Interview and Photo by Jason Setnyk
Cornwall, Ontario – Caroline Raymond, a talented cosplayer and self-taught artist from Aurora, Ontario, has participated in the Cornwall cosplay scene for nearly a decade. Currently residing in Cornwall, Ontario, for approximately fifteen years, Raymond has become a recognized figure in the community, captivating the hearts of many with her impressive creations.
Since 2016, Raymond has been an enthusiastic participant in numerous local conventions, bringing to life a diverse array of characters from movies and comic books. Her artistic prowess shines through as she crafts her cosplays using re-purposed materials sourced from thrift stores, showcasing her commitment to sustainability and resourcefulness.
Her recent appearance at CAPE 2023 is notable among her portrayals, where she flawlessly embodied the character Wednesday Addams. The attention to detail and the uncanny resemblance left convention-goers in awe. Raymond’s ability to capture the essence of iconic characters has made her a sought-after presence at various events, cementing her status as a staple in the cosplay community.
Last year, at the Cornwall Cosplay in the Park 2022 event, Caroline Raymond embraced her creativity once again, this time portraying the charismatic Captain Jack Sparrow. The transformation was so convincing that attendees couldn’t help but feel they were face-to-face with the notorious pirate himself.
For those eager to witness Caroline Raymond’s next transformation and delve into her imaginative world of cosplay, enthusiasts can keep an eye out for her upcoming appearances at local conventions and events. Her dedication to the craft and unwavering passion make her a true gem in the local cosplay community.
FIVE QUESTIONS WITH THE SEEKER
1 – Who is your favourite character you cosplayed as, and what do you like about that character?
“My favorite character I have cosplayed is Elsa from Disney’s Frozen. I was 11 years old when the first movie came out. It changed my life. I was bullied in elementary school for having very fair skin and light blonde hair. I was also quite shy and introverted. I saw myself in Elsa’s character. Not only physically, but personality-wise as well. Soon after, my fellow classmates started comparing me to Elsa. To be compared to a character that is portrayed with such elegance and strength was a compliment. It made me feel confident. In fact, that confidence inspired me to make her my first cosplay.”
2 – What is the most challenging thing about cosplaying?
“Personally, as someone who is quite introverted and reserved most of the time, it definitely would have to be having to come out of my shell at conventions, especially when portraying a character who is known to be more extroverted. It can be challenging for me since I experience anxiety when meeting new people.”
3 – How have you evolved as a cosplayer compared to when you first started?
“I started cosplaying at thirteen years old. I’m currently twenty-one. My creative skills have definitely improved since then. At thirteen, I didn’t have much experience with makeup, and I certainly did not focus that much on accuracy. I would also tend to gravitate towards cosplays that would work with my then blonde hair; therefore, I was very limited on what I could do. Now that I’m twenty-one, I have much more makeup experience and try to be as accurate to the character as possible. I also have been buying and styling my own wigs for the past few years, which allows me to broaden my range of characters.”
4 – What is the best reaction you got for a cosplay?
“The best reaction I got for a cosplay would definitely be from a little girl that ran up to me at CAPE 2022 when I cosplayed the 1989 version of Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid in her blue village dress. She was very excited to meet me since her favorite Disney Princess was Ariel. She was convinced that I was her, even when her mother explained to her that I was just a cosplayer. It had made my day.”
5 – What advice do you have for people just starting in cosplay?
“Don’t let others influence you into believing that you’re not good enough to cosplay, that you’re too old, or that you don’t have the “ideal” body type or personality to portray a certain character. If cosplaying or the prospect of cosplay brings you joy, then don’t be afraid to try it. Stay true to yourself and do what makes you happy!”