You are AMAZING!
Maybe you don’t feel your work is good enough. Maybe you have proceeded in comparing yourself to other cosplayers, and you think that they are far better so why should you try anymore.
Maybe you have lost that spark and that passion to sit down and complete a project, or the thought of even starting a new one is super overwhelming. Hell, maybe you have a few past projects laying around that seem to be silently calling your name saying ‘you need to complete me!’.
If you are experiencing anything mentioned above then please read on, because my message to you is SUPER IMPORTANT!
- Your reach may not be that good.
- The engagement with those who follow your work may be nonexistent. You may post and make comments but they may never respond to your content or comments.
- You will attract creepers, trolls, and people who make themselves feel better by bringing you down and critiquing every little thing you do.
BUT DON’T LET THAT STOP YOU!
Showcasing what you do by showing your work through social media is a great way to meet people and further this passion and love for this hobby that you have!
When it comes to platforms and increasing the reach of your content you can find out about the inner-workings of social media marketing and learn tips and tricks such as: Best time of the day to post, your audience reach, and special hashtags to help increase your content’s reach.
In most cases platforms like Facebook require payment to increase your contents awareness to others, but when you learn a few tips you can slowly increase your content and further expand on marketing yourself.
You may not have very much engagement with your following. Meaning they may not like or comment as much, and in most cases many will not even see that you have posted any content recently and therefore ‘missed’ your content altogether.
Using Facebook again as an example after a ‘follower i.e like to your page’ has been ‘inactive’ for a certain amount of time Facebook will remove the like from your page. So often times, when someone suddenly re-likes your page it may simply be due to this issue, not because they ‘unliked’ and then returned.
The point here is DON’T LET SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING GET YOU DOWN! It can be a tangled mess and it can be hard to navigate at times, but give it time and things will get easier.
Also set goals for yourself when it comes to your social media platforms. How often do you want to post content? What sort of content? What’s the end goal of having a page to follow/like?
There is nothing wrong with wanting to be famous. But how you go about it can reflect poorly on yourself, and the people you allow yourself to be associated with will reflect a part of you to those following you.
If you allow yourself to be swept up in ‘Cos-Fame’ you will feel incomplete, and I guarantee you will not have as much support from your following as you would if you took time to get to know them and to encourage them on their own journey.
Remember: This is a community. Many of us are here to help, and many of us have felt a lot of the same emotions and faced some of the same problems. You are not alone.
I hope if you take anything away from this long message it’s that I believe in you, and that I respect your choice to take a break or to stop cosplaying. I truly hope it’s not the later, and that you will enjoy this hobby for many years to come!
Know that myself, as well as many others, are here for you. And all you need to do is reach out. My inbox is always open, as is my messages through my social media pages. You may message me anytime to tell me about what’s going on for you right now, and to ask if I have ever had to deal with the same thing.
You may also message me anytime if you just need someone to be there in that moment, no matter what’s going on. I’ll listen. I won’t judge. I will do my best to help brighten your day, and to offer my advice when asked of it. I’ll try to encourage you and inspire you, and to provide you the support that many have shown to me!
You are loved. You are important. You do matter!
I hope you can see just how amazing you are, and I hope you will surround yourself with friends who also see it and remind you often!