I’ll be honest; I haven’t done a new cosplay in over 2 years now! Maybe it’s because of the pandemic. Or I’ve been busy adulting with life. But either way, it got me thinking about how to better balance the cosplay hobby with your own life. So unless you’re a basement dweller, you’re also probably busy with school or work. And like me, you don’t have that much free time on your hands.
How do you go about making more time for cosplay? Well in this post, I’ll go through 5 ways you can add more cosplay time to your life, without sacrificing too much of your own. Here we go!
1. Make cosplay a social event you do with your friends
You probably have friends that you hangout with, right? (I hope so) And because you’re a cosplayer, you also likely have cosplay friends? Well, why not put two and two together and schedule time with your friends to do cosplay-related stuff?
I see a lot of my cosplay friends spend their weekends together either working on new costumes. Or doing photoshoots together. This is a great way to spend time with your friends while also getting some time with the cosplay hobby. So the next time you hangout with your friends, you can work on some costumes together and shoot the shit. Or hangout at a park or studio to get some photos together. It’ll be a lot of fun!
2. Plan cosplay conventions as part of your vacation trip
Before the pandemic, this is what I used to do all the time! For my regular readers, you know that I love traveling. And when I do travel, I try to attend a convention at the same time. This is a great way to utilize your vacation off work or during summer break at school, while also getting convention time to yourself! For example, I love visiting Chicago. And Chi-town also happens to be where one of the best conventions, Anime Central, takes place. So I always tried to visit Chicago on the same weekend as Anime Central was happening.
So if you plan on going vacation sometime soon, try booking a time and place when a large cosplay convention is going to take place. You’ll get to explore a new city, while also getting to attend a new con!
3. Spend less time on other hobbies (gaming, watching YouTube videos)
You probably spend a lot of time doing other hobbies, such as playing video games or watching Anime. Well, another good way to make more time for cosplay is by reducing the amount of time you do these things. Instead of binging an entire season of a new Anime, perhaps take it slower and give yourself more time to watch the whole thing over a longer period. As for video games, if you can reduce your playing time by 1-2 hours a day, you’ll have a lot more time to do cosplay stuff.
4. Do a time audit
Yes you heard me: do a time audit! For each day, write down how you much time you spend a specific activity. E.g. from 2-4 pm, you play video games. From 4-5 pm, you’re eating lunch. And for 8 hours of the day, you’re sleeping in bed. Do this everyday for one week, and then add and calculate how much time you spend on each activity.
I did this once; you’ll be surprised with how long you spend on certain activities! For example, I was shocked to see how much time I was spending plating video games. So after the time audit, I reduced the amount of hours I played. Makes you appreciate how much time you have in your actual day.
The time audit will help you figure out what you can reduce hours on, and increase the amount of cosplay time you get!
5. Finding the motivation to cosplay = more time for it
Last but not least, we have motivation, which deals with the mental aspect. Sometimes, it’s not even the time aspect that is affecting our ability to make time for cosplay; it’s motivation. If we’re not motivated to cosplay, we definitely won’t make time for it!
So what you can do is remember the reasons why you love to cosplay. Some of these reasons include:
- The fun in crafting and sewing. I talk more about this in my cosplay accuracy article (link). But in general, there’s a lot of fun to be had when you’re trying to make a challenging cosplay.
- The cosplay hobby bringing people together. In general, cosplayers are into a lot of similar stuff: Anime, video games, nerdy things. It’s why we get together to dress up.
- You enjoy dressing up for yourself and others. Cosplaying makes you feel good. When you’re cosplaying an awesome character, not only do you feel cool-looking or sexy, but others love how you look as well. There’s nothing more satisfying than someone asking for your cosplay photo at a convention!
These are just a few examples of why people cosplay. But you may also have your own reasons why you do it. Whatever the reason, let yourself be reminded why you are into this hobby. And when you do, I’m sure you and your subconscious will make time for cosplay!
To summarize, here are 5 ways to make more time for cosplay:
- Make cosplay a social event you do with your friends
- Plan cosplay conventions as part of your vacation trip
- Spend less time on other hobbies
- Doing a time audit
- Finding the motivation to cosplay = more time for it
And there you have it; 5 ways to make more time for cosplay!
Balancing life and cosplay is certainly not easy. But with a little planning and mixing in our spare time together, we can make room for this hobby that brings us all together. Do you find it easy or difficult to make time for cosplay? Let me know in the comments below!
My name is Roger Senpai. I’m a cosplayer that’s been in the community for well over a decade now. I’ve traveled all over the world to Anime and Comic conventions and hosted my own cosplay events. Now I’m writing articles for new and experienced cosplayers like you to help inspire, save you money and improve your cosplays!