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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Should I Have A Cosplay Page?

Recently I’ve noticed loads of new pages popping up for cosplayers, now before I go any further I can already hear you all shouting ‘Matt, you hypocrite, you have a cosplay page yourself’, yes, yes I do, but give me a moment...

Anyway cosplay pages, I have no objection, in fact if people want to have one I’d actively encourage it, however... before you run to Facebook to set up your page stop and think for a moment, why am I setting one up?

Good ol' Facebook
Reasons to have a page:

  • You want to have a public profile that anyone can see – This is why I ended up with a page, I didn’t actually set my page up, it was done by my girlfriend at the time following on from an off the cuff comment of ‘I keep getting friend requests, I should have a fan page!’. Anyway, my plan way to have a profile that I could share all my Doctor Who related things on without it taking over my profile, not all my friends have the same interests as me so I’d feel bad spamming them with one topic, plus it also meant that I could keep my private profile, well, private, I’m not interested in how many friends I have on FB, I’d rather have 10 that are my best mates than have 1,000 that I don’t know because let’s face it who really wants to look at my random photo’s from years back?
  • You’re a professional – Says it all really, if you’re a professional cosplayer (Jessica Nigri springs to mind) then a page makes perfect sense
  • It’s part of an integrated social media strategy – If you’ve already got websites etc then a FB page makes sense.
Reason not to have a page:

  • Everyone else has one – says it all really... 
  • It’s an ego trip – A page should have a purpose not just be a boost for your ego, no really!
  • Why not? – Sigh...
It's not just Doctor Who and more...
Page names...

One thing I wish I could change is the name of my page, when it first started Matt Holden 10th Doctor Extraordinaire was fine (I thought I was only going to get about 20 likes anyway), but two plus years down the line it’s grown and is more than just Doctor Who, it’s a mix of lots of things, plus I think the word Extraordinaire is a bit much...

If you’re going to call yourself a lookalike please make sure you actually are... And when I say ‘are’ I mean really are. People in the past have said ‘but you don’t look like him’ however having done paid work to portray that character I feel I’ve earned the right to use the word lookalike if I feel the need...  

Final thing on page names, what is it with everyone referring to themselves as ‘unofficial’? I’ve never heard of an official cosplayer? Just call yourself a cosplayer, cos that’s what you are...

Content...

If you have a page it’s up to you what you put on there, all I would say is keep it fun and keep it interesting. If you do then people will like you and take an interest in what you do, let’s face it if you have a page you want people to look at it and like it because who really wants a page with 20 likes that are all fb friends?

Anyway that’s enough of me talking about pages, normal service will now resume...