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A lot of people, both cosplayers and not, will get approached by people taking video at conventions, and they usually will ask your permission before videoing you. This is great! Bigger productions will ask you to sign release forms. This is pretty standard legal protection stuff.
However, it’s a good idea before agreeing to be recorded to ask what they will be asking you to do. It’s better if you can ask them to video you first and then give agreement or not based on what is actually recorded. If someone is shifty about what they want to video you doing, you don’t have to agree to be recorded. If they video you and do something you’re uncomfortable with, state clearly that they do not have permission to use your image (into the camera if possible so that it is on record).
Because model releases are somewhat legally binding, wait until after a photo or video is taken to sign the release. This means you can decide to sign the release or not based on what they actually do.
Sometimes larger or formal shoots will require release forms in advance. Make individual judgement calls on whether or not to sign these by looking into the party you are signing the release to.
If someone is using their status as press or photographer to harass or otherwise be jerks at the convention, get their name, badge name, description, or snap a cell phone photo and report them to convention staff. No one wants these people at con, and staff may very well revoke their badges to prevent them harassing attendees.
OK dinguses, here’s something that’s gonna make your life and the lives of everyone who sees you at the con so much better.
This is called a Men’s Dance Belt.
It’s for male ballet dancers to wear under their tights. Its purpose?
TO MAKE SURE NOBODY SEES THEIR BULGE.
when I’m at a con, nothing kills a potential good superhero costume more than seeing the cosplayer’s friendly neighborhood spider-cock through the costume.
I made a comment on this when someone shared this on FB, but I had to add here too.
As a dude, this is extremely vital if you plan on wearing spandex. Now I think it’s slightly misleading when it says it gets rid of the bulge. It doesn’t. You will still technically have a bulge. What you won’t have is people being able to tell exact details of what you look like underneath the spandex. No one wants to know that much detail about you on first meeting. This thing basically just smooths you out but you are still going to be obviously defined as male.
I will state though, that these things are the bane of my existence. They are not comfortable. I think the longest I’ve lasted is around six hours, at which point the thong part just hurts way too much and the waistband really cuts into your sides. I’ve been left with marks from these things for a day afterwards.
I will still wear it though in costume. I swear to God, you have no excuse. Wear the damn thing. Suck up the pain. It makes your costume look that much better.
As a female-bodied person I don’t know any tips for improving the fit of a dance belt to be more comfortable, but hopefully one of our followers does?
Regardless, a huge thank you to all the spandex clad male-bodied persons who do wear one.
Hi! There’s actually a couple of methods available to you.
There are a variety of pre-made facial hair (both beards and sideburns) appliances out in the world that can be applied with spirit gum pretty much straight out of the package. They’re often sold at higher end costuming shops and wig retailers. I’ve never had need to shop for them myself, so I cannot recommend a particular shop, but a quick Google search turned up this catalog just to give you an idea of some of the variety that’s out there: [link] (Please shop around to find the best deal.)
On a more DIY (and potentially cheaper) route, we’ve previously reblogged this tutorial [link] on using crepe hair to make a beard or stubble.
Additionally, there are a few purely make-up routes for getting the stubble effect. I like these tutorials:
Just read cosplay instructions that involved more steps of sanding, filling, sanding, and painting than a museum quality body off, frame auto restoration. O_o
True story: I was recommended tools and taught the proper use of said tools by a cosplayer.
That shit is hardcore, man.
#Always respect cosplayers #They’re not doing it for you #They’re doing it for them #It’s too expensive and painful and labor-intensive to be doing it for some dude’s approval #Unless that approval is holy crap it’s so amazing that you love these characters that I made #And even then that’s secondary