Are you a Costumer or a Player?

I’ve always thought of myself as a “Player”. Someone who’s seriously fooling around, like seriously! Hahahaa. I mean, I’ve always been very serious about the hobby and every costume is given as much attention and respect as I could give it. But at the same time, I've always been doing Cosplay for the sake of fun and simply because I can.
Recently, I discovered a different aspect of my interest. A deeper, hidden side of my passion.Well, not exactly hidden nor deep but it was always something I wasn’t upfront about.
I realise my intense love for Cosplay rooted from my urge to be special, to be powerful, to be well….anything but simple, boring me. There, I've said it. TELL ME I”M NOT ALONE PWEASE?!!!

And I’m sure many people start cosplaying for similar reasons; a chance to be someone else. A chance to do something out of the ordinary. A chance to be their favourite manga character. A chance to be a ‘popular’ person (cosplayed character). A chance for a change that is bigger than the plain, ugly self I deem myself to be. 

(Please don't give me crap or flame me about faking self pity or phishing for compliments. There's no girl who won't feels self conscious )

WCS Singapore Preliminary 2010

AFAX Regional Cosplay Competition 2010

After doing my Skip Beat and Defence Devil stage performance, I discovered a love for acting/ performing. I realised I enjoy acting as the character that inspired my cosplay! I know it probably sounds all logical and sound on hindsight but let's just say it took me a while.
So all in all, I think I like cosplay because I want to live life, even if for a short few hours, as the cool, beautiful and engimatic characters I look up to. Not for the pretty skirt (okay, maybe a little bit), not for the fancy hair and not for the attention. I do it because I want to be just a little closer to the lovable individuals they are. They might not all be cool and kick arse but they all taught me something about life and gave my own boring life a kick of vitality xD!
I honestly don't know what's the whole point of my long proclamation but I sure as hell love confessing my love for this hobby and would like to hear yours too! Confess now! (comment & lemme know!)

I know I haven’t been as active as I ought to. But after my Semi-Hiatus I decided I want to put in more effort to the hobby while I still physically can. No worries, I’m not diagnosed with TB or something, just decided to live life in the moment =)

But I find it hard to abandon TheCosplayChronicles too because she’s my cradle baby so I guess I have to come to a compromise somewhere ^_^;


Ying said…
you can always be the "paparazzi" when you are having your "off days" from cosplays!

I love you crack reports and coverage for all the events or even photoshoots.

Well. Take a break and give a boost again. Don't try to force yourself. I took a pretty long vacation for this hobby too.

Iisan-chan said…
I love cosplay for basically very similar reasons. I like to not be myself, I'm rather ordinary for the most part until people find out I sew. and I'm very shy about talking about it so I don't really tell people.

I always cosplay someone who is nothing like me, always someone outgoing and hyper happy crazy, and I can act just like them while in the cosplay which makes me a little bit more confident.
Ryuuzaki-chan said…
Well girl, you're not alone ;) I love cosplay for similar reasons :3 it's fun not to be yourself, getting out of your daily life ^^ and just being crazy about it is so relaxing xDD
viospace said…
First of all I would like to tell you that I love your performance~<3
especially the Skip Beat one. (re-watched it for a few times actually. >.<)

It was really fun to fool around. I LOVE TO DO THAT. For me it is also to act as the character (because the chars I usually cos are the ones that can go unglam like nobody's business).

I love costuming too. I'm not good with it, but I love how I was able to make everything out myself.
No matter what the outcome is, the feeling after completing everything/cosing is definitely priceless and irreplaceable. (Y)

That is why my passion for cosplay is still burning~<3 *v*
Xiaobai said…
XD I love playing as much as making the costume too! I like the process of gathering materials, researching on how to make stuff and brainstorming for methods and so on~

Playing is something I've come to appreciate and cherish recently, especially during events and shoots, cause...what's the point if you dun find it fun when you cosplay? ^^;; It's a hobby after all, not a job!

I like your blog mainly cause of you always have a very interesting coverage of events! XD
Mika said…
I relate strongly to your words: 'A chance for a change that is bigger than the plain, ugly self I deem myself to be.'

Despite me having this hobby that supposedly should require more confidence, I'm actually someone who really, really thinks I'm ugly, in real life or in costume.

I'm deeply thankful to Cosplay; because of it, I've become a more confident and social person. I've learned not to care so much about how other people think, to enjoy what I am doing as long as I'm not stepping on other people's toes. I've learned a lot about makeup XD and I've learned a lot about myself.
pohcbSonic said…
It's good to keep this journal's alive and your cosplay passion's alive.

Mine's similar to your's in some way for affection to cosplay, but I'm a cosplay watcher and photographer, so yeah~ .

(though I liked to be engrossed in anime characters' moments, sometimes. XD)
Quakey said…
"I realise my intense love for Cosplay rooted from my urge to be special, to be powerful, to be well….anything but simple, boring me."

This is very true to how I started with cosplaying. I compare how I am now with before how I was when I wasn't still cosplaying, and I found that there's something more to perceive of me as a cosplayer. More colorful, if you will.

And to answer your question, I am more of a "player" than a costumer, primarily because I'm not good with any handywork. LOL. Imitating roles has always been a favorite habit of mine (sometimes even a guilty pleasure). :D
Sese said…
Would you believe that I used to be in theater arts and I always wanted to act? Unfortunately that opportunity didnt open up for me when I went to college. So thank God for COSPLAY.

I see myself as a player though I do pay attention the details of my costume too but I find it more enjoyable if I'm able to act like the character I am cosplaying. It feels like I'm back on stage, feeling the spotlight and acting.
REI said…
My love for cosplay actually rooted from how I was treated as a child. Basically, with no friends in primary and secondary I felt that I was acknowledged by fans and many others when I step up on stage.
In response to your question, I guess I am a 'player'. Well, I enjoy acting on stage and confusing people about my actual gender since my height gives me an edge for characters of both sexes!
李李特 said…
被召唤来了||| 只能说之前的热情和喜欢已经变成一种习惯 不是说不再喜欢只是喜欢是会变成习惯的 在还没厌烦这个习惯之前应该还会继续 不过也没多长时间了 叔都老了 不可能还要一个快奔30的青年还COS着10+岁的少年吧 瞎眼啊阿阿阿阿啊 救命啊啊啊啊啊啊 来人阿阿阿阿阿啊 =. = 于是好像说的太多了.......... 沉默是金........ *滚地*

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