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20 Jan 2010 - 23:3825791
Why do you enter Masquerades?
I'm just curious.

This is referring to competative masquerades like Tokonatsu, Minamicon, Expos etc and not the cat walk style ones.

I mean...I'm a competative person and that's not necessarily a bad thing so if I enter a competition I do try and achieve something. Does anyone else get that feeling? Or do you just like being on stage perhaps?

Again this is out of curiosity to see what other people's opinions on the idea of enterring competitions to win vs enterring for the sake of competiting.

If there are clashes of opinion please don't let them get out of hand D:


20 Jan 2010 - 23:5925793
to just show off your hard work, and to get some praise i guess

21 Jan 2010 - 00:2525796

.. Well, maybe not.

I enter to entertain people. If people cheer when I walk on, I hope it's because I've made something interesting that's made them excited, or because I've done a skit which has made them laugh.

I've never had the chance to entertain people as my talents lie in things which will never really get me on stage, so the idea of finally being able to thrills me.


21 Jan 2010 - 00:3325798
I don't anymore, I get too stressed...and I've had a few too many bad experiences from masquarades, so I gave up I just enjoy wearing my costumes and hope others enjoy me wearing them!

21 Jan 2010 - 01:0525801
In terms of getting up on stage, for me it's a confidence thing. I get absolutely petrified standing up in front of people to do something so I figured the best way to get over that was to just do it in the most comfortable setting possible where I can build up the amount I want to do at my own pace (ie if I don't feel comfortable doing a performance then I can just do a walk on).

For the competition side of things, I do that because I am competitive and like to test myself against others. I enjoy the competition and while it's always nice to win, just being able to talk in depth about my costume makes it worth entering for me. If I'm honest, I would be less inclined to enter a masquerade like Expo if there wasn't the competitive aspect because of my stage fright. I much prefer how things are run at Ame and Aya where both events are separate and you don't have to go on stage if you don't want to. X3

21 Jan 2010 - 01:3325806
Honestly? I'm a bit of a show off. I work hard on my costumes and like to wear them in a setting where plenty of people will see them. I think of my costumes in terms of being "masquerade worthy" or "floor worthy" and have sat masquerades out in the past despite having a finished costume I could wear, even though I do feel like I'm missing out somewhat if I'm not in the masquerade, because I didn't think it was something that was interesting or impressive enough to put in a masquerade.

As for the competitive element... yeah, I like competitive masquerades. I'm competitive by nature and although I know there are plenty of cosplayers out there whose skills vastly surpass mine, the possibility of winning something adds to the fun for me.

I appreciate that all probably makes me sound a bit srs bizness about the whole thing, and maybe I am - hopefully not in any overly negative way though, I just like to take pride in what I make and I like tangible rewards (and I hasten to add that my thinking as described above is only ever applied to my own costumes - I wouldn't dream of telling someone that they shouldn't enter a masquerade because their costume is "too plain" or whatever, that would be horrible)!

Cara bell', cara mia bella, mia bambina, o ciel!

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21 Jan 2010 - 18:3225834
I like to be able to show people something I've spent so much time and money on. I love being onstage, but I'm not much of a performer. So I like to be able to entertain people by going onstage with something I've made. I love the feeling of it. Winning is nice too, but it's not the end of the world if I dont win, as long as I had fun.

21 Jan 2010 - 19:0325838
I entered the expo masquerade as Presea because i said all along if i managed the gravity defying spiky bunches i was going to do it- it was my first and only Masquerade experience so far. It gave me something to aim for/push myself for. Unfortunately I couldn't be judged because the other people I entered with didn't want to be. I wanted to be judged not because I thought i'd stand a chance of winning but because I felt confident that it was good enough to be judged competitively and I actually felt quite proud of my creation (something that I'm not feeling about my real creative work!) She will be entered in competition at some point, especially now she's a bit better finished

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21 Jan 2010 - 19:3825840
Done 2 masquerades since I started. One was waaay back with my Haruhi Suzumiya fantasy outfit, mostly because I was so proud that it was made all by hand and I thought it looked really good. It wasn't entered into the competition but I think the judges laughed when I pulled a face at them all haha!

The only other time was when me and Nocturnal Blossom went as the twins from Gormenghast. It was sort of a case of the fact we had spent so long and so much effort on making these outfits and we were so proud of them we simply could not try and enter them! We weren't sure if we'd have a chance of winning anything - after all the competition gets amazingly better every year and such! But we just wanted to give it a go, mostly to see what people thought of it really. I'm glad we did, as it seemed lots of people really liked looking at the outfits, and enjoyed the music we chose for it also haha!

I have been asked to enter the masquerade with another of my outfits before, but I don't see the point unless its something that I'm totally proud of wholeheartedly, and feel that its something that is a little different than what people normally see at conventions. Besides, I enjoy watching masquerades too as I love seeing all the clever and wonderful ideas that people come up with!

