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Unread 11-10-2013, 12:46 PM   #1
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What do you get out of cosplaying?

Hello everyone! As a brand new cosplayer, I'd like to gauge your opinions about the subject.

When you cosplay for conventions or other events, what do you get out of it? Why do you enjoy dressing up other than the fact that you love the character?

For me, what I get out of cosplaying is the feeling of connection between myself and other like-minded fans. I love it when people make references to the character I dress up as, even when they're yelling out insults like "Shorty!" because it's all for fun and in reference to the show. The fact that I get to retaliate by acting angry (as Edward does in the series) is also something I enjoy, and I get to make people laugh while doing it. I'm not one of those attention-craving types, but I love to entertain people, and I realize that I get to use cosplaying as a platform for entertainment.
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Unread 11-13-2013, 03:40 AM   #2
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I love how cosplaying is a platform for me to talk to people I wouldn't usually talk to, and to be more confident in myself.

I'll admit that I also like the admiration from friends, it feels really good to put time into something and have people other than myself appreciate it
I'm lucky that most people I know think it's cool that I cosplay
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Unread 11-13-2013, 10:37 AM   #3
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Agreeing with Star in her post's entirety.

I've noticed that usually, geeks, nerds, cosplayers, etc. are kind of a different social group in a lot of ways; mainly that they're easy to talk to and I don't feel uncomfortable around other geeks -- and that's rare for me. The "cosplay world" is one of the few places where I feel like I can strike up a casual conversation with anybody, and the likelihood of getting blown off is slim to none. I feel that the majority of the stereotype is actually quite aptly categorized...friendly, accepting, and yet honest people.

I think I also get a sense of self-importance from cosplay. I don't cosplay because I want attention (and I believe my list of costumes which were chosen because I like the characters reflect that) but I DO enjoy the, "Wow, great costume!" or the, "You're an awesome cosplayer!" every now and then, which almost circles back to my point about geeks bring friendly...sure, I may be jealous of someone's costume or vice versa, but I feel that that jealousy is more likely to be expressed in the form of, "Man, I really wish I had that kind of skill!" rather than spite, and that's kind of what cosplay is all about for me.

Sorry for the speech...
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Unread 11-13-2013, 02:48 PM   #4
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There's already a thread or three about this. Why not try adding to a thread that's already there instead of cluttering up the forum?
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Unread 11-13-2013, 04:26 PM   #5
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Agreed with OP. It's a lot of fun to react and interact in character. I love seeing how far I can get while staying in character before I kinda just give up. Usually I am able to remain in character for a pretty long period of time, but sometimes the person I am talking to will say something ridiculous and then I kinda just give up.

I also just love being in costume in general. I love dressing up, and have loved dressing up since I was a little kid, so I love that I can be in costume year round.

I also have to admit that I enjoy the praise that I get when I am out in costume. A lot of the times I get many comments about how detailed or accurate my costume is and that makes me feel pretty good, someone even once made a passing comment like "Oh wow, that's the real Jack Sparrow! That's so legit!" and that made me feel pretty awesome since I really try to get my costumes to be as screen accurate as possible.
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Unread 11-13-2013, 07:05 PM   #6
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I've gotten many things from the hobby, but the number one thing I can think of that I gained through it has be to confidence. Weird, right? It's how I am though. With cosplay I was able to escape my shell, and try to interact with other people. Receiving wonderful reactions from strangers, gaining a friend, having a goal besides trying to reach someone's shadow. This hobby has just made me and I'm always happy when given the chance to show any friends my life.
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Unread 11-13-2013, 07:33 PM   #7
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I've gained confidence as well! I love it when people compliment me or take my picture. If it wasn't for cosplay I wouldn't have met some of my best friends either.
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Unread 11-13-2013, 07:48 PM   #8
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I like to make Things while watching Netflix.

It's a good outlet for my love of obsessive research and attention to unnecessarily small details.

I'm really boring, I know. :P
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Unread 11-13-2013, 07:50 PM   #9
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I see it as a test of my craftsmanship skills. I like to challenge myself, but I often find myself in over my head. That doesn't change the fact that I learned awesome stuff along the way though! Selfish/arrogant as it may sound, I take pride in my ability to create, and it makes me feel really good to hear people complement my work.

Also, it's a great way to meet new people interested in the same stuff you are. Someone can come up to me and say, "Hey! I see you know TF2!" when I'm dressed as the Engineer, and we can exchange fandom inside jokes and stuff. It's a good feeling to know you've contributed to someone's day positively. ^^
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Unread 11-13-2013, 08:08 PM   #10
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It inspires me to be better. If it weren't for cosplay I likely never would have bothered to teach myself mediocre sewing skills or how to dye fabric or modify shoes or make prop weapons. It's given me a new creation-oriented skill set and I appreciate that very much.

I also love the positive feedback I get for my cosplays. I won't pretend I don't love attention. I love it very much, and I love all the positive attention I get when I go out to a con in cosplay. I thrive on people asking for my picture and complimenting my costumes. It makes me so happy when people comment on my costumes on here giving them nice feedback, and that's another reason I love cosplay. It gives me an outlet to create things and receive POSITIVE attention for them rather than me acting impulsively and doing things for any kind of attention, be it positive or negative.

On top of all that, it's a great way to bond with your friends and to make new friends! I've met some great friends through cosplay and it's crazy to think that if I hadn't decided to be a nerd in a wig I never would have met these awesome people.

Cosplay has improved my quality of living and I wouldn't have it any other way.
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Unread 11-13-2013, 08:21 PM   #11
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I get to meet great people and make something I take pride in.
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Unread 11-13-2013, 10:06 PM   #12
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As a member of the 501st I cosplay to help different charities raise money and awareness of their cause.
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Unread 11-13-2013, 11:09 PM   #13
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New skills
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Unread 11-13-2013, 11:17 PM   #14
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The satisfaction that I can bring my favorite characters to life. That and learning new ways to make stuff.
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Unread 11-13-2013, 11:21 PM   #15
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Being poor...not really but:
  • Creative outlet
  • Enjoyment
  • Socializing and the chance to meet new friends
  • A reason to get out of the house
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  • A hobby to replace ones I've outgrown
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