I'm working as a petroleum engineer, which has allowed me to visit some rather unusual places. I spent time on a platform offshore in the central north sea and now I'm moving to live in a city called stavanger in Norway.
When I'm not buried under a pile of fabric, I enjoy learning to dance ballet, theatre and movies.
I have been cosplaying for around 8 years now.
It all started from my love of fancy dress! After playing FFX, I wanted to make yuna's costume for something a little different for halloween.
A little later a good friend of mine introduced me to my first manga and anime, cardcaptors sakura and I agreed to help her make a sakura costume. After researching all this on the internet we discovered the world of cosplay!
I was officailly hooked then and even though my work doesn't allow me time to make quite as many costumes as I used to, I still am today
Most people can tell from my cosplays that i'm a bit of a CLAMP addict, this is shared with most of the friends that I cosplay with. CLAMP designs always give me a challenge when making costumes and I learn something new everytime!
Wed, 05 Dec 2012 22:30:35 GMT
Cosplay competitions have changed radically since I started cosplaying almost 10 years ago. They have evolved from simple catwalk shows to full-on theatrical style performances, with the level of skill and craftsmanship rocketing as the community has grown. Pre-judging, a.k.a five minute conversations with the judges, along with detailed progress books, have also become common place in the UK’s competition scene.
Along with the competitions found at many of our well known conventions, UK cosplayers now have the opportunity to enter the preliminaries for three international cosplay events:
- World Cosplay Summit (WCS), finals held in Nagoya, Japan (Entered in Pairs – pictured above)
- Eurocosplay (EC), finals held in London, UK (Solo entries only)
- European Cosplay Gathering(ECG), Finals held in Paris, France (Group and Solo Entry)
Understandably, for some people heavy competition isn’t their scene. Don’t worry; there are plenty of opportunities to showcase your work on stage without the pressure. I recommend the costume parades at either London Comic con (formerly known as MCM expo) or Hyper Japan; these are also great events for people who have recently started out in the cosplay scene.
After many years of competing in, helping out at, and more recently judging cosplay competitions, I’ve come up with some tips for this new age of international cosplay competition. Please note that most of these are drawn from my experiences and are meant as advice; this isn’t a full proof guide for winning competitions!
Since I got a little carried away with writing, i’ve split it down into two main sections. Please click on the links below:
Remember It’s not the end of the world if you don’t win!
It’s almost impossible to predict the outcome of a competition, so there will be a chance that you won’t win even after all of the hard work and effort. Remember that cosplaying is a hobby! It’s for enjoyment and for making friends.
Please respect the judge’s opinions; it’s not an easy job to pick a winner as entrants often score so close. Don’t be afraid to ask the judges for constructive criticism, they’ll often be happy to give you some advice on how to improve your costume and performance skills for your next entry.
At the end of the day, remember you have a brand new costume to add to your collection. Plan a photo shoot and get some pictures to show off your hard work on Cosplay Island and Facebook.
I’d also like to thank Annette, for helping me edit my first article.