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02 Sep 2010 - 17:2739812
Do you concider anime/manga and/or cosplay to be a lifestyle choice? A hobby? Or just for kicks?
From a school-goers POV or a student, do you spend what time you're not working on anime/cosplay and nothing else? Or is it a balance between other interests?

Do you HAVE to watch all the latest anime? Or be making the NEWEST cosplay that barely anyone will recognise?

Do you watch anime/read manga daily?

Do you fit it around you're job?

Do you spend all your spare time thinking about cosplay and fabrics and what you're going to be doing at an event 6/9/12 months from now?

Do you want to turn it into your job? Is it your job?
Voice actor, animator, manga artist, seamstress (or male equivalent)?


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02 Sep 2010 - 19:4639822
From a school-goers POV or a student, do you spend what time you're not working on anime/cosplay and nothing else? Or is it a balance between other interests?

No, I have other hobbies and interests that also occupy my time, and I also use that time to socialise. Admitedly, sometimes it gets intergrated a little (such as chatting about cosplay or anime) but I manage to balance it well.

Do you HAVE to watch all the latest anime? Or be making the NEWEST cosplay that barely anyone will recognise?

No and No. I just watch what I think I'll like or what people have reccomended I'LL like, just like I would do with any tv show. I don't have to make a cospaly from a new anime, I jsut cosplay who I think will suit me or if I like the character enough.

Do you watch anime/read manga daily?

I used to, but not anymore. I just read and watch it whenever I feel like it.

Do you fit it around your job?

I don't have a job so I'll include college here. Just like any hobby, it can get in the way a little or I can be distracted by it, but I'm not overly consumed by it.

Do you spend all your spare time thinking about cosplay and fabrics and what you're going to be doing at an event 6/9/12 months from now?

Not ALL my spare time, it does occupy my thoughts a lot since I like to think creativitly. Plus my mind is often programmed to notice stuff that'll work for other cosplays. And I like to plan in advance so that I'm ready for an event... since costumes do require a lot of planning.

Do you want to turn it into your job? Is it your job?
Voice actor, animator, manga artist, seamstress (or male equivalent)?


I DID, but not anymore. I've grown out of that now. In the end, it's a hobby for me, not a life style and not something that occupies my thoughts 24/7, since I have a vast amount of other interests and ideas.


02 Sep 2010 - 19:5339823
Male equivalent of seamstress is seamster. Or as I like to refer to myself- THE SEAM MASTER.


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02 Sep 2010 - 21:0439831
From a school-goers POV or a student, do you spend what time you're not working on anime/cosplay and nothing else? Or is it a balance between other interests?
i have many interests although anime and cosplay is a major part of my life. i like art and music too. recently ive developed an interest for classical music :]

Do you HAVE to watch all the latest anime? Or be making the NEWEST cosplay that barely anyone will recognise?
no and no. i watch what i think i might like and cosplay who i want to cosplay. i dont care if the show was released a week ago or 10 years ago..its new to me xD

Do you watch anime/read manga daily?

yup.

Do you fit it around you're job?
well im a student so i dont really have a job.. but i do work at tokyotoys every once ion a while.. 'nuff said

Do you spend all your spare time thinking about cosplay and fabrics and what you're going to be doing at an event 6/9/12 months from now?
not ALL my spare time but yes since costumes take a lot of planning/making time and do cost money

Do you want to turn it into your job? Is it your job?
Voice actor, animator, manga artist, seamstress (or male equivalent)?

kind of.. i want to be a fashion designer in the future.. most likely lolita ;D


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02 Sep 2010 - 21:1939834
Quote KhaosKreator:
Male equivalent of seamstress is seamster. Or as I like to refer to myself- THE SEAM MASTER.


Hehe, cheers for that XD


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02 Sep 2010 - 21:3039839
From a school-goers POV or a student, do you spend what time you're not working on anime/cosplay and nothing else? Or is it a balance between other interests?
I actually spend most of my time on the computer just doing nothing or playing badminton. I spend maybe two weeks of a year on cosplay if you don't squash all the hours together. (lazy)

Do you HAVE to watch all the latest anime? Or be making the NEWEST cosplay that barely anyone will recognise?
If an anime comes out and everybodies like "omg so amazing you gotta watch it" i'll have a look at it and watch around three episodes and if i don't like it i'll stop. I havn't watched kuroshitsuji yet though, so no i dont watch all the latest anime and i cosplay what i want when i want

Do you watch anime/read manga daily?
No.

