10. What has your experience been like sharing your cosplay online?
It has its ups and downs.
On the one hand, I get to build a community of people who may have also been yearning for freedom from the shackles of a normal life. I get to inspire people with my stories and learn wonderful things about cosplay and nerd culture. Sharing my cosplay gives me the ability to introduce people to the world of cosplay.
It’s a fun community with many sides and many stories.
On the other hand, there are a few that try to push the envelope and ask things that are uncomfortable. I’ve been asked by certain people to be more provocative or to pose more seductively than what is comfortable.
Fortunately, I’ve learned how to stand my ground while still being positive.
11. Do you have any advice for aspiring cosplayers considering sharing their cosplay online?
A) There are different styles of cosplay!
There’s the “screen-accurate” style, where the cosplay is as close to the original as possible.
There are the “mash-up” varieties, where the cosplay can be adapted to a new style, like steampunk and such.
There is also the boudoir style, where the cosplay can be provocative.
B) ***Not all cosplay is boudoir!!!***
I often get told that I have to do lewd poses in order to be a real cosplayer.
That is not the case!
Once someone exposes their body online, it’s on there for good.
There are people who choose to pose in such ways, and it’s beautiful.
But that is their choice. Not a requirement.
C) Success is never instant.
It takes time and dedication to be successful.
D) Take the dive.
Like the saying goes, “you miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.”
CREDITS: @portraits.n.cosplay took the photos of Zatanna and the belle dress. @kidscancosplay took the pictures of Wonder Woman. Kurisu (the red head), Slave Leia, and Morty were from personal collection.