Costume Contest questions
Posted by travis_melton

Hey, so this will be my first year that I participate in the costume contest. Before I register I wanted to know if my silicone mask puts me into the professional category. It is the only piece that could be considered professionally made, as I am DIY'ing the rest and am by no means a professional.

Posted by bwd72

Did you make it yourself, or did you buy it?  If you bought it, was it custom made, or "store bought"?  They're not going to force you into the professional category unless they look at your costume as a whole and say "this is professionally made".  I did the contest last year and although most of my costume was hand-made, I did incorporate some leatherwork that was made by pros, but it was a minority of whole, and I didn't have to register as a pro.

HTH,

-BWD.

PS -- Sign up in your preferred category.  They have to "pre-judge" you first, and if they determine that you belong in the pro category (and it certainly doesn't sound like that's the case) then they'll switch you.

Posted by travis_melton bwd72

bwd72 wrote:
Did you make it yourself, or did you buy it?  If you bought it, was it custom made, or "store bought"?  They're not going to force you into the professional category unless they look at your costume as a whole and say "this is professionally made".  I did the contest last year and although most of my costume was hand-made, I did incorporate some leatherwork that was made by pros, but it was a minority of whole, and I didn't have to register as a pro.
HTH,
-BWD.
PS -- Sign up in your preferred category.  They have to "pre-judge" you first, and if they determine that you belong in the pro category (and it certainly doesn't sound like that's the case) then they'll switch you.
Thank you! I will go ahead and sign up for it. I certainly did not make the mask. I ordered it from cfx, but it was a stock mask with only the color customized. Sounds like it'll be fine.

Posted by bithlord travis_melton

travis_melton wrote:
Hey, so this will be my first year that I participate in the costume contest. Before I register I wanted to know if my silicone mask puts me into the professional category. It is the only piece that could be considered professionally made, as I am DIY'ing the rest and am by no means a professional.
 It comes down to: Is the mask the majority of your costume?  (odds are no but I haven't seen it).  Realistically what you should do is tell them when asked that it was a purchased component, you won't get dinged for it, but you also won't get as much (or any, depending) credit for it either beyond the addition it provides to the overall look.  

Keep in mind GenCon is primarily a craftsmanship contest with a touch of stage performance thrown in.  Emphasize the parts you made during prejudging, and you should be fine.  besides, if they decide that you should be in professional category they'll tell you and move you to it, they won't disqualify you.

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