How to Start COSPLAYING

First of all, for the sake of people who still don’t know what cosplay is all about..

Cosplay is a short term for costume play – a form of art where in performers are called cosplayers, who tend to wear costumes and fashion accessories that represent a specific character from a film, cartoon, anime or movies. It’s like role-playing, really!

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Some people have never thought about doing cosplay, some people do. Some people wanted to start but doesn’t really know how to do so, I made this for those people who might be interested in doing cosplay in the future. I personally believe most of us did cosplay when we were younger. Playing dress-up as a princess, a poor girl, being snow white or cinderella. Those stuff. We treated it as maybe a school play, project or just for fun and games – but hey, it is really fun! It brings out the innocent kid within us. Nothing is ever so bad about that – as long as you enjoy the experience. Believe it or not, some people are even paid to be a cosplayer (Yes, there are professional cosplayers out there, too!)

So without further ado, let’s start on things you need to know!

1. Interested in Cosplay? Then JUST DO IT!


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First and for most, one the the main things you really need to know is that there is no step by step process of being a cosplayer. If you want to engage with cosplay, then just do it! You’ll never get anywhere by always wondering, how to do it, if you can do it or if you are uncertain if you are doing it right. There is really no such thing as a right or wrong in cosplay. Hey, you are role playing you know so it’s really up to you!

2. Choose a character to Cosplay

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Choosing a character is not really that easy as it may seem. It would be best and practical to choose a character that you really like and would enjoy to portray with. It would also be a plus if you tend to look similar with them in a way, too! Most important thing of all, pick a character that you’ll have fun dressing up! If you are very new to cosplay, you might want to pick a character with a very simple costume design, just like this one below: K-On (Anime), Mio Character

K-On-Cosplay

3. Collect Reference Photos of the Character you Want

Collecting references, photos, artwork – anything related to your character is very important. This will help you collect information on the details for the costume of your character. This will help you with the outfits and materials you need, too! You can buy clothing at your local store and modify it (in some cases, you might even find just something similar to your character, if its just a simple one!) as the same outfit as your character. Remember to check the details and every pieces of accessories your character has, alright? Let’s not forget our wigs for the costume, too!

Ashley-Olsen-Twins-Frozen-Cosplay

4. Plan How You’ll Make the Costumes

One of the things you may need to be aware of is that in cosplay, there are just things you may have to buy and things you may need to do from scratch. That’s a reality check for you! One of the reasons is that, some characters clothing and costume, just doesn’t exist in real life, lol! Yes, we do have to accept that fact, everyone! You can buy a tank top and paint it similar to your character, buy fake eye lashes, fake nails, and all that. Being crafty is the key, but hey.. that’s okay! That’s one fun part of being a cosplayer!

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Plus, if you don’t want to make it yourself, you can always buy it. You can go at MrCostumes.com anytime you want – they have a lot of costumes for you to choose from in wide variety of themes and sizes, too! If you plan to do it yourself or sew the materials yourself, you may need to do your own research online or even ask store employees with the fabric – they have basic knowledge for it, so don’t worry!

5. Do a check list!

It would be better if you would have a check list to make sure you don’t forget anything at all. From the costumes, the details, materials, items needed like, a character’s weapon or familiar or anything which is significant for the specific character of your choice – just to make sure you don’t forget anything. Remember, online research and Google would be your best friend. There are a lot of cosplayers out there, most likely, they might even make tutorials for you (if not, they probably exists already!) on how to make a specific costume on a specific character of your choice.

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6. Never be afraid to ask for help

Not just for cosplays but for anything else. Nothing will come out if you’ll be embarrassed and shy forever. There are tons of cosplayers out there, trust me! Just ask for help! They would gladly help you out. There are even tons of facebook and social media groups for cosplayers. They tend to talk about how they make their costume, about the conventions they attend to – they talk about everything relating to cosplay!

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It would be nice to ask them about very detailed questions so they can answer you carefully, too! Ask questions like, how did you do Elsa’s dress? What materials did you use? Those specific questions will definitely be helpful!

Lastly, just take your time into everything. Rushing something is never a good idea and that goes to every aspect of life, too! If you end up getting frustrated, just step back and come back to it once you get a clear mind on things. Cosplaying is actually really fun! Thus, if you decide to engage in it, enjoy it!

69 Comments to How to Start COSPLAYING

  1. Paula Parker

    I don’t know much about games, but this looks so fun. I like how you can personalize the characters. Wow!

  2. Those are super cute animes and love how similar the models are. Love the twin’s eyes!

  3. I didn’t know this was called Cosplay. Think Anna looks perfect!

  4. I always wondered what cosplay meant. It makes so much sense now :)

  5. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    It’s not for me, but I love seeing people all dressed up when I go to Comic Con!

  6. Cospplay seems expensive to me or spending the hard-earned money in bubbles. But, for some it’s fun, I respect that.

  7. Jennifer Williams

    I have never heard of this. I used to work with a girl that from time to time would dress like the Little Mermaid – she was just as beautiful. She would love this.

  8. I have a friend that does cosplay and goes to several cons a year. It always amazes me how she looks like every character she goes as even though they are so varied.

  9. I love to play such anime games,they look super awesome.

  10. I’ve always wanted to cosplay. I’ve had a few ideas for costumes, one of these days I’ll get it together for Sailor Mars.

  11. I have never heard of this but of course this exist. It looks like a lot of fun. Why not dress up and get into character. I love this idea.

