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29 May 2009 - 20:1115154
I started when I was about 17, which is also only about a year ago... But i still havent been to a real Con! I'm nervous about Fuyu but excited at the same time ^^,


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29 May 2009 - 20:2115157
I started cosplaying when I was 12, which was only 9 months ago. Now I'm 13, but I look 16 or over, apparently, so I can get away with alot of different things! XD (15 movies at the cinema! 8D)
Now, I'm attempting my first home made cosplay (Belle's Village Dress) which now, I just need to buy the fabric for. I usually do alot of Budget cosplay too, as much as I can.


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29 May 2009 - 20:4015158
Quote shigures high school girl:
Personally I think there will be a time when I will think 'ok, this is just weird now...I have to stop.' Don't get me wrong, I respect everyone who has the guts to cosplay, and I might feel differently when I'm older anyway, but from my perspective as a 16 year old, I think there will come a time in my mid 20s when I either won't have the time, or I'll just feel like I can't do it any more. I love sewing, and cosplay has shown me that, and I expect I will still sew, but I think there is a time when I will look at myself and think 'grow UP already.'

Ok that sounds REALLY bad, reading over it. I really don't want to sound like I'm attacking anyone over 25 or anything like that, if you're brave enough to cosplay I have nothing but respect for you and it will look awesome I bet (and I'm not saying 25 is old either). Thats just my view on myself personally, its nothing about you. Please don't take offense ^_^"


You've been 16 how long exactly?
You really think me and Fi would let you stop mwhahah theres no escape now ;D

No I kid, I mean I don't know how long I'll do it for, I think the day I dont get excited about going to a con/expo, buying fabric or making something is the day I'll stop. Even if Im 70 and I still enjoy it then why stop? It would save on latex and makeup at that age for doing old fogie characters 8D
But hey like Izzy one day I might think 'Jeez I need to grow up' And if that happens then I guess I will, but really right now I love it too much! ^o^


30 May 2009 - 09:1215178
When I started cosplaying I felt a little bit silly and thought I was too old (I was 15..lol) however I honestly never noticed anyone and thought "Aren't they a bit old for this?" so I figured I wasn't, after seeing older cosplayers and talking to a few on the MCMExpo forums (That would be Waterclone and SJBonnar) I decided that I certianyl wasn't too old, and infact nobody was! I know beleive that cosplaying is for people of all age groups. That said people should still take their age into consideration when choosing a costume, I know I won't be cosplaying as "Young Luffy" when I'm 45 for example (and yes I do think One Piece will still be around when I'm 45 )


30 May 2009 - 11:0015180
Quote Special-Pleb:

You've been 16 how long exactly?
You really think me and Fi would let you stop mwhahah theres no escape now ;D

No I kid, I mean I don't know how long I'll do it for, I think the day I dont get excited about going to a con/expo, buying fabric or making something is the day I'll stop. Even if Im 70 and I still enjoy it then why stop? It would save on latex and makeup at that age for doing old fogie characters 8D
But hey like Izzy one day I might think 'Jeez I need to grow up' And if that happens then I guess I will, but really right now I love it too much! ^o^


This is pretty much my philosophy too. I think I'll know when to stop, i.e. when it stops being fun, and I'm pretty sure that'll just happen naturally as my life changes and everything...

But I love cosplaying so much now there's no way I see myself stopping anytime soon! I'm quite baby faced so should be able to get away with young characters for awhile more. ^^;



Last edited by MoonLily (30 May 2009 - 11:00)
07 Jun 2009 - 17:1215520
It depends on the person and who they want to cosplay as many people have said already. There are some fantastic older cosplayers because they choose cosplays they can pull off, not based on age or anything, just suitable outfits.

For example I (and a couple of others) still think my 35-year-old mother would make a fantastic Quistis Trepe as she appears a lot younger than she is and looks like her anyway (of course she's not into cosplay anywho so it won't happen). That's just her though, there's no point labelling all older people to cosplay the older characters, just take a step back and look at what is reasonable for you as a person and if you want to do it.



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10 Jun 2009 - 16:2615634
I started cosplaying when I was 31 ^^;
Prior to that, I concentrated more on making props and helping my wife with her costumes. ^__^

Been Expoing for the last few years now, and I can't see myself stopping for a while yet.


10 Jun 2009 - 20:5215648
I'll be 23 in August and I've only just started cosplaying. My nan (so my mum told me) said I should "grow up". I'd like to see a child under the age of 10 create some of those costumes out there on their own!

