Or, how to quit cosplay and really mean it. No scripted video blog posts, no five million fanthings wringing their hands in despair, no April Fools Day jokes, and no excuses. Here are five tips:
No tearful goodbyes, just go for it!
If one day you suddenly wake up and think to yourself, “Cosplaying sucks!” — do something about it!
Cosplaying — like most other hobbies such as collecting bottle caps, going skydiving, and recreational drug use, can be harmful if done in extremes. So before you get in too deep, and destroy your life and all your existing personal relationships, just to play dress-up — it’s time to quit.
Erase your online presence.
Get rid of your Cure and Deviantart accounts. Shut down your cosplay blog. Erase your Facebook fanpage and cosplay-related Twitter account. Deactivate all your cosplay forum accounts.
The biggest outrcy for you to come back will be from your cosplay “friends” and “fans”. However, if they genuinely care for you, they will respect your decision. They will even help you transition back to non-cosplaying society. If they say you’re a quitter and that they are no longer friends with you, then good riddance to them. Real friends do not abandon you just because you decided you’ve had enough with wearing thick make-up and funny wigs.
Get rid of your cosplay wardrobe.
Sell it at a loss at a swap meet or garage sale. Ask friends to post messages online saying that the first person who shows up at a preselected meeting spot gets to take home suitcases worth of old costumes and boxes of old accessories for free. If all else fails, hold a giant bonfire on your yard — I promise you it will be cathartic.
As long as there are physical remnants of your previous hobby lying around your bedroom and your house, you will never be able to totally break free from it.
Stop going to cons.
Let’s face it — going to a convention for many cosplayers is less about attending the con and more about being seen at the con. If you are serious with your resolution, you don’t need to be surrounded by drooling fanboys, sweaty pervographers, and slimy old geezers who like to pass themselves off as part of your entourage to feel good about yourself.
As for your pals, if you’re real friends and genuinely want to hang out, you can just meet at your favorite cafe, go to the movies, or go bowling. You don’t have to go to a con to see them.
Find a new hobby.
Fly-fishing, stamp collecting, fostering stray cats — there are a million other hobbies out there for you to explore. Don’t limit yourself to just one thing! Learn a new language. Enroll in an acting workshop. Go back to school and take up a post-grad degree. Memorize the first 100 digits of pi. The possibilities are infinite!