Cosplay.com account: Miakaylia
Cosplay.com account: Miakaylia
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Why do you cosplay non-popular characters?
To be honest, I cosplay whatever character I feel like cosplaying. If you look closely at all of the characters I have cosplayed, a decent few of them are actually "popular".
- All you do is cosplay guys despite being a girl! Why?
Yet again, I cosplay whatever character I feel like cosplaying. I do not purposely pick the cosplays due to gender or sex.
- Do you offer costume commissions?
It depends! I've been commissioned to make costumes for some of my friends in the past, but there are some costumes that are still way out of my skill range.
- You're only able to do these amazing cosplays because you have money! Any advice for limited budgets?
The #1 most assumed thing with cosplaying is that you need a lot of money to be able to do amazing cosplays. While that might be true for some cosplays, that is not always the case. My typical go-to list I have for being asked about "Cosplaying on a Budget" is:
- Alter things from goodwill and thrift stores (great for belts and shoes)
- Look through clearance fabric bins at hobby lobby (and make sure to always grab their 40% off coupon for other things). Even if you aren't cosplaying a character right now, but you want to cosplay them in the future, and you find that perfect material in a clearance bin for about $2, pick it up (if you can afford it). I made the tunics of my Toon Link and Shadow Link purely from clearance bin fabrics (and thanks to building up a box of clearance bin fabrics in the past, I was easily able to find stuff to help finish my Luke fon Fabre jacket and my Asch the Bloody sleeve/short details).
- Price check multiple places before buying stuff. The acrylic paint I used on one of my weapons I got for 50 cents at wal mart on clearance and it worked great!
- Fabric.com also has sales on certain fabrics and they normally ship things to you within about a week.
- Reuse wigs from old cosplays (if they are white then you can dye them to other colors)
- Reuse old clothing that is starting to no longer fit you. You can scavenge buttons, zippers, and possibly fabric.
- If you don't know people who can cut wood, you can make cheap but nice weapons for about $5 - $10 out of dowels and foam and spray paint. They look nice, but don't expect to seriously fight with them.
- The more cosplays you make, the more extra materials you'll eventually end up with. Extra bias tape, extra wire, extra buttons, extra thread, extra interfacing, et cetera. Reuse until you run out.
- If you are wanting to buy color contacts, talk with friends or other cosplayers. Some sites give a free pair of contacts or a 5% - 15% discount code with enough purchases, and if someone won't be able to redeem their codes before the expiration date, then they might be willing to give that code to another person. HOWEVER, do not be rude and become angry if someone refuses to help you. You aren't entitled to anything.
Regardless of what you do there will be some cosplays that will always be expensive in some way. However, this should help ease the monetary burden a little.