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12 Nov 2013 - 22:19109062
Cosplay Questions?
Hey, random request, but I'm writing a paper for a college course on Cosplaying and I was hoping some cosplayers on this forum could answer a few questions:

1. Why do you Cosplay?

2. Is there a professional reason behind why you cosplay? What I mean is, is there some part of Cosplay that relates to your job or the job you want to get in the future.

3. Do you believe that gender or race has an effect on Cosplay or it's something that transcends these things?


12 Nov 2013 - 22:37109063
1) I cosplay as it is fun, my favourite hobby, allows me to be confident and meet new people. I found some of my closest friends through cosplay!
2) Nope, I just do it for fun!
3)I don't, as a crossplayer myself I believe that people can cosplay who they want 99 times out of 100 without being judged by other cosplayers.


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14 Nov 2013 - 21:53109101
1.I enjoy it, it's fun and it gives me the opportunity to meet and socialise with other cosplayers

2.No, it's just something I do for fun

3.No, I believe that you can cosplay anyone regardless of gender and race


14 Nov 2013 - 22:37109105
1. Why do you Cosplay?

To have fun and meet like-minded people and to show my love for my favorite series. I also enjoy the challenges in creating new costumes.

2. Is there a professional reason behind why you cosplay? What I mean is, is there some part of Cosplay that relates to your job or the job you want to get in the future.

No.

3. Do you believe that gender or race has an effect on Cosplay or it's something that transcends these things?

Should it? No. Does it? Yes, absolutely. Male to female crossplayers still receive flak for going against gender norms. Although I believe they are in the minority there are always those who will criticise people for not being the "correct" race to cosplay certain characters. Thankfully there are many who will stand up for the rights of people to cosplay what they want. There also is the ongoing argument about how much its okay to try and alter your skintone for cosplay, which I'm not really going to go in to as that could take forever.


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15 Nov 2013 - 11:39109110
I'm always willing to talk about my favourite subjet - me

1. Why do you Cosplay?
Loads of reasons! I like to show my love for my favourite characters/games/shows. Dressing up is fun. I like the challenge of totally changing my appearence (always amusing when I show my mum the photos and she has to ask that it's actually me XD). A costume is a mask that allows me to relax and let my guard down. It's nice to have my efforts appreciated and complimented. And I get to be something I'm not (or can't been seen to be normally) for a few hours.

2. Is there a professional reason behind why you cosplay? What I mean is, is there some part of Cosplay that relates to your job or the job you want to get in the future.

Absolutely none at all.

3. Do you believe that gender or race has an effect on Cosplay or it's something that transcends these things?

The real issue with race is the serious lack of good role models for non-white and non-Japanese cosplayers. As for gender, it would be nice for more physical variety in female characters. I know there are characters that aren't slim, pretty and busty, but it's fairly limiting if you want to play a character you identify with.

Personally I say cosplay the characters you love regardless of if you "suit them". I'm male, old and heavy-set, but I regularly crossplay as female characters. And not in a jokey way. I try my best with shapewear, makeup and wigs to create the most convinving illusion I can


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15 Nov 2013 - 14:46109113
1. Why do you Cosplay?
I view cosplay as a form of art, and I take great enjoyment in expressing myself through it.

2. Is there a professional reason behind why you cosplay? What I mean is, is there some part of Cosplay that relates to your job or the job you want to get in the future.
At the moment, it's purely a hobby - but in the near future, I hope to incorporate it into a business. I'm currently studying textiles to help achieve my goal.

3. Do you believe that gender or race has an effect on Cosplay or it's something that transcends these things?
I believe - overall - that people should cosplay whoever they want to cosplay, and that they're awesome for doing so. Unfortunately though, yes, gender and race does have an effect, as we still live in a time where people can be very harsh and judgmental. I just hope that one day, people will open their eyes a little wider, and stop being so close-minded.


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16 Nov 2013 - 22:39109131
1) It's fun, and it gives me a chance to do other things

2) Nope, none at all

3) I personally like being perfect, or as close as I can. However when I see a good translation, I respect it, as it takes equally as many skills to be creative as it does to mirror


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They call me Daddy Toby cos I dance like an old man
17 Nov 2013 - 20:00109146
1. Why do you Cosplay?
Because I like making things. And it's a good ice breaker.

2. Is there a professional reason behind why you cosplay? What I mean is, is there some part of Cosplay that relates to your job or the job you want to get in the future.
I'm taking a prop-making degree, which is an attempt to do similar for a career. Without cosplay I probably wouldn't have been accepted on the course.

3. Do you believe that gender or race has an effect on Cosplay or it's something that transcends these things?
That's a tumblr-tastic question. But cosplay has no rules. I cosplay things that adhere to my body type because it's my personal preference, but each to their own.


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21 Nov 2013 - 15:28109221
1. Why do you Cosplay?
Its fun and allows me to be creative. I also enjoy stepping away from myself for a while. I get to play roles that I don't get to do.

2. Is there a professional reason behind why you cosplay? What I mean is, is there some part of Cosplay that relates to your job or the job you want to get in the future.

To begin with, no. I then found myself getting work through theatres where I got to explore costuming as a career. I have since launched my own costume commissions.

3. Do you believe that gender or race has an effect on Cosplay or it's something that transcends these things?

I would like to think that it doesn't have an impact on cosplay but sadly it does. Personally, I think cosplay can be for everyone regardless of race or gender. Sadly, society has trained us to mock what is different so there are certain aspects that are still being mocked. For example. a female to male crossplayer is quite accepted. A male to female crossplayer isn't accepted as much. I hope that does change as I don't see why it should be a problem.


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Last edited by Sephirayne (21 Nov 2013 - 15:29)
29 Dec 2013 - 01:15109877
Cosplay Questions? Reply
Quote TurrinB:
Hey, random request, but I'm writing a paper for a college course on Cosplaying and I was hoping some cosplayers on this forum could answer a few questions:


1. Why do you Cosplay? I Cosplay because it is one of my favourite hobbies to both create and do.

2. Is there a professional reason behind why you cosplay? What I mean is, is there some part of Cosplay that relates to your job or the job you want to get in the future. Now, there isn't a professional reason behind why I Cosplay. However, in the future, I would love it if somehow my degree got me a job that relates to Cosplay.

3. Do you believe that gender or race has an effect on Cosplay or it's something that transcends these things? Personally, I believe Cosplay transcends these things, gender or race does not have an effect on Cosplay. However, others may believe differently.


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