Pierced Cosplayer? Can I still teach?

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  1. EducationEllie

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    Hi all, Ellie here.
    I am a college student going for early childhood/special education. I have gotten a semester's worth of field experience with second grade, and as I get closer to my degree, the more frightened I get with finding a career. I am very pierced (nostril, septum, tongue, and lip) however, my piercings are ALWAYS out when anywhere near my school. I do not believe anyone knows I have any piercings or tattoos whatsoever, as they are taken out or covered up. However, I do have photos on my facebook where my piercings show. I also work for several conventions and have made quite a fan following with my cosplay (for those who don't know, I design and sew costumes for photoshoots). I have a facebook fanpage for my work, however, it is under an alias. Considering I have been cosplaying for 8 years, and since it has become a huge part of my life, I don't think I could give it up easily. If my page is under an alias, am I okay? Am I risking a future career keeping my photos up? Would my school district be upset if they saw my pierced photos online, even if I do not wear my piercings anywhere near the classroom?

    I apologize if my questions are dumb and I am in over my head, I am just overly stressed with both of these things. Cosplaying is the only thing that I have really ever taken pride in, and I feel like I can really express myself through my appearance. I was curious as to if there are other teachers out there in my position or similar, or if I am in way over my head. Thank you, all!
     
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  3. blazer

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    If you become a teacher I doubt you will have much time for alternative jobs. Photos can be taken down and replaced if you are worried about them. Leaving college behind and getting a job is part of growing up.
     
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    A top specialist in the special ed department for my district does cosplay and even talks about it and shows pictures during trainings. As long as the piercings are out at school it shouldn’t be a problem. Teachers have hobby’s too.
     
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    I have just googled cosplay. So it is dressing up. Well I have worked with people who are re-enactors for all sorts of things, usually some sort of period in history. They spend their weekends dressed as medieval knights or (English) civil war soldiers etc. However come Monday they are back in the collar and tie doing the job they are paid to do.
     
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    Any social media with identifying information should be locked down and carefully opened for others.

    Doing cosplay and not having in the piercings in at school is fine, but you may have to be careful in the community too if you live and work in the same area.
     
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    That would depend on the district. Some wouldn't mind if you had piercings at work, much less on your own time.

    I work in a conservative district, and I have 9 large tattoos. I'm not required to cover them, but I can if necessary. Otherwise, I am conservative in appearance.
     
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    Honestly, a lot depends on where you apply to teach. My school would probably ask you to minimize your piercing visibility (i.e. flip a bullring septum piercing into your nostrils if you need to keep it in), but what you do on your own time is your way of staying true to yourself. Do the cosplay! You may find it is a way you can connect with some students who see your costume work.
     

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