>>10348817>My question is, has /cgl/ or similar boards ever made you get too self-conscious over not getting a cosplay perfect?
I have a small fear of laughing it up on the "Bad Cosplay" board and seeing my picture. Especially looking back on my first handmade cosplay photos last year and realizing that how I felt in the costume and how I looked were, uh, not the same.>how do you get over that hump? Did lurking less help you?
I don't really see a need to lurk less myself, but I've heard a lot of people talk about the benefits of internet breaks in general. I get over it by reminding myself that 1) I deserve it for poking fun at others 2) cosplay is a process, not an eternal state of perfection. I'm a beginner with sewing, makeup, and costuming. There's going to be hiccups no matter what you do. You have to embrace them as part of the process and find pride in the feats you have accomplished. Back to my example of last year's costume: sure, it looked like shit, but it was also the first garment I'd ever made. I learned so many techniques in a short span of time, it was like pic related. I was learning and doing at the same time. Despite looking shitty, it meant so much to me and so many people asked for my picture because in some small part it meant something to them. Even if I had been made fun of, other peoples' opinions can't change how proud I am for doing all that work and research myself. You have to think of failure as a stepping stone, not a bump in the road. One thing I learned from lurking the bad cosplay threads is that people were ready to defend beginner cosplayers being posted because everyone starts somewhere. So if even the people who make fun of other shitty cosplays can understand that, then so should you.