Anonymous asked: I feel a bit weird messaging you, since I'm just a follower you've probably never noticed. I'm so afraid to cosplay anything related to Sherlock because I feel like there are already x, y, and z brilliant cosplayers and there's no point because no matter what I do, everyone has their favorites already and I'm just going to look stupid. Life events made me not go to 221bcon, but I wasn't going to cosplay anyway because it doesn't matter because I'm not everyone's favorite already. Sorry. I'm dumb
I’m going to yell at you very quickly here, anon, because I need to say this.
YOU ARE NOT DUMB.
And please, god, do not ever think that you are. Anybody that’s afraid to cosplay or afraid that they won’t be a ‘favorite’ or afraid of this and that STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND LISTEN TO ME.
Cosplay is about fun. It’s about getting into a costume you love, whether you’ve bought it or made it or flown it in from another country. It’s about having like interests with the people around you and reveling in that. It’s about not comparing yourself to others and doing it for yourself, as hard as that is. And believe me, I’ve experienced how hard it can be.
I’m very new to cosplay but I can honestly say that all of this anxiety you have is not worth it. It’s viable, it’s totally understandable, but it’s not worth it, love! Who the fuck cares about favorites? Cosplay elitists and cosplay hierarchy and cosplaying like you’re fighting for the fucking Iron Throne is ABSOLUTE BULLSHIT.
It really is. Don’t look at who has the most notes. Don’t look at who has the most expensive costumes. Or the best photographer. Or a better wig. Or a this. Or a that. Just don’t. It may seem like it matters, because of this weird and unspoken talk of ‘favorites’, but it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t. Please, understand that.
I’m sorry you couldn’t make it to 221BCon this year, and I highly encourage you go next year and cosplay the FUCK out of whoever you want. Sherlock, John, Irene, the fucking flat itself, a damn pair of red pants, a mustache, doesn’t matter. If somebody’s already done it? Cool. Be another person who does it. Think they’ve done it better? WHO CARES. Do it anyway. Be your own definition of brilliant.
I’m sorry about how long this reply got, but your ask really struck a chord with me.
You won’t look stupid. Not ever. You’ll be accepted and you’ll be fantastic. Please, go and cosplay next year, or whenever you can get something together. You’ll be absolutely wonderful, no matter what.
THIS. BUT FOR ALL COSPLAY. SAID EVERYONE EVER. <3