Do you fit it around you're job?
I don't have a job But yes, i imagine most people do

Do you spend all your spare time thinking about cosplay and fabrics and what you're going to be doing at an event 6/9/12 months from now?
I think about cosplay a lot And i normally think of my outfits long before the con, but my plans always change.

Do you want to turn it into your job? Is it your job?
Voice actor, animator, manga artist, seamstress (or male equivalent)?

Yes and no. I really want to do translation and i also want to be a photographer. I think i'd like to photograph cosplayers but also other things and i'd imagine the translation job would be my main job. If that makes sense


03 Sep 2010 - 11:0739879
I will preface this, I'm not a student, but I am kind of bored at work, so have an answer.

From a school-goers POV or a student, do you spend what time you're not working on anime/cosplay and nothing else? Or is it a balance between other interests?
Pretty balanced: I spend some time on cosplay, increasing exponentialy the closer I get to a convention, other than that I enjoy gaming, play badminton and spend a lot of time visiting friends and family or whatever else interests me. Cosplay is something I enjoy doing, so I do it when I feel like it!

Do you HAVE to watch all the latest anime? Or be making the NEWEST cosplay that barely anyone will recognise?
Not in the slightest, many of my costume ideas come from suggestions other people make, usualy if I like the costume and would suit it well. I have previously cosplayed from series or games I've never seen/played and regularly from older shows.

Do you watch anime/read manga daily?
I think I've watched one show in the past 14 months, I find manga to be not worth the money for the time it takes me to read, so I don't bother.

Do you fit it around you're job?
Yep, most everything gets done in evenings or at weekends.

Do you spend all your spare time thinking about cosplay and fabrics and what you're going to be doing at an event 6/9/12 months from now?
Not really, it depends on my mood, if I'm excited about making a costume I'll usualy think about it a lot while planning, but once it gets under way it's not any kind of obsessive or overriding thought process.

Do you want to turn it into your job? Is it your job?
Voice actor, animator, manga artist, seamstress (or male equivalent)?

Very much no, it's a hobby, I already tried turning one hobby into a job, I think I'll keep this one as relaxation.

To answer the question in the thread title: I see it definitely as a hobby, it's something I do for fun, something relaxing and a great way to meet some fantastic friends, I would say it's my biggest hobby, but in no way exclusive. It's in no way a lifestyle choice, it doesn't define me any more than my being a fan of musicals or my dislike of M. Night Shyamalan films.


03 Sep 2010 - 20:3939931
From a school-goers POV or a student, do you spend what time you're not working on anime/cosplay and nothing else? Or is it a balance between other interests?
Well, I do sew and think about cosplay quite a lot but I do have other things which I do in my spare time. Reading novels, practising my instruments and just taking breaks from cosplay once in a while can really help.

Do you HAVE to watch all the latest anime? Or be making the NEWEST cosplay that barely anyone will recognise?
I'm not really that tuned in to anime, I only watch the shows which I like. If a friend recommends any good ones I will have a look but if I don't like it I won't watch it.

Do you watch anime/read manga daily?
I just read and watch it when I feel like it.

Do you fit it around you're job?

I don't have a job but if I did I would fit it around it. I imagine the money from the job would go to cosplay anyway XD
Do you spend all your spare time thinking about cosplay and fabrics and what you're going to be doing at an event 6/9/12 months from now?
Yes. I just won't get out of my head. I love thinking up different ways about how I would construct that next costume or prop.

Do you want to turn it into your job? Is it your job?
Voice actor, animator, manga artist, seamstress (or male equivalent)?

For me sewing is something which would be nice to have a job in. I am going to be taking courses in textiles as a night class to develop skills. I do however have other job goals which just seem so much more practical to me like becoming and engineer due to the gap in the industry for them at the moment.


