DeadCruiser, on 15 April 2011 - 02:29 AM, said:
But, to stay sort of on topic here, I had something like this happen, but in reverse. It wasn't at a convention, but funny nonetheless. Cirque Du Soleil was in town and they had performers going around the city to promote. I went to one of the places they were at with my girlfriend and I tried talking to the performer, but she would not break character. She was dressed like a weird clown/ring leader and had on a top hat. I remember she didn't say anything, but was acting things out through gestures. There was nobody else around but her and I at this point, too.
I was just trying to ask her what it was like being in Cirque Du Soleil and where she got started. After like five minutes of me trying to get through to her, and I remember this part perfectly....she stopped, put her hand on her chin and looked at me for a few seconds. She was doing that puzzled, squinty eyed look. She made the gesture like "Eureka!" and pointed at me and was gesturing me to close my eyes. So I did. I felt something on my face and she tapped me on the forehead. I opened my eyes to see her grinning at me and realized that I now had a clown nose on.
So, needless to say, my questions did not get answered and I doubt I'll ever have an experience where someone actually refuses to break character again.
I would have died laughing if I'd seen that. Just sayin'. :3
The thing about being a character is this: it's one thing to cosplay a character. But staying in character for the entire time? For some that might take more blood, sweat, and tears than the costume itself. (Heath Ledger kept himself in solitude for a month while creating his Joker for The Dark Knight. I couldn't do that.) I was in theatre during high school and college, and while I can stay in character for a decent amount of time...there are times when you have to take a break. For instance, if I were to cosplay a character who LOVES food and has no problem stuffing her face like a caveman, I can tell you with all certainty that I wouldn't be doing that while eating a meal in costume. I have no desire to act like that, for real or not, and if anyone were to stop and tell me that I was breaking character, I would simply look them right in the eye, nod with a smile, and go right back to eating my meal in relative peace. (Now, if they were to stop and politely ask for my picture - extra points if they say "sorry for interrupting" - then I'd be more than happy to give them a pose~)
Plus, some people may not know this, but staying in character gets tiring - especially if said character's usual behavior is NOTHING like your own, and if they have a particular accent that you don't have naturally. I'd have a difficult time cosplaying Lieutenant Rip van Winkle from Hellsing and staying in character for this reason. She's one of my favorite characters, but would take a long time for me to perfect her accent, and if I were told to speak at length like her and sing
, I'd be in trouble. (I'm an okay singer, but I'm not gonna attempt opera in a German accent.)
That said, no cosplay is perfect. Some are good, some are extraordinary, and some simply aren't. To be fair, any imperfections could be there for any number of reasons, be it finances, availability of material, or physical limitations. Some elitists, unfortunately, are blind to these limitations that individual cosplayers may have, or just choose to be critical in harsh ways. This is where the other skin-thickening point comes in: not only can some people not be pleased, others simply don't have that little filter in their heads that says, "Shut up, don't do/say that!" It's a shame that they behave in such a manner, rather than be more constructive and polite. My own husband is a very hard sell on cosplayers - he will happily take photos of those portraying his favorite characters, but if he has any criticism, he wisely keeps it to himself, or (if conversation allows) he might offer polite suggestions on how to improve said cosplay. He never behaves like the other sad examples in this thread, and in fact looks down on them.
It's for this reason that I know making his dream cosplay of Lezard Valeth from Valkyrie Profile: Silmeria will indeed be a labour of love, lol
This post has been edited by Valkyrie: 16 April 2011 - 07:00 PM