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12 Apr 2014 - 17:25112713
Too old to cosplay a particular character?
This subject has probably been discussed many times before.

I got interested in cosplay, at an age that I would consider a bit older than most cosplayers. I am 31 next month and I mostly cosplay as Daenerys. I can't help thinking I am way too old to be cosplaying as her, even though the actress is 27 now. Am I being silly? Or am I being sensible to stop being her?

12 Apr 2014 - 17:51112715
no such thing as too old I do wonder woman and i am in my 50's don't let age stop you from having fun

12 Apr 2014 - 19:23112716
Only stop if it doesn't feel right to you.

If it looks good to you, and you're enjoying it, keep it up. I didn;t even start cosplaying until my 30s!

12 Apr 2014 - 22:27112727
Quote PandoraCaitiff:
If it looks good to you, and you're enjoying it, keep it up. I didn't even start cosplaying until my 30s!

I doubt there's any way to fit any more truth into a sentence. Make-up and an outfit - especially a cosplay - can do a hell of a lot to bridge an age gap. And, as we all know, cosplaying our favourite characters is a hell of a lot of fun!

I'm a late starter at this whole cosplay lark myself (at 27, last year) and, this year, both of my cosplays are going to be of characters younger than me. I'm not letting it deter me!

Long story short: if you wanna keep cosplaying Daenarys, then go for it!

13 Apr 2014 - 09:12112741
You should cosplay what you want! I've cosplayed teenaged boy characters, when I'm much older than that and female. There are tricks you can do with makeup, etc to make yourself look younger. And since the actress is much older than the character is supposed to be anyway, there's a bit of artistic liberty there.

13 Apr 2014 - 09:42112744
I'd say, as with any cosplaying, go for what you want and enjoy it - there's no such thing as 'too old'. Still, if you're worried about how you look, there're plenty of tutorials on doing makeup for younger characters (I think usually it's lighter, more neutral colours?) that might help, but personally I'd only worry about that kind of thing if I was cosplaying a child, since once people reach maturity their looks don't change as much anyway

13 Apr 2014 - 11:13112745
Quote PandoraCaitiff:
Only stop if it doesn't feel right to you.

If it looks good to you, and you're enjoying it, keep it up. I didn;t even start cosplaying until my 30s!

I bolded the most relevant part IMO. You look amazing. There's no need to limit yourself based on what you potentially worry OTHER people will think.

If you like yourself in it, do it!

CosplayIsland Staff Member

13 Apr 2014 - 11:46112747
Never to old if you like a character and want to cosplay them just do it after all cosplay is timeless!

13 Apr 2014 - 11:50112748
As an almost 30 year old lady who still insists on cosplaying teenage boys (see avatar for proof) I echo everyone else that's already posted. If it makes you feel happy and you feel comfortable then do it, if it doesn't then don't. Also I've seen pics of your Dany before and you look awesome.

13 Apr 2014 - 12:19112749
As the example of Emilia Clarke demonstrates, actors in films and tv shows are forever being cast as teenagers well into their twenties and older, and not many people even comment on it. I say there's no good reason to stop cosplaying Dany if you enjoy it!

13 Apr 2014 - 16:11112761
It seems the case that people start to begin feeling a bit old once they reach their 30s, but count the actual years here - it's only a 4 year age gap so I honestly wouldn't worry about it. I cosplayed a character with a much larger age gap just yesterday ( Sunny from Metal Gear Solid 4 who is just a little kid ), so seriously I can't see you having any problems at all with Dany. Go for it and enjoy yourself! =)


13 Apr 2014 - 21:06112772
As a fellow person who got into the cosplay scene late in the game I understand your feelings but just go for it!

No ones ever too old to cosplay a character, your work on Dany's costumes looks great and if I were to guess at your age I'd of been wrong so honestly don't worry

If it helps, if you watch The Walking Dead, Beth who is supposed to be 18 is played by a 29 year old

14 Apr 2014 - 00:53112779
You are never too old to cosplay. As long as you are having fun and that is what counts.

I'm 39 and will be cosplaying as Daenerys in summer. I don't feel my age and still enjoy cosplay so I go for it.

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