Cosplay Convos: Guesting Tips - Cosplay Resumes and Media Kits
Ah yes, the glitz and glamour of being a cosplay guest- sounds great right? It certainly can be, but there is a lot of work to do in order to land such a coveted spot! As the number of opportunities to be a cosplay guest at conventions rises, so does the competition from fellow cosplayers! Having talked to several cosplay guests and guesting coordinators, I've compiled a list of qualities they feel make a cosplayer really stand out in a resume or media kit.
If you've already read my blog on Applying to be a Guest, then you may be wondering what these so-called cosplay resumes and media kits are. Even it you are not asked for one by a convention, they can be a pivotal part of your pitch! Cons are not the only places that cosplay resumes and media kits are useful, but this article will be focused on tailoring them to convention guesting. If you don't already have guesting experience under your belt, worry not- there's plenty of other ways to beef up that resume, so let's get down to business!
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1 - Make it Relevant!
List your con/cosplay experiences, or transferable experiences. If you've judged in a contest, helped run panels, volunteered on staff, worked press at an event, that's all great convention experience! If you don’t have anything like that, relevant experience like working at a fabric store, customer service at Disney, etc. can help fill in the resume where it may be lacking.
2 - This Is Different Than the Typical Resume
The cosplay/con resume will look WILDLY different than a business resume. Cons don’t need to know you have an agricultural economics degree, but if you happen to have relevant education, (like an apparel design, theater, or costuming degree) you may want to list it. But GPA, graduation year, or whatever else are not needed. In fact, you may want to look into making an entertainment resume instead of a professional resume, if that suits your brand better!
3 - Media Kits vs. Resumes
Media Kits differ a bit from the resumes in that the media kit will focus on that- media like social media, press, appearances, etc., while the resume will be a summary of your professional experiences. There may be some crossover between the two, but they will ultimately be different. Most cosplayers use a media kit more often than resumes. Some cosplayers even cite foregoing resumes entirely, but it is helpful to have both. Never know when you might need it! ;3
4 - Let Your Resume and Media Kit Represent You
Make them both stand out! Let them represent your brand! Unless your brand colors are literally black and white, throw some color in it! It’ll make you stand out and make you memorable. My resume actually matches my business cards, which match my website that my media kit is on. Make it all look like one pretty package that people can’t wait to open.