#AMA Hi I'm Sul a Filipina Cosplayer. Would you like to know how to turn your hobby into a passive income?

Sul Mariz Abellana
Sep 24, 2017

Ever since I was a little lass I  love anime. My cousins were my great influencers. I draw anime, play video games and watch anime with them. Ugh, so nostalgic.

I turned my fantasy into a reality when I was eighteen years old. It was one of my most unforgettable moment in my life. I get the liberty of portraying my fave character. During my early years of cosplaying, it was not mainstream so whenever people see you doing cosplay they would think you're cray cray. But my burning passion did not stop me from those nay sayers.

I continue cosplaying and soon after I got into a community which had the same hobby as mine. Then I became known that even my elementary classmate (never seen each other for a long time)  knows my hobby. It was really shocking and flattering at the same time. Then it became my passive income. You can be creative in a lot of ways through your passion. You just have to believe in yourself.

The good thing about doing your hobby and making it as an income is that you are enjoying it and you don't feel like you're working with hard labor. Everything you do, you do it out of love. And you inspire other people, which truly makes a difference in this world. So follow your heart's desire and live your dream before you will become a speck of dust.


Below is my link for my photos.


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What is cosplay exactly, I've never heard of it?

Sep 23, 10:09AM EDT0

Cosplay or Costume play is a hobby in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accesories to represent a specific character. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture, and a broader use of the term "cosplay" applies to any costumed role playing in venues apart from the stage. Any entity that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject and it is not unusual to see gender switch. Favorite sources include anime, cartoons, live-action films, television series and video games.

Oct 2, 12:06AM EDT0

Have you won anything yet doing cosplay?

Sep 23, 5:02AM EDT0

Yes best female cosplayer.

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Oct 2, 12:00AM EDT0

Do you make your costumes yourself?

Sep 22, 11:00PM EDT0

Not all of them my community helps me if my costume is difficult to.make.

Oct 2, 12:00AM EDT0

Why do you cosplay?

Sep 22, 10:20PM EDT0

Cosplay is Happiness

Oct 1, 11:59PM EDT0

How old are you and are you working or are you still at school/college?

Sep 22, 9:08PM EDT0

Im 24 and Im finish with my degree.

Oct 1, 11:59PM EDT0

Is this your main source of income?

Sep 22, 4:20PM EDT0

Nope but it is one of my passive income.

Oct 1, 11:58PM EDT0

What can you do to make cosplaying more mainstream?

Sep 22, 4:13PM EDT0

Putting it to social media ang promoting coaplay to everyone.

Oct 1, 11:58PM EDT0

What characters do you like to be?

Sep 22, 3:07PM EDT0

Depending on my mode. But Im more on a tsundere characters.

Oct 1, 11:57PM EDT0

Are you on facebook or twitter and could you share a link please?

Sep 22, 2:06PM EDT0

You can ask me anything here.

Oct 1, 11:56PM EDT0

How have you turned your hobby into money?

Sep 22, 12:20PM EDT0

Making costumes and renting it.

Oct 1, 11:56PM EDT0

Do you think it's easier as a female to cosplay? Do you ever run into guys harrassing you?

Sep 22, 12:15PM EDT0

A guy or a girl i think its ok 

So I dont remember. I dont cosplay sexy characters. Maybe that's one of the fact I dont get harrassed.

Oct 1, 11:54PM EDT0

Do you go to conventions?

Sep 22, 10:55AM EDT0


Oct 1, 11:51PM EDT0

How much does the passive income you earn generate?

Sep 22, 10:38AM EDT0

More effort more income. 

$102 but it depends on your effort again.

Oct 1, 11:51PM EDT0

How do you determine what charaters to play? Does it bother you if someone else is costplaying the same charater as you?

Sep 22, 10:01AM EDT0

If I like the character.

Nope, Ill be happy. Its like Im having a twin.

Oct 1, 11:48PM EDT0

How good is the income in costplaying?

Sep 22, 8:09AM EDT0

Effort is parallel to income. So more effort or more costumes I make  more income.

Oct 1, 11:47PM EDT0

How do you earn your income from cosplaying?

Sep 22, 6:42AM EDT0

Through making costumes and renting it.

Oct 1, 11:46PM EDT0

Do you think you will continue this hobby for the rest of your life?

Sep 22, 6:28AM EDT0

Yes, its part of my system.

Oct 1, 11:45PM EDT0

What makes people want to spend hours and hundreds if not thousands of dollars on representing a fictional character?

Sep 22, 5:27AM EDT0


This is my hobby/passion some people might not understand why Im doing this but just like any other people do they are doing it because they are happy or it brings joy to them.

Oct 1, 11:44PM EDT0

Are there competitions or awards?

Sep 22, 4:19AM EDT0

Yes there is.

Oct 1, 11:43PM EDT0

Is it a way to be social but without revealing your entire identity?

Sep 22, 3:47AM EDT0


Also its kind of my escape in the harsh reality in life.

Oct 1, 11:43PM EDT0
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