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03 Oct 2008 - 22:036617
Cosplay & Parents
Hi everyone,
Sorry if this topic has been previously addressed. I was just wondering what was the general reaction of the parents about cosplay. Personally, my parents have no idea, lol, but I'm pretty sure they wouldn't like it. Although, that doesn't matter if they are thousands of km away >_<.
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03 Oct 2008 - 22:116619
I'm to old to do what my parents say but my mum has a moan about it anyway thinking I'm to old and it's childish


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03 Oct 2008 - 22:356620
My mum is very bemused by it all, I think she finds it all rather funny, and wonders sometimes how I'm able to willingly go out in the outfits I make and stuff. All the same though, she's pretty light-hearted about it and compliments me on the stuff she honestly thinks is good. (She often tells me how bad she was/is at sewing and that she can't quite work out how I make some of the stuff I do - I'm not great but its nice to get compliments!)

My dad I think actually would probably like to be a cosplayer himself if he was younger. He's always up for helping me make props and he always asks me what I'm making next.

Yeah, I think my parents are pretty good with cosplay in general and are pretty astounded by the talent all cosplayers seem to have!


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03 Oct 2008 - 22:446621
Im pretty sure my parents wouldnt mind... they would certainly think it costs too much but they think that with all my hobbies.

I would also doubt they would help me pay for such things too :>.


03 Oct 2008 - 22:496622
I made a cosplay scrap book for my grandmother's 90th birthday. I think she liked it. I was slightly selective about which cosplays I put in there (no Fran or Jessica for example).

I moved out long ago, so my parents couldn't stop me if they wanted to, but if any do complain, you could always point out it's better than getting wasted each evening.


03 Oct 2008 - 22:566624
my parents refer to cosplay aswell as everything else to do with japan/anime/manga/the whole shabang as "Amber's World" but they love that i'm original and don't care what people think of me.
mum get's a little annoyed if she thinks i'm spending too much on a cosplay but as i want to do costume as a carreer they're pretty impressed at the level i make things at i think. hooray for supportive parents! ^^


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03 Oct 2008 - 23:526628
My parents are a bit of both to be honest.
My mother thinks its cool ^_^; and supports me for being "individual" O_o and everytime my dad sees me in costume he sighs, lol.

But the most supportive person in my family when it comes to stuff like this is my sister, she helps me search for wigs and other little things like that. So it's nice to have someone that can help. (:


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04 Oct 2008 - 00:396629
I didn't really tell my parents stright out first of all. It started with me just asking if I could go to a convention and at first my mum didn't want me to go but after some explaining she thought it was pretty cool. Now I can talk to her about cosplays and conventions and she's just happy that I have such a fun time and I'm doing something I like She likes to look at my manga and even trys my wigs on for a laugh XD plus my dad likes to help me make props and helps me if I'm stuck (he's great at woodwork stuff so thats very handy for me)


04 Oct 2008 - 01:156630
My mother is consider natural about me being cosplay (since it's only my second year)...just don't know about her reaction about my next cosplay though. ^^;;


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04 Oct 2008 - 01:426631
Given that my dad is a big performer (like me) he really wasn't bothered by it and generally sees it like I am doing a play but... without the play part.

He couldn't complain when I did crossplay either due to the number of times he has been a Panto Dame or played Frankenfurter in Rocky Horror.

My mum is incredibly creative and generally is interested in how I made X or what I am working on next. She always asks for updates and likes to look at my cosplay galleries as well.

I moved out about 3 years ago and I think it really helped me improve because I couldn't rely on ma or pa to bail me out on stuff anymore.

I always find it a bit tragic when parents are hostile about the hobby. If I spoke with them I would ask whether they wanted their child being creative, making friends at conventions, and learning a life skill... or going out to hang out in parks/bars/clubs and risking violence, peer pressured drugs, or worse.

It's the same argument I would put to any parent who has a problem with a "geeky" hobby.

