Hello everyone! I have some big and fun announcements for you all! The first announcements are my con schedule for the winter. I am confirmed for Katsucon and MAGFest, both in National Harbor, MD this February. I haven't been able to go to either con since becoming a mother, so I'm super excited to be able to go back as a booth worker/attendee. I do not have my cosplay schedules lined up or my booth scheduled finalized yet, but once I do, I will be making a post with my schedules. I am looking to shoot at both conventions, though photoshoot time will be limited, so I can actually see friends that I haven't been able to see in three years!
Now, onto what the journal entry was made for! I started a Patreon account today. I've been thinking about starting a Patreon account for several months now, and I've been weighing my options and reasons for creating an account. I actually had no idea that Patreon existed; I have had several fans actually suggest I get one in the past year, so I've been biding my time, researching everything. I started this account for two reasons.
The first and foremost reason is so I can have funding and a platform to teach costuming from. One of the main things that people constantly talk with me about is how do I create my costumes, what techniques do I use, what tools do I use, where do I purchase materials from. Well, I can list out a lot of this stuff easily enough, but I can't really TEACH people how to use these materials, tools, and techniques in the written medium. I need to show people via video how to do a lot of what I do. I also need to be able to answer questions live while showing people these techniques, which livestreaming will work perfectly for. I have had so much help learning different techniques and skills, and I want to provide my knowledge to others.
The second reason is to help me continually create content for everyone. As I'm sure you guys have noticed this past year, I have posted far fewer photos and new costumes. The main reason behind this is that I have to take on a lot of commissions in order to continue cosplaying. I started doing commissions in 2015, so I could continue cosplaying and going to conventions. Having a child is extremely taxing, both financially and time wise, and my family comes first. Because of this, I did what was necessary to both help my family financially as well as keep cosplaying. Commissions actually work out very well for me monetarily: I've been able to provide a supplemental income for my family while staying home with my son, which is honestly an ideal situation. However, since I'm making so many costumes for others, by the time I can get around to making some for myself, I'm burnt out and very stressed for time. Two of the goals on there are for a new personal cosplay each month. This is mainly, so I can take on one fewer commission a month to focus on my own personal costuming and apprenticeship. Some of the new things I'm learning in my apprenticeship take up a lot of time, and because of this, I've had to put them on the backburner in order to take on more commissions.
Well, those are my primary reasons for creating a Patreon: to teach others and to be able to continue my apprenticeship and learn new techniques myself. Here is a link to my Patreon, and if you'd like to support me, fantastic, if you don't, no hard feelings. Money's tight for a lot of people with our current world economy (myself included), so I completely understand if you can't support me
Patreon link: www.patreon.com/mikomichan&nbs…