Good Morning To Everyone, It’s a lovely Sunday morning and I
have a shoot to go too here in a few hours so I decided to utilize the
in-between time with a post. I normally bring you informative
posts about events or ideas in the cosplay world. But this topic has
been something I have struggled with for a long time and I’m sure
others have also. It’s a very simple idea or concept that takes lots of
practice to actually implement. No idea what I’m talking about? No
problem that’s with this post is about 😉. I’m talking about
believing in yourself your abilities as a cosplayer.
I have approached countless cosplayers to ask for pictures at cons
and various meetups and all though most are grateful and love to
pose for pictures, there are the select few that are very shy timid
and worried they do not look “good” in their outfits. I really hate to
see this because first, all of us look great in our cosplays! But
second, I would not have approached you if I did not think your
outfit was both attractive and worthy of being photographed.
So many cosplayers put tons of hours into their cosplays but are
embarrassed by the final product. Their way to analytical and worry about
details which most do not know exist. I have heard cosplayers tell me, oh
this cosplay isn’t ready yet to be photographed because I haven’t done this
or I don’t want others to judge me. I can understand being shy but im
saddened when I hear individuals ashamed of their work and chosen
character or even body type.
The absolute worse is cosplayers that are ashamed of their body or skin
color and feel they do not fit into the stereotypical cosplayer image. They
see cosplayers that are famous such as Jessica Nigri or Alodia Gosiengfiao
and assume if their bodies do not look like this they are not suitable for the
cosplay world. I have seen this in both males and females and if they do
choose to open up, they end up loving the pictures I take of them.
For all my cosplayers that are worried about their image, I say follow your
heart and passion. Do not worry about what others and haters say. This is
your passion and it should not be influenced by others. You are doing this
for you and because you enjoy it. Cosplay is for everyone regardless of body
type or shape and honestly needs more models that do not adhere to
traditional standards. I love cosplay photography and want to take as many
pictures as possible so feel honored not ashamed when cosplay
photographers approach you.
Believe in Yourself
Returning to an earlier topic, I really want to reinforce the idea of believing
in your work. Whether you bought your cosplay or made if from scratch be
proud. Stand with your head held high and look down on anyone that
would dare knock you off your cosplay pedestal. They do not know the
modifications or work you put into this character or how this character
represents the golden years of your childhood. Whether you sow or create
armor and props, take pride in anything you have made.
It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out and see superior work and think
“there’s is much better than mine”. Remember Rome wasn’t built in a night.
Their pieces may look better than yours now but remember it took them
years to get to this point. It’s a diamond that started out as nothing more
than a large ugly rock that came out of the ground. Only with patience,
diligence and hard work did they create the refined product you see before
I have seen tons of work by other awesome cosplay photographer and
thought, there’s no way in hell I can ever create something that awesome.
This is nothing more than a defeated mindset that is setting myself up for
failure before I start. Their images are compiled from years of trial and
error and of course, a rookie never compares to a vet.
As long as I keep
trying and make sure I’m improving my craft with each shoot I am sure to
get there. Who knows, I may even surpass them one day and gain their
admiration. They say the only difference between a master and a student is
that a master has failed more times than a student has tried.
Time and time again I have found this idea to be true. After sitting down
and talking with experienced cosplayers I can honestly say they have told
me some hilarious stories of failure. But instead of looking at it as a failure,
they immediately turn it into “Well now we know that doesn’t work”
stories. Please, please, please my fellow cosplayers and cosplay
photographers do not be discouraged by your work or setbacks.
Just keep going and growing and success are sure to reach you. Maybe not
today maybe not tomorrow, hell maybe not even 3 years from now. But one
day I guarantee you will receive that lucky break that pushes everything In
your world to levels you had never imagined. “ULTRA INSTINCT”
I could easily go on and on about this topic but I think this is a good place to
end it. I hope you enjoyed this post and take it to heart. I really want to see
more “HAPPY” cosplayers and individuals proud of there physical
appearance. If you enjoyed this post or if it made you feel better about
yourself definitely drop a comment below. Thanks again everyone for
checking out my work and until next time, stay Boundless!!!
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