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Unread 04-08-2015, 09:57 AM   #1
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Why do you cosplay?

Curious why other people cosplay?
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Unread 04-08-2015, 10:09 AM   #2
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Gosh, this is a hard question for me. Bear with me as I just started cosplaying only recently.

Not trying to create a sob story, but I have been suffering with anxiety all my life and it has recently been unbearable. For the last year or so, I felt lost and constantly unsure of myself as a person. What I want to do with my life, where I see my career going, etc. Cosplay has been kind of making me feel better about everything. I don't see it as a career completely, but I see it as something I can express myself with and have fun, which I can't really do in my professional life. It helps me step back from who I normally am and become someone different. It helps me learn new skills to improve myself and keep myself distracted from the swirling thoughts in my head.

A tiny percentage of it is also because I kind of like the attention and I'm not afraid to admit that. I like when people ask to take pictures of me, as long as they're respectful. I like doing photoshoots with my talented photographer boyfriend and sharing them on my social media sites. I love showcasing my progress on cosplays and getting feedback.

So those are the reasons why I cosplay. They may change, but I will enjoy it no matter what!
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Unread 04-08-2015, 10:16 AM   #3
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I like to make costumes and props from TV, anime and movies. Also like to go to conventions, which I really never did until a couple of years ago..now I am going to 9 this year...
Convention 2015
Cosplay America
Florence comic con

Costumes Completed
Rock & Benny Black Lagoon
Sir Integra Hellsing(rule 63) & Hellsing Merc
Mina Hazuki (rule 63) Darker than Black 2 & Black Reaper Darker Than Black 1-2
Zwei---Phantom of Inferno
Star Gate SG-1
Soul Eater--Spirit
MHI "Lizard Hunters", "Los Alamos" Branch MHI
MCB agent/operator
Desert Punk
Welcome to Night Vale Boy scout
Resident Evil--UMBRELLA scientist
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Unread 04-08-2015, 12:04 PM   #4
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Mostly because I like to bring my favourite characters to life, and challenge myself with new crafting projects. I love being in costume; it's why I LARP as well xD

And like Destinyamber said, a small part of it is the attention. Anyone who says otherwise is probably lying lol I honestly just love being in photoshoots and posing for photos, so cosplay is a great way to do that. And I must admit, it feels really good when someone compliments your hard work. I take pride in the things I make, and having my efforts appreciated is a really nice feeling.

Overall, it really boils down to having fun xD
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Unread 04-08-2015, 01:36 PM   #5
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I cosplay because it is fun, fun, fun!
Going to conventions gives me a wonderful way to break out of the normality of my every day life which is most definitely needed for me.
And to be totally honest, I do it for the attention that it may get me as well because I know the compliments and feeling so included will help my self-esteem greatly, which, again, is definitely needed for me.

Though, at the end of the day, I cosplay because I absolutely just love the craft! (Making friends is also a plus as well!)
While there is cosplay drama, I still love being able to say that I am apart of the community.
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Unread 04-08-2015, 02:05 PM   #6
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I love the social aspect of it. People get so excited to see someone in a cosplay they like! It creates an excuse to talk/interact with complete strangers!
What fools these mortals be!
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Unread 04-08-2015, 02:24 PM   #7
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I like the attention. Even though I get a little anxious before a con, I really like getting the compliments and having my picture taken. I mean, I'd probably cosplay even if picture-taking was for some reason a no-no because I love sewing and making things, and cosplay is a fun challenge with a great reward.

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Unread 04-08-2015, 07:31 PM   #8
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I love to make and wear weird, fancy clothes, and I love attention and praise. Cosplay's perfect!
Workin' on:
Tom Petty [Final Fantasy XV] (9%)
Bondage Finch [Bondage Finch Adventures] (12%)
Your Mother [Debbie Does Dallas XXIII] (8%)
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Unread 04-08-2015, 07:45 PM   #9
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hmm honestly I never thought of this. I guess I do it bc its fun and I guess it helps relieves stress when you are fully done and just wanna go cosplay somewhere etc idk lol
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Unread 04-08-2015, 07:47 PM   #10
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Honest to god I have no idea. Force of habit?
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Unread 04-08-2015, 08:02 PM   #11
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It started as a family thing, now I do it because I like making costumes and getting all the attention.
Current project(s): Ciel Phantomhive (Kuroshitsuji) | Lana (Hyrule Warriors)
Completed Costumes: Princess Mercury (Sailor Moon) | Zelos Wilder (Tales of Symphonia)
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Unread 04-08-2015, 08:17 PM   #12
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I like cosplay cause it's fun! I get to be with friends and celebrate the characters I love. And because it's good for my social anxiety.
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Unread 04-08-2015, 08:40 PM   #13
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It's fun, fun, fun. I actually get to be something really cool for a day a couple times each year. I can make cool stuff. I can see cool costumes at conventions. I can go to cool events and panels.
Making humble, cute Pokémon gijinkas. <3

~ " don't judge other cosplayers, 'cause in the end we all look silly wearing wig caps " :3 ~

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Unread 04-08-2015, 10:47 PM   #14
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I like to cosplay just because I love putting myself in someone else's shoes! I guess...it's a little hard to explain. I just really like being dressed up in costume, and being able to make someone's day by being a character just puts the icing on the cake!
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Holo (Spice and Wolf) - 0%
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Unread 04-08-2015, 11:39 PM   #15
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In all honesty it was seeing all the awesome things people where making... I've always been kinda artsy and I needed a way to express myself so I figured why not try it. And I honestly have really enjoyed myself
Next convention: I have no idea yet
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