Tips for competing in costume contests!

So I got an ask about this a while ago and have been mulling over it, the ask was essentially if I had any tips for first time costume contest entrants.

Ive both judged and won major awards at costume contests in the past, so i’m going to talk first about how to choose your costume and what judges are looking for, and second on how you should prepare and go into the contest! Please note that i’m going to be talking very intensely about how important costume quality is here, that’s because i’m talking about competitions, not regular con cosplay or photoshoots.

On choosing your costume:

  1. Many people who enter costume contests chose to compete last minute with the costume they have on that day, but for a lot of people like me, we specifically make a costume to compete with and work extra hard on that one. If you’re going to a con knowing you want to enter, costume choice is the key!
  2. One of the main things to consider if your own level vs the difficulty of the costume. Check your con’s website to see if they divide their contest into experience levels, which generally go Child (12 and under), Novice, Intermediate (or Journeyman) and Masters. Check their requirements (many cons are different) and determine which you are. This is because if you fall into Journeyman, you will want to step up your game from what you would enter in the Novice division, as the competition will be steeper.

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cassbones:

inspookableassghosts:

you have a fundamental misunderstanding of how math works

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brused:

cassbones:

inspookableassghosts:

you have a fundamental misunderstanding of how math works

hey that means charity will also get unlimited money so I’m game

so both charity and I get unlimited money, sounds like a win win situation.

“I wanted to step out of your shadow….you understand that don’t you?  But, when I stepped out, there was no sunlight. No sunlight at all.”

black-nata:

[‘TURN DOWN FOR WHAT’ playing in the background]

countessrivers:

The Bifrost

Friendly reminder that anyone born between 1985-1998 didn’t get their hogwarts letter because Voldemort’s ministry wiped out the record of muggleborns

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fawnbabe:

If he doesn’t care about your orgasm, he doesn’t care about you.

truth

songofages:

ten-and-donna:

bitchjerkcassbuttidjits:

How do Time Lords even get married or deal with marital problems like

"It’s like I don’t even know who you are anymore! You… You’ve changed, Harold"

"WELL NO BLODDY FUCKING SHIT I GOT HIT BY A BUS SHARON!"

And what if you and your spouse both regenerated while you weren’t around each other?

"Who the fuck are you? This isn’t your house?"

"I fucking live here."

Also I love how sharon and harold are just obviosuly gallifreyan names.

thepluralisphoenixii:

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sansaspark:

During the scene when Mulan decides to go to war instead of her father, she decides to do it while sitting on the foot of the Great Stone Dragon. The image of the dragon looking over Mulan is repeated several times throughout the sequence, and the bolts of lightning strike at significant times whenever the dragon is in sight. When Mulan takes her father’s scroll and when she is praying to her ancestors, the Great Stone Dragon can be seen. It is also engraved on the sword Mulan uses to cut her hair and the handles of the wardrobe containing the armor are in the shape of the dragon’s head. The dragon’s eyes glowing in the temple symbolizes Mulan’s role as protector of her family awakening, instead of the actual dragon.

The reason Mushu couldn’t wake the dragon is because the dragon was no longer there. Mulan is implied to be the Great Dragon that protects her family.

CHRIST HOW DID I MISS THAT AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

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THEME ♥