On Tuesday night, as I was walking back to my car after my late class, I was thinking about experience. For whatever reason, music had wandered onto my mind and even though performing isn’t a part of my life any more, I have almost nine years of professional training.
And then I stopped and thought, ‘I would kill to have nine years of experience in costuming or photography.’
The greatest and most daunting aspect of the construction side of cosplay is the variety of know-how needed. It’s been four years since the first cosplay I made and there are still costumes that I’m wary to take on. Not because they’re difficult, but because huge design elements are just completely out of my current skill range.
Like many other crafts, cosplay is something learned by doing. And now that I think about it, I kind of like the idea that no matter where I look, there’s something new I get to learn.