With EuroCosplay being one month in the past already, I've finaly found some time to write something about it.
With Eurocosplay being the 3th international cosplay event for me, I think that compared to the other events I have been to this was the most relaxed event so far. Not because I was well prepared this time and didn't need to finish my costume in the hotelroom, but because the organisation took care of every cosplayer's personal needs. The schedule was very flexible so everyone was given the time they needed to prepare well without rushing.
It was great to see a lot of friends of mine again being all gathered at one event and to have a good laugh with them and celebrating my most epic birthday ever. Actually I was so busy with preparing, that I totally forgot about my birthday all the time. But the random birthday presents I've got made me remember again. But the best presents I've could ever wished for were the nice comments after my performance; "That was so awesome, it was like I was watching the series!" "My friend here normally doesn't like comedy performances, but this time he couldn't stop laughing."
Footage of my performance at EuroCosplay 2013 in London can be found here:www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-E9ja…
Why I decided to show up with something "simple" instead with an oversized cupcake with a shipload of toppings which the most people will expect at an event like that can be read here: www.facebook.com/iloon.creatio…
I did what cosplay is all about (also during international events), and that was having fun!2013 review:
And with just a few weeks to go until 2013 is over, this was my 2013.
This year was a very important year for me with a whole lot of (unexpected) successes.
This was my last year at college and because of that I was busy with graduation projects. Causing me having not much time to spend on cosplay. I was only able to finish one costume, which was Kirito. Beside that I made one small commission. I was also only able to visit one event this year, which was Animecon in The Hague. Where unexpectedly I've been selected to participate in the finals for EuroCosplay 2013 in London.
After that I graduated in June and can call myself a diplomated Theatrical Designer now, specialised in costume.
Meaning that I am free and that I could go where ever I wanted. These being economical hard times I wasn't planning to start living as a freelancer. Because the most freelancers I know have a very hard time keeping their heads up.
But for the same reason I was also not expecting a job as a costume designer/ costume assistant.
Somehow I came in touch with a small company which is producing inflatables. And because their amount of customers is increasing they were looking for extra seamstresses. So I introduced myself to that company, showed some of my sewing work and after a testday of sewing inflatables I got hired. Well, I can tell you, sewing inflatables is much harder than costumes. No mess-ups are allowed, if I screw up even 1mm, my ass will be kicked by the studio manager and I have to redo that part. So if you want to learn sewing like a real badass, go sew inflatables!
By being hired by that company I immediately ended up in the middle of a giant project. We were so busy and stressed that I even had to beg for days off to be able to go to London for EuroCosplay. But all the hard work was sure worth it and I am very excited to start working on more impressive international projects with that company.2014 plans:
With having a fulltime job now and so more freedom, I am hoping to have a bit more time to work on costumes and to visit more (international) events. For 2014 I have been invited as a cosplay guest for 2 events in Europe (t.b.a).
I also want to focus more on performance based cosplay events. Because Eurocosplay went better then expected I am busy with preparing something for Animecon for the ECG/CICAF/WCS preliminaries with a partner. I am very excited to do a group performance again after a long time, can't wait!Planned events for 2014:March:
1 - 3: t.b.a
28 - 30: J-Popcon, DenmarkJune:
7 - 8: Dokomi, Germany
13 - 15: Animecon, The Hague
20 - 21: Atsusacon, BelgiumSeptember:
13 - 15: Connichi, Germany
I hope I will also be able to visit an event in Poland, but since all the events are very close after each other or at the same weekend, I have to make choices, but who knows.