I asked 13 cosplayers at New York Comic Con the same question. Here’s what they said…
I’m not a cosplayer but I really admire those who do it. It takes a certain amount of courage to dress up as your favorite character because one way or the other, you will be judged.
Is my costume good enough? Do I have the physicality to pull it off? Those are just two of the most natural questions I imagine most cosplayers ask themselves at one time or another.
I’m always interested in who decides to put the costume on — and more importantly what do they do the rest of the time? I’m not talking about the “professional” cosplayers. I’m talking about the workaday folks.
So I came up with one basic question to ask 13 cosplayers when I was at New York Comic Con this weekend. It wasn’t “Why do you do this?” That’s a question that answers itself.
And I could have asked a bunch of questions, but I really wanted to boil it down.
So I simply asked, “What do you do when you’re not doing this?”
Here are the answers:
Batgirl: “I’m an executive assistant.”
The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man: “I work in a bakery.”
The Hobgoblin: “I work in a supermarket.”
The Hound: “I’m a WGA writer and a comic-book writer.”
Kylo Ren: “I’m a part-time tutor.”
Groot: “I am Groot,” then, “I’m a project lead for a technology company.”
Captain America: “I’m an engineer/salesman. I also work at fitness expos.”
Catwoman: “I’m a librarian.”
Thor: “I work in an office. I process paperwork.”
Sam: “I work in a restaurant, but I’m starting a job at a warehouse.”
Starman and Starman: “I’m in software development.” “I’m a systems engineer.”
Dr. Fate: “I play video games.”
The Flash: “I’m an executive assistant.”