I'm going to slash your pillow and tear out all the stuffing with a motorbike made of jelly.
21 Jan 2010 - 19:4425841
first one i'll be doing is this May

I don't expect to win- but I really wanna improve my confidence

and after seeing all the videos on youtube etc it just looks like soooooooooo much fun <3

In the words of pilz-e the squirel- "Run from the burning eyes of the angry lady!"
21 Jan 2010 - 20:0425842
Im a theatre whore lol ive done performing arts for about 11 years of my life. When I first stated doing omake/masq It was just a way to perform to people of my own demographic. anyone who does performing arts knows you cant always get the part you want. in cosplayers who do masquerades case we can I dont know why anyone wouldn't want to


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21 Jan 2010 - 20:2525845
doin my first one in a group at midlands expo in feb - soul eater/ kh crossover. not too scared about it yet tho it is my first one
iv always liked that kind o thing but never had the confidence to really enjoy it before but wit my friends its different.
lookin forward to acting stupid on stage, dont really care about gettin judged

21 Jan 2010 - 20:3325846
I do it for the fun of it. I just have fun being up there on stage. I'd like to win but it's not that important.

22 Jan 2010 - 11:3125884
I enter the masquerade firstly because it's such a lot of fun. The competitive element spurs us on to give our best in costumes and/or performance, and that produces an exciting show. Winning something is very nice and so are the prizes ^_^ but even when we don't get an award the cheering and applause from the audience really makes it worthwhile.

22 Jan 2010 - 11:4925886
I haven't really heard much about Mascarades so am a bit clueless being a newbie and all.

Am interested to find out during my time on here and at Expos and Cons.

Really sounds like fun

22 Jan 2010 - 13:5325890
Midlands would be a good first one for you Bambi if you fancied entering. It's much smaller and less stressful that London!

22 Jan 2010 - 14:1725894
Quote ailsa-chan:
Midlands would be a good first one for you Bambi if you fancied entering. It's much smaller and less stressful that London!

Thanks hun

Think is I don't know what kinda stuff gets done in mascarades *blushes*

22 Jan 2010 - 14:4725895
If you've made your own costume, you get to go up on stage in front of an audience. Some people do a preformance like a small staged fight, or act out to some prerecorded dialogue, some people just pose. It's an opertunity to get your costume in the spot light.

Of course, it's lots of fun to just watch as well.

22 Jan 2010 - 14:5225897
I feel odd , because i have been cosplaying for a good 7-8 years now and my costumes have gradually got better and better , but i think i still dont think my costumes are good enough for Masquerade yet i guess.
That and even though i studied performing arts i am a bit nervy going onto the stage ...especially on my own.

22 Jan 2010 - 14:5225898
Ooooo sounds fun... but scary.

My trick would be to get on stage and they faint ever so "convincingly" haha.

Thanks for filling me in though. I'll have to look into it. I doubt I'll be able to think of anything by next month for Midlands though :s xxx

23 Jan 2010 - 04:1125931
For me masqueraudes are a thrill. That all eyes in the crowd fixed on you. I get a proper surge of andrenaline when its my turn to go up. If you see me back stage i'm always psyching myself up and getting ready throw all that energy at the crowd. I intend to start thinking of creative ways to make a skits more enjoyable. Its only fair. People come to see some entertainment be it decent costumes, a well made skit, a comedy routine.

I feel that just because u feel your costume isn't up to the standerd u expect it to be shouldn't put u off entering. "What I lack in costume I make up for in character" thats a saying i usually stand by. Get out there and give it your all

We give thanks to this tasy meal.

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23 Jan 2010 - 05:4325932
For me it's probably showing off what I have really worked hard on. XD Though my thought trail would be "huh, doing a big cosplay... Might as well have a go in the Masq then!" So competitive when it comes to my harder worked cosplays, but I mainly just love showing it off and seeing the crowd's reaction~ *Had so much fun at Amecon with Jareth* Didnt win anything but couldnt be happier~

Though I have only become rather active in Masqs last year. It's turned out to be a great confidence boost and I like getting a look at the other costumes that people might have only saved for bringing out only for the masqs.

I'm perhaps also wanting that feeling of being on stage also, despite the downside that before a Masq my legs will ALWAYS turn into jelly. I used always love performing but my confidence had taken massive turns so I like to think that this is building my up again~ I would love to do actual skits and such soon if I can. D:


23 Jan 2010 - 14:5325942
Like others, I enjoy the thrill of being on stage. I don't do if often, and when I do it's for music purposes, so it's really fun being on stage once or twice a year. It's a really big confidence booster as well in my opinion, at my very first masquerade I almost didn't want to go on stage haha xD; But now I'm really eagar, and while I still get incredibly nervous before going on stage I forget about it once on and have fun! I'd like to get to the stage when I don't feel so nervous anymore though, that's my aim.

I think it's a great way of meeting new people as well. Expo in particular is so big that it's very easy to miss people, and so a lot of my socializing is actually done back stage where we have around 30mins-1hr to wait and so you can really have a blast even being back stage!

And as others have said, if you've worked hard on a costume then you may as well show it off. Or if you have a really good skit idea then you may as well try to perform it. I don't expect to win, I know the competition is really high, so it's more for enjoyment rather than the actual competition for me.

23 Jan 2010 - 16:4425944
I've entered in the past simply because I love to perform. I enjoy creating a dance and teaching it to myself and others. Being on stage and letting your inner personality shine through is all the reward I need. I have never entered to win and was blown away when I won an award at Connecticon for performance. Plus, all the masquerades I have done in front of a con audience has prepared me for now when Im creating a full show.

23 Jan 2010 - 18:2625946


Im joking, basically i do it because i enjoy showing my hard work to people, it really boots your self esteem when you think your costume is rubbish but when you go on stage people cheer for you ^^.


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