I thought I'd switch around my journal entries and make something more positively interesting. I want to share some of my tips to everyone when it comes to cosplaying- both at conventions and at photoshoots. Some things are pretty state-the-obvious, and if anyone else has some if their own tips, please submit them!
1. TEST YOUR COSTUME TWICE BEFORE WEARING IT TO A CON/SHOOT
Wear it a week before and 2-3 days before the convention. This is to 'break in' your outfit and to find out the possible little faults (loose threads, holes, etc.). Sit down and do heaps of random poses to test out the costume's limits.
Of course, during the progression of your costume coming to life, you should be testing it out and such, but it feels so much different when it all comes together!
Yes. It's that simple. Especially prior to a shoot, make sure you consume something healthy beforehand. Some people fear that eating will make the look 'fat' during shooting, but as long as you're not eating something greasy or full of simple carbs, you'll be fine. In fact, starving yourself will cause your skin to expel more oils, gases in your stomach will bloat you, and you'll be too much in a pissy mood to work with.
I'd even advise that you go on a health swing a few weeks beforehand to clean up your skin, have more energy, and maybe even tone up and look more badass!
3. ALWAYS RESPECT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER (AND ANYONE ELSE INVOLVED)
When you're working with a photographer, no matter if they're a stranger or your best mate, treat them with the upmost respect. Just like you've worked your ass off to make a costume, they've worked their ass off to get the right gear, learn to become a great photoshop artist, and help to distribute your work. Some photographers don't ask for a cent for what they do, and some ask for some sort of compensation. Talk to them, get to know their style and expectations, and come to a healthy idea of what the shoot will be like. Afterwards, when you upload the photo, make sure you credit all involved.
(Warning: if you didn't pay the photographer, they can pretty much do whatever they want to the photos. So yeah.)
4. ALWAYS BRING A SMALL SEWING KIT
No matter what precautions you take, chances are your costume or someone else's will have an accident. It's best to have a little kit on you, covering all possible outcomes. Super glue, hollywood tape, threads, small scissors, safety pins, duct tape, etc.
5. PRACTISE YOUR POSES BEFOREHAND
This is something I often forget to do, haha! Do plenty of research on your character and figure out their personality and poses. Almost like acting, you gotta become them to really pull the cosplay together.
6. BUY THE RIGHT KNICKERS
Especially for the gals with mini skirts, bunny suits and the just bizarre, make sure you're wearing the right pair of underwear. I've seen accidents happen where girls wearing white knickers hit bright light and you see everything. It's not good. Best to stick to black and wear skin coloured stockings to be safe.
7. PACK YOUR STUFF THE NIGHT BEFORE THE SHOOT/CON
Write a list of all the things you need, and mark everything off before you leave home. I always end up finding heaps of little nifty things to take along. It's even good to pack some granola bars and water just in case!
Well, that's all my tips for now! I'll write more when I get the chance. You got anything that I could add to the list or share with others? Post it here!