Has any age crisis hit you as a cosplayer?

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#16 Slapthefatcat on 2 years ago

It's definitely harder if you are a guy who crossplays than any other type of cosplayer as you get older. As you get older, you'll likely become more and more masculine, unless you specifically exercise and purposely mold yourself to fit the body types that match women. Unless you ignore the naysayers, you will always have that self-doubt. And there will ALWAYS be naysayers/haters, even if you do it perfectly.
P.S. I'm not a crossplayer, but I've met those who do and just draw on what I have learned through the years.
Personally, it is getting harder to be a cosplayer as I get older (27 yrs old) as it becomes harder for me to connect with friends who cosplay and hence it just feels like I'm in the minority and there are so few others my age who do it.

#17 Dr Tweed on 2 years ago


I'm 32 and 30's crisis is hitting me horribly, and cosplay is not an exception...sometimes I'm feeling that I'm getting too old for this... [/QUOTE]

I have a hard time relating, because I just turned 61 and I'm fairly new to Cosplay.

I started Cosplaying and going to Cons in 2016. The character I did was Dr Henry Walton Jones Senior. Sean Connery was 58 when he filmed Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, the exact age I was when I started doing that character.

At 58 was Sean Connery too old to put on a costume and act in a movie? Of course not! At 58 was I too old to Cosplay as that character? I don't think so.

I guess my point is that there are characters approriate for every age of Cosplayer. Cosplay would only be for 20-somethings if our movies and video games and TV shows were only populated by 20-somethings.

As you age it opens possibilities to new characters to Cosplay. Embrace it!

Here's Wondercon this year. Let me ask you: would either of these Cosplays work as well with 20-year-olds? In my opinion we are just the right age for them.


Now when the "age crisis" in Cosplay did hit me a bit was this year when for the first time I decided to Cosplay a character younger than myself.

David Harbour is 43. I am 61. My hair and beard are grey so I had to colour them.

Does it look inappropriate? Maybe! But I had tremendous fun, which is the point of Cosplay!


#18 Lost Cause on 2 years ago

I've had a few things make me feel like I don't belong in this hobby but generally my age hasn't been one of them.

Mostly it's the fact I feel like I'm not fitting into any sort of classical standard of beauty and just look like the "obvious dude in a dress" transwoman stereotype.

#19 walkerofdarknes on 2 years ago

Having only gotten into cosplay in the last few years, I'm not sure if I'll have an age crisis. Especially as I'm pushing 40. I will say that I've connected with some other local cosplayers via social media, many of whom are in the 20-30 bracket. So I do feel a tad out at times.

But I'm not sure I'd get out of cosplaying because of my age. Most of my depression and panic attacks come from the start of a cosplay project when I'm still trying to figuring things out, and only a bit about how old I get. The last con I went to had a number of older folks doing cosplays, and yes some very younger ones (they had a best in show winner who was 15). And I do tend to pick cosplays that I can do that will hide my age (nothing hides that hint of grey like a bucket of hair dye or a wig!).

To the OP, I'd point out that even if you're focused on the one area of the Digimon, then maybe you could try aging up your character. Keep something very recognizable from the series, then fill the details of their life post-adolescence. "Well, I was on track to be a soccer star, but I blew out my knee and now I'm X".

#20 SuperBee on 2 years ago

I'm in my mid thirties and I am treating it as a hobby. I don't have time anymore to do more than one a year. I still to classics rather than the current trend - mostly because I don't know what that is.

#21 Dr Tweed on 2 years ago

[QUOTE=walkerofdarknes;5066597] Most of my depression and panic attacks come from the start of a cosplay project when I'm still trying to figuring things out... [/QUOTE]

Maybe it's because my cosplays are relatively simple, but for me the beginning of a new cosplay project is the most exciting time, when I'm doing the research, collecting screen shots, re-watching scenes, searching online for things that match, discussing the process with others working on the same character. Somebody will say "hey everybody I found the _____ !" and it solves a stumbling-block for us.

#22 Marthony on 2 years ago

For me not at all, and I'm turning 42 next month. In my case as I enjoy exo-suit cosplays where my body & face is mostly covered my age doesn't matter - only my fitness level vs. ergonomics of my rigging.

