Cosplaying without conventions, organisations, … isn’t that much fun. XD So E-chan want’s to put these people in the spotlight.
So I took the time to put some organisations in the spotlight.
Today E-chan will start with the Belgium cosplay organisation namely Be Cosplay.
I (Eri-Senpai) has been a Staff member of Be Cosplay for almost a year now and I’m proud to be a member to help out the Belgium cosplay community. It gives a nice feeling to be part of Be Cosplay
What is Be Cosplay?
They promote all of the aspects of Cosplay in Belgium as well as bringing Manga and Anime fans together. Through Be Cosplay, the fans can share opinions, they can participate to the making of costumes and props or even take part to various social and cultural activities. They also organize most of Belgium’s Cosplay contests.
Several events placed their trust in the organisation for several activities. They are partners with Japan Expo Belgium, Made in Asia, BIFFF, FACTS, Asianim …
In 2006 the BCT (Belgian Cosplay Team) was founded to bring fans of Manga/Anime (Japanese animation style) and derivatives together, to exchange ideas, to create costumes and accessories, to take part in cultural or social activities and to represent the Belgian fans. Our association has been growing ever since! Initially started off as a small group of enthusiasts, we evolved into a real associate of several events in Belgium.
In 2010 the previous core of BCT resigned and Julien, Yacine and Stéphanie came into the picture. Together they changed BCT, which lead to increasment of memberships, professionalization, more available services, increase in number of Dutch members in view of a 100% bilingual association, etc. .
In 2012 BCT becomes Be Cosplay. The “Be” represents 2 things: first of all we stay true to our Belgian identity. On the other hand, with this little English wordplay, “Be” also stands for “to be”. Therefore Be Cosplay is above all “To be Cosplay”!
So if you need someone for your event to organise the cosplay competition or need becosplay for workshops you can contact them here:
Who is who?
Secretary and co-chairwoman
PR and co-chairman
Interview with the organisation
Q: Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
Julien: Sure ! I’m Julien, big geek as I like to call myself. I love gaming, listening to soundtracks, I play piano, design websites, cosplay from time to time, watch TV series… I can go further of course! Regarding my work, I’m working as digital expert in the marketing field.
Stéphanie: I’m Stéphanie or also called Deida, I started cosplay 6 years ago (I discovered it at a convention) and since then I love it! What I love about cosplay is the sewing and antique robes.
Yacine: I’m French, i was born in Paris and i live in Belgium since 5 years.
And… the rest is private
Q: What is your function within the organisation?
Julien: Officialy, Stephanie, Yacine and I are both equivalent in terms of responsibilities. We all manage the association as we are all 3 responsible for it. Concretely, I mainly manage all communications. I develop the identity of the organisation, design and manage the website and contest forms. As I’m the only bilingual person in the management, I also try to organize with our partners events in both french and dutch part of our country.
Stéphanie: I’m the secretary.
Yacine: I’m the President of BeCosplay for the last 2 years.
Q: Why did you become a member of this organisation?
Julien: Because I wanted to shake things up a bit. When I first entered the Cosplay world, I felt there was a lack of clear regrouping and professionalism. So I started working for the organisation as web designer and launched Coslovers on the side. Slowly but surely, we took over the management of the old Belgian Cosplay Team (which we are still grateful of) and made some changes to become more structured and professional.
Stéphanie: Because I love to be part of the backstage, manage contests, workshops. And I didn’t want Belgium to loose it’s cosplay organisation.
Yacine: I started in BCT 3 years ago. I wanted to promote cosplay and revaluate this association (because it was the only belgian association who organise cosplay contest, and cosplayers wasn’t always really happy of this association…).
2 years ago, the previous president and almost all the members decided to leave the association, then i became president to save it, and to change radically the way to work.
Q: What is your favorite part of being in Be Cosplay?
Julien: I like a lot of aspects from being part of it, but what I recently really enjoyed was getting all those contacts from people who wants to become partner with us. In only a few months, we booked more events then we did over a year… and that’s very encouraging.
Stéphanie: I love to make the plannings and organise everything so that contests go well. I love to be that little shadow hand helping everyone
Yacine: Make cosplayers happy.
Q: What would you recommend to peopl who would like to start with a simulair organisation?
Julien: Just do it! There is always a place for you if you have enough free time and passion about your hobby. Never give up, learn from your mistakes (we all did mistakes!) and stay professional. Consider that when you want to go “wild and public”, you show yourself to the world. If you want people to consider you seriously, treat them with respect and professionalism like you’d do for your job. You’ll get the benefits from it!
Stéphanie: Organisation-skills and to don’t be afraid to talk other languages.
Yacine: Just listen. Never decide alone.
Q: Do you cosplay or take pictures?
Julien: I do both and enjoy both as much! I event recently tried to take some videos too
Stéphanie: I only Cosplay.
Yacine: I “cosplay”.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to say to the world?
Julien: I want Burger King in Belgium! So if someone knows someone who can help me…
Anyway, peace and love people, that’s all that counts
Stéphanie: Thanks to Cosplay, we meet multiple people from both sides of our country. That reinforces the group.
Cosplay should remain a hobby, and it’s meant to be fun without drama!
Yacine: No that’s all. And… this world don’t care about me