Shortest ‘First Cosplay’ Speech Ever

So the other day, one of my former coworkers texts me about cosplay.  He’s been interested in cosplaying since I met him and it seems like he’s finally going to get started, which is awesome since this is a great time to start planning for a summer convention.

The interesting part is, he’s motivated by cosplay as a whole, not by a particular character. Which says something fantastic about the American cosplay community, and is totally backwards from how I look at things. He’s one of the people I know who bring out my blunt and honest side. So when he started chucking random characters at me, he got what was possibly the shortest version of my ‘first cosplay’ speech.

Here’s a tip: you’re going to be sacrificing your social life for this. Don’t make a snap decision. Here’s what you should do: sit down and think of everything you’ve ever watched or read or played and think of the characters that you loved. Not just liked, but LOVED. Don’t worry about how simple the outfit is because at this point, the love for that character is going to be what pulls you through the hell you are about to inflict upon yourself. Sooo when you have that list, go rewatch the ones you think are most important to you. And then give me the revised list, and I’ll tell you if someone works out for me. If not, I’m still not going to leave you high and dry. Let me put it this way… if you’re ready to jump in I’ll make sure you can swim. ^_^

And then he proceeded to totally ignore me, which resulted in this.

Make your list. Trust me you do NOT want me to pick your cosplay for you.

Which is only fair, since I don’t think anyone out there would/should trust me with cosplay suggestions. It would be bad.

~greyrondo

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About greyrondo

My name is greyrondo. I've been a cosplayer since Fall 2006, and I've noticed that the best conversations I have with cosplayers usually involve the question, 'so how DID you do that?' So after studying costuming and making a closet's worth of costumes, that's what I'd like to help answer. Drop in and stay awhile whether you're a cosplayer or just a curious spectator; one of my musings is bound to be what you're looking for. If you have a question or something to say, leave a comment or contact me! I don't bite, I promise. View all posts by greyrondo

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