Fictional Fridays #13 – Cosplay 101


Since I’ll be starting a cosplay series, in which I’ll cover a costume of mine that I’ve done in the past, I figured I’d write a Fictional Fridays as a introduction to what cosplay is all about. Remember, I’m making Fictional Fridays bi-weekly now, so there won’t be one next week!

Anyways, this week I’m going to give you an introduction to cosplay and how it fits into my life. I started cosplaying back in high school with Sarah. At first my mom helped a lot with creating my costumes with me, but now a days I do everything myself (except some prop work that my dad helps with!) Cosplay has been one of the most helpful activities that I’ve ever taken on. As someone who is very introverted it is my only hobby that puts me smack in the middle of groups of people. It’s my most social activity. It’s made me a lot of amazing friends from all over the country and has really helped me to open up and share my passions with other people. 
Not only has it helped me socially, but it’s also taught me a lot about sewing, pattern making, painting, crafting, and how to successfully get stitches after injuring yourself with a boxcutter. Which, was another experience that I never thought would happen, so, thank you cosplay, for helping me get over a lot of anxieties! 

So, I started cosplaying in 2008 (or roundabouts) and I’m still doing it today, although, not as much, since I have other responsibilities to take care of daily. Since I started I’ve made upwards of 20+ costumes!!!! I went from a girl who could only sew a pillow case to being someone who can make an entire costume from patterns I cut out of tracing paper. If that’s not amazing progress, I don’t know what is. Along with that, I also went from being a shy girl who wasn’t good at making new friends, to going to huge conventions where I talked with, palled around with, and became good friends with people that I otherwise would have never had the pleasure of meeting. 
I know that, like any growing community. There is a lot of drama. People put down others and there are always debates growing, especially between photographers and cosplayers. But, as I mentioned in the fandom post I made last week, I stay out of the main cosplay community. I have my cosplay friends and we are our own little group, and that’s what makes it really fun! 
I have a convention coming up in April that I’m planning a new costume for and I’m really excited! I’m going to be starting to sew it soon, while also teaching one of my coworkers how to sew, which is awesome! Cosplay has opened so many doors for me, I even brought it up in an interview once and it got me a job offer. Crafting is a marketable skill! 
(I’m saving the pictures of me in costume to show you in the first costume feature! Look forward to it!) 
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By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!

  • Kay

    I can't wait to see the finished product! I have such respect for cosplayers…both in the confidence to attend conventions and the craft and skill it takes to put costumes together. I think the prop making would be my favorite part!