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28 Days of Black Cosplay… The Addendum

So about a few weeks ago, I made this long post about my thoughts on this notion of 28 days on black cosplay.  Many people asked me why I spoke about it.  Simple really… Noone else would.  I knew that right after I opened my mouth and kicked over that wasp nest that there would be people who would respond, not in a good way.  I am thankful that people of all races and creeds agreed with what I said.  I also discovered that there were other black cosplayers out there who felt the same way as I did.  But that isn’t why I’m writing this.  Let me tell you what happened when I met and sat down with Harry… Or as I like to call him, Black Panther.

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To Understand Does Not Mean You Concede

Discussions, conversations, arguments, debates will mostly have two sides to it.  It’s not often that one side will agree with the other.  We all have our reasons for believing and/or standing behind a statement.  At one time, I would stand behind my point and not give up until that person would concede, because I would verbally berate my view is the correct one.  In my field of work, you really can’t do that.  You have to see what you’re looking at, be reasonable, understand the points and then decide if you agree or not.  Key word being understand.  I think that’s something a lot of people forgotten about.

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Humbled I Am.

It’s not often I get praise for the things that I do.  When it does happen, I get all odd and awkward about it, for I am not used to it.  And I feel humbled.  I always say that I am doing my job.  Early this year when I uploaded my con photos, I saw a spike in the number of likes and comments.  Seeing that made me smile.  I knew that people out there enjoyed the work that I love doing.  I don’t cherry pick when it comes to cosplayers.  I try to hit as many I can for photos if they’re not in a rush or inconvenienced.  If I am inspired, I’ll do an impromptu photoshoot (it has happened a few times).

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Learning From Your Mistakes

I’ve been cosplaying for over ten years.  During this time, I’ve made stupid mistakes.  Mostly of me speaking before I think.  Granted most of us are guilty of that, but me more so than others.  I am thankful that I’ve learned from that.  I’m going to share with you all a couple of short stories of where my mouth has gotten me into trouble and how I learned from it.
A few years ago I was a cosplay judge at Anime Boston. After watching all of the skits and we went into the back to figure things out, I spoke out of turn about a Silent Hill skit. Honestly, I didn’t know and I didn’t realize what I had done.  One of my friends who was a judge told me the mistake I made and I apologized profusely about it. I didn’t realize that after that, word gotten out to those people in that skit what I said. I had thought that what was said in closed doors, stayed there.  I thought wrong.