I think you're absolutely right in your thinking (thread author I mean in this post). A friend of mine did her first cosplay in May as well. She's 26, 27 in September and went as Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop.

My first one was BloodRayne, and I intend to cosplay her again regularly. Right now I'm working on doing Rose from The Legend of Dragoon. It's something that all like-minded people can enjoy together without other people interfering and trying to spoil the fun.


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10 Jun 2009 - 22:2215658
sadly, it's a common thing for non creative types to accuse people of immaturity, then pop off to the cinema and watch the latest movie.

sure, 99.9% of cosplayers don't claim to be anything more than people showing costumes they have made/bought, but then, isn't that what all the movie industry costume and prop makers do? they're surely not all in their teens.

it all comes down to petty "fun policing". some people think that as soon as you hit 21, you're goal in life should be work 9-5, go home and watch corrie. that to me sounds like death of personality, and i don't intend to die anytime soon. ;p


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10 Jun 2009 - 23:5615669
I only started cosplaying seriously last year, and I'm hoping to keep it up for many years to come xD Maybe there will be a point where I eventually decide its time to stop...but that day is a long way off!

Though I remember one of my friends looking at me rather skeptically when I told him I was positive I'd still be cosplaying when I got to University, and hopefully after, and I was rather put off by that reaction - as far as I'm concerned, as long as you're still enjoying it and after a certain point, start taking your age into account when choosing who to cosplay, then you can keep going for as long as you like.


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11 Jun 2009 - 02:2215680
same with xblade, only started last year although somehow along the lines i felt like im pushing it, I turned 21 this may but just like you said its how old you feel more than how old you really are, whats the difference of cosplaying to going to a holloween dress up or a red nose day event, the rules apply to us that we are allowed to so why not?


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11 Jun 2009 - 13:1915692
I started properly cosplaying in 2006/2007 and even at 20 the younger cosplayers were going 'Omg! you're 20! you're so old!' XD

As long as you enjoy it then I say age is not a factor.


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11 Jun 2009 - 15:3615698
Quote Member-XI:
I started properly cosplaying in 2006/2007 and even at 20 the younger cosplayers were going 'Omg! you're 20! you're so old!' XD

As long as you enjoy it then I say age is not a factor.


were not that old XD


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11 Jun 2009 - 20:0315721
Quote Jojo_nexuz:
Quote Member-XI:
I started properly cosplaying in 2006/2007 and even at 20 the younger cosplayers were going 'Omg! you're 20! you're so old!' XD

As long as you enjoy it then I say age is not a factor.


were not that old XD


To this particular group of cosplayers we are! They were about sixteen and they honestly thought I was ancient. At first I thought they were joking, but from the looks on their faces, I don't think they were, especially when one of them asked me on msn if I really was that old! XD

We're veterans! The younger lot should come to us so we can share our pearls of wisdom! >___>


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11 Jun 2009 - 20:2815723
Quote Member-XI:
Quote Jojo_nexuz:
Quote Member-XI:
I started properly cosplaying in 2006/2007 and even at 20 the younger cosplayers were going 'Omg! you're 20! you're so old!' XD

As long as you enjoy it then I say age is not a factor.


were not that old XD


To this particular group of cosplayers we are! They were about sixteen and they honestly thought I was ancient. At first I thought they were joking, but from the looks on their faces, I don't think they were, especially when one of them asked me on msn if I really was that old! XD

We're veterans! The younger lot should come to us so we can share our pearls of wisdom! >___>


Thats like 2 pistol shots on the head.
well I do fine with other people I guess since most of them think im younger than what I look and then they're surprised about my age when they do ask.

probably acting abit childish doesn't help either, but i can't help it XD


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11 Jun 2009 - 20:4015724
Quote Member-XI:
We're veterans! The younger lot should come to us so we can share our pearls of wisdom! >___>

Christ, if you're a veteran at 20 then what does that make those of us who are close to or over 30 - oracles?!


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11 Jun 2009 - 20:5415725
Quote Sillabub:
Quote Member-XI:
We're veterans! The younger lot should come to us so we can share our pearls of wisdom! >___>

Christ, if you're a veteran at 20 then what does that make those of us who are close to or over 30 - oracles?!


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11 Jun 2009 - 22:0215729
I'm 24 and started cosplaying when I was 20.
At this moment in time I still plan on cosplaying for a good few more years


14 Jun 2009 - 10:5115813
I don't really think age matters with cosplay. It certainly isn't something that's ever worried me personally, or something that I've ever really given consideration too.

