Interview with Cosplayer Alexia Jean Grey

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Alexia Jean Grey is a cosplayer who is known for her Warrior Princess Peach, Felicia, and Mary Jane costumes. Read Alexia’s interview here-

 

Name: Alexia Jean Grey

Age: 22

Contact:

Alexiajeangrey.com

www.facebook.com/alexiajeangreyfanpage

@alexiajeangrey

Occupation:

Cosplayer / Wig Designer.

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What was your first console and first game?

Alexia Jean Grey: The first one I remember playing was Super Nintendo and playing Street Fighter and Super Mario. I think the first console I played religiously as a kid though was my Gameboy!

How long have you been gaming?

Alexia Jean Grey:  As long as I can remember!

What is your favorite game of all time?

Alexia Jean Grey: It’s hard to pick just one! If I had to pick a few, Super Smash Bros Melee, Pokemon Yellow/Crystal/Trading Card, Street Fighters, FF VII, Guilty Gear and Counterstrike.

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What platforms do you play on?

Alexia: I have a few! I still have my Gameboy advance/3ds/dsi, Gamecube, Wii, Ps2, I mostly play on my 360 though.. with the new consoles that have been out I decided to pick up neither. I was going more towards the PS4 route however I like the controller better for the XBOX. I decided I think I should just upgrade my computer and finally get Steam! I’ve been dying to do more PC gaming but I defiantly need a better graphics card x___x!

What is your favorite genre?

Alexia Jean Grey: Fighting for sure! Turn based/ rpgs are a close second. I like the adrenaline I get from fighting I probably get way to competitive with them! Also it’s probably the biggest self-accomplishment when I learn a new combo and nail during a fight.

What is your biggest accomplishment in gaming?

Alexia: Probably when I won my first Smash Melee tourney I mainly played with my friends since I never see tournaments involving that game ( no offense Brawl lovers I am not a fan!). I was so nervous when I was playing since it was my first tournament ever (and it was a pretty big one I believe 25 people signed up)! I was so happy to have won!

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When did you first get into cosplaying?

Alexia Jean Grey: About 6 years ago when I went to my first convention. I always wanted to dress up but living in Wisconsin at the time I was one of the few geeky kids and at the time there was no local convention. So when I moved to Florida and my friends were taking me to my first con I jumped right on the chance to make an outfit. It was Kasumi from Dead or Alive 4! I have been wanting to remake that costume for a few years now and do the new outfit from 5!

What is the best costume that you have done?

Alexia: I think the costume I am most proud of is my Warrior Princess Peach costume. It was about 2 months work and it was my first big armor project. My wonderful friend Handsome Jordan Cosplay was a huge help in making this pink craziness! Everything was handmade by us minus the corset. I based the idea around my love for Super Smash Melee and Peach being my main. However I didn’t see myself running around in a gown and I feel her actual outfit didn’t represent how I saw peach.. a badass! Which is why I went with a Warrior type design! My favorite part of it all is the sword, I was kind of thinking of doing one of the many items she pulls out of her dress in the game (lightsaber, bombs, adorable deadly turnips, etc.). However I decided to stick with the warrior theme but make the sword look a little more 8-bit with the blue instead of silver and pipes to tie in the Mario theme!

What is your favorite event that you have cosplayed at?

Alexia Jean Grey: Each event is enjoyable in one way or another. Bigger conventions like NYCC I love because I get to see exclusive content new games coming out etc. However I do like doing the smaller intimate cons as well! Hotel conventions are fun because I feel like I get less lost in the chaos and enjoy more time with everyone at the show. Big cons are awesome though because I feel that’s where I see the most creative and over the top costumes. This year will be my first time at SDCC and I am jumping around for joy to go and still can’t finalize what I should  start making to wear! I am hoping so bad one day I will be able to go PAX East. I literally take off that weekend every year in hopes I may go but always just behind my computer screen watching live streams and sobbing over my ice cream.

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Do you have a lot of friends who you Cosplay with?

Alexia: Now I do! Actually my best friend who is a huge gamer actually does not cosplay! I have been trying to convince her for YEARS but she won’t budge! However that is the wonderful world of cosplay. I have made so many new friends in the last couple years through cosplay! I never go to convention now without knowing at least a handful of people which makes the costuming even more fun for me. When I first started it was just a hobby of mine which now turned into traveling around with friends and hanging out making new costumes. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

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Do you have any advice for people trying to get into cosplay?

