Many cosplayers will tell you that cosplaying is full of hardship and sacrifice. Costumes are difficult to build, props are expensive to make, and venues are hard to get to. When lining up for competitions, cosplayers suffer from heat stroke, thirst, hunger, and exhaustion.
Despite that, cosplay veterans still enjoy what they do, and when perks like private dressing rooms and full meals have been offered to cosplayers for free by event staff, many react with genuine enjoyment and gratitude for the support they are getting for their hobby.
Unfortunately, several younger cosplayers — most of them very new to the hobby, have started demanding that all organizers provide them with these perks, no ifs or buts. Some even go as far as e-mail or message organizers on websites and forums.
But what these new cosplayers do not seem to realize is that the organizers are not forcing them to join their events. If they are not happy with the lack of perks an event can provide, then they can simply choose not to attend — it’s as simple as that.
Personally, I find these kinds of people are undeserving of the label “cosplayer”, as they seem to think of cosplay as a way to get perks, privileges, and attention. These are the wrong reasons to get into cosplay, and they should have just joined a talent search if that was their goal.
In the end, it is your choice as a free individual to join a cosplay competition, so it is your responsibility to look after your own needs as best you can. Being a cosplayer does not give you the right to demand a list of things from event organizers, and the sooner everybody understands that the better.
This article was condensed from the original on magnetic-rose.net: Of Perks and Pains at local cosplay events