I started cosplaying properly in 2001 (though I did sorta cosplay in 2000 and I've always loved all-out costuming for halloween etc long before doing "actual" cosplay) and I'm still going strong with it

This year I'll have turned 29 years old a week before going to Aya and I'm sure as hell still gonna be cosplaying at Aya ^^ LOL and probably at many more events to come. I love cosplaying and I don't think age 'gets in the way' at all


14 Jun 2009 - 17:1515816
Quote Sillabub:
Quote Member-XI:
We're veterans! The younger lot should come to us so we can share our pearls of wisdom! >___>

Christ, if you're a veteran at 20 then what does that make those of us who are close to or over 30 - oracles?!


aim higher, we can totally claim godhood.


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14 Jun 2009 - 17:5715819
I'm 20, and I don't feel too old to be cosplaying :3 I think it's more of a circumstance thing than an age thing, though...and it depends on the kind of characters you're going to cosplay.

My fiance, malicemana, is 32 (He'll kill me for writing that, but there's nothing to be ashamed of, haha!) and he is still cosplaying, and looks pretty fantastic doing it, if I do say so myself. XD Saying that, there are some characters I wouldn't let him step out of the door in, lol, just because he doesn't suit them. He looks better in more elegant stuff that suits his age, if that makes sense.

We'll both become parents early this November *wibble!*, and we've reached a sort of mutual agreement that while we'll take the baby with us to things like expo while it is young, (No, really, I want to cosplay Misty and dress the baby like Pikachu *__*) our child and our work will take priority and we won't be dressing like idiots all the time anymore, lol. XD

Also, I prefer to spend time with older cosplayers; *most* of them tend to be a bit more mature and less silly while in cosplay, which is a bonus. Not saying all younger cosplayers act like idiots while in cosplay, but I know a lot that do, sadly...!

Okay, rant over! :3 Sorry, guys!


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14 Jun 2009 - 18:4715821
Started cosplaying at 16/17, now I'm 18 8D don't intend to finish any time soon, I'm looking forward to my 20's actually, with the prospect of more time (hopefully) which means more elaborate cosplays!!!! xDD

Plus I doubt I'll be able to do amazing cosplays during uni...(time, money etc)


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16 Jun 2009 - 16:5015869
Quote SlimDefinition:
I've only just started cosplaying. My nan (so my mum told me) said I should "grow up". I'd like to see a child under the age of 10 create some of those costumes out there on their own!


Im 22 and My father reacts exactly the same way when i speak of my costumes. Its rather narrow minded but understandable that not everyone gets it.

I also get my nan with her strange idea that wearing cosplay will get me mugged. I dont really get the logic XD most people stay away more.

As far as I am concerned I have a good many years before age will bother me in the slightest. What people think of me makes no difference to me because i enjoy it and thats all that matters.

Totally wanna cosplay Prof Oak lol


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16 Jun 2009 - 18:2015873
Quote Bangus:
Quote SlimDefinition:
I've only just started cosplaying. My nan (so my mum told me) said I should "grow up". I'd like to see a child under the age of 10 create some of those costumes out there on their own!


Im 22 and My father reacts exactly the same way when i speak of my costumes. Its rather narrow minded but understandable that not everyone gets it.

I also get my nan with her strange idea that wearing cosplay will get me mugged. I dont really get the logic XD most people stay away more.

As far as I am concerned I have a good many years before age will bother me in the slightest. What people think of me makes no difference to me because i enjoy it and thats all that matters.

Totally wanna cosplay Prof Oak lol


Heh, yeah. I keep asking mum what she was into when she was our age, and then said I thought THAT was sad. Simply a difference of personality and opinion.

And you're right, as long as we enjoy it, it doesn't matter.

Quote xaerael:
sadly, it's a common thing for non creative types to accuse people of immaturity, then pop off to the cinema and watch the latest movie.

sure, 99.9% of cosplayers don't claim to be anything more than people showing costumes they have made/bought, but then, isn't that what all the movie industry costume and prop makers do? they're surely not all in their teens.

it all comes down to petty "fun policing". some people think that as soon as you hit 21, you're goal in life should be work 9-5, go home and watch corrie. that to me sounds like death of personality, and i don't intend to die anytime soon. ;p


I agree wholeheartedly there. So much in-fact I can't think of anything else to add. ^_^


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16 Jun 2009 - 18:4815874
I'm 23 and my parents think its a little odd, that said they are always willing to lend a hand should I need it.


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