Now before you guys start flaming my PERSONAL blog with your comments, please remember that this is again, MY personal blog and rant.
This is a general response to Maya Dinerstein’s article titled “Crowdfunding Cosplay” – which can be found via the link.
Costuming and cosplay is an expensive hobby. A VERY expensive hobby. I don’t know any costumer who will disagree with that statement. The cost of materials, labor, travel, hotel, food, etc… It really adds up!
However, we must remember that it is a HOBBY. It is not a necessity, it is not worth blowing your rent money on.
Maya has proposed a solution: Crowdfunding. [Seriously?]
Crowdfunding, in essence, is asking kind strangers on the internet to give you money to achieve a goal. Crowdfunding has been used for all sorts of things, like the Veronica Mars movie and the reboot of Reading Rainbow, to name a couple.
Why yes, those are projects that have been funded by Kickstarters and what not. However those are also entertainment projects and also educational tools that will help children get access to books. What Maya is suggesting is that someone donate money to her so she can travel to cons and have funsies. I’m sorry dear, no. You should NOT ask people to fund your hobby. You also should not use the excuse of being a poor college student. Get a part-time job. Many of us older cosplayers worked while we were in college.
We all work in order to pay for our hobby. Some of us save up all year just to go to a couple of bigger conventions, and we even sell things to help raise money. If we can’t afford it do we go? Absolutely not. Like Rachael (of Moonflower Cosplay) said, “It’s a hobby, not a necessity…I get that cosplay is fun and cosplay and cons make you happy, but if you can’t afford to live your real life then maybe you need to cut back on your costumes…you have to pay your rent or buy food before you can do the fun stuff.”
I could not agree more. I would also like to add that I (and several other veteran cosplayers) feel like you are cheapening yourself by asking for money for costumes. Not only that, but I also feel like you have absolutely no integrity. Maybe it’s the younger generation, I don’t know. I was raised on the belief that if you want something, you have to work for it. Nothing was really handed to me. My parents provided me with a lot, but funsies were paid for by yours truly.
I lose respect for people who just want a handout in life – especially when it’s for something as trivial as a hobby. Go make things! Sell your wares! Sell your old costumes! Get a job? There are several options and crowdfunding should NOT be one of them.
EDIT: Here is a link to one of the most helpful pieces of costuming advice I have ever given… Cosplaying on a Budget. There are ways to afford a cosplay, and here are some helpful tips.
Please note: I do support crowdfunding for Legitimate goals! Helping out a podcast, a family in dire need, new apps, games, etc. Not for stupid things such as potato salad, helping you buy photo-ops with celebs, etc.