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04 Oct 2008 - 08:416632
Quote PrincessMark:
I always find it a bit tragic when parents are hostile about the hobby. If I spoke with them I would ask whether they wanted their child being creative, making friends at conventions, and learning a life skill... or going out to hang out in parks/bars/clubs and risking violence, peer pressured drugs, or worse.


It's okay, I find time to multi-task and do both. I'll see you in the park at 3 for your beat down.

My dad has always been in the 'Oh god... Japan D:' camp and treats it like any of my geeky hobbies that he doesn't know anything about. My mum on the other hand used to help me out (I knew *nothing* when I started) and there have been one or two ocassions since when in a last minute frantic rush, she'll press my seams and hand me pins whilst we chat. It's nice to have someone coo over how straight your hems are when you just want to cry and tell you if she thinks something works or not. She also tried to take in pictures for her friends at work to see D:


04 Oct 2008 - 09:116633
My mum thinks it's great that I do costumes and things like that, but she really is astounded at how much it costs me.

(This tax year so far I've spent a grand on costumes/ going to conventions)

She's generally happy with what I wear, though there was a few moments when I was like "I'm going to be Ivy from Soul calibur" and she was like "Can't you pick something more.. covering?" "No" "Oh, okay."

She is really supportive though, and is driving us all up to London expo. We're going to make her hold the camera in the audience for the masqurade.

-Tab



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04 Oct 2008 - 10:156636
Quote Tak:
She also tried to take in pictures for her friends at work to see D:


That's uber cool :O. I think my mum would tried to hide the fact of a son cosplaying, lol.


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04 Oct 2008 - 10:326640
Seeing as how it was my mum who taught me to sew in the first place, I don't think she's in any position to complain

I think both my parents are mainly in the "wow, you made that?" camp, although I would be selective about what costumes of mine they see (for example, I don't think either of them has seen my Felicia and that's how it's going to stay!). I'm pretty sure my dad has at least thought about the possibility of me doing a bit of seamstressing on the side to make extra cash, knowing what he's like (to which I can only really respond that I'm not quite good enough for that). In any case, I haven't lived with my parents in a very long time, so it's not like there's much they could say or do to put me off anyway


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04 Oct 2008 - 10:476641
My parents seem OK with it. My Dad doesn't really seem to care although he obviously thinks it's weird. My Mum on the other hand helps with a great deal of the construction.


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04 Oct 2008 - 11:246642
My mum isn't bothered about it and just leaves me to it. Sometimes she'll give me a suggestion if I need help but most of the time she wonders why I don't just save my money and why I'm not like normal teenagers. But I think she's thankful I'm doing all-nighters with sewing and not going out on the town getting pissed whenever possible XD

My step-dad comes with me to fabric shops and goes "OOOH, USE THIS!" or "this is niiice" and has even made friends with people at the shop. He's very interested in it and constantly asks me how I'm doing on costumes.

My dad and his girlfriend are also very interested in it. Alison taught me how to sew when I first started and if I show her something she'll give me tips on how to do it. But she doesn't understand how anyone can make a costume without a pattern XD


04 Oct 2008 - 11:476643
Quote Ashe:
My mum isn't bothered about it and just leaves me to it. Sometimes she'll give me a suggestion if I need help but most of the time she wonders why I don't just save my money and why I'm not like normal teenagers.
Norma? what's normal, the amount of people at expo you'd have though we are normal! ^^

hooray for not using patterns though! cosplayers are so taking over the world. XD


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04 Oct 2008 - 11:526644
My mum doesn't care that it's a geeky hobby, she cares that it's an expensive hobby! xD; And that it's a time-consuming hobby and worries that I might not have time for homework. Does she not realize that I didn't finish my Hao cosplay due to coursework!? [and procrastination... but shhh!] Although she does like the fact that I am able to make normal clothes out of it, she keeps on asking me to make clothes for her which I find amusing 8D [sometimes she doubts me though because I'm always making eccentric stuff >_>]

My dad was the one who taught me how to use the sewing machine, his fault his fault [even though I got into cosplay before I got the machine, but shhh again!]!! He finds it's hilarious whenever I wear wigs and eccentric cosplays, otherwise he's fine with it. So long as I don't spend -too- much money and I still carry on studying hard.

