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Offline EmperorRemus

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'who you are going as' is somewhat annoying
« on: June 15, 2014, 06:07:34 pm »
I don't mean to sound like an ignorant jerk or anything, but I've never really understood why you would tell someone who you are cosplaying as ahead of time.

I mean if you know me, I'm a private person by nature and I like to surprise people but even then I'd like to think most people would want their cosplays to be surprise because the way I see it if you tell your friends and everyone what you're going as it puts an idea into their head and gives them a certain mindset and various expectations relating to how well your cosplay will be when it's finished.

I don't know, I could just be an idiot or maybe I'm not thinking about this in the "right way" but I just don't see what the big deal is to some people and why some people are so religious about knowing what their friend or even a random stranger is going as.

Of course I also realize some people tell others what they're going as, whether if they were asked or not, because some people cosplay TOGETHER and also want to avoid any awkward you-copied-my-cosplay idea situations xD

(It's like the cliché you see on TV or something where two or more girls show up to a party or something and they're both wearing the same thing and they both get angry haha.)

Don't get me wrong. I have this really cute girl who's a friend, I met her at Anime Oasis and like a few hours after we met several times she asked me who I was cosplaying as and I felt kinda reluctant to tell her, but I did because I initially liked her haha. I didn't want to be or come off as rude to her or anything.

Of course I did ask her last week what she was going to cosplay as for an upcoming Anime con and well I wanted to work something out to cosplay with her, as sorta like a "couple" kinda thing haha.

Anyway, I think maybe we'd all just be better off surprising people but that's just me. Maybe I'd understand why it's such a big deal to some people if I ever become famous like Yaya Han or Chloe Dykstra and maybe then I'd have thousands of random strangers wanting to know what I'm doing for my next cosplay lol xD
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Re: 'who you are going as' is somewhat annoying
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2014, 09:32:48 pm »
Really, the main reason we say, is so we can schedule ahead of time meet ups with other characters from the series.

If you don't want to tell anyone, and you don't like to plan ahead of time to meet people and have fun, that's all you. But don't act like we are all weird for wanting to meet people that like the same things as we do. I'f I say "I'm going as Naruto and want to take pictures with Sasuke's" then I can get people to answer that and say "I'm a Sasuke cosplayer, let's meet up and become friends". But if I don't, then how would I know that person was there? Also, getting things together for photoshoots, it's a good idea to know who is cosplaying who ahead of time so that the people going have plenty of time to think up photo ideas when the time comes instead of things being hectic..We can't say "Let's do a group of Sora and Kairi cosplayers" if no one knows they are there..

The whole "girls meeting at a party wearing the same thing" is completely different (and 99% of the time not actually going to happen) so that argument is literally invalid here..A lot of people say who they are going to be specifically to find others in the same character sometimes.

And as for your friend..Did you ever think maybe she asked because she was wondering if there was a series you were both cosplaying so maybe you guys could match? If you didn't tell her, or were kinda hush hush about it, she might have thought you didn't want her bothering you, then stopped talking to you because it's not like it's a huge deal..There are plenty of reasons to ask you what you are cosplaying.
That couple thing you mentioned under the part about not telling her..That COULD have been her reason for asking you..Before thinking it's weird to ask, maybe think about any other possible reason..

So I can understand surprising people, that's fun yes, but be prepared to not have any plans with anyone because no one knows you are even doing it..Even more so if it's a cosplay that might not be from something popular..There might be all of 5 people from that series..If no one tell anyone they are cosplay from it, those 5 people may never meet the whole time.

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Re: 'who you are going as' is somewhat annoying
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2014, 09:46:06 pm »
I was going to type my opinion but Sailor-Jeimi already did.

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Re: 'who you are going as' is somewhat annoying
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2014, 02:49:39 am »
I like knowing what people are cosplaying because I like finding out what materials they've used. Maybe they're doing a character that isn't done often and I want to see it in person. You never know.

That said, at-con, if I ask someone who they're cosplaying it's because I think the costume looks interesting and I want to know if it's from a show or a game or a movie or something, so I can look into it on my own time. Sometimes it's really just widening your own interests.
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Re: 'who you are going as' is somewhat annoying
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2014, 08:05:42 am »
As mentioned, people like to plan ahead. If people didn't say who they were going as ahead of time photo shoots and gatherings would never happen at con. Plus like Veraca said, I like to see progress pictures and see how people make things. I also tend to make things in some unconventional ways so I like to share just in case some people didn't think of that.

As for people wearing the same thing. At a con this size, I promise you it will happen. Someone will be wearing the same costume as you unless it is a pretty obscure costume or you are at a smaller con (not in this case). If you are cosplaying because you want to be the only one then you need to rethink why you are cosplaying.

And the whole "who are you cosplaying?" is a conversation starter. Not answering would probably lead to people thinking you don't want to talk like Jeimi said and thus you wouldn't make friends as easily as others would.

Its all for fun. Keep that in mind, you just come off as really up tight. Let loose and have fun :)

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Re: 'who you are going as' is somewhat annoying
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2014, 02:09:16 pm »
Also, don't con staff look through the forums for cosplay bingo? I was the Undertaker a few years ago, and I went with my friend when she got her black out on her board, and the staff who helped her with her things was telling me about how they choose the cosplays for the bingo cards.
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