So I got into the furry thing about 4 years ago, and found out about the fandom and fursuiting in June of 2016 and pretty much fell in love with it. I've always kind of wanted to make a fursuit, but in the past 3 months or so I've decided maybe I want to go into fursuit making and maybe try to acquire a talent for building suits?
My only problem is I'm 15 and I live with my parents, so I just feel this could be a hobby that could just become plain awkward between me and my family. It's not so much that I'm ashamed of being a furry, I feel no shame about it around my non furry friends, and even my girlfriend who hadn't even heard of the fandom before we met.
I just feel that it could be something that my parents make me feel ashamed of. A long time ago, right before I first got serious about the fandom, I fell asleep on the couch. My dad had to travel for work, and returned early the next morning. I slept in that morning, but I heard him talking about this guy who he worked with who wore my little pony hair accessories and went to "brony conventions" and after my sister told him what a brony was he told her to "never be weird like that guy" which really turned me off to talking to him about the fandom, especially considering I was a brony, and still never really left that fandom 100%. I just was never really as into it, and think that's part of my past that led me to becoming a furry. The second issue is my mom's a borderline helicopter parent. She let's me go out and do my own thing, but she always needs to know about everything that goes on in my life, and to be completely honest I don't really have that kind of a connection with my parents. I feel a lot more comfortable talking to friends.
Luckily, I have a surprisingly large amount of friends in the fandom with me, who have actually become some of my closest friends. Pretty much all of us have an interest in fursuiting but none of us have really worked up the courage (Other than one person, who's dad is not all too happy with it)
So now that there's some background information, what would be the best way to go about with introduction? My parents know very little about what a furry is, and I'd really like them to know, it's just that it's kind of an odd thing to be spending hundreds of dollars (maybe even thousands on commission) to walk around in an animal costume. I'm not so worried about the stereotypes out there, I'm more worried about the one conversation that could be even more awkward than the birds and the bees, which is "Why do you want to spend so much money on a costume?"
I found an old jar a while back I started using as a fursuit funding jar. I just throw cash in there every now and then, and it's already at almost two hundred dollars. I start work again next summer, and I already have about six hundred in my bank account so money's not an issue at all.
The real issue is bringing up a conversation about something like this, which I myself will admit is kind of an odd hobby with my family who are all pretty much the last people who don't know about fursuiting. I really just adore the work I see online, and wish I could start something like them, and who knows. Maybe even work up the ability to offer commissions.
Until then, I'll stick with the artwork.