For me, cosplay has given me my very best friend, Paisley. Cosplay was how we originally bonded and it was the hobby that got us working together and even now it still brings us together for cons and even in our business plans. I still do it today to meet new people, to discover new sewing and building techniques and push my skills.
Paisley and I met at #FIDM in a class we were taking together and spent two weeks in what was basically a homework sleepover before deciding to just move into her current place and then find a bigger place so we could have more room. There was always so much homework at school and so many late nights it was just easier to have someone who understood and was doing it along side you.
After we graduated, Paisley lived there for a few more years before moving to N. Hollywood. She works at a #costumeshop fabricating costumes for theme parks and movie studios. I moved to Seattle and started working as a Project Manager in the print industry. I still do #cosplay and I also do high end costuming on commission basis for photographers.
My life is a little on hold right now while I'm fighting cancer and going through chemo but we still are working towards our goal of launching our size inclusive pdf pattern company aimed at cosplayers and still get together at least once a quarter, more if we can afford it. Cancer's not the end of the world just another obstacle while we working on our company and at least I have a fantastic closet of wigs to use!
Some things I want to say to newcomers of cosplay is to not to take it too seriously. There is nothing wrong with wanting to push your skills and be at the top but it's a journey and journeys are more fun if you stop to take in what's happening along the way! The story comes from what happens between point A and point B! Someone else's success doesn't diminish your own. Their shine can't dull yours so being competitive doesn't hurt anyone but you. Be you, be bold, and be awesome! --- @sabbybeecosplay