This is Dawnstar for another letter. For this one, I don't have any problems/concerns to report. This is more of a curiosity than anything really huge or important.
I've been in the furry fandom for a good 4, going on 5 years now. I decided to join when I was 12 because I enjoyed drawing furries and I saw how much fun people who were in it were having. I'm really glad I joined because I love being a furry and all the stuff that comes with it. Through the fandom, I've met lots of awesome and interesting people and I've been taught to accept people no matter what or who they are. Being a furry is something that's joyfully permanent in my life.
With that in mind, I've always wanted to go to a furcon. But I've been too young to go on my own, unable to afford a fursuit or build one, and none of them have been close to enough to my state. (Then I learned that there was a con only a few hours from my city. Knowing I couldn't get to it was a bit frustrating.) Eventually I'll be able to get to a con by myself because I can drive and I'm getting closer and closer to where I'm going to be moving out of my parents' house. Eventually when I get a job I'll be able to afford a fursuit or I will try to learn how to construct one myself.
But when this happens, how am I supposed to act when I'm wearing it? I've always wondered this and I haven't been able to figure out an answer on my own. I've seen people wearing fursuits, but it gives me little insight.
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Welcome Back, Dawnstar,
It’s important to note from the get go that owning a fursuit, even a partial fursuit, is not a requirement to attend a furcon by any means. I’m not sure that’s what you were saying, but it sounds as if you believe everyone at furry conventions wears a fursuit. That’s not any more true than it is in the general fandom. (And, while I’m on the topic, you don’t need a fursona to be a furry, either).
Okay, so now that that’s straightened out, let’s get into our time machine and move the dial forward a year or two.... You are now old enough to live on your own, you have a job, and you have a set of wheels. Not only that, but you have managed to build and/or buy your own fursuit and save money to attend the convention that is a few hours from your home. So, you get to the convention, check into your hotel room, and the first thing you want to do is climb into your fursuit and head out into the hotel lobby and interact with people.
Well, let’s put on the brakes a bit and back up for a second.
First of all, you might want to check the program schedule at the con you’re attending. Many times you will see forums presented by experienced fursuiters on everything from fursuit making to general fursuiting behavior to performing on stage. I would recommend you attend one or two of these, especially as it’s your first time, before suiting up.
In the meantime, I can give you some tips, certainly. First....
Well, this has gotten a little lengthy, but I hope it has helped. I have probably missed something, so will ask my readers who are fursuiters to feel free to add further tips.
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