Perfection. If you were to look that word up in the dictionary this is what you will find:
1. : the quality or state of being perfect: such as
a: freedom from fault or defect: flawlessness
c : the quality or state of being saintly
a : an exemplification of supreme excellence
b: an unsurpassable degree of accuracy or excellence
: the act or process of perfecting
This is what we as Cosplayers, as human beings strive so hard for. But really, is perfection really so nessesary? To make sure that no matter what we are building, crafting, or acting as it has to be incredibly flawless and immaculate. In my opinion, perfection is overrated. In fact, not only is it overrated, but it hurts us as not only as artists but as humans too.
As Cosplayers, we are constantly bombarded with images of what “should” be the so-called best of the best in Cosplay. You know the ones, they’re getting thousands upon thousands of likes, get to travel around the world going to conventions, and are constantly selling the prints of their magnificent Cosplay.
But, if we take a closer look, just like us they’re no doubt struggling under a large workload. Social life, personal life, family life, and the work of their Cosplay too. On the outside, it seems like they have it all put together and their work looks beyond magnificent. But after talking to a few of them that God-Tier level so to speak, has come at the cost of countless nights working on their props, makeup, sewing, and foam smithing skills. And half of the time it comes out the exact opposite of how they want it to.
Yet they kept trying, kept burning their fingers, kept at it when they were frustrated. And you know the funny part? They don’t regret one bit of it. Because through those annoying, heartwrenching, ego-bashing mistakes and times where they didn’t think it was good enough, came the so-called perfection the rest of us strive for.
So, we are really striving to be imperfectly perfect. We just don’t realize this. And most of us end up giving up on this beautiful art we call Cosplay because we think we can’t possibly reach the level of those we admire. Well, I challenge all of you out there to not strive for perfection. Love your faults, love the mistakes you make. Because practice does not make perfect….it makes permanent.
Categories: Thinking out loud