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43 Cosplayers plus one – What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?

1. Alana Owlet

Just go for it! There are no rules besides cosplay what you want to. Do your own thing, push yourself and have fun.

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2. JGCosplay

You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to try and have fun doing it!

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3. @tinycatkate

Whether you make your costume or buy it, look just like a character or nothing like them, have one million followers or one hundred on social media, none of that matters. What matters is that you’re having a good time.

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4. ChaosCapturedCosplay

How worth it can be. It’s hard work but very rewarding once you see the final product. It’s ok to buy costumes. Don’t listen to those who say it’s not. Everyone has their strong points and their weak points. Never be afraid to ask for help. Enjoy yourself. If you find that you’re stuck in a con crunch rut, step back and really focus on what made you start in the first place. Most of all, keep in mind that we’re all just dorks in costumes at the end of the day. Respect fellow cosplayers as you would anyone else and you’ll be fine.

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5. Swaggycosplayer

To have fun, create things your way and accept those that accept your cosplays. The cosplay world can be hectic if the wrong people come at you, don’t let them bring you down at all.

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6. Gearhead_alice

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING. <3

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7. Lil Panda

That they can cosplay what they want. Size, looks , race, gender and genre doesn’t matter. Do what you love and love what you do.

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8. Nozokum

I wish beginning cosplayers knew that it’s okay to get out of your comfort zone for cosplaying and meeting people at cons. Trying new things is what cosplay is about. If beginning cosplayers have previously seen me whether it be online or at other cons, it’s completely alright to talk to me and learn more about my cosplay. And ofc take pictures together.

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9. Luta Cosplay

I wish beginner cosplayers knew everything to know about contact lenses before they use them, I see too many people sharing lenses, not caring for them properly and other harmful things, id hate for anyone to lose their sight because of negligence when it could easily be prevented!

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10. Fedeowl Cosplay

All cosplayers should know that cosplay is hard work. Sleepless nights and work … lots of work but … it’s also gratification, satisfaction and friendship.

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11. Emily

Be more open at cons. I used to be shy when I started cosplaying. And the minute I opened up and welcomed people into my life, my cosplay-social life expanded. And now I have so many friends from all over the world, who loves what I do. As soon as you stop taking yourself so seriously in cosplay, the more fun you’ll have, and more welcoming you’ll be.

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12. La Femme Nagita

That other people aren’t judging the quality of your costumes. They really aren’t. People see a character they love and they don’t care if the costume is store-bought or made out of cardboard. They just love seeing their favorite characters come to life. So whatever your skill level is, just wear your cosplay with pride!

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13. Mutant Glue

You don’t have to be EXACTLY like the character. Meaning your skin color or your body type shouldn’t decide which characters YOU want to portray.

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14. Cosplay Tonya

Everyone has to start somewhere. Compare yourself just to yourself. Don’t get discouraged. Have fun!

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15. Tjeika

I think I need these kind of tips as well. But I would say: don’t do anything you don’t want your parents to see you doing. No nudity, no exaggerated sexiness. The internet never forgets.

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16. Rus S

Cosplayers should be aware and warned of sketchy practices in the community. There are many photographers and people that claim to be “cosplayers” but aren’t and solely use the industry to get attention for themselves and promote their business.
Photographers that just want sexy “booty” shots and upskirt/downblouse shots need to be isolated and word needs to spread about their lecherous practices. And not all fellow cosplayers are innocent, either. Many just use their “assets” to promote side businesses in soft core porn, selling topless shots on Patreon and Snapchat and sending their used panties along with lingerie pictures.
This is NOT what cosplay is about. Cosplay is not about prostituting yourself for likes and follows. Cosplay is for fans who want to show their appreciation for the community and share their love of the characters.

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17. Acrylick_spidey

Cosplay is for everyone it doesn’t matter if you don’t fit the part as long as you want to do it then go for it. As long as you’re doing what you love you’ll always have a good time

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18. Levigirlcosplay

It’s really fun! It will cost some time and money but it is worth it. You get the opportunity to be whoever you want and have fun. You aren’t gonna be as good as the people who have been doing it for years. Don’t get discouraged!!! Just keep practicing and ask for advice from others, it will really help.

