I am a Calgary AB based model/Cosplayer. Currently a model with Hazzardous Material. I enjoy doing shoots that are morbid, creepy, and just weird. I love horror and blood. I recently got into Cosplay a little over a year ago, but it has always been something that has interested me. I always post WIP pics and recent photo shoots. If you are interested in working with me contact me via Facebook.
Jack Nickelz: So tell us what first got you started in Cosplay?
Rachel Hebert: Ever since I was young I always dressed up. I would try to make costumes out of the cloths I had and whatever was lying around the house. As I got older and would come across photos of people dressed up in costumes from video games and movies I knew I wanted to do that, but had no idea how to get started. It wasn’t until last year after I attended the Calgary Entertainment Expo that I started doing research and talking to other Cosplayers that I finally got up enough confidence to start creating my own costumes.
Jack Nickelz: What was your first Cosplay outfit?
Rachel Hebert: I made a bunch of low-key, mostly bought and put together Cosplays before I started on my first big Cosplay project which was Sylvanas from World of Warcraft. I wanted to go all out for my first one and spent around 6 months and a lot of money creating it. I made so many mistakes and the costume was so uncomfortable but it looked pretty badass.
Jack Nickelz: How was it going to a convention in full gear?
Rachel Hebert: I was not expecting it to be so difficult to walk around my first time. Pieces of my costumes kept falling down. I got a blister that has turned into a scar from my costume; Cosplay battle wounds lol. Now when I am creating costumes I make sure I take into consideration how this is going to feel on me all day. Can I walk around easily? Is anything going to fall off or break? Once your costumes is complete make sure you walk around in it to give it a test run to see if anything needs to be adjusted.
Jack Nickelz: What has been some of your fav. Cosplays to do?
Rachel Hebert: Pyramid Head from Silent Hill and Valeera from World of Warcraft/Hearthstone have definitely been my favorite Cosplays so far.
Jack Nickelz: Do you have a Cosplay that you are becoming known for?
Rachel Hebert: I don’t think I am well known enough where people will recognize me for a specific Cosplay. The only costume I have worn more than once to a con is Valeera, so maybe if I wear that one to more cons more people might recognize me.
Jack Nickelz: How do you pick which Cosplay to do?
Rachel Hebert: My Cosplays are usually chosen on how I connect with a character. Most of my Cosplays are from video games and are characters I am familiar with. I will usually just come across a character and I will just feel like overwhelming need to become this character.
Jack Nickelz: How long does it normally take you to do a Cosplay?
Rachel Hebert: I have completed Cosplays in a day and some have taken me as long as 6 months. Smaller, less detailed Cosplays usually only take about a few weeks, while my bigger more extravagant ones take months to complete.
Jack Nickelz: What’s the hardest Cosplay that you have had to do?
Rachel Hebert: My hardest would probably be my Spyro costume; especially since I got so annoyed with it I haven’t completed it yet. Most of it was easy enough but the wings gave me such a hassle and nothing was working so I just gave up, for now.
Jack Nickelz: Who are some of the Cosplayers that you admire?
Rachel Hebert: There are so many Cosplayers I look up to. Some of the bigger names would be Jessica Nigri, Yaya Han, Kamui, and Lightning Cosplay. Some of the less known Cosplayers would be Yelaina May, Dara Defreitas, Gladzy Kei, and Ely Renae. There’s so many more but I can’t name everyone.
Jack Nickelz: Are there any Cosplays that you had to adjust because they were too revealing?
Rachel Hebert: If I make a costumes that’s too revealing I won’t wear it to a con, I’ll just use it to shoot. I just don’t feel comfortable out in public in something that’s too revealing. When I wear Valeera I kept having to adjust my butt because the fabric doesn’t stay put and goes right up so I constantly have to pull out the wedgies lol.
Jack Nickelz: Why do you think that Cosplay is becoming more main stream?
Rachel Hebert: I feel like nerd/geek culture is becoming more accepted and is projected more in the media. When I was in school you were considered a loser if you liked anything that was deemed “nerdy” or “geeky”. These terms used to have negative connotations but now this culture has become so popular and more and more people are getting into it that it is so much more acceptable now days compared to when I was younger.
Jack Nickelz: What do family and friends think about your Cosplaying?
Rachel Hebert: My mom loves everything I make. Every time I show her something new I am making she’s blown away. I have always been the more artistic type of person and she has always support me. My friends think it’s pretty cool too. They’re always like “what are you making next”, “when’s the next con”. I am so glad I have such supportive people in my life.
Jack Nickelz: What are your thoughts on people saying Cosplay is becoming too corporate?
Rachel Hebert: With anything that becomes so big and more mainstream there is always going to be backlash. Sometimes people give the community a bad name, especially when Cosplay bullying can get really bad. But on the upside there are so many more cons now days and more people can showcase their hard work.
Jack Nickelz: What future Cosplays can we expect to see from you this year?
Rachel Hebert: My next Cosplay is going to be Illidan Stormrage from World of Warcraft. I really wanted to challenge myself this time around. I am sure there will be a bunch of smaller ones too.
Jack Nickelz: Thank you for taking time out to do this. Is there anything else you would like to say to the fans?
Rachel Hebert: If you love Cosplay and love what you do don’t let all the negativity tear you down. There are always going to be people pulling you down every step of the way but don’t let it affect you. Stay true to yourself and do what makes you happy