Back before MCM londonexpo May 2005, I didn't know that there was other people with similar taste in the UK, So expo really opened my eyes to the fact I wasn't alone in loving anime, manga, computer games and other stuff.
I really find that I can mingle more easy when I am in cosplay and it has boost my confidence a lot.
I started Cosplaying in 2005 May MCM London expo when the Anime village was first announced.
Since 2009 I have cosplayed 20 characters, a few outfits not worth showing.
What I find about cosplay is the making process is interesting and can be also stressful if not handled properly (Time management), I think when the whole outfit is completed I feel more proud that I made it or had some input into it.