I’ve been working for a business that sells cosplay wigs online for the past two years. I started working at the very bottom of the chain and quickly moved my way up. I’m happy with where I’m at and it’s not just because I work in a hobby-related field that happens to be my hobby, but it’s a lot more than that. There a lot of teens and young adults out there who believe working for a cosplay retail business is meant for them simply because they are cosplayers themselves.
If you find happiness or satisfaction in helping other fellow cosplayers, then that’s a actually good sign of knowing you’d most likely be suitable for the job. If you’re able to sacrifice attending a convention that you’ve always went to your whole life to work as a vendor instead, then this job’s probably fine for you. However, after traveling to many different conventions and meeting new people who have expressed interest in applying for a job here, I’ve noticed there are a few of the same misconceptions and preconceived notions about working for a cosplay wig/retail business. I’m here to debunk those beliefs.
1. You get to wear and try on wigs all day.
Wearing a wig that you bought is allowed but it’s not recommended if you don’t want to sweat profusely in it, since working in a warehouse involves a lot of physical work. Trying on wigs is the one thing that happens the LEAST often when you work for a wig company or business. The person who gets to try on the wigs the most would probably be the model that we hire for a photoshoot. The next person would be the employee who is in charge of test-fitting sample wigs. This person is usually the manager or someone who has worked for the business long enough to be experienced in wigs.
2. You get to travel to many different conventions as a vendor and not have to do physical work.
While the “traveling” part may be accurate, the thing that most people don’t even consider is they would be the ones setting up and breaking down themselves (when the convention has completely ended and vendors start putting away inventory and booth displays for good). In addition to transporting and lifting heavy boxes that could weigh up to 70 lbs (wigs can be reeeeally heavy stuffed in a box). A lot of the times, they are doing this alone and they are traveling alone. It’s typically a high-stressed environment because things can go easily wrong when you work at a convention especially when it’s non-local, but the overall experience can be rewarding at the same time.
3. It’s a lot of fun.
I’m pretty sure this could be applied to almost any position but you shouldn’t be applying for a job just because you think it’s going to be “fun” otherwise you’ll be very disappointed. Yes, my job can be “fun” at times but that’s not the primary objective when you’re getting paid to get stuff done. It’s not necessarily fun just because the business you’re working for is related to your hobby. For instance, the business operation of an online cosplay wig store can just be the same as an online office supply store. We’re practically doing the same tasks such as counting inventory, printing orders, packing orders, answering customer support, lifting heavy boxes, etc.; the only difference is the product we’re selling.
It’s ok to be enthusiastic about the possibility of working for a business that you’re interested in. It’s ok to be passionate about your hobby to a point where you want to work in a field that relates to what you do for fun. But it’s always important to have realistic expectations at the same time!