Motivation

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#1 FieryFari on 1 year ago

How do you keep the motivation and positive spirit when you gain nothing from working hard on a costume? I don't enter competitions,I don't make money from cosplaying and I don't get a lot of attention/appreciation,so there's no real reason why I put in the effort I do. I know the logical answer is because I do it for me and I want to do what I do but that isn't enough to keep me in good spirits. When I really think about all this I start to get sad and wonder what's the point, but I don't want to feel that way! I want to be happy and excited about my cosplays regardless of what comes from it,I want to keep working hard and putting in all this effort without feeling like I shouldn't bother. What are your tips to stay positive,happy and motivated when thoughts like this surface?

#2 Chiagirl on 1 year ago

I'm going to play devil's advocate here and tell you that if making costumes doesn't make you happy, you don't have to keep doing it. Take a break and re-wear some of your older costumes instead. I know it's easy to feel like you're "behind" when you see people post about the half a dozen costumes they've done this year if you only have the time / funds to do one or two yourself, but racing to keep up with other people is just going to leave you burnt out instead of happy. Also some people just don't enjoy the construction process. I like wearing cosplays, but I hate making them with a passion. I've bought fabric for a few that I feel pretty much locked into making at this point, but otherwise I'm probably going to buy any future cosplays used, commissioned, or from an online store as the headache from from trying to make my own is just not worth it for me. And if you decide to go that route too it's completely fine.

A tip for your actual question though, working on a cosplay you're no longer really interested in for whatever reason is going to be SLOW. If you have to, switch to working on a different costume you're more hyped about as that's more likely to go quickly. If you're only doing it cause "my group wants me to" or "I need to finish this before the con" or "I have the fabric for it so why not" then you're not really motivated, you're just forcing yourself through it. It's why lots of great cosplayers aren't cut out for commissions, because they just can't get motivated to work on something that they won't get to wear. But seriously though I think a break would do you good; take time to focus on your other hobbies so you don't end up burnt out. If you don't have any particular costume to be hyped about then this is a great time to try new series, games, etc. to find something to really get you motivated.

#3 Angelx624 on 1 year ago

Sometimes I lose my motivation to work on a costume myself, and then get hyped to start or work on another one. Just know that it's perfectly fine to wear an older costume if you don't have the motivation to work on a new one!

#4 gypsy_girl on 1 year ago

I'm a little ADHD so I understand losing motivation to work on one costume with the drive to work on another. I put pictures of the character I want to work on as wallpaper on my computer. Some times it works, other times not. I also have a folder of 'you should be sewing' memes that I use as wallpaper, too.

#5 walkerofdarknes on 1 year ago

Well, I have my reasons for starting a cosplay: mainly in that I'm a veritable social pariah and am suffering from a near-pathological need for acceptance. Wearing the cosplay is my opportunity to get that fix. But when it comes time to keep working on said cosplay...well, I'm guess my biggest motivation is my utter stubbornness. Once I set out on a project, I will almost always finish it, Even if it takes me years to get it done to my happiness.

#6 FieryFari on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=Chiagirl;5068672]I'm going to play devil's advocate here and tell you that if making costumes doesn't make you happy, you don't have to keep doing it. Take a break and re-wear some of your older costumes instead. I know it's easy to feel like you're "behind" when you see people post about the half a dozen costumes they've done this year if you only have the time / funds to do one or two yourself, but racing to keep up with other people is just going to leave you burnt out instead of happy. Also some people just don't enjoy the construction process. I like wearing cosplays, but I hate making them with a passion. I've bought fabric for a few that I feel pretty much locked into making at this point, but otherwise I'm probably going to buy any future cosplays used, commissioned, or from an online store as the headache from from trying to make my own is just not worth it for me. And if you decide to go that route too it's completely fine.

A tip for your actual question though, working on a cosplay you're no longer really interested in for whatever reason is going to be SLOW. If you have to, switch to working on a different costume you're more hyped about as that's more likely to go quickly. If you're only doing it cause "my group wants me to" or "I need to finish this before the con" or "I have the fabric for it so why not" then you're not really motivated, you're just forcing yourself through it. It's why lots of great cosplayers aren't cut out for commissions, because they just can't get motivated to work on something that they won't get to wear. But seriously though I think a break would do you good; take time to focus on your other hobbies so you don't end up burnt out. If you don't have any particular costume to be hyped about then this is a great time to try new series, games, etc. to find something to really get you motivated.[/QUOTE]

Yeah it's definitely a pro and con situation. Cosplaying helps a lot with other aspects of my depression in terms of giving me something to look forward to. I usually try not to put any deadlines on my costumes so I usually take my time and when things are bad or I'm busy with something else I try my best to take needed breaks from cosplay and conventions. Thanks for your advice,I think I need to try to be easier on myself and be ok with taking my time and not always doing things as planned.

[QUOTE=Angelx624;5068673]Sometimes I lose my motivation to work on a costume myself, and then get hyped to start or work on another one. Just know that it's perfectly fine to wear an older costume if you don't have the motivation to work on a new one![/QUOTE]

I do look forward to doing the easier costumes I have planned after the current difficult one I'm working on!

[QUOTE=gypsy_girl;5068684]I'm a little ADHD so I understand losing motivation to work on one costume with the drive to work on another. I put pictures of the character I want to work on as wallpaper on my computer. Some times it works, other times not. I also have a folder of 'you should be sewing' memes that I use as wallpaper, too.[/QUOTE]

When I'm working on video game cosplays I find it helps to replay the game to keep my excitement of being the character!

[QUOTE=walkerofdarknes;5068691]Well, I have my reasons for starting a cosplay: mainly in that I'm a veritable social pariah and am suffering from a near-pathological need for acceptance. Wearing the cosplay is my opportunity to get that fix. But when it comes time to keep working on said cosplay...well, I'm guess my biggest motivation is my utter stubbornness. Once I set out on a project, I will almost always finish it, Even if it takes me years to get it done to my happiness.[/QUOTE]

I take years on costumes but that's because I work on them on and off instead of continuously

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