Cosplayer of the Month – January
This Month’s Cosplayer is…
Rachel Gray is 26 years old and her alias is RayGrey or RayGreyCosplay. She has only been cosplaying for 2 years this summer but has been working in theater doing costuming and acting for many years.
Here is our interview
Tell us how you got started as a Cosplayer.
Fan expo was what stoked the fire that is my passion for cosplay. I knew of conventions and already loved everything “nerdy” but had never been able to go to one. It was like heaven! and the costumes were downright amazing. I dressed as Rachel Grey which is Jean Grey’s daughter and a perfect thing for me to start off with because it was relatively easy and I already looked so much like her. Also I planned on meeting Stan Lee and telling him that I basically was her because we had the same name and looked the same. I did end up doing that but the poor man being so old didn’t know what I was talking about plus they move you through so fast to be able to get to everyone.
My first experience was really awesome, met a lot of amazing cosplayers who welcomed me with open arms. It was pretty funny how many people thought I was Jean though. A lot of vendors tried to guess but only one got it right and he was a comic collector for years.
What do you find a challenge when it comes to Cosplay? and What is the most enjoyable part of Cosplay for you?
The most challenging part of cosplay for me is trying to find the right materials to make things or figuring out how to connect things. I like to make things look as actuate as possible or as close to the picture reference I pick. Sometimes it’s hard because superheroes are usually in difficult materials like spandex or leather. Another daily challenge is trying to find the time to post updates on what I’m up to. The most enjoyable part of cosplay is the look on the little kids faces seeing there favorite characters come to life and also the satisfaction of people enjoying the work Ill put into every costume.
Have you met any lasting friends because of Cosplay?
I have made several long lasting friendships cosplaying. One person I met my first day cosplaying in Toronto only to find out later on she’s from my home town. Andrea, she cosplays as rogue. I also help run events for our community Windsor Cosplay and have made a ton of new friends that way. We have some amazingly talented people in Windsor. We try to do monthly meet-ups and all usually get together after cons and go eat or just hangout.
Do you plan on continuing cosplaying for years to come?
Yes I plan on continuing, maybe even one day make some money doing but, my life goal however would be doing costuming for movies or TV.
What is one or two characters that you want to do but haven’t yet?
Characters that I want to do coming up… well I plan on making a light up Toothless the dragon from how to train your dragon but that’s not going to be for a while. I always wanted a few more anime characters and obviously with my Disney obsession I will do more princess in the future.
If you had to choose only one costume to wear for the rest of your life what would it be?
If I had to wear one costume forever it would probably be my mermaid tail because that would mean I’d be a real mermaid, lol. In actuality I think I’d pick my Rachel costume because it is the most comfortable.
What is your favorite Convention? (FanExpo, Comicon, Anime Con….) and why?
Favorite con so far is Fan Expo because it was my first and it was amazing.
What would you say to someone that knows nothing about Cosplay but is asking why you do it?
If i had someone asking why I do what I do (and I have) I would say “we dress up as superheroes for fun and to get better at crafting.” People really just love crafting and use cosplay as an outlet. Most people I know already cosplay and I believe it’s open to anyone. If anyone wants to cosplay anyone can do it but it’s those who strive to make their costume and characters believable that are the ones who go far.
Do you have plans for your next convention yet?
My next conventions coming up:
Feb: Great Lakes Comic Con
April: Sarnia Pop Culture Con
May: Toronto, Anime North; Chatham, CK Expo
Aug: Windsor Summer Comic Con
I’m sure more will add themselves as time goes on.
Do you have any tips or trick you would like to share with fellow Cosplayers?
Tips and tricks… well I don’t have many of those but if I could say anything to the community is do what you love but love what you do. Don’t get discouraged if a project isn’t working out how you planned. Figure out a way to solve the problem.
Would you like to share any fun stories or adventures with us?
As for stories.. I have a few. One of my favorites isn’t really about cosplaying as much as it is being a character. I made my mermaid tail to take with me to Disney. I wanted to swim in it in our resort pool. Unfortunately they wouldn’t let me but I asked to just put my fin in later in the evening which they allowed. A few little girls swam over to me thinking I was Ariel but obviously I told them no, I was her cousin lol. They asked me to do characters from the movie and it was so adorable.
Do you have anywhere online I can send people to check out your Cosplay adventures?
Like most cosplayers I have a Facebook page.
I also have
Deviant art: Rachelgreyphoniex.
Anything else cool about you we would love to know?
I love doing things in my community as well. I always help out our local comic book stores when they have free comic book days or any event they need help for. I also have been in a few parades and Organized/Judged this years cosplay contest. I look forward to our community growing and I along with it. This Sunday we are doing a promo at the Windsor spitfire game. I also teach Worbla classes and the next one is on Feb 7th at 4pm at Paper Heroes.
Well Rachel thank you for letting us get to know you better. You sure to seem to have a great time and really experience all it means to be a great Cosplayer. It was a pleasure to get to know you, I hope we bump into one another at FanExpo this year!
Remember to check in with us next month to see another fascinating Cosplayer. And go see Rachel’s online pages to see more of her work.
Thank’s everyone and Cosplay on!
Krystal Clear Photography
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