Having said that, someone thought I was 29 last week with my beard, so it is fair to say I don't look my age and haven't really felt this topic yet. If I'd been clean-shaven I can still pass for late 20's.

It is all a matter of what you're looking for in the experience imo.

#23 gypsy_girl on 2 years ago

[QUOTE=Dr Tweed;5066575]I have a hard time relating, because I just turned 61 and I'm fairly new to Cosplay.

As you age it opens possibilities to new characters to Cosplay. Embrace it!

You are wonderful Dr Tweed. Very well said. I love seeing people of all ages enjoying this hobby. I remember seeing an older gentleman doing Scrooge. There's one lady here who has had her father cosplay Sherlock Holmes and her mother doing Cinderella's fairy godmother. It's wonderful to see multi generations get involved.

Here's a picture of my dad and I cosplaying Mary Poppins and Bert. This wasn't for a con, but for my brother's Jack & Jill. Almost everyone dressed up.


#24 Dr Tweed on 2 years ago


That's one of the great things about Cosplay, the way it's for everybody.

If you think about many of our most famous films and film series, they often have older actors playing some of the most iconic roles. There will never be a shortage of great Cosplays for us older folks!

#25 ChibiDannimon on 2 years ago

I dont want to cosplay older characters. I want to be the Cute School girl :(

But Since Im old and cant be cute I might as well be dead.

#26 Chiagirl on 2 years ago

I wouldn't call it a crisis, but I've noticed I've started shying away from young child characters now that I'm in my mid twenties as I don't think I can pull off the look convincingly, and that's only going to become more true as I get older. I'm still going to finish [url=https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/aselia/images/8/89/Suzu_Fujibayashi.JPG/revision/latest?cb=20060825162608]Suzu[/url] simply because I started it 4 years ago and I'm almost done with it at this point (that and the outfit can double as one of [url=https://www.models-resource.com/resources/big_icons/5/4039.png]Sheena's alternate outfits[/url]) but I've kind of pushed other child characters off the table. [url=https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/smite/images/d/d4/Scylla.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140310041822]Scylla from Smite[/url] is both one of my favorite and most played characters (I do really well with her too) but as much as I like her I just can't see myself pulling off a cosplay well. My current age range for cosplay characters tends to be mid to young adult, but if other people don't mind cosplaying characters far outside their age ranges then power to them. :bigtu:

#27 Syon on 2 years ago

[QUOTE=ChibiDannimon;5066761]I dont want to cosplay older characters. I want to be the Cute School girl :(

But Since Im old and cant be cute I might as well be dead.[/QUOTE]

Stop being overdramatic.

This is a hobby, not a life or death scenario. You are an adult man, not a twelve year old japanese girl from a drawn work of fiction. Thats reality and not going to change. You either accept that fact and get comfortable in your skin, while dressed up or you accept that fact, but stop, because you'll never feel comfortable dressing up as a school girl.

#28 Dr Tweed on 2 years ago


You are an adult man...accept that fact and get comfortable in your skin... [/QUOTE]

Yes for me "comfortable" is the key, on various levels.

I cosplay characters that are comfortable for me to do. The characters are close to my age and natural appearance. The costumes are comfortable, especially the shoes! Minimal makeup is required.

I'm not going to tell anybody else what they should do, that's none of my business. But I wouldn't do cosplay if I didn't have fun! And feeling comfortable in my character and in my costume helps make things fun.

#29 CS3 on 2 years ago

Me getting older and not having someone to go to a convention with is my -crisis- and I can't be excited to go and cosplay anymore.

#30 vonjankmon on 2 years ago

I'm 36 and just won the Cosplay contest at Escape Velocity in my Space Marine armor, won a judges award two years ago at AwesomeCon in it also. I didn't start cosplaying until about 4-5 years ago so I was late to the party as it were. I enjoy it, I enjoy the challenge and all of the smiles from fans of whatever I am dressed as or just people that have no idea what I am but think it's cool. (This is the more common response in my Space Marine armor)

I work hard in my professional life so that I have the means to do (more or less) what ever I want in my personal time. Do what you are comfortable with but you will be a lot happier the less you are concerned with what other people think. Being an adult, having a relationship, having a family, etc all come with a lot of responsibility, none of those responsibilities involve making random strangers approve of what you enjoy.

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