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19. Dustin T. Dust Cosplay.

There’s no wrong way to cosplay. Let me say it one more time for the people in the back. There’s. No. Wrong. Way. To. Cosplay! People will tell you you’re doing it wrong or it isn’t good enough. Ignore them. We all started somewhere and no one just wakes up one day with the full knowledge of how to build a full suit of armor. Do your best and always push forward. Don’t compare your work to other people’s. If you can push yourself to do better each time that’s what’s important. Thankfully I had a very supportive group of friends and other cosplayers when I started and that made all the difference. Look for people who push you to succeed and ignore those who try to hold you back.

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20. CoserNaomi

Upgrade/traine your makeup skills and your cosplay. Do it slowly, slowly, and slowly until you get it what you want. Don’t be instant okayyy

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21. Katie_cant_cosplay

It’s hard but rewarding. It’s ok if you start slowly, it’s ok if you can’t go to conventions. It’s ok if you can’t do photoshoots, it’s all ok. You’ll get there!

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22. Rumplestilt_Seam Cosplay

Don’t let people define what you’re good at, or put you down for the things you’re not. Fine your niche and build on that. For example: I am great at machine sewing, but I can barely work Worbla; so I built on my sewing skills until I felt comfortable enough to move onto another skill. It wasn’t until this year I started Focusing on my makeup and wig styling skills. Not everyone is the same and everyone learns at different paces. It takes 10,000+ hours to become a master at something so don’t be hard on yourself if you’re not perfect on the first try.

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23. AlyMoon Cosplay

Research as much as you can, ask another cosplayer for tips, make sure you know how to handle wigs ! Also start small, do not begin with a very difficult cosplay !

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24. Lady Jupiter Cosplay

Know your limits. Don’t think you have to be the best..you are just starting..don’t out-do yourself.

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25. Judge Gene Hunt

How to sew

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26. Asozlezoa Cosplay

JUST DO IT
With this I mean, I often read people saying things like “I’ve never cosplayed before, can I do it?” “I can’t work with EVA foam (even though I never tried) what should I do?” “I can’t sew but I want this ballgown, what do I do?”
Saying “I can’t” is one of the reasons why you’re not doing it. I never said I couldn’t sow, I just borrowed my mom’s machine and tried some stuff out. Foam? I asked a friend to show me how to once (but you can easily find that on youtube now) and I started using it. You don’t know what you can or can’t do until you try and learn.

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27. Digital Surgeon Cosplay

Just how expensive it is, but also how much more confident it can make you.

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28. Miles Yagami Cosplay

Just have fun. Don’t worry about maybe not being as skilled as the person next to you. It’s not about who’s the best or who’s been doing it longer. If you’re doing something you love, you’re doing it right.

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29. Kryptonitefox

How welcoming the community of cosplay is. Even when I did my fall back costumes I felt supported. When I didn’t dress up but wanted pictures, I never felt like I was annoying anyone. And that no one expects perfection, that your attempt makes you a part of the community and deserving of the same awesome experience as someone that’s been doing this for years.

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30. Anthony P.

Being in costume and on your feet all day isn’t easy and can be very tiring, especially on hot days.

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31. LooneyLune

Take your time. You’re not going to be amazing right off the bat. The biggest mistake you can make is comparing yourself to more experienced cosplayers. You can only do your best, so don’t bring yourself down by comparing yourself to other cosplays.
As well, cosplay isn’t a completion. Don’t try and make it competitive. We’re all here to have fun. It’s not about who has the most fans or likes or who is better, it’s about having fun and expressing yourself.

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32. Tastina Cosplay

You don’t have to build the perfect cosplays! And, cosplay isn’t as important as your life. Many people can’t understand this. If you don’t have time / money, then don’t to a new cosplay every month.

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33. Jasmine A.

This is something every beginner should know, (I wish I knew that too), that you can cosplay any characters you like irrespective of the color, weight or gender. Cosplaying should be for fun (competitions are a whole different thing) but you should not be afraid of cosplaying any character because of the fear of being shamed or laughed at.

