Shy Cosplayers For those who want new nerdy friends
Posted 05 April 2014 - 11:36 PM
Please help! >< and sorry if this topic seems out of place.
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Posted 06 April 2014 - 12:19 AM
Posted 06 April 2014 - 12:49 AM
I am a little shy...a lot shy actually. My first ACen I didn't know the people I roomed with at all and had never been to a convention or even cosplayed before in my life. The only thing I did have was that I knew...somewhere....some friends from school were bound to be there.
I...tore...apart...the forums. The online community was super helpful in getting to feel more comfortable with the calibre of people I would encounter at ACen. I also made use of the meetups to get to know more people. They were smaller, had something to keep everyone busy and helped me make friends - or at least acquaintances.
As for anime - netflix is really helpful for me. I don't know all the newest anime (still haven't watched Attack on Titan, panty and stocking, or ouran host club) but just watching something new to me gets me excited to be around anime lovers.
I hope this helps a bit.
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Posted 06 April 2014 - 01:30 AM
Posted 06 April 2014 - 02:19 AM
On normal days I avoid eye contact and speaking to people I don't know. But at a con, I turn into a pretty decent social butterfly...Cons just have a weird effect on some people! All you need to remember is that at ACen, everybody is there because they all love the same kind of things. (And I've learned a trick to meeting new people. Sit by a wall that's not in the way, look interesting, and people WILL gather. It has happened at every con I've gone to.)
As for cosplay? Being self-conscious doesn't last for too long. After a few times of people saying 'ooh, nice costume' it's pretty easy to get on a pride high. And if you like your costume, be proud of it. It makes it even better, and people pick up on that.
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Posted 06 April 2014 - 10:43 AM
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Posted 06 April 2014 - 12:53 PM
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Posted 06 April 2014 - 04:54 PM
Posted 06 April 2014 - 05:00 PM
And I agree with Gen. Gatherings are great for meeting new people =.
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Posted 07 April 2014 - 01:07 PM
*Attend the numerous Meet&Greets during ACen and/or the various cosplay photoshoots.
*Bring a heavy polar bear.
Posted 09 April 2014 - 02:37 PM
First off, I posted a bunch here on the forum and heard about the meet and greets. They're a lot of fun and I made some great friends that will be rooming with me this year. Even the most chance encounter can turn into a wonderful friendship so it's definitely a good idea to put yourself out there.
That said, "putting yourself out there" doesn't necessarily mean throwing caution to the wind and going way outside your comfort zone. One of the easiest ways to strike up a conversation with someone is with cosplay. It's a talking point AND it conveys the idea of similar interests. Plus, if you're really shy, it allows you to be or feel like someone else for a day in an environment where it's acceptable. Talk about your costume, your favorite show, their favorite show, how they put their costume together and just go with it. Not everyone will be your friend, but I can almost guarantee that you'll have someone to talk to by the time it's all over.
Realize that this is a convention: most of the people there paid money to attend something that was relevant to their interests, so virtually everyone there will sync with you at that most basic level. Don't worry about being nerdy or shy, because plenty of people there are the same exact way. Just go be yourself!
Lastly, if you decide to go with a group you should try to be open. It's way too easy to go as a group and end up "cliquing up" and not meeting new people. Now if you end up cliquing with a group of strangers and hitting it off well then go for it! Mission accomplished.
I spent fifteen minutes talking to a wonderful girl I met at a meet and greet at ACen and now we're seeing each other. Just a little smalltalk and some follow-up and I really lucked out. I ran into another guy I met at that same meet and greet and we had lunch everyday of the weekend. Now we're hosting a panel together and he's coming down to A-Kon with me. I went in alone and came out with some great new friends. If I can do it ANYONE CAN! ACen is a great place!
Posted 10 April 2014 - 07:17 AM
But meeting new people is the only way to figure out who would fit into a group. As others have said getting out there and test your comfort zone. If people judge you for being you then they are not the right people for you. By being yourself you will should find it easier to make friends.
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Posted 10 April 2014 - 10:57 AM
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