Hobbies to Make You Feel Like Your Favorite TV, Movie, and Video Game Characters
No matter what type of entertainment you’re into, most people have thought at least once about what it would be like to step into the shoes of their favorite characters from the screen. Maybe you always really wanted to be as cool as Han Solo or as powerful as Wonder Woman or maybe you’ve wanted to have the brains of some of your favorite on-screen detectives.
Whatever the case, there are things you can do to feel more like your favorite TV, movie, and video game characters that might actually turn into your favorite hobbies. The good news? You don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money to go all out with some of these hobbies, and they can allow you to feel one step closer to some of your all-time favorite characters.
So, if you’re ready to jump in, press play, and be the hero (or antihero – who are we to judge?) in your own life, let’s look at some hobbies to get you started!
The Culture of Cosplay
One of the easiest and most effective ways to really feel like one of your favorite characters is to try out cosplaying. Cosplay is a term used to describe dressing up as your favorite character from a movie, TV show, or video game. It started in Japan in the 1990s, where people would dress up as their favorite anime characters. Today, there are hundreds of conventions across the world such as ComicCon where cosplayers can dress up, meet their favorite actors, and talk about their favorite shows.
The great thing about cosplaying is that anyone can do it. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what your body type is, what race you are, or if you’re a man or a woman. Everyone is accepted and everyone is encouraged to be as creative as possible when it comes to putting a new spin on their favorite character. According to popular cosplayer Coty Clark, cosplaying is about more than just dressing up as you would for Halloween; it’s about “embodying that character.”
Cosplaying can be a great hobby for anyone because you can make it as simple or as elaborate as you would like. Some people buy pre-made costumes while others spend weeks working on a custom piece. Whatever you decide to do, don’t be shy when it comes to embracing that character and showing off their personality wherever you go!
Stepping Into the Role
There are many hobbies you can take up that your favorite stars from film, TV, and video games do in their respective formats. For example, if you’ve ever wanted to be a treasure hunter like Nicholas Cage in National Treasure, why not start by purchasing a metal detector and downloading a Geocaching app? There are currently over 3 million geocaches in the world waiting to be found.
A geocache is simply an object that someone has hidden. They then log the object on the Geocaching website or app and wait for someone else to find it and replace it with an object of their own. There are several factors you’ll have to consider on your treasure hunt:
- The ground conditions of where you’ll have to dig
- How big the object is
- Depth of the object (how deep it’s buried)
Going on a treasure hunt can be a great way to feel like an explorer, and we’re pretty sure it’s easier than stealing the Declaration of Independence.
You can also step into the role of some of your favorite Disney characters if that’s more your scene. Feel like Merida by taking an archery class, or sign up for karate and unleash your inner Mulan. Want to play guitar like Miguel in CoCo? You can take lessons or teach yourself by finding free tutorials online!
Exploring the World
Sometimes, all it takes to feel like a character in a movie, TV show, or video game is to step into their world and to go exploring. While many of the landscapes built for fantasy and sci-fi purposes aren’t real, you can get a sense of them by traveling and getting a bird’s eye view. The best way to do that is by purchasing a drone.
Drones are becoming increasingly popular in film and TV, and while some of them can be expensive, there are less expensive models available for beginners. Try to find spots that reflect some of your favorite TV or film locations or even areas that look like some of the most beautiful, scenic video games like Skyrim or Fallout.
Heading outside to fly a drone is also a great way to get into a few more hobbies that you’ll often see in video games. For starters, it’s a great way to meet people. A game isn’t a game unless the main character has someone to talk to. In fact, in most games, they’ll go up to anyone and everyone and strike up a conversation. Using a drone is the perfect way to break the ice with someone since it’s an instant conversation starter. Talking to people while you “complete your quest” is another great way to feel more like your favorite game character in real life.
As you can see, it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or time to feel like your favorite characters. All it takes is a little creativity and passion. If you’ve been looking for a new hobby and you’re stuck on a certain character that you look up to, combine those two things into one killer activity that you’ll love.