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34. Locus Fabrications

You WILL fail, and that’s perfectly normal. What you need to do is learn from your mistakes. Look at what you are trying to achieve, assess your work, see where you went wrong, and find out how to fix your mistake. It all comes down to practice. Watch as many youtube tutorials as you can and PRACTICE. That way when you get around to a project, you’ll know what to do. And if you know how to do something RIGHT, you’ll know how NOT to do it WRONG. I see a lot of people jump headfirst into a project without really understanding what they are doing, and without feedback and reference, they’ll just soldier on regardless of mistakes they make and it’ll either cause them problems down the line, or the end result will be not as good as it can be. A sense of self-assessment is absolutely, utterly necessary, If you can’t spot mistakes in your work, if you can’t see where you can improve, then you’re doing it wrong and your skill just wont grow. It sounds harsh, but unfortunately it’s true.

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35. Madi Barnicoat

Enjoy yourself and don’t compare yourself to the cosplayers around you! If you are wandering around a con one you see someone cosplaying the same character as you and it is completely screen accurate, the makeup is out of this world with all sorts of SFX and lights in their costume and you have a costume for a £20 budget you are no better or worse than them. I can guarantee you that person is not a newbie and has been doing this for a long long time! And if you are wanting to take cosplay seriously, fame, well, it does not come overnight! It takes hard work to get there but if you have the drive and it it is what you really what to do then you will get there!

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36. Shannon from Diamonds and Dynamite Cosplay

You don’t need to have the perfect wig, you don’t need to spend hundreds to get the right costume, you don’t even need to look or act like the character. As long as you have fun while doing so and make friends along the way, then you are a cosplayer. As well as this – cosplay any character you see fit. It doesn’t matter if people say it is over-done, or tacky, or even if people don’t know what the character is. Do it! Do what makes you happy!

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37. YOKO X AOI Cosplay

Surround yourself with supportive & positive people, and you will learn faster in cosplay-making or make improvements than those who don’t.

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38. WhiscashGirl

That you can cosplay anyone or anything you want to, no matter your age, race, size, shape, gender or anything else, or whether you choose to buy or make your cosplays. There’s no “right” way to cosplay – it’s about having fun and celebrating the things you love, so I would absolutely encourage anyone thinking about cosplaying just to go for it, hopefully you’ll have so much fun you’ll forget to worry about how you look!

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39. Jessica

Be yourself, it doesn’t matter if you wear cat ears and tail if you have fun then go for it. I think sometimes for new cosplayers like myself we get caught up in the talent of senior cosplayers and want to be like them but it takes times. My first convention I went to, I cosplayed as Boris from Alice in the Country of Hearts, I made my tail out of an old scarf. I may not have looked professional but I sure had a fun time. Be happy, be yourself and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t cosplay.

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40. Negan

You’re going to mess up, it’s inevitable. Even when you think you’ve done everything right. Don’t get frustrated just appreciate the process.

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41. Kitten Kaboodle Cosplay

Take your time. Build your skills. Make mistakes & learn from them. ALWAYS BUILD A MOCK UP.
Also don’t be afraid to ask for help, take some courses, read ALL THE TUTORIALS. and keep practicing! I still do sewing excersizes to this day. You always have room to grow!

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42. BriiMassacre

Lace front wigs are the best things you can ever buy, trust me! Also, that no matter how much effort you put into a costume, and no matter how incredible it looks, there will always be someone telling you it’s shit. Ignore them, keep your head up, and carry on being incredible, you got this!!

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43. Shryecosplay

There is only one simple rule: feel comfy with your cosplay…(that includes the shoes, too.)

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Plus one – ME!

I wish I had started years ago. The best thing you can do as a cosplayer is realize we all love people admiring our costumes. So reach out. Tell someone you like their stuff. And realize that no matter how crappy you think yours is, the person telling you you did a great job genuinely means it.

Your cosplays will rarely be good enough, but learn that that is part of the fun, always getting better, and you will have a BLAST!

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