Every year cosplayers (including myself) post a hot list of a selection of costumes they want to focus on during the coming year. It is created out of enthusiasm and usually not super realistic. I’ll take my list from the start of 2017 as an example:
I was definitely ambitious and divided the list in sections of how easy or difficult they were. Depending on the amount of work that a costume takes and the amount of detail a difficult costume can take several months to finish (let’s say 3-6 months). An easy costume can take a few days up to a few months (let’s say 3 months here). Thinking about this rationally means that it is impossible to finish all cosplays in combination with the full time job that I have. 😉
Change of plans
Cosplayers are not always reliable when it comes to this type of planning. I’m one of them. There are quite a lot of reasons why plans would change.
- The Cosplayer discovers a new series and wants to cosplay that
- The cosplayer is invited for a group with a specific costume in mind
- The Cosplayer plans a photo shoot at a specific locating that would be ideal for a specific other outfit
- The cosplayer gets motivated by seeing other cosplays of a specific series
- You name it… 😉
Changes of plans can happen at any time during the year. But this usually happens after a convention. Cosplayers motivate each other. 😉 It also happened to me in 2017. My plans changed mid – year quite drastically.
So what did I actually make? Look at my report from 2017. I ended up making only 3 of my planned cosplays. On top of that I made 1 that was on my mid – year list. And 4 that weren’t on my list at all. Two of them are updated old cosplays. I guess my planning wasn’t very reliable.
Plans for next year
Below are my plans for next year. I’m curious what I’ll end up with in December. 😉 What is your experience with planning? What did you plan for next year? Think about it. It might actually be similar to mine. 😉