When I first started building an audience for my cosplay work five years ago, my cousin Ian gave me some advice: Start building an email list. I was skeptical. My Facebook page was growing rapidly, and more young people are on Facebook every day than checking their email, right? But Ian warned me, if Facebook decided they didn't want me to have access to my followers, there would be nothing I could do. Without their emails, I would have no direct way to contact my followers.
My Instagram strategy has been making a huge difference in my reach, engagement, and follower growth lately. But posting twice a day can be hard, especially during times when I don't have recent new cosplay photos to post.
What do cosplayers ask Santa for? I just released a brand new music video for the holidays! It was a lot of fun to make, and hopefully it'll bring cosplayers (and the people who have to shop for cosplayers!) a good laugh.
If you’re a Patreon user — be that creator, patron, or, like me, both — you have undoubtedly been hearing the hubbub about the upcoming fee changes. There’s a lot more information from Patreon here, but here’s the gist of it...
I don't know about you, but my favorite Disney ladies have always been the sassiest ones. And of course, the quickest thing to bring out a Disney lady's sass is a creepy dude who can't take a hint. That's why, when I heard the weirdly catchy girl power anthem from the TV show "Victorious," I knew I had to transform it into a Disney song.
Let's talk about Instagram! For a long time I didn't feel like I quite "got" Instagram as a platform, and despite posting consistently I didn't see good results. This year, I finally feel like I figured it out and have been seeing some really strong growth.
My Season 7 Arya Stark cosplay tutorial is taking longer to put together than I anticipated, but by far the questions I've been receiving the most are about the quilting, so I decided to pull the "quilting" section out of my in-progress tutorial and just post it separately!
For some people, cosplay is a fun hobby. All they want out of their experience is a fun, geeky time with friends. But for those wanting to pursue cosplay more seriously, or even pursue cosplay as a career, marketing is an essential part of the equation.
Anyone can cosplay, but you'll usually find the biggest number of cosplayers at popular annual comic conventions like San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic Con, and Denver Comic Con. Cosplaying is fun, and given the sheer number of people who love their anime, comic books, and video games, we can expect to see new amazing cosplays every year.
Back in February, I released a set of 6 Harry Potter themed cosplay pinup photos for Valentine's Day. They unexpectedly took off, and my limited edition prints flew off the (digital) shelves! But more than the prints, what people really wanted was a complete pinup calendar. So... I'm making one!
I'm tired of cosplay as a lookalike contest. I'm tired of people telling cosplayers what they should and shouldn't spend their hours and dollars crafting based on the coincidence of their genetics. I'm tired of watching actual cosplays ignored in favor of who the cosplayer "reminds you of." And I'm tired of how all these problems are supercharged for cosplayers of color, fat cosplayers, genderqueer cosplayers, and disabled cosplayers.
Some of you may have seen on my Instagram or Facebook that I recently completed a cosplay of one of the centaurettes from Disney's "Fantasia." I chose the one filing her nails with a cattail in one scene. I love her style, and I was drawn to her color scheme. But there’s a dark subtext to this character, and, in fact, this whole segment: Racism.
I'm the kind of person who likes to wear my geek on my sleeve, so to speak, so I own a lot of merchandise and clothes related to the fandoms I love. And since there's no fandom I love more than Harry Potter... well, let's just say that if someone burned all my clothes that weren't Ravenclaw themed, I could still dress myself for a solid week.
I've had such a great time working on this fun Harry Potter-themed parody of Sam Cooke's "What a Wonderful World"! Once you've watched the video... watch it again! And then, if you liked the song, make sure to purchase the single so you can listen to it anytime!
The response to my Harry Potter pinup photoshoot has been completely overwhelming. At this point, the photos have reached over 300,000 people (and that's just the sources with view counters), and have been featured on POPSUGAR, Kotaku, and more. And although the vast majority of responses have been positive, which I am so grateful for, there has been a troubling subsection of responses specifically calling out the ages of these characters and accusing me of sexualizing minors.