Cosplay Photography

Going Pro as a Cosplayer?

I’ve been asked, a few times, over the years (and again tonight) what it takes to ‘go pro’ as a cosplayer. As a disclaimer, I’m not really an expert on this, I’ve conversed with a few known cosplayers and done a bit of reading and watched what a few did to make themselves known, so I can offer at least a bit of a starting point.

First, you’re going to need a fairly substantial cosplay collection, and you’re going to have to add to it often. This can be expensive. Some cheat around it a bit by wearing lingerie in the colors of the character with a wig, makeup and accessories. Draws attention, and takes less time than building or buying a full cosplay. currently characters like 2b are pretty popular for this, a few google searches will show you what I’m referring to. Do I condone this? I neither condone nor condemn, not my place, it is up to each person to decide what is for them. There are also casual cosplays, a bit of research will give you some insights into that.

Second, you’re going to need pictures, lots of them, good posed ones, selfies, the works. The lucky cosplayers have a supportive significant other or good friend with decent camera skills and between the two of them can do some good edits. Some do time for CD shoots with photographers or make deals or squeeze in as many pro shoots as they can. Some are paid to do pro shoots. There are lots of possibilities. Lots of pictures also means lots of studying character poses and the poses of other models and cosplayers to see what those successful in the field are going.

Third, all of the cosplays and pictures and selfies are going to be needed for your social media campaign. To go pro you must be known, to do that you need followers. Jessica Nigri, for example, has 3.7 million followers on instagram, 4.7 million likes on facebook and 913k followers on twitter. Extreme example, I know, but she had to start somewhere, as does anyone. That means regular posts and uploaded pictures, and hashtags, and doing the research to become social media savvy, basically, you’re crafting the cosplays, working the pictures, and being your own publicist, while working a regular job to pay bills and buy the stuff that you need to create the cosplays in the first place.

I don’t want to discourage anyone, I just want to point out that overnight successes come from years of hard work.

As I said, I don’t claim to be an expert, if you want to do this, you’ll have to become one. Do your research, watch out for anything too good to be true, question any ‘expert’ that comes your way, and watch out for those that may try and capitalize on your drive to succeed to talk you into anything that your common sense might steer you clear of.

Did any of that make sense, or am I tired and rambling? LOL

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I get to Combine Journalism and Fantasy, Good Times!

I’m not sure why, but people don’t really think about fantasy and science fiction when they hear Idaho mentioned. By stereotype we all wear western clothes, pack a handgun and talk like we’re out of a western, so basically if everybody thinks we act like the folks in Firefly what’s the big surprise that we do indeed appreciate fantasy and sci-fi? Which brings us to Fandemonium 2009, the annual Idaho Con.

Those that know me are fully aware that I’m a major fan of fantasy, I read it, write it, listen to it and watch it all I can. I do appreciate science fiction, don’t get me wrong, but as much as I appreciate writers like Asimov, Heinlein and Bova they don’t quite measure up to my deep admiration for the writing of Tolkien, Eddings, and Burroughs. So the thought of there not only being a Con in Idaho, but the fact that this was the first year that I heard of it really makes me want to kick myself in the butt!

Cons are a really difficult thing to set up, I actually had the opportunity to sit down with the people that put it all together and it’s a daunting process. You have to convince guests to show up and then you have to get people to come when you finally finish busting your hump to get it all set. One thing that people don’t think about is that it’s all done by volunteers, and volunteers lose their enthusiasm quickly if their hard work comes to naught.

Tomorrow I start a 3-day marathon, roughly 9am to midnight covering the events of Fandemonium, yes folks I get to put on my journalist’s hat and play with audio, video, pictures and of course written articles for one of my websites. Its been a few years since I’ve sat down and done actual interviews so I’m going to try and stretch those muscles again, but mostly I’ll probably observe and write about what goes on around me, that’s more my style.

I used to go to Cons a lot when I was younger, but it’s been a long drought since my last one, and that was completely by accident. I was weather diverted into Oklahoma City after 3 days of hard, hot work fixing a KC-135R tanker and I rode up in an elevator, still dirty and funky because when we were done getting the plane flyable, we flew. So, I’m in an elevator between a Klingon and a wizard, complete with a pointy hat, and they are looking at me like I’m the odd man out.

Part of the fun of doing this for me will be covering events with my daughter. As I’ve often said I have a face for radio and a voice for print, so having her as a partner brings the face and voice that won’t scare people away. But, if anyone is from the northwest and within driving distance of Boise drop by and say “Hi” tomorrow, Saturday or Sunday (Aug 7th-9th 2009) and see what’s going on. And no, I won’t be wearing a Conan costume to the age 18+ Cosplay. I don’t think my karma could take the ding otherwise.

Writing about events that interest you is what I consider the heard of citizen journalism, try and spread the word about those things that interest you and indirectly help those interests take off and grow, and sometimes it calls for a little sacrifice. While most are looking for a way to squeeze a dollar out of the net I’ll be laying out about $200 to cover an event in miscellaneous ways, for one thing I turned down the free press pass, I’d rather the Con generate a few bucks more to make next year a little bigger.

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