Your Model Application
Cosplay Deviants & Deviant Potentials
All The Extras
Who are the Cosplay Deviants staff members?
Troy Doerner - Owner, Webmaster, Graphic Designer.
Kim Dellner - Co-Owner, Costume Coordinator, Application & Set Supervisor.
Madison Valentine- Model Liaison, Model Coordinator.
Edgar Munster- Promotions, Marketing, Advertising.
Rich - Technical Support, programming.
How do I become a Cosplay Deviant?
You apply to be a model through our Model Application. If your application is approved, you are given the proper paperwork to fill out, and classified as a "Deviant Potential" upon which you may submit a set.
When a Deviant Potential submits a set to the site, the set is then reviewed by our staff to ensure that all paperwork is in order, and that it meets our standards. If everything is in order, your set is then put into the "Update Queue"
On the first and third Wednesday of each month we publish a debut set. When your set goes live you graduate from a Deviant Potential to an Official Cosplay Deviant.
What do "Deviant Potential" and "Update Queue" mean?
Being a "Deviant Potential" means that you are a hopeful model whose application has been received and accepted but we are waiting on your first photoset to be approved. You are not an official Cosplay Deviant until you have a photoset go live on the website.
The "Update Queue" is the queue, or line-up, of photo sets waiting to go live.
Your Model Application
How do I apply to be a Cosplay Deviant?
Fill out our Model Application.
Who can see my application?
Your application is only visible to select members of staff and will not be shared. Any forms you submit are strictly confidential.
What are the different sections of the application? What do you want?
- Your full REAL name
- Your desired Deviant/Stage name
- Your e-mail address
- Your phone number
- Your address, city, state, and zip code
- Your AIM/Yahoo/MSN ID
- Date of Birth
- Why you want to be a Cosplay Deviant
- What cosplay costumes you already own
- Your website/Facebook/Model Mayhem/Cosplay.com/ACP
- Three photos
We need your real name on file as well as your desired stage/model name. Model names are on a first come first serve basis, so put your first choice in your application. If the name you want is already taken, we will send you an e-mail asking you for a second choice.
E-mail is our primary form of contact, so please be sure that your e-mail is current, spelled correctly, and if it changes to inform us ASAP. Your AIM/Yahoo/MSN ID is for alternate contact.
Your phone number and address are required for payment to be issued as well as for Deviants to receive custom costumes.
We take the 'Why you want to be a Deviant' section of the application very serious, and look for hints of your fandoms and hobbies. All of our Models are cosplayers, geeks, fans, or nerds in some way, and we do not accept the 'random chick in a costume' as Deviant material.
Having costume pieces of your own is a huge plus, but we accept models without their own costumes. Please list character, series, and variation, if applicable.
Your website, Facebook, Model Mayhem, Cosplay.com, ACP, or whatever you may choose to list is for us to get a better idea of what you look like and who you are.
The photos you choose for your application are very important. Choose clear, well lit photos to submit, with at least one full body shot where your figure is not obscured. It is also preferred for at least one of them to be in costume, if available to you. You do not have to be nude in your application photos.
What happens once you get my application?
If your application is accepted, you are now a Deviant Potential! You are only an official Cosplay Deviant once you have a set go live.
With your acceptance letter, you will receive paperwork that needs to be filled out by you and your photographer, and sent back to us.
- Two forms of government issued ID
- Model Release
- Photographer Release (filled out by photographer)
What IDs do I need to send you?
We must have proof of your age and identity in order for you to model for Cosplay Deviants. You must be over 18 years of age for legal reasons, absolutely no exceptions.
We need two of the following IDs. One of them must be a photo ID with your date of birth on it.
- Government issued ID (drivers license, passport)
- Birth Certificate
- Social Security card (US citizens only)
- National Insurance card
- Any other State or Government issued ID
How can I get my IDs to you?
You can scan your two IDs with a scanner, take a clear legible photograph of them, or you can mail a photocopy to us. Digital copies can be e-mailed to us Models@CosplayDeviants.com, to mail a physical copy, our address is:
3564 Avalon Blvd. E
Suite 1 PMB#215
Orlando, FL 32828
What is a W9?
