How to put in a good Cosplay Panel Application!

We all love helping cosplayers. Most of us love running panels. However, cosplay panels are sometimes pretty hard to get. I’ve only had an issue with getting my cosplay panel accepted once (and that was due to schedule conflicts) so here I am to give you some tips on how to make a good cosplay panel submission!

  • Realize your own skills - If you just started cosplaying, you probably shouldn’t run a cosplay panel. If you do not have at least 2-3 major (this is best of, best, 1st place, etc) awards, you should probably rethink running a panel on cosplay. It’s not that you’re a bad cosplayer, but if you do not have the credentials to back it up, you won’t seem as credible as a panelist.
  • Don’t run it alone! I never run a cosplay panel alone. I generally have at least two other people on the panel, including one talented male. More men are getting into creating their own cosplays, and they want to see that it’s not just girls that are good at cosplaying. As well, it’s good to have different insights on different things, and different panelists who are good with different materials. For my current panelists, I have myself who is good with wigs and female characters; My lead male who is an amazing tailor and knows a lot about patterns; and I have another male who is amazing with makeup and props.
  • When you submit the panel, link the panel heads to a portfolio of the panelists work. I have a photobucket account with all of the panelists best works. This shows that you have the skill to back up running a cosplay panel.
  • Pick a subject. There are so many topics you can go over. I generally run cosplay basics and wig panels. But there is room for crossplay panels, fursuit panels, cosplay on a budget, cosplay makeup, props… There are so many topics that you can cover.
  • REALIZE YOUR TIME LIMITS. Most panels are an hour. You will not be able to show techniques in the panel in that short of a time, so have a powerpoint of tutorials, have things that are already made that you can go over (I like to bring styled wigs and I’m going to start bringing a dressform with a costume on it to show off a costume better, so people can see high quality seams, hems, etc).
  • WEAR A GOOD COSTUME TO THE PANEL. I hate going to a panel and not seeing the cosplayer in costume. If I cannot see their costume and work, how do I know if they are well versed in the topic?
  • If you don’t get the panel accepted, don’t get upset. There are always more cons that you can submit it to. I start by doing a panel at a small convention and work my way up. You will not get a cosplay panel at an otakon-sized convention your first time. If you do not get your panel, they may not have had room on the schedule, or someone with better qualifications may have gotten it. Part of being a cosplayer is realizing you aren’t the best.

Hopefully this helps some of you guys. Cosplay panels are a lot of fun to run, but take a lot of time and talent to run. If you remain professional and offer the panel heads to see your skill level, they will be more likely to accept your panel.

Daily Strange Cosplay Tip #26

helpingcosplay:

I’m sure we all have these perfect shoes for a cosplay but it is a bit too small. Here is how to make it larger!

Fill a baggy full of ice, make sure it is tight so it does not leak. After place it into the bottom of your shoe. You can leave it like that or put it in the freezer for an hour or so.
That should help enlarge the shoe by a bit so your toes won’t hurt.

-Shiro 

You can also put a baggy full of water in the shoe and put it in the freezer. Water expands as it turns to ice, so it will stretch the shoes a bit.

We are all really bad with this. We wait until the night before the con and suddenly realize we have a ton left to do. I’m guilty of it, you’re guilty of it. But it feels SO GOOD when you don’t have to work on any cosplay the week before the con.

We are all really bad with this. We wait until the night before the con and suddenly realize we have a ton left to do. I’m guilty of it, you’re guilty of it. But it feels SO GOOD when you don’t have to work on any cosplay the week before the con.

momokurumi:

notbadcosplay:

so is there a certain age you have to be at to cosplay? i started when i was 12 and im 13 now but i feel like i shouldnt do it until im atleast 16. when i go to conventions a lot of people take my pictures and i get loads of compliments but at home my family makes me feel like im jst wasting my time. i really like to cosplay but my parents just think all cosplayers are just poor and hungry college or high school kids that have way too much free time. i know that when it comes down to conventions we are all just nerds in cosplay, but my parents dont realize that its just a hobby.

cosplay is has helped me because it makes me feel useful and it has made me the tops of my sewing class for the last 3 years. its cheered me up when im down by getting me excited about stuff that would just be lame to regular people.

at conventions i feel like i belong but when i go home all my family do is criticize me and its no even good criticism. its the criticism that bad cosplay blogs give out to good cosplayers.

halloween is coming up and even though its illegal to go trick or treating at my age where i live, i cant help but get excited about making a halloween costume.

sorry for just going on and on but i justed needed to get someones opinion cause im still confused about if im wasting my time

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I have to answer this as well, because I completely empathize with this situation. I started cosplaying when I was 15, and let me tell you, I was a noob. I wasn’t like those amazing cosplayers (now idols) that comes out with an amazing glorious cosplay the first time. Hell, when I started I didn’t even own a sewing machine and bought my cosplays from ebay. Where am I now? In a college major and eventual career path that I had *never* once considered until just recently: apparel design and technology, and you know what? I love it!

