How to Audition to Be On Cobbled Cosplay
Cobbled Cosplay is a contest full of fashion faux-pas, panic, and aluminum foil. It pits two contestants against each other to recreate a real costume or outfit in only 10 minutes. The twist? You can’t use any props, existing accessories, or pre-made costume pieces. This game is designed to challenge your creativity and force you to accept the absurd.
From the very first episode during Spooktacular 2020, Cobbled Cosplay has put two Sideshow employees toe-to-toe in a battle of speed and wit. They play by proxy for fans who have the chance to win whatever prize has inspired the cobbled costume.
Now we’re asking FANS to audition and play for themselves. That’s right—the person cobbling will be the person winning. Does that sound fun? Want a chance to compete? Learn how to submit your audition videos below.
How Does Cobbled Cosplay Work?
Cobbled Cosplay is a fast-paced fashion show of sorts. Players are shown the prize—a collectible sixth scale or statue—and must replicate that outfit to the best of their ability using only found household items. There’s also a time constraint of 10 minutes, as well as restrictions on what materials can be used.
For example, if the character has a sword, you cannot use a Halloween costume prop sword that is already made. Things like jewelry, belts, and robes can be used, but they must be presented in a novel and creative context that is not their typical use. Real cosplay items are grounds for disqualification.
Below are some screenshots from previous episodes to give you an idea of the necessary innovation.
Missy and Guy dressed as the Infinity War Captain America: Movie Promo Edition Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys for Captain America Day:
Good things to have on hand include plenty of tin foil, tape, blankets, paper, scissors, cardboard, and lots of creativity! Be sure to check out the Cobbled Cosplay playlist on YouTube to get a good idea of pacing, twists, and overall tone of the competition.
It’s almost cobblin’ time! If you think you’re ready to film, check the audition requirements below:
What are the Audition Requirements?
Participants will be randomly selected from qualifying entries. For this audition video we are asking you to:
1. Set up your space.
Make sure you have a background that’s either plain or as minimal as possible. Your collection can be shown as long as all products are officially licensed.
2. Consider your lighting, outfit, and overall presentation.
For this video, you will need to be able to be in the shot from your legs up, with ample room between the top of your head and the top of your screen. You can see examples in the screenshots above. No floating heads, cut off faces, or partially obscured views. Any fandom apparel should be officially licensed.
Breathe, take as much time as you need to gather your thoughts, and press record. We’re asking for a 30 second video where you explain why you would be a good candidate for Cobbled Cosplay.
Please do not edit, cut, or otherwise alter your footage. We need hosts for LIVE programs, so we need to see how well you flow from one thought to the next and how capable you are of using your allotted time.
How is the Video Submitted?
You can submit your video through this Gleam landing page. Upload your file with your name and contact information and we’ll be in touch if we have any further questions, clarifications, or compliments.
How Do You Know if You’ve Been Selected?
There is currently no deadline for this submission. As soon as the Gleam portal opens, we’ll have an open window of time where we’ll pick a few contestants as needed, then close the Gleam when we’ve found who we need. We will open the Gleam again in the future and promote that opportunity when we do.
If you submit an audition, you could be selected for an upcoming Sideshow event’s episode of Cobbled Cosplay. You will be asked if you are able to participate on the given date and time, but you do not get to pick which event you are ultimately assigned to.
Ensure you are familiar with this livestream program so that you understand the tone and presentation.
Let us know if you have any questions in the comments, and good luck- It’s almost cobblin’ time!