Heroes of Cosplay, Episodes 3 & 4
I have to consolidate my comments of the last two episodes as I had the CRAPPIEST WEEK EVER last week and I nearly died. Okay, that was an exaggeration – but only barely. (FYI, during the day I masquerade as an elementary computer technology teacher… that’s right, I herd kids all day! On computers even!)
Episode 3 was a great comeback after the conflict of Episode 2 – at least in social media. Watching the struggles with props and costume-laden travel was again painfully real – not some of my favorite memories. I hope they might be a warning tale to new cosplayers, haha!
Not only that, but watching the conflict and struggles between friends and coworkers when working together and “against” each other. I like to believe cosplayers are never really working against each other. I’ve done competitions with and against friends, as well as entirely alone and on my own. Each one has it’s own challenges and perks.
OMG the PROPS. It was heartbreaking when Rebecca’s little car didn’t make the trip. It’s happened to nearly everyone. The challenges of traveling with costumes LITERALLY follow cosplayers everywhere.
What struck me the most about #3 was how much dedication, passion, and love for their characters each of the cosplayers had. This has always been a major motivational point for me, so I identified with that aspect in a powerful way.
Episode 4 was more tough stuff. First, the fun stuff – OMFG Guillermo del Toro! I have no aspirations to work in costuming or Hollywood, but that was a really awesome opportunity! And Monika’s interview at Blizzard was another great opportunity. I loved seeing the potential for people to be using their experience in cosplay to create careers and achieve dreams. It’s absolutely possible.
I was both hurting for and proud of Rebecca. To hear such a backhanded refusal to work together from someone you admire – and an unfair assumption, to boot – is heartbreaking. It made me sad to hear Monika say what she did; it reminds me of when I was much younger. I admit to having similar and unfortunate attitudes in years past, though I don’t think I would have phrased them so bluntly. I’ve learned since then that everyone has skill, potential, and is worth working with.
But for Rebecca to come back, talking to Holly like she did, she got the best advice: do what you love, do it with people who love you, and have fun. I expect to see her go forward and enjoy herself more than anyone else thanks to that attitude.
And one last bit… take care of your body and health when in cosplay!