So You Think You Can Cosplay!
Written by Amber Van Sonata
Getting started with cosplay can seem like one of those really daunting tasks that requires a ton
of time and effort. I mean, how else are you supposed to get those badass looks you see all
Trust me, nobody is going to throw you out of a con for showing up with a store-bought mask
with a questionable paint job and a T-shirt. Cosplayers don’t go to cons with the intention of
judging other people. They’re there for the same reason you are: to have a good time, check
out some cool costumes, and maybe pick up some exclusive swag. And maybe they’re entering
the costume competition if the con has one, but at that point, they’re just in a frenzy making
sure they look good, not you.
That’s not to say everyone will simply ignore you and not speak to you. Talk to the right people
and you’ll get some good tips on improving your costume and where to buy certain items,
whether you need materials, want to commission someone, or buy the outfit outright. While
making costumes is a serious hobby for fans, no one will give you a hard time for showing up in
something you haven’t made, as long as you don’t go around saying you did make it when you
So, first things first. Anyone can cosplay. There is no age, weight, race, sexuality or any other
limit to be had. It doesn’t matter who you are. If you want to cosplay, do it. If anyone tells you
that you can’t, smack them.
The hardest thing you will encounter as a cosplayer is, of course, the costume. Some characters
are easy, and only require a few props and a pretty simple outfit. Some of them are so insanely
detailed that you’ll definitely have to get creative or pay someone to do it for you. Learning to
sew is almost a requirement for cosplayers, unless you have a ton of money to blow (and if you
do, good for you! Carry on!). The great thing about sewing is that it’s a skill that doesn’t
necessarily require any artistic talent. It’s incredibly easy to learn and has applications outside
of just cosplay. Another important skill is properly wearing make up and wigs. Video tutorials
are fantastic for this. There is definitely no shortage of “How to do [x] make up”, and nailing
down how to wear a wig is life changing.
For those just starting out, cosplay.com has a fantastic forum in which you can find all kinds of
information on make up, wigs, sewing, and various other topics. It’s also a great place to meet
I might be biased, but the first place I ever looked for cosplay gear was Amazon (Prime shipping
for days), and they have a pretty good range of outfits, but their wares are almost entirely
restricted to pop culture characters. They might be a good, quick option for someone looking to
do a popular character (I got my D.Va outfit from there) but for some of their other more
obscure items, you might have to shop around to see where you can get the most for your
Alright, so you’ve got your character and your costume. Now what? Well, you have a couple
options. If you’re keeping it PG, the next biggest issue you’ll run into is convention expenses.
Tickets, travel, and food costs are the hurdles you’ll have to get over now, but most of that is
time sensitive. Get everything squared away as soon as possible so you don’t have to think
about it later.
Since this is a blog for cosplay in porn, I’ll touch a little more on the hurdles of sexy cosplayers.
You have options here after all. If you still want to do a con, make sure your outfit follows all
the laws of the area you’re in and the rules of the con. Once you’ve gotten past that, the next
thing to look out for is stray hands. It’s unfortunate, but too many people take skimpy outfits as
an invitation to touch, even if the character the person is cosplaying just dresses that way
normally. If you ever feel uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to give someone a hard “no” or tell
con staff. You’re not doing anything wrong by portraying a character in a certain way, no matter
what someone might say.
If con life isn’t for you, or you’d prefer to keep your sexy self separate from your PG con self,
you can do photoshoots or studio porn, or personally-shot amateur stuff. As with any area of
porn, do be careful with studios and photographers. There are some fantastic people out there
who are more than legit, but the loudest voices are usually the ones you don’t want to call
back. Make sure you vet everyone, get all the information you possibly can, and always ask
them for references. If they can’t provide you with information for other models you can
contact, be cautious, especially if they seem to be dodging the question. If you aren’t 100%
comfortable, ask to bring a friend. If they don’t allow you to, or insist that the person can’t be in
the room during the shoot, back up.
For personal stuff, the biggest challenge there is limitations of your personal film space and
equipment. Lighting is probably the most important, and the camera second. This is one of
those heavily debated issues, but when I started out, I had a camera that shot in HD and still
needed extra lighting.
Just remember, anyone can cosplay, and while the biggest challenge is getting your costume,
once you get over that hump, the world is your oyster.
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