Alexia Jean Grey: Never be afraid to! I think over the last few years the cosplay community BOOMED! Which I feel newcomers might be afraid to think if there not the “best” they might either be made fun of or looked down upon. The wonderful thing about cosplay are the people in in the community! Never be afraid to ask questions or talk to other cosplayers. Cosplay is about having fun and being creative and the skills will just come with experience. I still am trying to learn new costuming skills and ask others for advice which is the fun challenge in costuming. Also never be afraid to make mistakes, with every costume I try to learn a new technique or skill to learn, and sometimes I have made mistakes on costumes that actually turned out better then I planned!

Is there any costume that you would like to do or have planned for the future?

Alexia: I have an endless list of things I want to make. It all depends on the shows I have coming up, what I can travel with, etc. I have been trying to make more anime and video game costumes this years since I have been doing a lot of comic book costumes recently I am playing with a group to do Drakenguard and I am still dying to do a Guilty Gear costume !

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Would you ever date a gamer?

Alexia Jean Grey: Of course I am a huge gamer myself. However I get very competitive which might be a bad thing in a relationship with a gamer haha!

Is there any video game character that you have a secret crush on?

Alexia: Dante from Devil May Cry, between the witty comments and that red trench coat it drives me insane that he is not realllllllllllll!

What is the most fun experience you ever had playing a game?

Alexia Jean Grey: I always have the most fun playing games with my friends like Super Mario Party, even though many friendships have been questioned while stealing stars but it’s always fun. A lot of my friends play fighting games as well and I remember when BlazBlue was new we had non stop nights playing it for months which always bring back good memories.

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Do you play online? If so, are you all of a sudden seeing an extreme chivalry from guy gamers even though they do not know you, or is it the opposite?

Alexia: I’ve made a screen name that made it so I would not obviously be a girl. Maybe it’s unpopular opinion but  I don’t see in this fad proving that because I play games and I am a girl I should plaster XXGURLGAMERPMSCUPCAKESXX or having someone“go easy” on me. To me your either skilled or not no matter what sex. That’s another reason I never talk through a head set because I don’t see why my skill play should be based on if I am a female, male, dog, or whatever else. I go online to play games not to “say panties”.

What is the hardest game you have ever played?

Alexia Jean Grey: I wouldn’t say there was one specific game that is the most challenging, I think when I started taking fighting games to a more competitive level is when games became most challenging. Learning, practicing and remembering combos and blocks can become rather difficult. Another part of fighting games in particular I found challenging is learning every characters combos, weak/strong hits, hit boxes, blocks, etc. Sometimes it’s easier just to perfect your main and subs moves but learning how your opponent’s move sets is what’s going to make your fighting skills stronger. It’s tedious but competitively a must.

Is there any game that you feel particularly good at?

Alexia: I would say out of everything my strongest game is Super Smash Melee. I have a lot of friends who are incredible at that game which helped me competitively. I am still trying to learn the linguistics of Brawl but I just can’t get myself to enjoy it as much. To me Brawl is a complete separate franchise so when I play a really fantastic Brawl player I feel like a noob so I have been trying to play with Wolf and getting the hang of it. I would still say I am pretty strong in a lot of fighting games minus Tekken. Back in my hometown we had an arcade but it had some sort of weird “Game of Thrones” fighting for the throne politics happening. It was a 3 way split between the Street Fighter crew, the ITG/DDR kids, and Tekken guys in that arcade. So in spite of those years I never picked up a Tekken game, I have played it briefly recently but no where near as strong in my other fighting games.

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How many hours per week do you spend gaming?

Alexia Jean Grey: It used to be a daily thing. However between traveling and cosplaying I don’t play as much as I use to when I competed. I would play around maybe 30 hours a week before but I have not been to a tourney in the last couple years and just play casually when I have free time.

Do you collect video game memorabilia? If so what is your favorite piece?

Alexia: I wouldn’t say I am a hardcore collector. I have a lot of old systems which I treat like princesses but some of the older fighting games I play I still have the packaging for them. I am on the hunt to find unopened games from SNES and Gamecube just to keep alongside my playable ones, nostalgia and all. I would say the most I have for a collection is my Pokemon games I have every single one minus a couple Wii ones. COLLECT THEM ALLL!

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Sarah Spears
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