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03 Sep 2010 - 22:1439943
From a school-goers POV or a student, do you spend what time you're not working on anime/cosplay and nothing else? Or is it a balance between other interests?
Nooooo!!! Do you know just how bored I'd get working on cosplay, watching anime, etc all the time???
I'm one who loves variety. I play lots of instruments, I do a lot of dancing per week, I like to do photography occasionally outside too.
Cosplay, anime and manga is just one of my many hobbies. Main reason I don't have a lot of time for them apart from holidays when I don't do much.

Do you HAVE to watch all the latest anime? Or be making the NEWEST cosplay that barely anyone will recognise?
No!! I hate watching new anime, I really dislike waiting weekly for them to come out. I much prefer waiting till the whole series is complete and then blast through it all in one go. That's why I'm always behind on the latest anime. Manga however, it depends who's the artist. Usually I will wait till it comes out in book form. But with certain artists I have the tendency to read their works at once (but I always wait till there's a fair amount of chapters out to blast through them).

As for doing the newest cosplay? No. I like to wait for artworks, better references, etc to come out which usually doesn't come out until a fair while later so there's no point.

Do you watch anime/read manga daily?
Lol, I admit, lately I have been XD. It's the Summer holidays, and I always seem to watch quite a bit of anime and manga in the holidays!! Usually in term time I rarely watch any though because there just isn't enough time!

Do you fit it around you're job?
I don't have a job, but I imagine I would.

Do you spend all your spare time thinking about cosplay and fabrics and what you're going to be doing at an event 6/9/12 months from now?
No, I'd get bored XD

Do you want to turn it into your job? Is it your job?
Voice actor, animator, manga artist, seamstress (or male equivalent)?

I wanted to become an animator way before I got into cosplay. But then I found out just how competitive it is and it's not a job that you can easily get into. So then when I was in my mid-teens I thought "I'm going to be a Maths student and see where I go from there 8D"... Things have changed so much since then LOL. But it's still nothing anime/manga/cosplay related.
Well actually... I want to take Acoustics (think, mixture of Physics and Music) and some graduates have actually got into the video game industry with that. So you never know ;P

I admit, yes I did think about becoming a seamstress. But it's pretty competitive and hard to get into and I'm taking all the wrong subjects anyway. I only really found out around the end of my GCSEs that I'd quite like to be a seamstress and without GCSE Textiles it was a bit late. So nerdy stuff it is


04 Sep 2010 - 10:2939960
Do you concider anime/manga and/or cosplay to be a lifestyle choice? A hobby? Or just for kicks?

Anime and Manga prooved to be a huge outlet for me during my adoslesant years (I've been into manga & anime for near 12/13 years now) and the moral issues that the shows and manga I induldged myself in showed really did shape my mentality as a person, alongside other things ofcourse.

I've only been cosplaying for two years and atm I think of it as a very fun and creative hobby which I really enjoy.

From a school-goers POV or a student, do you spend what time you're not working on anime/cosplay and nothing else? Or is it a balance between other interests?

I'm no longer a student, however I manage to ballance my Cosplay work quite nicely. I see my lover when ever I can, I enjoy long walks (AH THE CLICHE! DX), playing RPG's, reading, drawing the usual sort of thing.

Do you HAVE to watch all the latest anime? Or be making the NEWEST cosplay that barely anyone will recognise?

No and no. I watch what ever anime peeks my interest when it interests me and I cosplay as characters I know and simply enjoy the look of.

Do you watch anime/read manga daily?

Not daily, though the entire back wall of my room is filled with shelves stacked full of anime dvd's and manga LOL

Do you fit it around you're job?

I'm currently between jobs at the moment but I wouldn't jepodise a paying job in the name of cosplay. Though I do conviently book my holidays round about expo time XD

Do you spend all your spare time thinking about cosplay and fabrics and what you're going to be doing at an event 6/9/12 months from now?

Not all of my time. I do think about it frequently but I have wonderful people in my life who take up my thoughts more so than any hobby or job could ever even try to.

Do you want to turn it into your job? Is it your job?
Voice actor, animator, manga artist, seamstress (or male equivalent)?


I've always been interested in the theatre. I've studied performance and drama at university and it was during my time there that I discovered my love and flare for the technical side of the theatre. Lighting, costuming ect. I've been lucky enough to get a part time job at the receiving theatre with the costume matience and dressing department of a touring musical production that's on show during september and early october.

