There is no such thing as being a professional cosplayer and you shouldn't encourage it.
Oh not just yet anon! But soon!
Cosplay has boomed in just the past 4 years alone! It’s all actually very exciting. All cosplayers of this generation are experiencing a hobby become more recognized and acknowledged as a skill set that could be wanted and paid for in entertainment media.
At some point you have to imagine a lot of hobbies (and sports even) went through this phase. And its rare today to see it happen. I mean, at one point people who played golf or danced or rapped were laughed at when they considered making it a career. And now all three are widely accepted and praised professions.
HonestlY i think the mainstream acceptance of ‘nerd culture’ is to blame (also youtube and social media). Its finally acceptable to like anime, comics, video games and so on — so cosplay is being dragged into light as this cool, widely know thing.
When I started cosplaying in 2007, even I hadn’t heard of the hobby until I was on convention grounds. Nowadays Sylar and I have had our cosplays featured on ifunny, with comments about how cool it is to see fictional characters come to life.
And I believe a lot of companies see the potential of great advertising and marketing that come from that magic. (Disney princesses, live action video game trailers, and fan made shorts anyone?) Not to mention the fact that industry companies at fan conventions are at an all time boom — cosplay is being dragged along into a NEW generation.
It’s being industrialized whether we are ready for it or not.
And it should be exciting! More mainstreaming of cosplay means its more accepted by parents, friends, work (think of what accomplishments you could add to your resume).. not to mention a wider variety of resources of cosplay. In Japan the hobby is so widely accepted they have tons of stores that sell costumes. And in Singapore, China and Korea a lot of tailors and wedding shops also offer costume tailoring and commissioned cosplays.
This just means cosplay will be easier and who the hell doesn’t want that?
Also, I don’t know about you anon but I was told by mother that I should do what I love and if I can find a way to make that a career, why not? Who really wants to wish a miserable job that takes up more than 50% of their day for the rest of their lives on someone?
And if you are scared that Cosplay becoming industrialized and buisness-eske scare you because it will belittle people who do it for fun, don’t be!!
My dad golfs for fun and Tiger Woods’ professional career doesn’t take that away from him.