Eight Lessons I Learned in the Cosplay Industry 2015
Have a Standard, Rule, Code Set some guidelines for yourself and others, and live by them. It could be as simple as Not Working with a Group, or Never Shoot the Same Cosplay Twice, or Do Not Work For Free. Whatever it is, it should be something that you uphold. The reason behind this is so you don’t feel like you are hurting someone or allowing others to take advantage of you. It also lets you focus on what you like to do.
Hungry Hungry Hypocrite There are so many hypocrite out there, whether they realize it or not. However, there is no point on calling them out on it. Sometimes people change and then they realize their perspectives are different now. It is important to keep in mind who they are though, so you know what you are getting yourself into if you engage them. One of the most common cases I see recently is about people expecting others to pay them for their arts & services, but do not expect to pay other artists for their arts & services. I personally believe there should be an exchange of money or a fair trade, I accept either way, but you can’t have both. Either expect to get paid and pay others, or nobody should get paid. Same thing with honesty, if you expect others to be honest with you, then you must be acceptable for others to be honest with you, especially when others are being critical about you.
Learn How to Say No Everyone has the power to say no, but many do not choose to use it. If you choose to say yes, you are agreeing to a fair trade and should never feel like someone owe you. If you don’t think something is fair, do not agree to it, and say no. Would it affect how others ask you in the future, DEFINITELY, but that is the point. You shouldn’t say yes to something you wouldn’t want to do, so they wouldn’t expect you to do something you don’t want to do in the future. And of course, you should also learn how to take no for an answer, and do not take it personally.
L̶o̶v̶e Educate the Haters Hating something is a lot of work, and there are definitely people spend time and energy to let you know how much they hate your works. But why? Why do they dislike something so much that they would have to constantly remind others? It is very possible that they feel unfair and unjust to something they are deprived from. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but everyone else is also entitled to disagree with them, which is why they are opinion and not facts. I don’t think people should ignore how others think, in fact I believe the opposite. Since we are all in this industry, we should understand why others don’t feel like they should support the same ideas and explore what we can do to make others feel more inclusive. One of the most c̶o̶n̶t̶r̶o̶v̶e̶r̶s̶i̶a̶l talked about subject was Gamer Girl, there are so many supports and oppositions on this topic. Personally, I feel like being a gamer is a choice, it is not something you are inheritably born with, it is a hobby and a preference.