I've always been obsessed with movies and playing dress up, ask anyone. As an artist, I've not only wanted to be the one in costume, but also the photographer and stylist. But that's a little too much work, so I stick to cosplaying and trust my friends to snag a few good photos where I don't look like the awkward turtle that I am.
I cosplay not only because it's the ultimate game of dress up that doesn't limit you to one day a year, Halloween, but it's also very freeing. You become a character that you identify with. It gives you strength and the self confidence to be more social and outgoing. For example, according to my friends, when I cosplay as Abaddon (from tv series Supernatural), I carry myself in a different way. I'm much more confident. I'm no longer the timid wallflower that I usually am in public. I'm the Queen of Hell, and won't put up with your judgments.
My first convention was SakuraCon back in 2007, I fell in love immediately. Con and the cosplay community for the most part is very loving and supportive. The fact that it doesn't matter who you are, what you look like, you can dress up as any character you want and will be received with open arms.Being in cosplay allows you to have conversations with complete strangers that much easier. It's an ice breaker. "You like this character? This series? Guess what, so do I." Boom, your making friends.
It's also its a way to escape yourself.