Monday, September 5, 2011

How To Be Successful in Five Easy Steps (Or At Least A Pretty Good Cosplayer)

Pick Your Persona

What's your version of the ultimate person? How do you envision yourself in your dreams? Take some time and think about it. Don't worry about whether or not it's possible or affordable. Just allow your imagination to do the work.


At first, just play with your imagination. Envision yourself as that ultimate person - how epic it is, how awesome it feels.


Next just carry yourself as if you are that person. Reptile doesn't have horrible posture. Goddesses aren't going to take shit from peasants and they deserve respect. Girls from Command & Conquer (I'm guessing?) don't eat at McDonald's or sit on their ass all day. Chances are the persona you picked has at least some self-control: Use that to help motivate yourself - whether it's some sort of training or keeping yourself from "just one more."


This can take as much time as you want it to. The more time you spend, the more successful you're likely to be. But don't get too caught up in perfection. Just play. Don't give up your day job (or your "day persona") just yet.  Get support from your friends, strangers on the internet, or groups in your area.

Take Off Your Mask

With all the hard work and dedication you've been putting into your persona, you can slip into it easily. No longer is this persona separate from the real you - they never were. This ultimate human being has always been a part of you - you just brought it out. Take off the "unsuccessful self" mask. You are now who you've always wanted to be.



  1. I've always wanted to cosplay. It looks like a lot of fun

  2. You say get support from strangers on the internet, if you need to have a cosplay costume critiqued I can help you!
    As for donating $7, I would if I could. I haven't had a real job in 3 years. I do cartooning, odd jobs and selling my vast comicbook collection to make ends meet. I haven't eaten at a fast food reataraunt for almost 4 years!

  3. This is an awesome guide. Also, if I had $7 to spend at McDonalds, sending them to you instead would be the way to go. Especially since I don't even like McDonalds.

    I should really set up a paypal.

  4. never tried cosplay, maybe i should

  5. Nice tips!
    And I'll check out the WSWD, sounds interesting. :)

  6. This is good advice. $7 for McDonald's?

  7. My girlfriend wants to cosplay as Avatar.

  8. Love it! Great blog - awesome design! Followed!

  9. What if my regular outfit looks like a costume? Have you seen me? No need for costumes here.

  10. While it's true that every now and then I do crave the taste of salt-laden processed fake beef, I haven't had McDonalds in, like, two months and even then I spent four bucks.

    ON THE OTHER HAND, this is a pretty interesting idea for not just cosplaying but also just on a day-to-day basis. Consider the kind of "business person" you want to be at the office, or the kind of "hardcore worker" at a factory.

    The application is practically limitless in that sense.

  11. I would like to get dressed as snoopy. It would be awesome

  12. My girlfriend wants to dress up as Blu Scout's Mom from TF2.

    Meaning I'd have to dress as the Red Spy to accompany her.

  13. Oh, and I just noticed the Sub- Zero in the pic. :D

  14. I had never heard of cosplay before. But thanks to you and then Wikipedia, I just learned something new.

  15. Great great Vutter!