Despite my dad not minding cosplay he never helps me, d'oh! D8 The only time he helped me was showing me how to load up thread onto the sewing machine [which I struggled with loooads!], buying me a sewing machine in the first place, setting up a bank account [it was needed for wigs!] and teaching me how to punch chicken wire into shape [whaat? I didn't know how to make my moogle head!]. Ah yes and he does buy stuff for me every now and then... like copper tubing! But that's it xD


04 Oct 2008 - 11:526645
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Quote Ashe:
My mum isn't bothered about it and just leaves me to it. Sometimes she'll give me a suggestion if I need help but most of the time she wonders why I don't just save my money and why I'm not like normal teenagers.
Norma? what's normal, the amount of people at expo you'd have though we are normal! ^^

hooray for not using patterns though! cosplayers are so taking over the world. XD


By normal, I mean "normal". What everyone expects teenagers to be like XD


04 Oct 2008 - 12:086646
I dont think my parents mind so much.

I do think my dad gets a little dissapointed though, that I ask for help with putting buttons or hoops into costumes. (As opposed to asking for help with setting up a shelving unit or moving heavy items)

Not exactly what he has in mind for father-son bonding...


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04 Oct 2008 - 13:396648
Quote Ashe:
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Quote Ashe:
My mum isn't bothered about it and just leaves me to it. Sometimes she'll give me a suggestion if I need help but most of the time she wonders why I don't just save my money and why I'm not like normal teenagers.
Norma? what's normal, the amount of people at expo you'd have though we are normal! ^^

hooray for not using patterns though! cosplayers are so taking over the world. XD


By normal, I mean "normal". What everyone expects teenagers to be like XD

depressed,moody, speaking in single syllables and only emerging from our rooms to eat? no fair. i emerge from my room to watch tv too! XD
or loud, obnoxious, always swearing at parents and climbing out of bedroom windows to to drink and smoke with thet older guy who rides a bike? XD

i think the latter is more accurate to teenage life these days.... ^_^


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04 Oct 2008 - 16:406649
well by dads mainly negative about it or runs round the house wearing my wigs loollll but hes not negative so much more of a " its silly, haha why arnt you like normal kids your age" and to that i give him the old finger lmao my mom just enjoys seing proges and REMINDING ME tht ive left a costume last minute and wnt do it lmao


04 Oct 2008 - 16:466651
if only i lived like miles away from my parents lol

i live with my parents and they hate me cosplaying mainly due to the money use and that they don't help me in the future what so ever... they are angry most of the time about it due to me putting so much effect into it...o_O they normally keep quiet but you can tell that they hate it due giving small hints, and trying to advise you to take another root lol

but hey! its what i like and i dont really care... you never know might help me n the future!!! LOL


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04 Oct 2008 - 17:436653
They seem alright with me cosplaying but they dont seem to approve that its time-consuming. When they see cosplayers near or outside events they tend to like what they see.

My mum just leaves me to it but I tend to keep her updated whith what I do and sometimes ask for opinions about my ideas, although I have been a bit quiet of my plans lately.

My dad is happy to help me whenever possible. He even just got down an old industrial sewing-machine that has been in the attic for 10 years since the one I have been using over the past year didnt agree with me (bad stitching). Im gonna see how it works as soon as it gets fixed.

They're impressed with the progress made so far.


04 Oct 2008 - 18:366655
My mum doesn't really understand it but she likes to look at my photo's from conventions and will help take some progress pics of me. She just comments on the length of my skirts XD

I don't really talk about it with my dad (don't live with him) but I can make a pretty good guess he will think it a waste of money & childish lol


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