I usually stick with january 2008 as my answer because that’s when I REALLY started participating in cosplay stuff, when beforehand all I did was dumb bathroom selfie closet cosplay lol. so almost 6 years!
it actually took me a while to really get started… and even then I only started to feel ~in the groove~ about a year or so ago. I first found out about cons in 2004/2005, and it wasn’t until 2008 that I finally went to con in a character costume (that my sister made), and then it wasn’t another year and a half in may 2009 that I started making/sewing my own costumes. from 2009 to now i’m still learning!
nowadays I think cosplay is a lot easier to get into because there are literally HUNDREDS of wig sellers, costume sellers, people you can commission, etc etc etc. it would not have taken me as long to really get into cosplay had I just bought costumes, but I really wanted to learn to make my own!! so that was also a big reason why it took me a while to get in the groove lol. if you wanna buy/commission costumes it won’t take as long to get into as it would if you started learning to make your own stuff.
but “getting into it” in general is gonna take up a bunch of your time, it’s a hobby after all. but honesty it varies from person to person!! so it’s hard to say. I also have A LOT of really talented friends that helped me along the way, so I think that sped up the process a bit too.
it’d be super sick!! maybe one day haha I’m not working real hard towards doin it, I have some other things I need to focus on but if it happens it happens & that’d be seriously cool. BUT ANYWAY thank you so much!! I definitely will keep up the good work! have a good night dude!
I used to - it was Nina from Breath of Fire 2!! I don’t know if I have an ultimate goal costume anymore though??? I feel like all of the harder costumes I really want to make (like Nina or plugsuits, armor, etc) are actually not that complicated and not really worthy of being a “dream costume” lmao. I have an album on my fb page of all the stuff I wanna make!!
I think a better goal/cool thing for me would be being the company sanctioned “official cosplayer” for something!! especially something I really like lol. being sponsored to make an elaborate and well known character for a company would be really fucking cool lol
i’ve NEVER been outside of the US actually! I would really REALLY love to travel to a different country but I am so poor that I’m just budgeting the money I have into going to cons and cosplaying lmao. I want to go to the UK really badly though uuuggghhh if it’s as cloudy and rainy all the time like people say it is then it’s the perfect place for me!! if I went for a con that would also be SUPER SICK (I think I know some people on here that I could meet at mcm?) but like I said in another ask, I don’t think it could ever happen unless I was invited or I came across a lot of money lol.
GUHHH thank you so much!! if you ever see me at a con please say hey!! I’ll try not to be really awkward lmfao but usually it goes alright.
haha yeah jenni is definitely an INTEGRAL PART OF MY LIFE i’m really really very glad she is my friend! we met at AX in uuhhhhh 2010?? ACP had a Gurren Lagann contest that she placed in, Jason was also in it (he won best Kamina!!!) so a bunch of us Gurren cosplayers were there to help promote Konishi’s attendance at the con and the movies that were being made, and to help with the contest. we sat next to each other during the screening of whatever Gurren thing they were showing and she was getting REALLY EMOTIONAL and I just remember thinking how great it was that she was so emotional and open about her anime feelings because i was trying VERY HARD not to burst into tears because Gurren is fucking brutal
after that we would see each other at cons & then eventually we added each other on twitter/fb/whatever and it kinda just went from there??? we had a few mutual friends, and we would talk more and realize we both loved a lot of the same shit (Eva especially) and it just blossomed into a wonderful friendship and here we are!
WELP I don’t really know what your approach is to trying to be friends with cosplay girls but if you try really hard it’s usually pretty noticeable and that’ll often just push people away. making friends is not something you should (or can) force on someone, it should come pretty naturally and just kinda ~flow~
as far as physical traits: there’s stuff that I’m generally pretty into, but none of it is the BE ALL END ALL of what I find physically attractive in a person! I’m gonna make this easy:
HANDY DANDY LIST OF (MOSTLY 2D) PEOPLE I’M DESPERATELY ATTRACTED TO a.k.a. people i wanna bang (all are sfw!):
1 2 3 4 (those are all the same guy i don’t even care i’d bang him forever into the universe) 5 6 7 8
ok, there are probably PLENTY of things I “don’t tolerate” and I’d be lying if I said being physically attractive (to me) wasn’t important, but if I love someone a lot then that intolerable thing is really not that big of a deal, and it’s something I can talk to my partner about. it’s a case by case basis thing.
and as far as the stuff you said specifically: I like scruff/2 week beards more than long/lifetime beards - big bellies aren’t really my thing - unibrows def look silly to me but it takes MAYBE 5 mins, one day a week to keep it in check.
UGH I FEEL YOU lol i haven’t been posting too much because I haven’t really been making that much for myself lately. and even then you’re right, I don’t really post a lot so I will try to remedy that!! (▰˘◡˘▰) thanks for the suggestion and dang I’m really glad it helps you!!
i have a BIG OL’ LIST on my fb page!! some of those need to be changed/deleted and some other things need to be added but that list is usually stuff that I’m still REALLY aching to make lol.
lately I’ve been dying to make the new idol girl Kanami Mashita from the Persona 4 Dancing All Night game!! that and I very desperately want to be Nicolas from Gangsta but I’ll probably have to settle with his younger version because I’m really thin & it would probably look wacky haha.