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.
Anonymous said: Name two things you like about yourself, then pass this on to the first ten people you see on your dash. #TeamSelfEsteem
What a great idea, thanks Anon! I’ve actually needed this today - I’ve been down on myself a lot today, harshly criticizing, and still quite upset over Robin Williams passing.
1. I like how determined I stay with costuming, and that I’m not letting others dictate whether or not I should stop. It’s not always easy, and I do feel like I falter sometimes (bogged down by negativity from others, or being criticizing of myself), but my determination has stayed strong. Also, I’m incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support I received at Boston Comic Con, from those who came up, introduced themselves, said they enjoy following me, and either gave me encouragement or said I was an inspiration. Thank you, thank you. Some of you made me blush or brought a tear to my eye; I appreciate you (and anyone who’s had a polite/kind word for me), so much.
2. I like my smile, and the way my eyes twinkle when I do. I didn’t always like my smile (5 years of braces, what up), so I’m glad I finally do.
First 10 people on my dash (HAHAHA not at all expecting all of them to respond): nudityandnerdery warrenellis tallythor mylifeasaweapon angelophile asgardiantelevision enasnivolzcosplay thehappysorceress amr-cosplay glitterpill (skipping comic- and cosplay-feature blogs and companies like Marvel and The Onion).
jfsculpts said: I was very sorry I (mostly) missed you at BCC this weekend. I looked up and Captain Marvel had already passed our table, off to do good elsewhere. I'm a big fan and I hope I get to say hi and shake your hand in the future!
Drat! I’m sorry, too! I didn’t get to see *any* of the convention; when I wasn’t at my table, I was running a panel. This was my first convention running a table, and I clearly need to figure out some sort of schedule to adhere to, so I can not only see the con, but eat. Kinda forgot to do that all weekend, shame on me. I hope you had a good and profitable con and you’ll return to Boston next year!
cptairbubbles said: How did you make that sweet firey thing your holding?! I've been trying to figure out how to do that myself.
You’re that great Chandra cosplayer! :D Certainly!
This medium is lighting gel, a very thin, transparent polycarbonate that comes in a HUGE array of colors, and is used in theatre to change the color of stage lights. It comes in sheets of 20”x24”, around $6 a sheet. I used 6 sheets for this project in 6 subtly different colors.
The base of the head is Wonderflex, molded to the shape of my own head (the wig head is smaller than my head). I got it to fit snugly enough with all my hair underneath it that I don’t need to even pin it in place! I cut the gel into graduating triangles, with the deepest orange at 12”x5” and the palest yellow at 4”x4”, and LIGHTLY treated it with my heat gun on LOW heat. The gel will melt if too much heat is applied, but if lightly heat-treated it will hold its shape. It’s rigid but not breakable - this actually got tossed around in the back of my car, and though it made a lot of crunching noises, the shape never changed. I then took the cones and hot glued them onto the goldenrod-painted Wonderflex dome, then finished it with the heat gun, tweaking the shape of the flames.
The plasma blasts were created much the same way. However, I wanted my fists to be seen inside them, so instead of the opaque Wonderflex I used clear packaging tape. I took a small balloon inflated slightly larger than my fist and wrapped it sticky-side-out with packaging tape, then wrapped it again sticky-side-in. I popped the balloon, and though the shell was a little flimsy to begin with, once I hot glued all the cones on there it turned surprising durable.
The scraps of gel I applied to the tops of my gloves and the tops of my boots, and saved the rest for future repairs.
Hope this helps! :)
Anonymous said: Where did you get the tighhigh boots for the catwoman cosplay? They are perfect! The only ones I seem to find have needle-thin anklebreakers for heels or even worse stuff (transparent platform heels, ugh!)
I made them. They’re actually bootcovers made of stretch PVC (the same material as the gloves) that I slip a high heel pump into.
HERE, HAVE A HELPFUL TUTORIAL:
To avoid a front seam, what I do is put the front of the foot/leg into the fold of the fabric.
Then you can be
cheap cost efficient like me and only need one pair of great pumps for every high-heeled character.
I would also recommend making a muslin copy of the outcome of the cutout, so you can have a pattern for the future and won’t need to go through the pinning all over again.
Reblogging this as someone in the audience at the Cosplay 101 panel I helped run with ivydoomkitty at Boston Comic Con asked ‘How do you find or make different and strange boots for cosplay?’. Usually you can’t find them available for purchase, so this is my solution.