My very first cosplay pretty much went like this: I was Sasuke. Cosplay to me was no more than Halloween, so I didn’t wear makeup, didn’t have a wig, didn’t really try- I just wore the outfit. Complete classic “Narutard” (and I fully accept that label upon my former self, even with pride at that time). I was going to my first convention, and when we were backing out of the driveway to leave the house I realized I forgot my camera. My mom was so embarrased of my friend and I that she didn’t even let me go back to get it, afraid that our neighbors would see us or whatever. There is nearly no evidence of that cosplay since I didn’t have my camera, and well, I’m wasn’t much to look at for the other people with cameras. XD

But having gone there and seeing the amazing things other people did? You bet your bottom it inspired me and I came back the next year with a more appropriate cosplay for me, Haruhi Suzumiya! When I started cosplaying, my parents were iffy on supporting me. Various times I looked and acted kind of dweebish, I admit, and started dressing a bit more strangely at school, like wearing ninja gloves. I wasn’t the lamest person there, but I wasn’t helping my case at all! XD Nowadays, I feel that I dress rather fashionably and that I get along well with peers and classmates, well, at least enough to survive a conversation without crashing and burning. High school may have just been an awkward phase for me socially, but cosplay helped me cope with it.

When I was at cons, I wasn’t a dweeb or shy. I was outgoing, fun, and made lots of friends! As I learned more about cosplay, and more about myself, it started to rub off on me and others noticed, especially my parents. Sure, they thought the hobby was lame, but they’re the ones that bought me my first and second sewing machine. They drove my friends and I to various conventions and occasionally even came with us for supervision. As I got better with their support, on top of my friends’ encouragement, they started to appreciate it more. Just this summer, my dad even bought me a serger! I had only mentioned to him that I was thinking it’d be really cool to have, and out of nowhere, it showed up on our doorstep via UPS. I’m very lucky to have parents that may not like what I do, but they see that I’m good at it, and that it makes me happy. They too think it’s a bit of a waste of money and time, but I only know they’re looking out for me, making sure I don’t blow my life and money on a hobby that I get no tangible reward for. Basically: so long as I do well in life and have a decent job, they’re okay with me having this hobby.

I hope that anyone starting out or who has resistant family isn’t discouraged to try cosplaying. Just get your feet wet, don’t splurge all at once, and maybe gradually others around you will start to accept it. I think in time you’ll be able to show them that it doesn’t have to be about wasting your money and time. It can be simple, it can be fun, and it can even be affordable! Although, if it helps at all, you may just not mention certain things to them if you think they’ll lambast or berate you. For instance, I’d love to show my family my new Esmeralda cosplay, but I don’t think they’ll be finding out about Michiko, uh, ever. Not exactly something you’d wear to church, if you get my drift. XDDD You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family. =P

Oh, and as for Halloween, I have worn mine twice already and gotten loads of compliments. That’s *before* I tell them that I made the whole thing, and that this isn’t my real hair or eye color. XD Their reactions are the best! “You MADE that? Where can I get one like that?” *ahem* Me sees a potential market here. $$$

More awesome insight from MomoKurumi!

momokurumi:

So I did end up putting on the first three stripes on the corset. I think it really helps with identifying her, particularly for those that have long forgotten this Disney movie/character. XD Most people don’t try to guess your costume from behind anyways, so the other missing stripes are not a big deal for right now =P

How awesome is this?I haven’t seen this movie in years, but I always liked Esmeralda!Lovely work! When you get some high quality pictures, let me know and I’ll post them up here as a spotlight along with some of your other cosplay work (sorry, I look through my follower’s blogs, I’m a creep.)

momokurumi:

So I did end up putting on the first three stripes on the corset. I think it really helps with identifying her, particularly for those that have long forgotten this Disney movie/character. XD Most people don’t try to guess your costume from behind anyways, so the other missing stripes are not a big deal for right now =P

How awesome is this?
I haven’t seen this movie in years, but I always liked Esmeralda!
Lovely work! When you get some high quality pictures, let me know and I’ll post them up here as a spotlight along with some of your other cosplay work (sorry, I look through my follower’s blogs, I’m a creep.)

Anonymous said: Out of curiosity, when you say cosplays we haven't made does closet cosplays count towards that? I'm just curious because I have a few closet cosplays I've been debating about submitting (or submitting one of them. You get it xD)

I’m talking about ebayed/commissioned costumes. Closet cosplays can be submitted.

so is there a certain age you have to be at to cosplay? i started when i was 12 and im 13 now but i feel like i shouldnt do it until im atleast 16. when i go to conventions a lot of people take my pictures and i get loads of compliments but at home my family makes me feel like im jst wasting my time. i really like to cosplay but my parents just think all cosplayers are just poor and hungry college or high school kids that have way too much free time. i know that when it comes down to conventions we are all just nerds in cosplay, but my parents dont realize that its just a hobby.

cosplay is has helped me because it makes me feel useful and it has made me the tops of my sewing class for the last 3 years. its cheered me up when im down by getting me excited about stuff that would just be lame to regular people.

at conventions i feel like i belong but when i go home all my family do is criticize me and its no even good criticism. its the criticism that bad cosplay blogs give out to good cosplayers.

halloween is coming up and even though its illegal to go trick or treating at my age where i live, i cant help but get excited about making a halloween costume.

sorry for just going on and on but i justed needed to get someones opinion cause im still confused about if im wasting my time

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Anonymous said: can we ask you something in the submit if it has a link in it?

Sure!

Please do not submit cosplays you have not made.

While I have nothing against bought cosplays, I would really like for followers to see how much fun and love can go into making a costume.

Thanks guys.

What are you guys working on this halloween? Show me what you’re working on! I know that cosplayers tend to go all-out on this holiday! I’ll be following the tag #NBCHalloween and reblogging from there!

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