A W9 is a tax form that we are required by law to have you fill out. The W9 form has to be filled out in order for us to be able to pay you. The W9 is for US citizens ONLY.
Where do I get a W9?
The W9 is sent to you with the other forms in your application acceptance e-mail. Or, you can download it here directly from the IRS.
How do I fill out the W9?
You will need to have Adobe Reader in order to open and fill out the W9. You can download it here.
Filling out the W9 is easy, here's what you need to do:
- Fill out your full real name
- Fill out your address that payment is mailed to
- Check the box that says Individual/Sole Proprietor
- Fill out your Social Security Number
- Mark if you are Exempt or Not
- Sign and Date
You only fill out the first page.
What is a Model Release form?
We need your consent to use the photos of you, and that is what a model release is for. ALL models must fill out a Model Release.
How do I get a Model Release?
It is e-mailed to you with your application acceptance letter.
How do I get the forms to you?
You must print the forms out and fill them out by hand, we can not accept typed in forms. You then can scan the forms and save them as a .jpg, and e-mail them to us Models@CosplayDeviants.com. If you wish to mail in the forms you can mail them to:
3564 Avalon Blvd. E
Suite 1 PMB#215
Orlando, FL 32828
How do I fill out the Model Release?
You will need to print out the model release and fill it out with the following information:
- Full Name
- Date of Birth
- Two forms of ID
- Social Security number (If US citizen)
- Desired Deviant name
- All other names (including maiden, other legal names, etc.)
- Phone number
What is the Photographer Release?
The photographer release is a form that the photographer needs to fill out in order for us to be able to use the photos. It needs to be filled out by whomever shot the set, even if it was yourself. A new photographer release needs to be filled out for EACH set. If you have any questions about the release you can e-mail Models@CosplayDeviants.com
What is a photo set?A photoset is the series of photos of you for use on our website. We prefer the photoset to be a final published length of 75 or more images that start fully in costume and end fully nude with certain character aspects left on. We prefer that the nudity be tasteful and not pornographic. Absolutely no penetration allowed. The ideal set will contain use able images of 25% clothed 50% strip & tease and 25% full nude.
While a final published photoset is no less than 75 images, you should take many, many more than that, and only submit the best photos to send to us. Make sure you have a lot of variety in the pictures you send us; different poses, expressions, and angles work wonders. The costume and setting should remain consistent throughout the entire set.
Your images must be ATLEAST 1000 pixels on the longest side, and no set under 75 images, otherwise we will not be able to use the set.
What should my photoset be like?
Sets should be fun, emotional, and showcase each models physical beauty. Here are a few general guidelines that you should follow when going to shoot a set:
- You must shoot with a digital camera.
- Make sure that you make-up, wig/hair, and costume are picture perfect.
- Lighting really is the most important step in getting good photo quality. Your photographer should know how to work with lighting. If you are shooting your set yourself, or with a friend and want some advice simply e-mail Models@CosplayDeviants.com
- Background and settings should be true to character, and not be too distracting.
- Use a variety of angles, poses, close-ups, and expressions to achieve a unique and interesting set. Sets with only one camera angle can seem distant and forced, so move around, and experiment with the full spectrum of emotions and expressions of your character. Try to find what is flattering for your body type.
- Practice your poses before you shoot your set.
Are there things I should avoid?
There are some easily avoidable things that we see in photosets we receive that make us deny them, so here is a general guideline:
- Out of character elements. Mind every element you can control. Make-up, setting, poses, expressions, shoes, even underwear! If it doesn't fit the character, we won't take it.
- Poor photo quality. We cannot accept sets that look like they were shot with a camera phone. We want to see you! Make sure that you are shooting in a high photo quality, and that the set is properly lit.
- Mundane. We have received sets that there was nothing special about. Poses, expression, setting, everything was bland. You are not simply taking off jeans and a t-shirt before bed. Be sexy, pose, express yourself, and have fun!
- Sets that are too explicit. Please don't submit anything that is overly pornographic in nature. No penetration, no spread shots.
- Plain seamless backdrops. Sets submitted on a plain seamless backdrop will be instantly denied.
How do I send you the pictures?
- You can upload the set using our upload system
- You can add all of the photos into a .zip and e-mail them to Models@CosplayDeviants.com
- You can mail a CD to us at:
3564 Avalon Blvd. E
Suite 1 PMB#215
Orlando, FL 32828
How long until I hear back about my set?
