justderek said: Belle, regarding your poster prints, is requesting a lipstick print in addition to your signature crossing the line?
That is 100% a-ok! I don’t mind giving lipstick kisses at all. Thank you for asking! It’s when people want me to write lewd messages on their print involving graphic language that I won’t do.
If anyone’s interested, my store is here: http://bellecherecostume.storenvy.com
Anonymous said: Hold me closer?
Anonymous said: Do you experience a lot of harassment at cons that don't really have anti harassment policies?
It depends on what you define as ‘a lot’? To some, any harassment could be deemed ‘a lot’.
I do experience more harassment when a convention does not have a clear anti-harassment policy. I even still encounter harassment when conventions have an anti-harassment policy, but only keep it to their website and don’t have signs around the convention.
Boston Comic Con had Cosplay =/= Consent signs posted clearly, and two of them were nearby/on my table. I appreciated that. I was not groped, and I did not receive openly lewd commentary, which has happened frequently in the past. The only times I felt uncomfortable was when there were two awkward marriage proposals and three strangers asking for my phone number, but they thankfully left after my polite-but-weirded-out ‘No, thank you, I don’t know you’.
tedywestside said: how much do you usually charge for making a costume?
It entirely depends on the complexity of the costume, how much detailing is involved, if a pattern will need to be drafted, the size of the customer, the material costs (I generally try to offer a cost-effective option and a richer materials option for the customer to decide), whether they want props, boots, or a wig included… I cannot give a ‘usually’ because there is no usual. Every potential commission is individually quoted.
Anonymous said: Just curious but does cosplay pay well or at all? I just wanted to know since I've seen cosplayers advertising their appearances con after con. Not criticizing or any thing but how's that possible?
I can only speak from my POV, since I’m not really great friends with any ‘big name’ cosplayers, not well enough to go asking what their haul is.
That said, for me, it does not pay well. When I am a guest (which is NOT every convention - I am an attendee often) I do not receive an appearance fee, like a celebrity does (though I hear some cosplayers *do* get an appearance fee). However, I do receive a badge into the convention, and travel and hotel are covered if it’s away from home. In exchange, I boost social media awareness of the convention, make myself available for interaction at the convention, as well as run/assist with a few panels, and judge a costume contest. Sometimes it’s also a requirement for me to attend an after-party of sorts, which is like, fine, twist my arm, sounds like fun. It’s only recently that conventions have been offering me a table, allowing me the opportunity to sell my business (commissioning costumes), assuring that fans will find me, and potentially make money in selling prints.
Is it a valid career choice? Not really.
Is it a great opportunity to travel, meet new people, make some extra cash, and (for me) present the opportunity to be a positive face for cosplay? Certainly.
I let a lot of people know that I make costumes for other people, last weekend. That’s my actual job. Getting paid to cosplay is not.