  12. I’d never even heard of this before. I love the photos – especially the frozen themed ones.

  13. I think dressing up in costumes can be a lot of fun. It’s a great way to be creative.

  14. I’ve recently found out about this, it looks like a lot of fun but I don’t think that it’s for everyone.

  15. I’ve never heard of this stuff but it looks like it could be fun! Especially for Halloween!

  16. Looks like a hobby that could take over your entire life! Pretty neat!

  17. I’ve also recently just heard about cosplaying, looks like something fun to do.

  18. Interesting! It’s not my interest genre but I do love the costumes!

  19. I am not into cosplay, however I would definitely do one of these ideas for Halloween.

  20. I enjoy watching them but it’s just not for me :) Their costumes and make-up are really fascinating.

  21. Gabby

    I have friends who Cosplay. They always look like they have so much fun when they do it.

  22. It’s not for me, but I think it’s a really neat idea. The examples are really neat!

  23. These are great. I love how it allows adults to have childish fun.

  24. Never heard of this game or play but i love dress up so would be fun to learn.

  25. This Looks Like A Blast Thank You For Sharing!

  26. I’ve heard of this before and hope one day I can go to ComicCon all dressed up in a Cosplay outfit!

  27. I know my kids would love to do this if they don’t already :) Thanks for sharing fun pictures.

  28. My brother fell hardcore into cosplay. he’s making a Zero costume and a Jolteon costume.

  29. Not an anime fan but I can definitively enjoy dressing up. Great themed parties to have with this

  30. I never knew what this was called but I think it’s awesome!

  31. Cosplay takes time and money, but the output will be worth it. Elsa is my favorite!

  32. I don’t know much about games but this looks like so much fun!

  33. I love the picture of the Olsen twins as Anna and Elsa! They look just like the cartoon!

  34. My daughter follows someone on Instagram that does Cosplay. She’s actually quite good too!

  35. I am not much of a gamer. In fact I haven’t played games in forever. This looks interesting

  36. Pam

    I have never heard of this but I can sure see why some people enjoy it. They have conventions too. Seems like it would be a pretty cool way to have fun.

  37. Never knew of this and didn’t know it had a name besides dress up. Sounds like good times

  38. This post is awesome! It has always been one of my bucket lists to try cosplaying, although I can’t take away the notion that it’s quite pricey

  39. You should also choose a character that is similar to your frame so it would require less effort.

  40. It’s good of you sharing this cosplaying tips, but I find it not good when you need have enough money to spend for the costume.

  41. I’ve never heard of this before but it sounds fun. It takes a lot of effort to get the looks just right.

  42. So that’s what this is called… cosplay. It seems really cool. Loved looking at the transformations.

  43. Cosplay is fun. This would be a cute theme for a birthday celebration, don’t you think?

  44. I recently started watching a show about Cosplay. I find it very interesting the intricate details that a lot of people put into their costumes. I love making my kids costumes, but never thought to make one for myself.

  45. I love dressing up. I dress up each year by the holidays. It is so much fun.

  46. That looks like a lot of fun. I have never tried anything like this before.

  47. if one of the requirement is to select a character i really like, it would be hard for me, i love dragonball z characters, and as you know they have lots of muscle lol

  48. THANK YOU for telling me what that term means because I have seen it a lot and never knew. I’m kind of obsessed with the Olsen twins and they are super cute as Anna and Elsa!

  49. Ann Bacciaglia

    I never knew what cosplaying meant. I know a few people that love to dress up to go to Comicon type events. I will share this post with them.

  50. I always think Halloween, but it would be fun to do occasionally

  51. Paula - Buenos Aires

    My daughter is a cosplayer. I go with her to lots of animé conventions. It´s so much fun! I take a lot of pictures and she is very, very happy when people recognize her character.

  52. My daughter has always done something like that with pictures. I didn’t know there was a real name for it. Cool. :)

  53. Patricia

    I never thought much about this before. The people look so similar to the characters. Looks like fun too.

  54. I WISH I had time for cosplay! I would love to dress up as a Final Fantasy or Zelda character!

  55. This looks like fun. Mary Kate and Ashley look just like Elsa and Anna. I dress up mainly for costume parties or Halloween.

  56. I had no idea thats what it was called. I love the twins as Else and Anna- hilarious!

  57. I love cosplay. I took my daughter and her friends last year and they all dressed up. It was so much fun (they were 17 year olds not little kids). So very cool.

  58. nice! love that twinnie photo of elsa and anna i am so guilty about this cosplaying thing. my daughter loves playing dress up and we often go to costume places to buy the stuff she wants hehe

  59. Never heard of it but I could see it being great for a party for teenagers!

  60. The coolest I ever saw was a picture of someone who went as Jenny Lawson – The Bloggess :) really cool :)

  61. You know what, this is my frustration. I want to become a cosplayer when I was young but I don’t have the guts and the resources that time.

  62. I did not know that there was a name for this. My grand daughter likes to watch you tube video of girls putting on make up like disney characters.

  63. I never really knew what this meant. Thank you for sharing!

  64. Never heard of cosplaying, but it seems interesting.

  65. Eliz Frank

    My kids are into Comic Con and all that wonderfully creative anime and manga stuff. I believe I’ve seen this cosplaying at a comic con show. Fascinating.

  66. There are some really good cosplayers here in the Philippines now. Big improvement in costumes from a few years ago. :)

  67. Cosplaying is great for younger people.. hahaha. I think I’m too old to do cosplay

  68. I don’t think I’ll get into CosPlaying but glad I’m learning what it is. The Olsen Twins look great as Anna and Elsa.

  69. All I could think about when reading this is The Big Bang Theory. lol I love that show and this is definitely stuff they do!

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