Here are Megan Mur­ray’s help­ful tips for be­gin­ners:

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• Find a char­ac­ter you love and don't oe too hard on your­self while mak­ing your first out­fit. • Don't take your­self too se­ri­ously. You will get bet­ter the more you do it. And you can get lots of ad­vice from cos­play­ers at con­ven­tions. • The cos­tumes are fun, but don't over­look the ca­ma­raderie you will Dis­cover as you in­ter­act with other cos­play­ers. • Lo­cal go-to places for ma­te­rial and cos­tume pieces: Len's Mill Stores, Value Vil­lage and Tal­ize. • Try lo­cal con­ven­tions first be­fore div­ing head­first into the big ones. • If you see some­body in cos­tume, go .gyp and talk to them. Ask them what they're do­ing, ask them what char­ac­ter they are, if they have any tips and tricks. • You don't have to make your own cos­tumes to be a cos­player. "It's more about wear­ing them and get­ting into the char­ac­ter and be­ing a part of the com­mu­nity. Just be the char­ac­ter and lave. fun. That's the im­por­tant thing."

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