The world of cosplaying can be fun and magnificent. It can also be scary and harsh. Kristian and I have recently begun our journey into the world of cosplay. We had no idea where to start or what to be. Naturally, we began simple and easy. We threw together simple clothes to create a cosplay. We decided on Hogwarts student from the Harry Potter franchise. So we bought dress clothes and Hogwarts house accessories. As we got deeper into cosplaying, I wanted to create a simple guide on how to start cosplaying. Keep in mind, this is not the end all be all guide on how to be successful at cosplaying. This is not meant for the seasoned cosplayer. This is meant for people who have never cosplayed before and want to start. DISCLAIMER: First time cosplayers will likely not have the best possible cosplay. It takes time and a lot of effort to cosplay. Trial and error is key for cosplay. Don't let this stop you from exploring the wonderful world of cosplay.
Step one: Plan your cosplay
Come up with an idea of who you want to cosplay as. This is easy enough, but there are small details that you may not think of. For instance, you need to plan out your cosplay far in advance of the event you intend on attending. "Why?" you may ask. Well, my first and second time cosplaying were both last minute cosplay. This resulted in the end product being rushed. It did not quite turn out how I wanted it to. I rush ordered stuff online and ended up with cheap material and props I did not intend to end up with. There is a strong advantage of planning ahead. If the cosplay isn't how you want it to be, you have time to adjust or return items for new.
Step two: Commit
Committing to one cosplay at a time is very important. I know this from experience as well. Being undecided about the character you want to bring to life and portray can hinder your final product. I think it helps that you choose a character you know and love. Don't let others choose for you.
Step three: Experiment
This step will go hand in hand with the first step. Trying out different designs, props, and materials will help you find the right combination for your best experience. Many people go through a phase of cosplaying with hideous costumes made of cardboard and ductape. Don't let one bad cosplay stop you from trying. Something you may want to try is a material called E.V.A foam. Look on YouTube for tutorials.
Step four: Model
This step is exactly what it says. Find friends and family that can be honest with you and give you creative and constructive criticism. This can be a great way to gauge how well you have done on a cosplay. It can also help you in creating the best cosplay possible. Some one else can give a different perspective. Such as telling you something to add or subtract to your costume to make it better.
Step five: Finalize
You will want to be done with your cosplay a couple of weeks in advance. Try it on a bunch to make sure you have the proper fitting for your costume and optimal comfort. Remember you are the one who will have to be in this costume all day. You want to make sure you have a little bit of leeway if a last minute adjustment is needed.
I hope this beginners guide was helpful. I wish I had something like this when I began cosplaying. I am still new to it all and still learning. Like I previously stated, this is not the end all be all guide. if you have suggestions on steps I may have missed please leave it in the comments below. You may be wondering what the benefit of cosplaying is. I believe it connects you with the con experience even more. I have been attending cons for a while now and I can't believe I was not cosplaying the whole time. It changed everything. The environment is completely different when you are on the end of people complimenting your cosplay and asking for pictures. With that being stated I am going to wrap this up by telling everyone to get out there and cosplay and dont be afraid and STAYYYYYY NERDDDDYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!