Working in TV does come with a few perks from time to time. When a former colleague of mine (who currently works for NBC) asked me if I could hook her up with some cosplayers for a feature story for LXTV 1st Look, I was thrilled. Sadly my crazy work hours didn't allow me to be apart of the shoot, but some of my closest friends were featured on national television...in costume!
I'm glad I could be apart of it (even if it was behind the scenes). The important thing is that cosplay is being exposed to more people. I think it's wonderful to see cosplay painted in a positive light. Lots of people confuse it with LARPing, but they're NOT the same thing.
I like to think that cosplay in America is a bit more relaxed in the sense that you can break character and talk to people, and then turn around and strike an action pose for a picture. You can get as much into character as you're comfortable with. And if you just want to wear the costume and meet people, that's ok too.
It's a wonderful social hobby if you're looking to meet people who are into sci-fi, comics, anime, gaming, and whatever other geeky thing you can think of. Over the last 5 years, I've met my closest friends (and the love of my life) through cosplay and conventions.