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29 Oct 2013 - 21:36108642
Advice for masquerade first timer
Hello! Ever since I started co splaying I've wanted to enter the masquerade but never had a chance to because of travelling situations ect. However now I think I will be able too soon and I was wondering if anyone had any good advice on what to do and how to plan/get ready for one. I know there are a few types and I'm not sure which I want to enter either.
Any advice would be really useful, thanks!!

29 Oct 2013 - 21:42108643
My biggest piece of advice would be to enjoy it! You are correct in saying that Masquerades come in a variety of shapes and sizes but they are just a good excuse to show off a cosplay And people go to see the cosplayers. So enjoy it.

On a more technical side make sure you have at least 3 poses prepared and try practicing then in front of the mirror, to see how they look. It's also good if you character has a specific walk to practice that as it will really add to your masquerade entry. Also don't rush. Try and count 10 seconds in your head at each posing point. Your counting will probably come in a little short but it's always better to see a cosplayer who held their poses for ample time then one that ran through their masquerade walk.

Best of luck It can seem nerve wrecking but it is fun Which is probably why we get so addicted to doing them

29 Oct 2013 - 22:02108644
Have some kind of plan for what you're doing on stage. Have poses planned, make sure you hold each pose for a few seconds (count to 5 in your head) or you just end up a blur for the photographers.

But seriously, feed off the energy of the crowd ^_^ Enjoy it and love it!

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29 Oct 2013 - 22:03108645
There’s a lot of good advice in this thread (from when I was planning my first masquerade entry):


29 Oct 2013 - 23:32108649
Thanks for all of the advice everyone! I defiantly feel better about the idea as a whole now. I'm going to spend the next few weeks planning a routine and getting some good progress photographs. Thanks!

30 Oct 2013 - 20:20108679
Also, how far do they stress the self-madeness of the costume? Can I say buy a belt and then built details upon it or is that seriously not aloud?

30 Oct 2013 - 21:21108685
You would need to check the specific rules for the masquerade that you are entering but I believe the MCM ones allow you to have small off the shelf items as long as they are not specifically designed for that particular cosplay and are not a major part of the costume. Larger off the shelf items would have to be heavily modified before they are eligible for entering the masquerade. However, costumes for performance entries can be off the shelf at MCM events.

I only have experience of one masquerade though so hopefully some more experiences masqueraders can confirm or correct this information.

30 Oct 2013 - 21:35108686
That's basically the case- MCM rules say that your costume must be mostly homemade, apart from things like shoes. A belt you have modded should be okay, as long as you have bits you've made yourself. Every masquerade has it's own rules and some do allow completely shop bought costumes. Check the individual con's rules.

30 Oct 2013 - 22:58108689
Thanks guys! I've made everything else so I should be okay. Going to apply when I have decided which day I'm going.

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