So, in short, there is no Age-limit nor job-restriction to Cosplay
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Unread 01-12-2013, 02:03 AM   #32
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Unread 01-12-2013, 09:19 AM   #33
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i don't advertising my cosplaying at work (I'm 29), in my profession I think it would make me look like an immature child but that wont stop me from cosplaying. What I do at home and on my free time is up to me.
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Unread 01-12-2013, 10:50 AM   #34
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...that person also said that once you get older people should give up cosplaying because it makes you look childish and immature.
Farting on someone's head makes you look childish and immature; creating something that fulfills you artistically and inspires others, on the other hand, ought to be a lifelong pursuit.

As for the age thing: I'm in my late 30's, just started cosplaying a couple years ago, and have no plans to stop. It's a newfound creative outlet.
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Unread 01-12-2013, 07:03 PM   #35
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I have to agree in OUR [Cosplay] world there is no limit. however i wouldn't go telling people I work with if it is a stern cookie cut work place. It could have a bad outcome. (meaning don't post it to your facebook).

I'm 30 as well. And my coworkers and bosses know that I cosplay (well it makes almost no sense to them) however some think I'm immature because I don't drink so ... >_> I always say "there are worse things I could pick as a hobby" Cosplay supports the economy :3 in the end just cosplay who and what you like.
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Unread 01-12-2013, 11:03 PM   #36
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If it's not illegal and doesn't hurt yourself or others then anything is pretty much "allowed"
That said stereotypes and stigmas exist and people you interact with can and will make assumptions of you.

It is up to you to decide if and how you want to share your hobby with the people you interact with. Some might be open minded and have a corollary interest so they may be interested in hearing more about cosplay.

Others not so much - so you have to use your best judgement with what you're comfortable with sharing.
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Unread 01-13-2013, 11:24 AM   #37
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Tell me, how do you define mature? As you have to live for your work, always being serious and do not have a hobby that you're crazy about? Like, if you like riding and can talk about horses with pure happiness and love, you're immature, because it MIGHT seem to be childish to love horses that much?
In my humble opinion being mature is none of this. Taking the consequences what you've done with dignity and without blaming others, NOT looking down on others just because they love something, more like. (Like, I do not understand what some like about Justin Bieber, but I would never classify them as "lower beings" or "idiots".) Again, this is just my opinion.
Ps. - Maturity doesn't depend on age. One can be sixteen, cosplayer and mature, while the other thirty, I-don't-have-any-fun-in-my-life-because-I-am-oh-so-mature.
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Unread 01-13-2013, 01:08 PM   #38
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Hello Everyone,
In case you don't know, I'm new to everything cosplay. Alright, so recently I heard someone (med student) say that cosplaying is only for teenagers or people who are in their early 20's. And that person also said that once you get older people should give up cosplaying because it makes you look childish and immature.
I want to know if anyone here feels this way or agrees. I don't want to give up cosplaying (psh* in fact I just started) especially once you get a more stable job and make more money than you do when you're in your early 20's. I'm almost turning 25 and want to go to school to become a criminal psychologist{Ph.D.}. And I feel with that profession it will be hard to keep cosplaying and still be taken seriously, if people find out about it.
I do know a couple who are in their 30's who still cosplay but they are both public school teachers, which I feel is a career that you still be taken serious but allowed to not be serious all the time if you do your job.

So I just want to know how anyone feels about this. Is there an age limit where cosplaying can make you look "childish"? Does it all depend on what type of career you have(like being a pediatrician, where you work with children vs. being a cardiologist)?

Thoughts, opinions, ideas. I'm still relatively young so I still have time to start cosplaying if I am going to stop once I get older.
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I started cosplaying when I was 38... Yes 38. I'm turning 42 this year and I still cosplay. I'm a Graphic artist and most artist are a little weird, so my profession allows me to get away with it...I guess.
Regardless of your age or profession I say if you enjoy it and it makes you happy who cares what people think. Have fun! Be you...not what people expect you to be.
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Unread 01-13-2013, 01:10 PM   #39
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Too "mature" to cosplay? Never! People of all ages cosplay.

