With the vast majority of conventions cancelled or going virtual, it has been really hard to feel like it’s worth making new costumes with nowhere to really wear them. However, it’s honestly been a stress reliever for me to work on projects with everything going on. I’ve primarily been working on one costume, a Yennefer from the Netflix Witcher series, and usually I’d be annoyed at working so long on a piece, but it’s been my thing to come to and just zone out as I work. Little bits get done at a time while I listen to music, and I can just forget about the craziness going on around me.
I’ve also managed to choose older costumes and go to parks I know are more empty and do photoshoots, with my husband as the photographer, to help get us out and at least “produce content” via that route. We’re able to still wear masks and keep socially distanced with others potentially being around us, so I feel like we’re being safe doing so.
I’ve also managed to enter a few online costume contests, as I know many other cosplayers have been doing as well, which has been a good way to pass the time. It’s nice to find a way to keep active in the community as well, and nice seeing other costumers do the same thing. It’s also fun to see cons attempting to actually still do a convention online, where panels and other presentations are still occurring, which at least allows some sense of normalcy. A lot of cosplayers are also streaming more, which brings more content out to everyone too.
So, if you’re in the cosplay community, there’s a few ways to help ease the “cabin fever” with quarantine still going on. I definitely recommend pursuing some, if not all, of them to just make it easier. We all still need to allow ourselves to enjoy our hobby, even if we can’t do everything we necessarily used to do. ❤