Aug 12, 2019
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It is Ok to Take a Break From Cosplay

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Joey Choi as Han Solo (Star Wars)| Photo by Laura Izumikawa Choi

Every now and then everyone needs a mental hiatus. A quick siesta from the hustle and bustle of work and everyday life. Maybe even a little time away from the things we love. I love writing and I love cosplay. Sadly, there are no paid vacation days for mental health when you are a freelance writer and hobbyist cosplayer. However, when you feel like you have to go, you just have to go. No explanation needed, sometimes a random disappearance is the best way to proceed.

Coconut Jacobs as Daphne Blake (Scooby Doo)

So that’s what I did, for the past 6 months I took a break from cosplay. I put the website on hold, comic-convention hopping on pulse, and future costuming ideas on the shelf to collect dust and cobwebs. The most crazy thing about it is, I did this right in the middle of Urban Cosplayers’ Christmas, in February, at the height of the globally trending hashtag: #28daysofblackcosplay. That is the equivalent of being the best show on TV but getting canceled after only one season. (R.I.P Firefly [2002-2003], yes, it still hurts inside.)

It also didn’t help that I had to save up to get a new computer. Well, let’s just say I would not recommend spilling wine on your laptop while watching Game of Thrones.

I am so glad that show has ended it was an obsession that consumed way too much brain space. But that is yet another story for another time.

The majority of cosplayers I know have went through periods of displeasure with the world of cosplay. For some people, it’s because they don’t feel as though their cosplay is being appreciated by the masses. For others, it’s because they feel burned out from going to back-to-back conventions every other weekend. Still, many others are simply stressed from the designing, construction, and financial investments that go into putting together the perfect cosplay.

Whatever your reason, it is ok to step away from this nerdgasmic fantasy-filled world that you have built around yourself. Luckily for most people, cosplay, and other geek stuff, is not a full time job and we are not held accountable for unplanned absences. But if you still feel like you need permission to take a break, I’m granting you just that. Go ahead, take a breather. It’s ok to take a break from cosplay. I promise you, the community will still be here when you return.

I actually didn’t expect to stay away for this many months, but the time went by so quickly. Apologizes. Even though I did take half a year from writing, the social media accounts for Urban Cosplayers remained active. Continuing to engaging the community.

I can honestly say that I’m ready to rejoin the Geekdom. It’s about time to dust the keyboard off and get back to placing words on the screen. Now that I have relaxed, rested, and distressed, I’m ready to play again.

So this is just a friendly remember, when you are feeling completely depleted and ready to take a break from cosplay, you should! Do it unapologeticly and don’t feel bad about it.  Self-care is extremely important and vital to your physical health as well as a sound mind.

 Thank you for your support in the past and in the exciting future to come.

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Writer, Cosplayer, Wine Lover. Founder and Editor-in-chief for Urban Cosplayers, a website dedicated to spreading the representation of People of Color in the  cosplay culture.

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