The average wait is less than one week to hear back about your set, but it can take a bit more time to hear back if we are especially busy.
Will you photoshop my pictures before you put them up? Can I?
If you would like our staff photo editors to edit your set, then you may request that. It is acceptable for yourself or your photographer to edit the photos but before submitting the entire set edited, we request that three before and after samples are sent to us for approval. All photos must be edited in high resolution, and you should keep copies of the original shots should we request them. Edit samples and ay questions should be sent to Models@CosplayDeviants.com
When do I get paid?
If your set is accepted and approved, you should expect to receive a check within about 30 days from the date your set goes live.
Who owns the photos?
Cosplay Deviants owns the photos that are approved and used as a set, even the ones that are not made live on the site. If Cosplay Deviants does not approve the set for our use, ownership of the photos goes back to the photographer.
How often can I submit new sets?
You can submit new sets as often as you like. However, you can only submit one at a time for approval, so please wait until you hear back about the status of the first set before submitting another.
Do I get paid for Self-Shot sets?
We do not offer a photographer payment for any self-shot sets. You will still get your full set payment, along with any costume reimbursement if applicable.
Cosplay Deviants and Deviant Potentials
When do I become a Cosplay Deviant?
If you have a set go live on CosplayDeviants.com, you are officially a Cosplay Deviant.
What does it mean to be a Deviant Potential?
A Deviant Potential is any model who is between the stages of an accepted application, and a live photoset.
How do you choose which applications and sets to approve?
Here are the criteria we use for our applications:
- Our models are cosplayers, fans, geeks, and nerds. We do not accept the 'random chick in a costume' as Deviant material. We take the 'Why you want to be a Deviant' section of the application rather seriously, and look for hints of your fandoms and hobbies.
- Having costumes of your own to start with is a huge plus, but we accept models without their own costumes.
- The photos you choose for your application are the most important part. Choose clear, well lit photos with at least one full body shot where your figure is not obscured.
Criteria we use for our photosets:
- Sets are chosen first and foremost by appearance and attitude of the model. Pay attention to your posture, your poses, and your expressions to achieve a sexy and tasteful set.
- Make sure you portray your character.
- Make sure that your costume, wig/hair, and make-up are all picture perfect.
- Location is unique and fitting.
I want to tell everyone about my set, how can I do that?
You are more than welcome to post a link to CosplayDeviants.com on your MySpace, Facebook, website, etc. We also make official model banners for each Deviant to use wherever they wish to link back to CosplayDeviants.com
I want to use pictures from my set on another site, is that okay?
Each model is allowed to select a maximum of three photos from their set to use on MySpace, Facebook, Model Mayhem, Portfolio, etc. and those are the only three photos to be distributed by the model. Cosplay Deviants staff may select other images than the models chosen three for press use on the official Facebook, Deviant Art, etc. If a photo is released by staff, the model can use it in addition to their three. All images must display the Cosplay Deviants logo and be as they appeared on the site.
Can I model for other sites/projects?
In most cases yes. Models make their bread and butter by posing and being exhibited on websites, ads, magazines, etc. and we understand that. Cosplay Deviants asks of its models to not appear on directly competing sites during their time as a Deviant.
A Direct Competitor is defined as a website that features costumes or cosplay in an adult nature that has a separate, paid members-only section. We do make exceptions. Exceptions are made on a case by case basis, and are given prior written consent from Cosplay Deviants.
Almost all of our models have careers on other websites outside of Cosplay Deviants, here are some examples:
You are welcome to e-mail Models@CosplayDeviants.com if you are unsure if a site is considered "Direct Competition."
What about Cosplay Deviants events?
When you become a Cosplay Deviant, you have a chance at becoming part of our 'Event Team.' Deviants that are part of the Event Team get to officially represent Cosplay Deviants at conventions and booths, are the first to be invited to official Cosplay Deviants events or parties, and given VIP passes.
To become a part of the Event Team, you can e-mail Models@CosplayDeviants.com and express your interest, where we will review it and put you into our possible event pool.
I heard Cosplay Deviants can get free costumes, how does that work?
