Candylion Cosplay

is creating Cosplay

Select a membership level

Genin
reward item
$1
per month


  • Access to my exclusive Patreon feed which will include some BTS photos and progress
  • Voting in Polls for Twitch Streams!
  • Vote in polls to help decide my next cosplay!
  • Access to my exclusive Ninja Clan Discord server where we can chat and exchange memes and tell secrets maybe idk man
Chūnin
reward item
$5
per month


  • Play with me and other ninja clan members in our Monthly Discord Game Night!
  • Access to a set of out-of-cosplay selfies in my casual gremlin form.
  • All rewards from previous tiers.
Includes Discord benefits
A-class Jonin
reward item
$10
per month

 

  • Access to a set of cosplay photos for the month.
  • Ninja rank displayed in Discord.
  • All rewards from previous tiers.
Includes Discord benefits

70

patrons

About

Hey! My name is Drew and I’m a 20-year-old weeb dork based in Southern California. And I love to dress up as my favorite characters from pop culture, specifically anime, video games, comics, and movies. This sacred geek practice is known as cosplay, and it’s been my favorite thing in the world since I was 14.

I’ve always been super into dressing up. In my family, Halloween was more anticipated than Christmas. I had multiple costumes every year, and if the store didn’t have what I wanted, I’d (try to) make it myself. Because I wanted to be a princess AND a blood-soaked zombie. I even made costumes for my stuffed animals. So when I attended Anime Expo in 2013, I knew I had to throw together a costume the night before. Afterward, my aunt got me my first sewing machine and I taught myself how to sew, on the floor, with a DVD. And it’s been balls-to-the-wall costume making ever since. I was so awestruck and inspired by all of the incredible cosplays that I saw at AX 2013. And I was overwhelmed by the community of passionate, accepting people who were all celebrating something I loved so much.

As a kid, I kept up with the basics (ie; Pokemon, Naruto, Yu-Gi-Oh, etc), but I got way more into anime when I was in middle school. A good friend of mine introduced me to some 2000s staples, like Soul Eater and Sword Art Online, and she told me that Anime Expo was a place where you could unabashedly express your love for things of the sort, without fear of pre-teen ridicule. She passed away in 2013, and the anime world became a place that I could escape to when my teenage reality got all sad and awkward and existential. I got into video games once I could afford my first shitty Wal-Mart PC. Then I promptly sold my soul, and single remaining brain cell, to League of Legends. Of course, I also grew up on lots of Nintendo titles, and I continue to play lots of other stuff too. I formally escaped high school when I was 16, and I’ve done some minimum wage work, and some freelance modeling, but cosplay has always been my sole passion. I’m currently a barista at a local cafe, but my dream is to be able to create content and stream full-time.

I’ve always been a creative person and have other creative hobbies (like singing in my band The World Cashmere, playing guitar, ukulele, drawing, poetry, oil painting, acting, and impulsively changing my hair color), but cosplay has been my absolute favorite since I started almost 5 years ago. It’s honestly at least 80% of what I think about all the time, and it’s completely changed my life. I’ve met almost all of my closest friends through cosplay, some of which I live with now. It’s given me more confidence and self-esteem than I ever thought I would have. If you told 7-year old Drew that people were unironically going to call her a “model” she would’ve laughed in your face and spit in your cereal. I never thought I’d be in the position I’m in and I’m so incredibly grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve been given and to all of the lovely people who’ve supported me throughout this wild internet journey. Seriously, it’s crazy and it means the goddamn world to me. I’m just a weeb who wants to make some cool stuff.

And cool stuff can be sorta expensive. I’ve hosted panels at conventions before on how to cosplay for as cheap as possible when you’re a smol bab living out of your mom’s basement off of ramen noodles because I strongly believe that this hobby should be open to everyone of all budgets and skill sets. But transitioning into the adult world meant less money for things like cosplay, and needing to pay for totally useless things like food and gas and rent??

Last year, I ran my Patreon on my own and I quickly became overwhelmed by the workload I created for myself, and by my crippling self-doubt. As an artist, I think I’ve always leaned a little too hard into the whole "tortured" role. Maybe I’m oversharing, but I’ve been living with chronic depression for a third of my life. While cosplay had always been my means of coping, I had turned Patreon into a way to isolate myself, and I often put cosplay ahead of my mental and physical health. Now, I have an incredible support system and a renewed sense of passion and purpose. I want to improve and continue sharing my skills to produce quality content to contribute to my community. As long as I have a sound mind and body, I will be creating. I’m relatively young and I know that success isn’t always linear. I am forever grateful to those of you who are returning from my previous Patreon, who were there for me during my difficult times last year, and who continue to believe in me; even when I have trouble believing in myself. That shit’s anime as fuck. Thank you for coming on this journey with me <3 If you want to directly support my work, please throw some money at me, and it will all go towards improving my art and my life. I swear I will do my damnedest to bring you some sick content and make some really. cool. stuff.

“Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you’re put here on earth to do, with such passion and intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.’
-Van Gogh


Become a patron to

48
Unlock 48 exclusive posts
Be part of the community
Connect via private message

Recent posts by Candylion Cosplay

How it works

Get started in 2 minutes

Choose a membership
Sign up
Add a payment method
Get benefits