As an aspiring cosplayer, you should have at least one cosplay idol. Why? Because nearly everyone who has ever been successful at anything was first inspired by someone else. Someone who motivated them to be just as good or even better someday. Hey, dream big anything is possible. Who knows, eventually you could become so good at cosplay that you can make a living from it. Imagine spending the rest of your days attending conventions around the world and being paid for it! Yeah, you heard me. Such a thing exists . . . and no it's "not somewhere over the rainbow."
Random fun fact:
In Japan, they have what are known as professional cosplayers, or cosplay models. Yes, here people are paid to dress in costume and get their picture taken. Sounds like a sweet job, ne? But they take their work very seriously, and they must because professional cosplayers demand $150 an hour on average, and even more every 30 minutes after that. Also, the fact that professional cosplaying does not require a degree in school or any special training makes it a highly competitive field.
We all know the importance of screen shots for cosplay references. They help you get it "right" and make your cosplay "accurate." But let's face it, with all the L cosplayers nowadays and the omnipresent Misa misa, Sasuke, Axel and Roxas cosplayers running around, an "accurate" cosplay sometimes just aren't enough to stand out at a convention anymore.
So, how do you create a cosplay outfit that transcends all others? That makes fellow congoingers stop and stare in awe, crowd around you to complement your creative cosplay costume or ask to take photos of you and then glomp you so hard your ribs break and you die? . . . okay, maybe not that last one . . .
But my point is that if you want to stand out at a cosplay convention, maybe even win one (or all) of the costume awards, then you must have a costume that turns heads. How do you do this? First, find a Cosplay Idol. This is someone you will be looking up to, to better yourself. Ask yourself "What makes them so good?" It is their accessories? Or their eye for detail? Their choice of fabrics, or the way their poses and personality shine through in photos? Pay close attention to the costume you are trying to recreate, use your imagination and add a little of your own personality to your cosplay.
Popular Cosplay Idols include internet celebrity Adella, and professional Japanese cosplayer Arisa Mizuhara. But there are many, many talented cosplayers out there. Check out the website in the Resource Box for even more Cosplay Idols!