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Unread 05-23-2016, 12:28 AM   #1
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What inspires you to cosplay and what keeps you going?

I've been thinking about the reasons one cosplays, of course it's going to be different for everyone, so I want to know.

One (fundamental) reason for why I do it is because I just like to dress up as x,y,z. Playing dress-up doesn't stop being fun when you get older. Another reason I do it is for attention. I want people to see me in my cosplay at a con and go "Dude that's so awesome, you look awesome! Did you make this? You did a great job!" Attention, validation, all that jazz.

What inspires you to cosplay?
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Unread 05-23-2016, 12:37 AM   #2
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Similar to what you listed: I get to play dress up as an adult; get (usually) positive attention/feedback for some I enjoy. The primary motivating factor, though, is the creative process and challenge of trying something new.
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Unread 05-23-2016, 12:51 AM   #3
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The weird thing is that I never really liked to dress up (only as a small child), but for some reason I do like to cosplay? Maybe that's partly because other 'dress-up holidays' like Carnival (we don't really celebrate halloween here) are super loud and too busy/'in your face'. (I hope this makes sense somehow haha)

Cosplay is more quiet and I just really like to create stuff. It's a nice change from other stuff that I'm doing. My parents and grandmother are also very supportive and help me out when I need it. :')
And you get something to look forward to! It's very rewarding when you finally finish a piece (even though it probably takes a lot more time than it should)
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Unread 05-23-2016, 01:23 AM   #4
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I love the creative process of it. The satisfaction of using usually common or overlooked household supplies and then making something awesome and thinking "this was just cardboard and now it looks like steel armor" is super gratifying. And I love being able to dress up as my favorite characters.
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Unread 05-23-2016, 06:21 AM   #5
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I'm with JD on the common household supplies thing; it's awesome!! Also, I love the whole zealous feeling of walking into a convention, being surrounded by thousands of geeks just like you, and the whole "We're All In This Together" vibe. It's like making a fancy outfit for an extremely enthusiastic costume party.
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Unread 05-23-2016, 06:59 AM   #6
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The creative challenge part for sure, but cosplay has just been the thing that my good friends and I do together. Some friend groups go paint balling, some watch movies, some go shopping; my guys get together and build stuff. It's really nice to have a bunch of people around all chatting about crafting in one place!
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Unread 05-23-2016, 01:02 PM   #7
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I've always enjoyed the geekdom environment of cons, but there was less and less for me to do at them in recent years. I stopped collecting back issues because constant reboots made them pointless. The deals at the tables for collectibles haven't been all that great and I'm trying to downsize, so I don't really need more stuff. I also don't have much of a desire to meet celebrities and found a lot of the con panels that I could get into were sometimes hit or miss. While I was waiting for my friends to get autographs, I noticed the cosplayers were having fun just walking around and I thought I would give it a try to see if it could inject some fun back into my con going experience and it sure did.

I also love learning and challenging myself to do things I never thought I could. The sense of accomplishment I get when I figure something out or realize a goal makes me feel energized like nothing else.

Cosplay combines art and craft with logic, thinking, and planning, so it feeds both sides of my brain at the same time.
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Unread 05-23-2016, 01:36 PM   #8
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For me, I've always loved the idea of being someone else for a little while, and I feel like this is the right avenue for me to do it. The attention is also pretty nice too, especially when I'm a character that people know and love (or with my genderbends, a unique spin on a character they know and love). With my closet cosplays, it's fun to try and find things that go together to achieve the look I want, and with the stuff I've made from scratch, the creative challenge is also exciting, too. And unveiling everything I wear at a con is so exciting because I fit right in with the colorful blend of people who are also dressed up as different characters.
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Unread 05-23-2016, 02:16 PM   #9
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I guess is this childhood motivation that once made me dream to be like my favorite characters from the TV, now I feel like I'm making it come true and that's my mindset everytime I choose a character, and it's not only because of their cool clothes (cause honestly it has something to do) but also for their poses and expression, what better than that to keep me going?

I also love to create so giving my variations that adapt me to the characters I like asks me to be creative and make a good variation for the costume.
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Unread 05-23-2016, 09:28 PM   #10
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I realize that cosplay makes me feel accomplished. If I take too long of a hiatus from it, I start to get lazy and then depressed, I even start to get low self-esteem. Even if I'm accomplishing other things, nothing makes me feel better about myself than getting everything I need for a cosplay together.
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Unread 05-24-2016, 08:08 AM   #11
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I love dressing up as the characters I love. I love when my friends see me or my pictures and say, "Wow! You look like a totally different person!"
I love the feeling of accomplishment after having made a costume or a prop. And I'm not gonna lie, when someone compliments my work and asks how I did it, I like the feeling of pride in explaining how I did it.
And while typically I do not like being in the spotlight, I do enjoy the attention I get while in cosplay.
I also like it when my non-cosplayer friends need help making a costume or prop for a party, and they come to me for help or advice. It makes me feel useful.
Overall, this hobby just makes me incredibly happy.
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Unread 05-24-2016, 01:38 PM   #12
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For me it's the building process. In the years I've been cosplaying I don't really have a lot of money or resources to pull on so it takes me a long time to get stuff done. But helping out my friends that's a different story. Most of them are older and well in a better financial situation then me and are able to pump out costumes faster and get access to some of the really fun stuff and I like making costumes with them. So I help them out a lot and along the way I learn new techniques, get new ideas and get a lot of experience all this with usually without the pressure of meeting a deadline cause I'm just working on a small part and as long as I get it done and on time I'm in the clear. So yeah I like the build process and it's very rewarding for me to see the reactions my friends get when they walk out in their finished costumes and all the compliments they get. Then I can confidently say hey hey I worked on that costume. See that shin armor? Yeah I helped put it together and sand. I did a lot of sanding on that armor. Don't get me wrong I love dressing up but when you're really tight budget and you gotta wait a while to get more materials it gets a little discouraging so in a way it's like I get to live out my dreams and fantasies through my friends and that I do enjoy a lot.
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Smile Yuna Face

When my friend told me that My classmate looks like Yuna, then My friend told me that I seems like my classmate that seems like Yuna~ XD N my my boss told me that I looks like Yuna too~ N im so happy because Yuna is my fav chara n I always to be like her~ <3
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Cosplaying has become a big part of my life, as I dedicated any time that I am not at work, working on cosplay.

I knit/crochet my cosplays and each character is usually a new type of outfit I've never made before, so it's really like training to me. It makes me realize what I'm capable of and that I could do better.

I wouldn't say I do it for attention since I get rather uncomfortable if too many strangers stop me, but it's nice if people say I did a great job. Then I know I succeeded.
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