If this goes well I hope it to be a stepping stone into the costuming industry for me. I'll always be addicted to the theatre even if I am not the one performing on stage.


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04 Sep 2010 - 12:3539967
From a school-goers POV or a student, do you spend what time you're not working on anime/cosplay and nothing else? Or is it a balance between other interests?

During my final year at university I watched a fair bit of anime along side my uni work. I had taken 2 years out of uni and when I came back, obviously, I knew no one on my course anymore. I found it increadibly difficult to make new friends and because I really hated wolverhampton I really despised being there, so I just plowed myself into my uni work and spent most of my free time talking on msn with friends and such and watching some anime. Kinda sad, but hey, whatever.

Do you HAVE to watch all the latest anime? Or be making the NEWEST cosplay that barely anyone will recognise?

Nope. I'm watching a few new series atm but thats because I'm actually enjoying them. I did cosplay from high school of the dead at amecon 2010 and like 1 person recognised me, but I diddnt cosplay because it was new. I did it because I liked the character and it was a nice easy costume for me to put together.

Do you watch anime/read manga daily?

I hardly read manga anymore because it's so expensive. I cant afford to spend £5.99 per manga and I struggle when reading scans because of my eyes, so I read very little nowdays. I do watch alot of anime though and yes, at the moment. I watch it daily. Mostly because myself and Junta are currently catching up on One Piece and I'm thoroughly addicted.

Do you fit it around you're job?

I've JUST got myself a part time job. One thing I will NEVER do though, is talk abotu it at work, mention it or even hint towards it. If anyone finds out I cosplay I just say it's theatrical. In my experience it's not worth the grief trying to explain to people who have no clue, what it is and why we do it, watch it or whatever. I keep it seperate and I always will unless I get a job that involves it.

Do you spend all your spare time thinking about cosplay and fabrics and what you're going to be doing at an event 6/9/12 months from now?

Kinda guilty of this....I'm a bugger for fabric, moreso, a bugger for brocade patterns. I'm always looking at things thinking "ohhhh I could do that" because its a lovley pattern. Saying that it doesnt dominate me. My mind also thinks on things like the future and such, what I could do today and retarded things.

Do you want to turn it into your job? Is it your job?
Voice actor, animator, manga artist, seamstress (or male equivalent)?

My degree is in animation, but I don't want a career in animation. I can't do 3D and I'm sub par at traditional and digital 2D. I excelled in stop motion, puppetry. It's a dying form of animation though and there are little to no jobs for it even in hubs like London and Glasgow. If I could go into a job with animation, I'd rather do something physical, puppet, props and set aesthetics seems to be my game. I can make things look really detailed and pretty but I tend to lack at the actual animation and pre production side.

In a way I kinda....have turned it into a job. I'm a wig stylist, I've been doing it for almost 6 years now. I do it on commission, but I'd also love to go into theatre into the costume and wig side, dressing and maintanence. It seems to be hard to get into though, regardless of my portfolio. I'd like to start an apprentaship as a hairdresser though, since for me wigs and hair go hand in hand, I've found I can cut and style hair as well as I can do wigs, everythings self taught though. Meaning I couldn;t go into a salon as a full time paied employee, I'd have to be a modern apprentice which is a very very low wage and takes time and is also hard to get into now since I have a degree I likley cant.

I can make costumes on commission, but I find myself hating it. I'll happily do wigs, but costumes, I can't stand doing on commission, so I could never turn that into a job. I can happily work as a costume dresser, but commissioning them out......no.


04 Sep 2010 - 20:4839997
Quote street-angel:
Do you fit it around you're job?

Do you spend all your spare time thinking about cosplay and fabrics and what you're going to be doing at an event 6/9/12 months from now?

Do you want to turn it into your job? Is it your job?
Voice actor, animator, manga artist, seamstress (or male equivalent)?

Yes XD I used to base what cosplays I can work on depending on how muh I'd earned at work that month XD
And I'm always planning cosplays o.o I usually have at least 4 in progress and a million planned XD
Becoming a manga-ka would be an amazing job, as would be a voice actress XD My friend has told me she'd emply me to make her wedding dress one day (better get practicing o.o) so seamstress could be a contender career too!


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