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Unread 02-16-2013, 02:59 AM   #1
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Acting like the character

This just kinda popped into my head, but I will sometimes hear cosplayers say "you have to act like the character you cosplay". But I was thinking, and probably most of the time I dont act like the character when im cosplaying. I was wondering does that make me a bad cosplayer? And do you consider acting as the character part of the cosplay?
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Unread 02-16-2013, 03:15 AM   #2
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There's no obligation to act as a character, so it doesn't make you a bad cosplayer. After all, cosplaying is a hobby which you take to please yourself, and not others. It's like art--no one expects everyone to continuously use pencil and ink.

Cosplaying and role-playing are different in my opinion. If someone came up to you expecting you to play along and you're able to, then that's great. If not, don't bother bringing yourself down. There's nothing wrong with cosplaying only.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 01:31 PM   #3
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It's probably a good idea for the camera when someone takes a pic, but that doesn't mean you necessarily have to, most of my favorite cosplayers sometimes don't act like the characters.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 02:07 PM   #4
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I agree if someone is taking a picture acting like the character is a good idea
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Unread 02-16-2013, 02:25 PM   #5
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Unread 02-16-2013, 09:10 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Lithium Flower View Post
Cosplay: The hobby where everyone tells each other the right way to wear spandex
And that way is by putting the right leg in first, then the left leg. Just a btdubs.

I don't think you need too. I often do when interacting with someone who likes my costume, especially if the character is someone who acts totally different than I normally do. But you don't need too.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 10:57 PM   #7
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Eh, it's FUN, but not NESSISARY..
If you allow someone to shoot video of you in cosplay, then yea, that seems like a good time to act like the character, or even try for the voice if you wanna take it the extra mile (like I would). Then pics obviously all you need is a character pose which is a tad different then completely acting like the character. I think what those people you mentioned are talking about, is being in character the entire time you're in costume, which is rediculous..
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Unread 03-29-2013, 12:58 AM   #8
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I only ever get into character when I'm talking to a stranger who's a fan of the character or when I'm getting photos taken.
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Unread 03-30-2013, 09:51 AM   #9
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I just practice situational awareness.

If it makes sense, okay, but if it doesn't - it doesn't.

Someone who is asking you seriously what fabric you used doesn't want to hear about how you went to your grandfather's farm and sheared sheep and spun it and dyed it with the blood or your enemies unless you're really a badass and it that in real life to make your costume and oops you have to go because the police are coming because that whole 'blood of your enemies' thing.
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Unread 03-30-2013, 11:08 AM   #10
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No, generally, the only time I act in-character is for pictures. I'd rather meet NEW people than meet their interpretation of the character. I find people constantly in-character to be kind of annoying.

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And that way is by putting the right leg in first, then the left leg. Just a btdubs.
I'd add avoiding Camel Toe and showing the entire world every last detail of your junk to that, but sure.
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Unread 03-30-2013, 04:59 PM   #12
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It's an artistic/acting choice that's neither good nor bad. If you're more of a performer, like me, you probably will act like the character just because it's fun to be someone else for a while.
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Unread 03-30-2013, 05:15 PM   #13
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Well, for pictures, yes, pose like your character. That's really just common sense..same for videos, act like your character during a video or..you just look like a dummy in a costume, really.

For fans who come up to me going "OMG [character name]!", I'll respond as said character..but if they come up to me going "OMG you're a great [character name]!" I'll respond with a thank you as my normal self.

Usually I'll stay in character during photoshoots so I don't slip up and do a derp face or anything, but it really depends who's talking to me and how they're addressing me and talking to me.

I'm naturally an actor though, so sometimes I'll get in 'character moods' and act like a character without even having started them. I got in a serious Grell mood last night for the first time in months..and it's still kind of going on. xD
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Unread 03-30-2013, 05:15 PM   #14
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Imho, you should try to act in-character for photos. After all it's cosPLAY not cosWEAR. But as for the rest of the day, it's fine to act how you want to act. But people who are actually in-character outside of photos are just damn cool
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Unread 03-30-2013, 05:22 PM   #15
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As others have said, it's really not an obligation. Personally I think it's fun, though I've never done it the whole time, just slipped in and out of character depending on the situation.

It could help if you want to minimize unfortunate snap shots floating around from people who didn't ask to take a picture/for pictures where you're in the background, but that (aside from "just for fun") is the only reason I could think of.
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