When I was a little kid, I always dreamed of dressing up as my favorite character. I watch a lot of anime, cartoons and play video games. My favorite anime show of all time is Dragonball Z, Pokémon, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 but I grew up watching Pokémon a lot. When I was growing up, I always try to hide my inner geek side because I used to have a little fear of judgement from people. I always tried to hide who I am. Since 2012, I went to my first ever fan convention called Rhode Island Comic Con 2012. I didn’t dress up because I didn’t have a costume on but I wear my old school Nintendo t-shirt so I dressed casual. There was a lot of people who dressed up in different costumes and they’re called cosplayers. I thought to myself what if I could cosplay as my favorite character from an anime show or video game to a fan convention one day. I finally found a special place where I truly belong and to show my true colors as a person. I discovered that fan conventions is a special place to be at your own comfort zone. When I see people dress up in costumes as cosplayers, I feel inspired to be part of the cosplay community. I feel free to be myself without being afraid of people judging me. I don’t care what people think of me. Cosplay is an art. I learned that cosplaying has nothing to do about your age, your color, how you look or whatever. It’s all about dressing up as your favorite character you like and showing your true colors as a person and BEING YOURSELF. Don’t be afraid to show your inner geek or nerd side and just BE HAPPY for who you are. 2015 was the year I got myself into cosplaying but this is only the beginning of my cosplaying journey. My first ever cosplay was Ash Ketchum from Pokémon Indigo League. My second costume is Super Saiyan Goku from Dragonball Z. My third costume is Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. My fourth costume is Kirito from Sword Art Online. My fifth costume is Link from The Legend of Zelda. My sixth costume is Ash Ketchum from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. My seventh costume is Terry Bogard from King of Fighters. I worked really hard on those costumes. I got most of my costumes from Amazon but some from a different websites. Being a cosplayer was harder at first but I manage to get the hang of it. I need to make sure I find the right size. I’m just a guy that loves to dress up in costumes. My passion for cosplaying is what made me love being myself. My love and passion for anime is what got me into cosplaying. I love to cosplay because it’s my favorite hobby and I want to show the world that I’m expressing myself my favorite character from a cartoon, anime, or video game to life at a sci-fi, comic book, video game and anime convention. I can still go to any fan convention without a costume on because I need to take a break from wearing costume all the time and just dress casual. MY NAME IS JALEN AND I LOVE TO COSPLAY!! 🙂 If everyone is interested in cosplaying, go to www.amazon.com and look for costumes you like. You can also look up any websites to shop for costumes. Join the cosplay community to inspire everyone to be themselves. #Cosplay #AshKetchumCosplay #SuperSaiyanGokuCosplay #MichelangeloCosplay #KiritoCosplay #LinkCosplay #AshKetchumDiamondandPearlCosplay #TerryBogardCosplay