Priorities First, Then Cosplay
“How much time do you spend working on cosplay?” is something I’ve been asked in the past. These days, many envision cosplayers spending every waking moment on their craft. While in some aspects that would be nice, in reality it just doesn’t happen that way… at least for me. I’ve also been putting cosplay on the back burner a lot lately, honestly. There just aren’t enough hours in the day, and since this is just a hobby for me, other priorities come first.
I’ll admit that in the past, I used to spend a lot more time during the week sewing. I’ll also admit that as an important convention or event approaches, my priorities shift a little, much to my husband’s dismay. These pie charts depict an “ordinary week” scenario, not during the peak of convention season.
Boring, right? Let’s break it down a little.
- Sleep: I wish I could thrive on less, but I just can’t. Caffeine can only take me so far in life. On the weekends I like to get even more.
- Work: Although my career isn’t glamorous or even what I want it to be right now, I still typically work an 8 hour day 3-4 days / week.
- Commute: Generally I have it pretty easy for commuting as I leave early enough and go against the flow of regular traffic for where I work and what I do.
- Cooking/Eating: I don’t like to make a big deal out of this, but sometimes I do. The husbando and I take turns making dinner and we like to spend time eating with each other. Even so, I feel it takes up less of my time than eating out. We generally only eat out on the weekends, and also make fancier meals then, which is why it has a larger pie slice on the weekends. Planning our meals in advance also helps save on time during the week.
- Cleaning: I like to do light cleaning throughout the week, and do heavier jobs such as laundry on the weekend. I’m an organized person & hate dealing with clutter. Also, a dirty kitchen really irritates me!
- Hygiene: I feel this is a must, especially for girls. The time spent on this really adds up especially when putting on makeup, drying hair, etc. My husband is baffled by this number when he takes less than half the time to get ready, but hey! I like to look good.
- Family: This includes time spent with the husband and our pets. Honestly, right now this includes exercise as well since we take our puppy for long walks. (Note: My pets are usually by my side when I’m at home anyway, but this applies to 1-on-1 direct attention with them)
- Cosplay: Once I get through everything else, there isn’t much time less for cosplay during the week. When I have a steady project going, I try to set aside a “Power Hour” every day or so. On the weekends, I naturally have more time to get things done. I save weekend blocks for patterning, mockups, and experimental tasks.
Down to the Wire
What about during con season? Honestly, when it gets down to the final week, this is how it generally goes right before a con, no matter how much I plan and prepare in advance…
How about everyone else? Do you spend a lot of hours on cosplay, just a few, or somewhere in the middle? :)
By the way, I made the nifty little pie charts from this site.