If you’re a big lover of geek media (comics, anime, games, and the like), and you have the look to pull of a few of your favourite characters, then the temptations to get into cosplay can very strong indeed. It’s a welcoming hobby, but it can also be pretty daunting! Not only do you have to make a little bit of a show of yourself, but you need to expect people to want to take pictures all day. So, if you’re a little on the shyer side, it can be pretty essential to make sure you’re able to bring out your confidence for the event itself.
Get your practice in
Worried about how an outfit is going to look after you’ve been moving around in it for an hour? Then take the time to practice wearing it at home, first. Organize a DIY photoshoot as shown at Cosplay and Coffee to see how well you photo in it, and then take a look back over it to get used to seeing yourself in a new costume. Given how out there some cosplay costumes can be, it might take a second to get acclimated to your new look.
Smile for the camera
One part of photographing for cosplay is that, even if your character the moody un-smiley type, you’re likely going to want to smile for cameras and to let out how much fun you’re having. If you’re not confident in your smile and your teeth, however, that can be a bit of a challenge. If you want to make cosplaying a real hobby, it might be worth looking into straightening treatments like SmilePath. Talking to your dentist about whitening treatments can help brighten up your smile big time, too.
Don’t forget your bag of tricks
Cosplaying can be tough! You can be moving around a lot, you can spend a lot of time posing and, while that might not sound like much, it can get pretty tiring by the end of the day. What’s more, it can really put your make-up through its paces. You don’t want to be worrying about whether or not your face is falling off while posing for a photo, so make sure you take a little bag of your makeup essentials with you and a hand-mirror so you can quickly check and touch up whatever you need.
The confidence to say no
Let’s be real, a lot of people find cosplay attractive. A lot of people also don’t have a good understanding (or sometimes respect) of a woman’s boundaries. If you’re worried that you might find the occasional person who will be weird about your cosplay, well, you’re not wrong. But you have to know what your boundaries are in advance and be willing to put your foot down. Stop any unwanted handsy behaviour or anything else that crosses those boundaries by mentally preparing for it, and try rope in friends to watch your back as well. Cosplay is not consent, after all.
Remember, cosplay is about having fun. If there’s something you’re not confident about wearing or doing, don’t force yourself!