( This post was originally released on September 2014 ) I know that it has been some time since my last cosplayer interview, but I have a good one today. I discovered this cosplayer from somebody posting one of her cosplay photos on Twitter.
Photo by Adam Patrick Murray
Who are you and where are you from?
Greetings. I am Raychul Moore, from the great land of the internets. I make YouTube videos about video games and I prance around at cons while dressed in costumes.
How long have you been cosplaying?
I’ve been cosplaying since 2005…or maybe it was 2006. Something like that!
How did you get started and what was your first cosplay?
A friend of mine wanted to go to San Diego Comic Con and since it was both of our first year going, she wanted to dress up as the group from the Danger Girl comics. I fell in love with it instantly! One of my favorite parts of being a cosplayer is the creation phase. I adore looking at a piece of art or a screen shot and saying, “Ok, let’s make this real!”
What did your friends and family think when you started?
I’ve been wearing costumes for no reason since I was barely able to walk, I had just never put so much time and money into it. So…I think my family just shrugged and was like, “Yep, that’s Raychul!”
Which cons or events do you usually cosplay at?
I’m adding more and more cons each year to my list since each year there seems to be a dozen new cons popping up! You will always find me at Wondercon and San Diego Comic Con for sure. Next year I hope to add Dragon Con to that list, and I will be at Indy Pop Con again next year for sure as well.
Photo by Seth Hendrix
Where do you get your inspiration for choosing what to cosplay?
I always chose from characters/games/comics/movies that I like. So I get my inspiration from the things I love! If I’m into a new game, then I try to pick a character that I had the most fun playing as or who I liked in the story the most.
Do you make all of your cosplays?
Yes and no. I do make most of all my own pieces, but I do have people or companies make certain pieces for me if it’s a material I don’t know how to work with yet, like leather.
What has been your easiest and most complicated cosplay?
My easiest cosplay was probably Babydoll from Sucker Punch, because her costume is basically my every day style anyways: pleated skirt, pigtails and knee socks.
The hardest, I’d say is also my personal favorite, and that’s Kratos. He was hard because I had to find a way to make a me: a short, bubbly, blond girl into a huge, angry, bald guy…but make sure he didn’t lose the key elements that make him so iconic.
If you could cosplay anybody from anything who would it be?
I’d say my dream cosplay would be Eleanor as the Big Sister from Bioshock 2. But I don’t want to do that costume unless I know I can represent that series the best way I possibly can…and I don’t feel like my costume creation skills are anywhere near that level yet.
What was one of your most memorable experiences you have had while cosplaying?
This didn’t happen while cosplaying, but Joss Whedon posted a pic of my Thor cosplay on his Facebook. That was all sorts of amazing!!
What do you think makes a good cosplay?
The number one most important thing in a good cosplay, is passion. I don’t care how accurate your costume is, or how well made it is…all I care about is seeing your passion for what you are cosplaying as and your pride for what you have created. Cosplay is all about showing your love for a certain game, character or movie…so just do it b/c you’re a fan! It’s all about loving it for you…not what others might think.
Photo by Seth Hendrix
How would you describe the state of the cosplay hobby right now?
Interesting. Interesting to see how it got from where it was to where it is now…and interesting to see where it goes.
What advice would you give to somebody just starting out cosplaying?
You can never have enough safety pins!
Besides cosplaying what other hobbies do you have?
I wouldn’t call it a hobby, more like my lifestyle…but I am a huge gamer. I’ve been gaming since I was 5 years old and I have been working in the video game industry for almost 10 years. It’s my life.
As far as actual hobbies, I collect action figures and video game weapon replicas. My place is filled with glass cases of figures and collectibles…some are even so limited that they are 1 of only 100 ever made!
How did you get involved in the gaming industry?
I got into the gaming industry kinda by chance really. I had always been a gamer, but never really thought about working in gaming. Back when I was growing up, we didn’t really have game press. The only real way you’d find out about a new game would be from the other kids at school or by going into the local family-run video rental place and looking at the back of the game boxes. Anyways, I had written a few game-related things here and there on the internet, but it wasn’t until GamePro approached me to write a few things for them that I really felt like this was what I was meant to be doing with my life. You know that moment in the first Harry Potter when Harry first got his wand and the spotlight hit him and the smoke blew his hair back…yeah, it was like that. I’ve been writing about games and doing on-camera game coverage for companies like GamePro, EGM, Machinima, GameZone, Microsoft and Turtle Beach, ever since.
Photo by Mike Rollerson
What is your favorite collectible that you own?
My favorite by far, is my Phurba Dagger from the Fortune Hunter’s Edition of Uncharted 2. Only 200 were ever made, they were never sold and the only way you could ever get one was through Naughty Dog. Mine came from when I was a part of an Uncharted 2 multiplayer tournament. It’s my most treasured collectable because of it’s rarity, and because Uncharted 2 is one of my favorite games.
Coming in as a close second would be my Marcus Fenix bust with the gold Lancer by Project Triforce that my boyfriend got me for my birthday. He is 32″ tall, weights 25lbs and only 100 were ever made.
If you could play one game with anybody which game and who would it be?
Hmm, I would love to play the first Bioshock with Walt Disney. Walt is one of my all-time heroes, he is an inspiration in so many ways. I feel like Bioshock would be a game Walt Disney would understand and love because of the attention to detail the developers perfected within the world of Rapture. No one understands creating a completely submissive environment like Walt did. The way Rapture feels like a character on it’s own, and how Disney did the same with his parks. When you’re in a Disney Park…mostly Disney World…you forgot the outside world exists. Everything you see, smell, hear and even feel has been calculated and perfectly executed to the smallest detail by Disney. I feel the same applies to Rapture. Even though Bioshock is just a game, everything in that game was thought out and planned, it was the first and one of the many few games that ever manipulated my emotions. So yeah, I’d love to play Bioshock with Walt Disney.
And, I think it’d be fun to play the level in Bioshock Infinite where you run into the George Washington Motorized Patriot for the very first time…with George Washington. Poor guy would have no concept of technology of any kind…yet here he is as a giant mechanical statue firing a huge crankgun. Love it.
I want to say Thank You to Raychul Moore for the interview. For more of Raychul visit her other sites.