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Unread 04-08-2013, 11:59 PM   #1
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Walk on masquerade - Tips for a noob

I've been cosplaying for a few years now and have never entered any contests for it. A convention I go to every year (Anime North) has really big masquerade contests, and I'm really interested in signing up for the 'walk on' masquerade.
The time limit is 1 minute. I've read the other threads and took a few notes, but would like to know of some more tips for a first timer in a masquerade contest.
What to bring
What to say (backstage in prejudging)
What section should you sign for, if there is a section (I'm not talking about the divisions)
How to look good and not like a fool

I'm sure other noobies would love to know this stuff to to be more prepared!
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Unread 04-09-2013, 01:15 AM   #2
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Bring: all your costume pieces; non-messy snacks; safety pins; gaff tape; bobby pins; any makeup you're wearing; several printed copies of reference photos; hoodie or other outer layer for warmth. Optional: a friend to check your costume over and calm you down. (Not all cons let you bring friends backstage, but I recommend it if you can. ^_^)
Say: whatever you're most proud of. Talk up the piece you like the most, the new technique you mastered, the tricky subtle details you got just right. Tell them how awesome you are and how neat your costume is.
How to look good: remember how awesome you are, and own it! Get in character as much as possible. This is particularly helpful if you're a noble or badass warrior, but even if you're dressed as a shy schoolgirl, be that character and not yourself. Walk across the stage slowly. Imagine you're wearing a dress with a really long train, and move with dignity. If your character would run, don't! Slow way down so you can be seen. Practice in your backyard or whatever open space you can, with a timer. Sixty seconds is an eternity up on stage, and the audience wants to see you for all of that time.
The most important rule is to have fun. Show off your costume! Be proud of it and be awesome.
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Unread 04-11-2013, 12:44 PM   #3
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Bring some prerecorded background music if possible, it really makes a walk-on more impressive.

Practice and plan out poses you'd like to do to show off the costume. A simple recipe is to do a triangle: stop at the center back of the stage, then move to the front right, do a pose, then move to the front left, do a different pose, return to the center back, and then leave *still in character*.

Ideally you want something different to be happening every 15 seconds, as audiences are bored easily.

Make sure you show all angles of your costume!

Don't say bad things about your costume to the workmanship judges! Point out the parts you worked hardest on and the things you're proudest of.

There are no 'sections' at AN, it's just divisions and you'll be assigned a number in the overall running order.
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Unread 04-13-2013, 12:29 PM   #4
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Pretty well covered by the two posts above.
When in doubt, just take the next small step.
With that next step take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
When the mind is calm you realize the best is still yet to come.
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