Friday, September 18, 2020

My Experience Cosplaying (With Physical Disabilities)

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Nicholas McCarthy
Hello my name is Nicholas D. McCarthy aka "The Squid." Yes, my nickname is "The Squid" from the Nickelodeon cartoon show named Rocket Power, because I look like character Sam Dullard. Yes, I am single! I like to say that I'm 33-year-old rebel without a cause. However, deep down I'm just a person trying to live life to the fullest that's all. Even though I have Cerebral Palsy and Hydrocephalus I don't let that define who I am. I also like to say that I love to get wild and crazy sometimes especially on the weekends but in reality, I don't because I'm a nerd LOL. I am a student at SUNY Adirondack for Media Arts. My long-term dream and goal is to write and illustrate my own Graphic Novel someday. I want tell the world my unique story. The reason is because we all have unique stories and hidden gifts or talents that we need to share with the world to make it a better place. I like to write, draw, read, watch TV, and Movies. I also like to listen to music. I like to listen to pretty much like everything minus old school country. Another thing, I like to do is having fun with my family and friends when I have the time along with playing video games. I play mostly sports games because my disability. Most games are two handed games. However, I manage playing sports games like NBA 2K and Madden on my PS3. Like I said before I love to volunteer my time with various Charites. Some of the Charites that I volunteer for are; Make A Wish Foundation, Alzheimer's Association, and Out of the Darkness. Which is to raise awareness about suicide; which I do struggle with. I also raise money for South High Marathon Dance. The South High Marathon Dance is a 28-hour dance to raise money for benefit people needs that they not afford. I am also a writer for Nerdbot which, is website that focuses on pop culture. On top of all that I am Vice President of New Media; Media Arts Club at my college SUNY Adirondack.

Five and half years ago I had no idea what Cosplay all about until I started watching Face-Off and Heroes Of Cosplay. After I saw that I couple episodes of it I said to myself I can do that so I started doing little research on Cosplay and Comic Cons. I started perusing it and seeing how I could make work in my favor.

What I found out about it I really liked because it gave me a way to express myself without making feel like I was nothing at least for few hours anyway; which is great for the soul if you know what I mean. Plus, it got me more active with my community because I was a hermit before I found Cosplay and you don’t want be hermit from hiding yourself from the world especially when you have special talent of Cosplaying.

Cosplay has changed my life because it has opened up a whole new avenue where I can use my creative side of my brain. I quickly realized that I wasn’t only one like me out there in the Cosplay community. I also quickly made new friends that I can share the same interest as me without judging me about my disabilities. Hopefully you can do the same.

The person that really inspired is Rebecca Adams also known as Aktrez. She is the one from Heroes of Cosplay and I want to be more like her by changing the world with my talents. What I remember from my first day truly Cosplaying at a convention which was Saratoga Comic Con (also known as Chase Con), I was very nervous because I didn’t know what people were say about me especially since I was in a wheelchair.

I dressed up as Titan with a Sparrow from the video game Destiny. Even though I made the Sparrow to hide my wheelchair people didn’t care that I had a disability they just my costume and the way I made Sparrow was cool and I was accepted into Cosplay Community. I do have some haters out there but who doesn’t. My favorite thing about Cosplaying is the fact that I can create something out nothing and be anybody I want to be no matter what the circumstances might be.

I also love how it gave me so many more opportunities afterwards because I want to write and illustrate my own Graphic Novel someday by sharing my life story and how I overcame my fears. What is about Cosplay that you hate? What I hate the most is the drama within the Cosplay community. The thing is drama isn’t going change anything another than people feelings getting hurt and people’s reputations getting ruin over nothing. Another thing that hate is how hard it is to find transportation to get and from conventions not only that it is hard to get around at some conventions because they are small compacted which means some things aren’t so accessible especially if you are in walker or wheelchair. Last hard thing about Cosplaying is going to the bathroom if you have hard costume get on or off. That’s one things I have to think about when I decide on who I want be because I don’t always have help with me. It doesn’t matter who or what you want to become in life as long as you have the right mindset. Especially when you have to jump through hoops to get you want to be. It makes it that much more awarding when you accomplish and conquer your dreams and goals you may have. He hopes you can find you niche in life and use it in the right way. That’s what Cosplay does for me anyway.

So, get out there find your hidden talent use it. That’s why I Cosplay.

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