[Cosplay Portfolio]

Project Management

Creating a cosplay involves various aspects of project management, encompassing planning, execution, and monitoring. Here's how different parts of project management apply to making a cosplay.

You probably guessed it already - I'm a Disney fan! As a reward to myself for getting to my goal weight, I promised myself I could dress up as my favorite Disney princess, Belle, for Halloween. Since none of the store bought costumes felt right for the occasion, I decided to sew my own costume. I knew the basics of sewing, but through this costume I learned about textiles, pattern drafting, undergarments (the perfect petticoat makes a huge difference), fabric paints, and so much more. I ended up creating my outfit, as well as a Prince Adam outfit. After being a princess, sometimes you need to play the bad girl. Jessica Rabbit has been a favorite of mine since childhood. When I was 6 I even had my my hair cut to look like hers! So it felt right to mix things up with a costume celebrating her. I learned a lot of new things with this costume - sewing with slinky fabrics, sequins (I swear I still find them in the house!), and how impossible it is to find pink Mary Jane pumps. Again, my husband volunteered to dress up with me in his own Rodger Rabbit costume. This Halloween I decided to pick something non-Disney, so I went with American Girl dolls. Growing up I owned the Felicity Merriman doll, so this was my tribute to the adventurous and fiercely independent-minded girl. It was also a fantastic way to reuse the petticoat from Belle's costume!

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Solution

Scope Management

The first step in cosplay project management is defining the scope. This involves deciding which character to cosplay, determining the complexity of the costume, and setting a budget and timeline. Clear boundaries help prevent scope creep and ensure that the project stays manageable.

Time Management

Time management is crucial in cosplay as there are often deadlines, such as conventions or events. Breaking down the costume creation process into smaller tasks and scheduling them accordingly helps ensure that each step is completed on time. Additionally, allocating time for unforeseen challenges or adjustments is essential to avoid last-minute rushes.

Cost Management

Cost management involves budgeting for materials, tools, and other resources needed for the cosplay. It's essential to research prices, prioritize expenses, and track spending to stay within budget. Creative solutions, such as DIY techniques or finding cost-effective alternatives, can help manage costs without compromising quality.

Resource Management

Resource management involves identifying and acquiring the necessary materials, tools, and skills for the cosplay. This may include sourcing fabrics, props, wigs, makeup, and accessories, as well as acquiring or honing crafting skills like sewing, prop-making, or makeup application. Efficiently utilizing available resources and leveraging existing skills can optimize the cosplay creation process.

Risk Management

Risk management involves identifying potential challenges or obstacles that may arise during the cosplay project and developing strategies to mitigate or address them. Common risks in cosplay include material shortages, technical difficulties, costume malfunctions, or time constraints. Being prepared to troubleshoot issues and adapt plans as needed can help minimize the impact of risks on the project's success.

Quality Management

Quality management ensures that the cosplay meets the desired standards in terms of accuracy, craftsmanship, and durability. This may involve conducting research to accurately replicate the character's appearance, paying attention to detail during construction, and using high-quality materials to enhance the costume's longevity. Regularly reviewing and refining workmanship helps maintain quality throughout the project.

Communication Management

Effective communication is essential for coordinating with collaborators, seeking advice or feedback, and updating stakeholders on the project's progress. This may involve discussing ideas with fellow cosplayers, seeking input from mentors or experts, or sharing updates with friends, family, or online communities. Clear and timely communication helps foster collaboration and support throughout the cosplay journey. By applying principles of project management to cosplay creation, cosplayers can effectively plan, execute, and deliver impressive costumes while maximizing creativity and minimizing stress.

Beauty and the Beast, Sunset - Photography © Fusaro Photography
Beauty and the Beast, Sunset - Photography © Fusaro Photography

Project Highlights

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Jessica Rabbit, Portrait - Photography © Fusaro Photography
Jessica Rabbit, Portrait - Photography © Fusaro Photography
Felicity Merriman, Portrait
Felicity Merriman, Portrait