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04 Apr 2011 - 20:0253387
Getting into Character
I am barely an actor and find that I don't get into the spirit of the character,

what tips can I get for finding how to act in character for photos and during meet ups? including accents and the mannerisms

It's also that just reading/watching doesn't always help for myself since when it comes to it, it goes out the window and I have to find someway of retrieving the character.


04 Apr 2011 - 20:2053394
Before going to the con or whatever, practice poses like crazy

As to staying in character in meet-ups, it's not really necessary. If you're doing a skit, then yes, but not just pissing about


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04 Apr 2011 - 20:2553396
Quote NixieThePixie:
Before going to the con or whatever, practice poses like crazy

As to staying in character in meet-ups, it's not really necessary. If you're doing a skit, then yes, but not just pissing about


Poses and phrases before, but for like meets that are quite heavy on photo's it's trying to remember everything and not have a load of the same set of poses and all. It's unlikely I'd do a skit... Masqerade is about as close as I'd get.

it's also the group meets at expo and conventions its best to be in character since there are a load who are knowledgeable about the character and can act that out.


04 Apr 2011 - 20:5753401
Quote OmegaRFox:
Quote NixieThePixie:
Before going to the con or whatever, practice poses like crazy

As to staying in character in meet-ups, it's not really necessary. If you're doing a skit, then yes, but not just pissing about


Poses and phrases before, but for like meets that are quite heavy on photo's it's trying to remember everything and not have a load of the same set of poses and all. It's unlikely I'd do a skit... Masqerade is about as close as I'd get.

it's also the group meets at expo and conventions its best to be in character since there are a load who are knowledgeable about the character and can act that out.


For me personally I don't find it that important to be in character when you're not really doing anything. Some people do, some don't, but no-one really mind if you don't do the mannerisms all the time.

It's fun at times, like when you bump into someone from the same group/game/anime/whatever, but I personally like to meet real people and have real chats rather than talking to a persona when at meets and conventions.

In the end, you're you, not Italy or Naruto or whoever. And people understand that (at least where ever I've been), so don't feel the pressure that you HAVE to do it.

As it stands when it comes to being in character, I find it helps the best when you're totally at ease as the character you are. Like I was fine when I was Loz cause I was in a good mood (for once) so just slipped into character now and then (then again, he's super childish so it wasn't hard as that's my personality when I relax). As Deidara, I slipped in and out of character easily. these two characters happen to be some of my favourites, and I didn't feel like a fat girl wearing the wrong clothes.

So basically, if you want to be in character, then relax and just mimic them. It's surprisingly easy when you're not panicking over getting it wrong and such. We learn by mimicking as a child and also repeatitiveness is a guarenteed way of learning.


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05 Apr 2011 - 03:1753420
Well, first chose a character you like. I know this sounds silly since this is something to think and ponder over before you start making a cosplay; but as much as it seems as a given, many do not think of it helping with getting in character.

I do not know about others, but for myself I can say I do well when being in character when I am fond of the person and, or I have been looking forward to cosplaying as them for a while.

So as for tips I would say~;
- Staying and, or getting in character works well when you like the character you are cosplaying as.

- Meets ups and such also seem to bring the spirit of certain characters out more, since you get into the chat with someone from the same series as your character. So your characters already have a relationship of some sorts. Which it is always fun quoting your character.

- Like the person above me said; practice some poses and lines before hand. If it is a fighting game character, play the game they are from with them. Study their attacks, taunts, and such. Rereading, watching, playing, any thing you are cosplaying from helps a lot. Since you get a refresh of their poses and witty words are~!

- Another one I would like to say from passed experiences; being in character is hard when some drama lama comes around. So if the day is not going well, try to make it your goal to stay in character. For it will make you get your mind off the drama and the new goal sets a more important role for staying in character!

So yep. Those are the only tips I could think of~. I hope they help!



Last edited by nyappyPOCKY (05 Apr 2011 - 03:19)
08 Apr 2011 - 11:0953701
Like the others have said, I come up with poses before hand so then when I'm at the con and people are asking for photos I'm able to snap into one.

I wouldn't say that I act like the character but I definitely think about the characters mannerisms. For example when I cosplayed Aeris I tried to channel some softness in my face and poses whereas with Helena from Dead or Alive, I went for a more self assured look.

I sometimes goof around as a character but that tends to be towards the end of the day or after a couple of drinks


12 Apr 2011 - 14:1953912
Practice poses as much as possible!
Like everyone else has already said.


What I do is try to watch every episode of the anime my character is from, or read all the comics, or watch the film, etc. I re-watch it to get the characters mannerisms fresh in my head.

Also, while doing poses, if your character is from a movie, anime, video-game, etc - listen to the ost of the medium while practicing your poses. It really helps you get into the characters head.


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