I'm a teen and I just started cosplaying and I'm not going to stop until I turn 50. Even then I'll still be going to conventions.
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Unread 01-13-2013, 01:15 PM   #40
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Yeah, this whole attitude annoys the snots out of me. I remember somebody bitching in the comments section of an NY Times article, about how adults participating in halloween indicated the infantilization of society. I politely tore them a new one, saying that while it's okay for kids to play dress up and pretend (in other words, use their freaking imaginations) just about any time they want, we adults tend to live very restricted lives. At work, we often have to abide by strict uniform or dress code rules, and there's a ton of rules, both written and not, governing what we may or may not say. So perhaps we need the outlet of dressing up more than the kiddies do- a chance to step away from our workaday "professional" personas, and try something different for a night. Also, to some of us, our costumes are more than just silly party outfits- Some of us choose to express genuine feelings or ideas through our costumes.

I really don't like the idea that somehow, if I go to the casino and chuck a bunch of money away gambing, or go to bars on a regular basis and drink like a fish, that's a mature way to spend my money or have fun. But if I spend the money building a beautiful costume to wear, that's just "so awful and immature" in some people's eyes.
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Unread 01-13-2013, 01:22 PM   #41
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I started cosplaying when I was 38... Yes 38. I'm turning 42 this year and I still cosplay. I'm a Graphic artist and most artist are a little weird, so my profession allows me to get away with it...I guess.
Regardless of your age or profession I say if you enjoy it and it makes you happy who cares what people think. Have fun! Be you...not what people expect you to be.
I'm a musician and I agree. I tell some of the people I work with if they are curious or stumble upon me reading manga. I like that it's partially a 'performance art', in that you have to look your best to get recognition in cosplay. I'm used to being on stage, although this is a bit better for me actually since I can deflect any negativity onto the character and it's not necessarily a reflection on me as a person.
I didn't start cosplaying until I was 22 I think? I've only been in it a little over a year and it's just amazing. I guess I'm lucky that my 'job' is mostly student right now, and my overall job once I get out of school is STILL going to be super flexible. Artists mingle with everyone in society, it's said, so we're good at I guess being understanding of the quirky people out there.
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Unread 01-13-2013, 06:44 PM   #42
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Farting on someone's head makes you look childish and immature; creating something that fulfills you artistically and inspires others, on the other hand, ought to be a lifelong pursuit.
May I quote this the next time I have to address the topic? Because I just laughed for like ten minutes. It's SO TRUE.
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Unread 01-14-2013, 01:08 PM   #43
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Yeah, this whole attitude annoys the snots out of me. I remember somebody bitching in the comments section of an NY Times article, about how adults participating in halloween indicated the infantilization of society. I politely tore them a new one, saying that while it's okay for kids to play dress up and pretend (in other words, use their freaking imaginations) just about any time they want, we adults tend to live very restricted lives. At work, we often have to abide by strict uniform or dress code rules, and there's a ton of rules, both written and not, governing what we may or may not say. So perhaps we need the outlet of dressing up more than the kiddies do- a chance to step away from our workaday "professional" personas, and try something different for a night. Also, to some of us, our costumes are more than just silly party outfits- Some of us choose to express genuine feelings or ideas through our costumes.
I completely agree with this 100%. In fact, some of us may not have the opportunity to do this eve when we were children. I know I had to abide by a dress code when I went to school (JROTC) so, I wasn't allowed to dye my hair, wear funky wigs, paint my nails any color other than clear or neutral, etc. It was also the same way at home, obviously.
So for me, no longer being in school, I can finally let my hair down and not worry about a dress code 24/7. I can wear pink or blue wigs, dress up as Stein, etc. without worrying or being told whether I can or not.

I'm also a very artistic person, so doing this is a form of art to me. But yes, like I say getting older provides some the opportunity and freedom to cosplay and such and it would be horrible to be told that you can't do it because "you're too old."
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Unread 01-14-2013, 01:45 PM   #44
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^^^ You bring up a really good point though. I was abused and controlled as a child, and wasn't allowed to dress up for 'the devil's holiday' so now I just want to be a kid it seems. Although it's a more grown-up version.
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Unread 01-14-2013, 06:50 PM   #45
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^^^ You bring up a really good point though. I was abused and controlled as a child, and wasn't allowed to dress up for 'the devil's holiday' so now I just want to be a kid it seems. Although it's a more grown-up version.
Sorry about your experience. Not every Christian feels that way about Halloween.
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