Mikomi Chanis creating Photography, Modeling, Costuming, Gaming Livestreams
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Every dollar helps! With this donation, you will receive access to:
-My progress photos
-Secret cosplay status
-Early access to photoshoot images
-Video messages on cosplay progress
-You will receive access to exclusive progress photos and videos of my cosplay progress.
-You will also receive one free, signed and personalized postcard of one of my prints a month.
Supporters of the Twitching
-You will receive access to all of the previous tiers.
-You will receive permanent access to my Discord channel! You can pop in on my streams, and you can hit me up when I'm online for general cosplay construction help and advice.
Cosplaying just kind of came out of the blue for me. With one of my friends from high school, we decided to go to Otakon for our first ever convention. We were the most excited weeb trash you could possibly imagine; we had individual highlighted copies of Otakon's panel schedule the day they came out. We had everything all taken care of for the con WAAAAAAY far in advance, and about a month and a half out from the con, we were like "Should we cosplay? People do that at cons, right?" So we decided to quickly buy some cosplays off eBay and cosplay for the first time ever. It was the weirdest feeling for me to walk from the parking garage to the BCC, but once we got there, it was so amazing. There were dozens of others in cosplays, just like us, and it was almost like a child going to Disney for the first time. Needless to say, I had an amazing time, and it got me hooked.
Now, fast forward six years later, and a lot has changed for me. I am out of college, I've gotten married, and I've created my own spawn! The one thing that has remained constant through all of this has been cosplay. Through this time period, I've developed skills in sewing, foam work, design, weathering, metal casting, leatherwork, and woodwork. I actually have completed a formal apprenticeship for leatherwork and woodwork for theater and film fabrication. I make most of my own costumes, and I have a successful design and fabrication operation within the cosplay community. I have won awards both in and outside of the cosplay community for costumery, and my work has been featured in all forms of media including magazines, newspapers, television, film, websites, and art galleries. I've even been brought in as a guest lecture to local colleges to speak about costumery and cosplay. Occasionally I also appear at conventions across the country as a cosplay guest!
What I want to accomplish with this Patreon is to gain more support for my online ventures in the cosplay community. I've recently taken up streaming on Twitch, so I can help teach others things about costuming, and I use it as a platform to do monthly tutorials for specific character cosplays. Another thing I want to do with this Patreon is do more donator specific content. I think it'd be a really cool idea to do cosplay requests. I always get so many cosplay requests every year, most of the time for characters I already wanted to cosplay anyways, but the only thing that has been keeping me from making these cosplays has been money. Needless to say, with a family and the many monetary responsibilities that goes with a family, I have a very limited budget for making my own cosplays. Last year I funded almost two cosplays from Patreon, and I'd love to be able to fund more cosplays from Patreon ^_^