Cosplay Spotlight: Marie Grey

Let us introduce Marie Grey in our COSPLAY SPOTLIGHT!!!!!

Why do you cosplay?

Why I started is really different from why I still do it. My best friend at the time was really into anime and wanted to start cosplaying. I thought it was really weird, but being a good friend…I agreed to cosplay with her at New York Comic Con 2009. I was completely out of my element and really uncomfortable the entire time. But as I met more and more people with interests similar to mine, I kept going. Now I view conventions as a way to meet new people and make new friends. And cosplaying is just another way to show appreciation for the nerdy things I live.

What was your first cosplay?

Soi Fong from Bleach.

Do you make your own cosplay costumes, if so, which ones, and how long does an average costume take to make?

I actually only started making my own this year. In addition to making custom rave outfits, I’ve made Cerebella from Skullgirls and a genderbend Gambit from X-Men. Since I’m still relatively new to constructing cosplays myself, they can sometimes take a while. Comic cosplays tend to be a bit easier in my opinion, as they’re usually a bit more simple. I’ll be diving into more complex cosplays for next year, though.

What is your favorite character to play?

Having just come back from Baltimore Comic Con where it debuted, I’d have to say my genderbend Gambit from X-Men. I was really terrified during the whole process of making it, but I’m actually really pleased with how it turned out. It got an amazing response…so much so that it was difficult to take three steps without being bombarded for photos.

Amongst animation, comics, movies, or video games, what is your biggest inspiration for cosplay?

I’m a big gamer and comic book nerd. I can’t read a comic or play a video game without thinking “I should cosplay this.” My most recent experience with this was playing Gravity Rush on my Vita. Twenty minutes in and I had already decided to cosplay Raven.

Have you ever made any mistakes that you’d warn a first timer about?

If you’re going to make your own cosplays, make sure you already know the basics of sewing. Hone your skills before attempting on your cosplay. It will save you a ton of money on wasted efforts. Also, start out with something simple. Even if you make like an intricate, elaborate costume, save the idea for a future cosplay. Start off with something easier and work at getting better until you’re ready to do more detailed things.

Are there certain characters that are easier to play than others?

Cosplay is all about becoming the character you’re dressed as, which is why I cosplay characters I love. It’s hard to become a character (or even just pose like them for pictures) if you don’t know their story or don’t even like them.
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