There are two ways this works:
If you are interested in a character, you can tell us your idea and we will approve you or not for the character. You can then make or purchase the costume for that approved photoset, and if the set is accepted, you are allowed to claim reimbursement for the material cost of the costume up to $100. All receipts must be accounted for and submitted to Cosplay Deviants in order to qualify for reimbursement. Reimbursement does not apply to pre-existing costumes, or costumes that are not used in an approved set. Limit is $100 a month, per model. All receipts can be scanned and sent to Kim@CosplayDeviants.com or mailed to us at:
3564 Avalon Blvd. E
Suite 1 PMB#215
Orlando, FL 32828
Custom Made Costumes
Cosplay Deviants can also custom make or supply you with a costume to use if you are unable to make one yourself. Models may NOT use this option for their first set. If you need a costume for your first set and do not own one already, we will appoint you to reputable places to purchase one, and you can follow the costume reimbursement plan. If you are a Deviant interested in this option, you can e-mail Kim@CosplayDeviants.com with your desired character and it will be reviewed.
We have photographers that we can refer you to if you would like. Cosplay Deviants Staff Photographers are currently available in:
- New York
- Northern & Southern California
With ability to travel to other locations.
What if there isn't a staff photographer near me?
You are welcome to use any photographer you like, though most of our models don't have a professional photographer they know to use. Many of our Deviants have trusted friends take their.
If someone other than a staff photographer is shooting your set, they should e-mail Models@CosplayDeviants.com for information on payment, crediting, and paperwork.
A note- if you are trying to find a photographer on your own, please use your best judgment. Any idiot with a camera can call themselves a nude photographer and you need to be careful. You can use websites like Model Mayhem, One Model Place, MySpace, etc. to find photographers in your area. Check portfolios, ask for model references, and clearly communicate what you are looking for, what you are comfortable with, and have a meeting before the shoot in a public place.
Always make sure you are comfortable at all times during a shoot, don't be afraid to walk away, and always use your common sense when looking for a photographer.
My set wasn't accepted, who owns the photos?
The photographer owns the photos if the set is not accepted.
Myself or my photographer wants to photoshop the set, what do we need to do?
It is acceptable for yourself or your photographer to edit the photos but before submitting the entire set edited, we request that three before and after samples are sent to us for approval. All photos must be edited in high resolution, and you should keep copies of the original shots should we request them. Edited samples and any questions should be sent to Models@CosplayDeviants.com
Do I have a time limit so submit a set?
Yes. Once you are accepted as a Cosplay Deviant potential you are given 3 months to shoot your first set. After your first set is submitted there is no time limit between sets. You may submit as many sets as often as you like. If you do not submit a set within your first 3 months your login will be deactivated. If you want to model you will have to re-apply. If you need an extension because you are having trouble setting up a shoot please contact Models@CosplayDeviants.com.
What information should I not reveal on the site, on the forum, or to any member?
You should use your best judgment in all interaction with members. Do not reveal your full real name, address, phone number, school, or anything that could help a member find you. You are not allowed to reveal anything about Cosplay Deviants locations, names of staff, or anything else listed in the model agreement.
A member is harassing me, what do I do?
If any member is harassing you in any way, immediately e-mail Models@CosplayDeviants.com with as many details as you can give us. We will evaluate the situation and take action.
Can I accept gifts? What about cash?
You may not beg or ask members for money or gifts. You are allowed to post a link to your wish list in your profile. You are not allowed to post your wish list in excess or beg for presents. If a member wants to send you something, do NOT give them your personal address. Have them e-mail Models@CosplayDeviants.com and we will arrange for it to be mailed safely.
All the Extras
If my family/employer/spouse/friends find out, will you delete my pictures?
No. Once a set goes live and/or payment has been issued, there is no deleting your pictures. If you are frightened of someone finding out, please do not apply to be a Cosplay Deviant.
I don't like this picture in my set, will you take it down?
We will do our best to oblige to requests like this. If you have concerns about your set content, send an e-mail to Models@CosplayDeviants.com and we will do our best to make the requested changes.
What is your refund policy?
We do not currently offer refunds for subscriptions. As for tangible goods, we do accept exchanges as long as the item is returned. If your item is lost or never received, a full refund will be offered.