I’m super excited because I am finally diving in and starting a new little series that I have wanted to start for AGES. After about a year and a half of cosplaying, I wanted to share all my little tricks I’ve learned in a series thats all about beginner cosplayers! I am just leaving that portion of my journey, so I wanted to start with some interesting tidbits – some of my cosplay mistakes that I’ve made. Because we know that there have been many along the way. No shame.
Cosplay Mistake #1 – Not Drinking Enough Water
This one might seem really stupid, but seriously, so many people fall prey to dehydration at conventions. You’re running all over, shopping, and hydrating can be something that falls by the wayside. Plus, cosplay usually isn’t the most breathable of things to wear, and you sweat (a lot). This can lead to some nasty, nasty stuff.
At my last convention, I pretty much ignored that I needed to drink water and eat regularly, because I was so busy with my cosplay and making everything perfect, that one day I developed a nasty headache, was on the dizzy side, and that knocked me out for a good portion of the rest of the day.
Believe it or not, I was still better off than the people who chose to smash alcohol or exclusively drank soda the entire weekend. They were in for a real treat.
The solution is really simple..
That being said, invest in a good water bottle and fill it up regularly at water fountains. Water bottles at conventions are notoriously expensive (I once paid $5 for ONE) and making sure you have a reusable one can save you some money. A lot of money.
If water is too plain, bring some flavor packets and mix them in. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and with hydration, you don’t want to play around. Just drink water. It’s easy to forget but you need to make sure that you’re making it a priority.
Cosplay Mistake # 2 – Not Taking Breaks
You’ve paid for your badges, the hotel, the gas to get to the convention, and now you’re finally there. You don’t want to waste any time just relaxing, so it’s time to run nonstop for days until you’re nearly dead, right? Nah. Let’s not.
Similar to not drinking enough water, not taking breaks is another surefire way to end a day early due to pure exhaustion. I walked around 20k steps during my last multi-day con, and if I didn’t stop to ever take a breather, I probably would’ve ended up sick. When you’re around that many people for an extended period of time, rooming with others, and that tired, you might be a little more likely to fall ill. Which is why breaks are SO IMPORTANT.
Find a couch, head back to your hotel room, or take a break to have an actual meal. Have some water (I’ll beat this point to death) and take a breather. Organize your things, take your purchases back to your room to drop off, and enjoy a break. For many of us, conventions are vacations, so remember that you’re allowed to relax. Seriously. One of the easier cosplay mistakes to patch up.
Cosplay Mistake #3 – Paying insane amounts for your cosplay
Cosplay really isn’t a cheap hobby to have. Between props, wigs, makeup, and the cost of attending the convention itself, costs can really stack up. That being said, there are definite ways to cut the cost down and help you to save some extra money at your next convention.
Personally, I have never spent more than $100 on a cosplay itself. While it might not seem likely, you can get a ton of good and affordable cosplay from both Amazon and AliExpress. I tend to order much more from AliExpress, because I’ve never really had any problems ordering from them. You do need to be careful when you order though, and be sure to check all the size charts as well as any reviews on the shops previous purchases.
One of my very recent cosplays was Cardcaptor Sakura, and that cosplay was so affordable! I ordered this cosplay from Amazon, and the wig was from Amazon as well. Both were incredible and so high quality, and I will definitely be wearing them again. For both, the price came to right around $100. I got a ton of compliments on my cosplay, so I completely and totally recommend picking yours up from those links!
Don’t be afraid to explore a little and see what is out there. One of the huge positives of ordering your cosplay online through AliExpress is many shops offer cosplays in “One Size”. In most cases, this means your cosplay will be custom made to your dimensions and will fit like a glove. Usually the cosplays from these shops really are very affordable, with my cheapest custom cosplay clocking in at just $13.
I’m sure that there will be more cosplay mistakes to come, but these were some of my biggest I made in my first year of cosplaying. I’ll be adding posts to this series weekly and I can’t wait to see where this series takes me!