Sunday, April 24, 2011

Cosplay Myths - BUSTED part 3

^Part 3!
Wow, there seems to be a lot of myths to bust, huh?
Can't be helped, I guess.
You can read more about the other installments of my blog on cosplay myths here and here.


Okay, let's get it on!




~Myth # 7: THE MORE PEOPLE WHO TAKE PICTURES OF YOU, THE BETTER YOU ARE AS A COSPLAYER.



Ok?


In my lurking sprees, I often see people who put down "there were a lot of people who took pictures of me" as their most favorite aspect for a certain cosplay of theirs.


In conventions, I have overheard people sighing because no one was taking pictures of them. True story.


I just want to ask, why are you so sad that no one took photos of you? Cosplay is not about the number of photos people took of you. If you are cosplaying because of the sheer love of the hobby or to pay tribute for your chosen character then the amount of people flocking over you would be irrelevant. 



Did you cosplay because you think it is the in thing and you didn't want to be left out?
Are you in it because you believe it will propel you to stardom?


Seriously, friend. I suggest that you sit down for a few minutes and do some reflecting. I understand that people's egos need to be satisfied. But if you really want to just have fun, meet friends who are into the same interest and show your fandom, then don't count people who take pictures of you.


There is no prize for the cosplayer with the most numbers of photos taken by strangers. If you stop thinking about it, then it is one less thing to worry about. And if you can't really accept the facts I've said then maybe cosplay isn't really for you, try to go for a go-see, maybe you'll have more luck as a model than a cosplayer. 


Hmmmmmm.... What I just said seems a bit harsh, sorry about that. But I hope it would help you think about it more.


If you still feel that cosplay is something that you'd like to be involved with, then try improving your cosplays more. Maybe that way your ego's hunger maybe satisfied then. 


But again: MORE PHOTOS IS NOT EQUALS TO YOUR WORTH AS A COSPLAYER. COSPLAY BECAUSE IT IS A HOBBY THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.


Intermission, Me as Luka with Krishinya as Galupo.
Photo by z3LL



~Myth # 8: YOU NEED A JAPANESE SOUNDING ALIAS TO BE A COSPLAYER.


This is can be seen by the surge of people who aren't exactly Japanese but have Japanese sounding names in facebook and in the local cosplay scene.


Some cosplayers have them, some don't. Some want their hobby to be discreet or just want their personal life separate. What ever the reason is, it is not necessary. What ever floats your boat, then go. But if you want to cosplay, you don't need to make up a Japanese sounding alias to do so.  


In fact, the really well known people in the cosplay scene have no qualms in using their real names. 


Again, if you want to then ok, but it is not really a requirement. :)






~Myth # 9: FEMALE COSPLAYERS MUST SHOW SKIN / BE SEXY TO BE GREAT AND BE NOTICED.


Tartar sauce!
There is absolutely no truth to this.


If the character requires it then go, just make sure to prepare yourself. Expect that there would be a lot of people especially men, to flock over you. I am not saying that everybody is a chanerobut best be careful.



Some female cosplayers don sexy costumes not because they like showing off their bodies but because of their love for the character. This is not always the case though.
My Sunako Nakahara cosplay, an intermission XD



If you are not comfortable with it, don't push it. Skin showing costumes usually entail sexy poses because of the sexiness of the character as well. At all costs, avoid being slutty, keep it PG 13 as conventions are more often than not public events where there is almost always a child or minors. 


If you're doing it to get noticed, here is something to ponder on, DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BE NOTICED FOR THE WRONG REASONS?


There is nothing wrong if you would compromise accuracy with decency.


"But my idol does sexy cosplays!" 
"So and So cosplayer always does slutty poses and lots of people take pictures of her! I wanna be like that,too!"




If you are a girl and still think that skin showing cosplays is the way to go, then ok. I've said my part, good luck to you and be careful.


And if you are a guy, a con goer or a photographer, please don't take these kind of cosplays as an invitation to invade a female cosplayers personal space.




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Whew!

Will there be more next time? >_< hahahaha
Anyway thanks for reading my thoughts on this and I do hope something struck your minds about me busting some cosplay myths and that something positive would stem from this.

Again, like what I always say, if I have offended some people, I do apologize.
This blog entry was not intended to hurt anyone but only to inform.



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thanks for reading!
 jaa! visit me again, ne!
     arigatou! (*^3^)/~






5 comments:

  1. for #7. so true! do they even think they'll be getting ALL those pictures from strangers back? buti nga if they knew a few of those who took their picture. *tsk*

    #8. IKR? i used to hav an anime alias, still do. but i use her name for inspiration, not for recognition. i rather ppl know me by my real name, so that ppl will know who I am, not my alias.

    #9. nuff said here sweetie *throws a cape to cover those under-aged poor girls*

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  2. #8 hits me right on the spot...

    during cons, I go by 2 or more names.. but for my closest friends, they prefer to call me by my real name..and yeah you are right some people (like myself) tends to do this to somehow separate my hobby to my personal life, but not that it matter much~~:)

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  3. @sese and hario: thanks su much! :heart:

    @katz (ninang)I just hope that this helps even a little bit, dami tlga kasing misinformed. tsk

    @crunchee: sorry, didnt mean to actually hurt any one, as i said, what ever floats your boat ^^

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