The social networking site for Japan's highest tier of cosplayers, Cosplayers Archive, has recently released their CosJob site with opportunities offered to cosplay professionals.
Cosplay, a portmanteau of "costume" and "roleplay", is a creative craft hobby where participants transform themselves into characters from their favourite media (such as anime, video games, movies, and more) and frequently attend conventions and other relevant social gatherings, oftentimes participating in casual and serious photoshoots. Cosplayers acquire their costume through means of simply purchasing it online, but dedicated crafters can be found painstakingly sewing entire outfits from scratch or even engaging in high-level electric, foam, and woodwork to create highly accurate props. The hobby is engaged in on a worldwide scale, but unsurprisingly its origins and most intense economy can be found in Japan.
As of late, it appears that companies are seeking out more and more cosplayers for professional work, and looking to hire them. That's where CosJob comes in as an avenue to connect cosplayers with companies, as well as promote the cosplay industry itself.
CosJob currently offers a diverse pool of job listings with everything from anime and hobby shop salespeople to "cosplay companions". There seem to be almost no restrictions on what listings can be utilized; as for duration, many positions are short-term, event staff related, but full-time vacancies for "more knowledgeable cosplayers" are also on the table.
The platform itself is designed for a seamless and efficient user experience on both the cosplayer and company's ends - users can generate manuscripts, manage applicants, and contact each other through the site. Upon reviewing the candidate's work history, resume, and skills, the potential employer can download any relevant information necessary and reach out through the message board system.
Due to the recent launch, there are currently only a handful of listings, but the cosplay economy is sure to see plenty of generation and traffic. The site is Japan-only, and without any noted plans for international expansion as of yet.
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