If you’re a cosplayer your body is your canvas. It’s what you start off with before putting your cosplay on and no matter what you need to look after it. Some things you can do are obvious like eat, drink and wash yourself, but hopefully I’ll give you some tips that you may not have thought of….
So here we go:
Play Just Dance: We all need to keep fit and for me the Just Dance video games are my favourite way to do just that. It is also useful practice if you want to perform a cosplay skit. I can certainly imagine myself dancing a Just Dance routine in cosplay on stage. by the way dancing in general is good exercise.
Eat healthy: I know this seems obvious, but it may not be for some people. I would even go as far to say try to eat healthy especially at a convention. Whenever I go to a convention I always try and take both food and drink with me. Sometimes my mum would even make sandwiches. Even if I end up having lunch at the maid cafe or something it would be awful to be hot, tired and waiting in line for something without anything to eat or drink.
Relax: People get stressed it’s a fact of life. Cosplayers especially get anxious before a convention, so try to relax. If cosplay is stressing you out don’t do it or choose a different character. Didn’t make a costume in time? Wear an old one. Go as a casual version of a character or just go and take photos. Cosplay is not meant to be stressful. It’s meant to be fun, so if you’re not having fun something needs to change.
Socialise: Other people can make us happy and happiness is actually healthy. Make your cosplay with other people even if they’re not into cosplay. I do sewing classes where I learn to sew for cosplay and I enjoy the social aspect just as much as learning. Make friends with other cosplayers. Also photographers and filmmakers also make awesome friends because photography and film is another way to enjoy cosplay.
Look after your soul: Ever hear that music and food are good for the soul? Whether you believe in souls or God or not it’s also important to look after your spiritual self. This doesn’t have to mean you have to become a nun or a monk it just means you need time to yourself. This might be going for a walk and appreciating your surroundings or just treating yourself a bit (I find ice-cream is good ;).
Look after your hair: whether you wear wigs or not for your cosplay you need to look after your hair. Shampoo and conditioner is awesome. At least once every three days. One exception I make is if I’m wearing a wig to a convention I won’t wash my hair the day/night beforehand because when I wash my hair it becomes silky smooth making it difficult to stay under a wig cap.
….Even look after your body hair: If you’re character doesn’t have a beard or any other body hair either shave or do something else so it isn’t seen on the day of the event. This may mean tights for legs and maybe even make-up for stubble. This isn’t essential, but especially if you’re self conscious about that sort of thing make sure you have time for it. I try to make sure my legs look nice especially if I’m wearing a skirt for cosplay, although I can almost guarantee I won’t look perfect.
Keep your fluids up: May seem obvious, but the amount of times I forget to drink while at a convention and end up with a headache is embarrassing. This doesn’t go just for conventions. If you’re working, going to school, or university or even looking after your kids it is so important to keep your fluids up. Water is good, however lately I’ve been drinking a lot of Up and Go which is 4.5-5 Star Health Rating. Drinking is especially important if you exercise (like dancing) or it’s a hot day.
Spend time with animals: there is numerous articles I could quote about the benefits of animal companionship, but I don’t think I need to. Personally I don’t have any pets, so I especially enjoy the local wildlife, my friend’s pets, the Gippy Goat Cafe and Melbourne’s Cat Cafe. I’m living proof that if you don’t have a pet it doesn’t mean you can’t spend time with animals. Both the Gippy Goat Cafe and the Cat Cafe aren’t that expensive. They are also pretty easy to get to. If you know of any other animal cafes or other such things please comment because I’d love to know.
Love: probably the most important tip of all is love. Love yourself, your neighbours, your family, friends, enemies, other cosplayers, animals, trees and cosplay etc. Basically love anything and everything good. Protect and nurture those you love and those who love you. If your not sure whether you should love someone or not, love them anyway. Love makes everything better, even cosplay. So spread the love and the whole world will be a better place.