Welcome! -hugs back-
I'm sorta new to cosplay too; been on and off but now I'm here to stay. I read through your post and you have a very interesting background
. About the Big Brother thing, do you mean they had to wear things they wouldn't wear normally or an awkwardly made costume?
I'm glad you found good commissioners, because that tends to be a grey area with this hobby. Not that you should be put off, this just tends to happen more often then not so it's great you've had success.
I recommend you have water with you since you tend to do a lot of furries, and it'll be hot even if you're not wearing the head piece.
I would love to see your Guilmon cosplay; and speaking of Digimon I'm looking to make Kazemon for next year. Already got a base to start with. And speaking of superheroes I put live-action Wonder Woman on my wishlist, but I'm going as the Justice League Action version for March Comic Con.
There should be lots to do during the summer, so keep at it!