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Confessions of a Cosplayer: Chuck Ryan

Welcome to another installment of “Confessions of a Cosplayer”. Each week I will feature a cosplayer in the Friday franchise who I either know personally or through social media. As time moves on, I will also be focusing on other iconic horror characters from other franchises then I will feature horror inspired cosplayers.
If you are a horror cosplayer or know someone who is and would like to be in a future spotlight, please reach out to me on Facebook, Instagram or send me an email at SouthJerseyJason@gmail.com

What is your first memory of watching a Horror movie?
The first ones I remember were Poltergeist and Alien. I was maybe 10 years old.  Scared the hell out of me but I loved it!

What is your favorite Horror movie and or franchise?
I have to go with JC’s The Thing. A “perfect” horror movie if you ask me. My favorite slasher is 1981 My Bloody Valentine. I enjoy so many different franchises it’s hard to pick a favorite.

What made you get into the art of cosplaying (how old were you? Where did you first show off your cosplay, do you design your own clothing?  Do you make your own hocks/mask’s?  If not, who do you use to help with your costume?)
Halloween has always been my favorite holiday since I was a kid and I still dress up in costume every year. I started “officially” cosplaying in my early 30’s. My first cosplays were part 2 Leatherface,  a grim reaper character, Ghostface and an original scarecrow. None of them were very accurate but I made them all myself. It wasn’t until after I attended my first Horrorhound convention in 2009 that I really started taking the cosplay game seriously.
My remake Harry Warden was my first screen accurate cosplay and every cosplay I have done since has been as close to screen accurate as possible. When it comes to my costumes I like to do as much of it myself.  Some of the masks and props I use are from @cursedcampstudios, @kurse_kustoms, @cfxmasks, @kylehuculak, @dirtknap_fx and @horrorfxdesigns

You cosplay quite a few horror characters.  In regards to your Friday the 13th cosplay you chose to go with the one film that gets a lot of heat but recently is getting a cult following of its own.  What made you go with Roy Burns aka “Impostor Jason?”
For the most part I have to thank Horrorhound for that. They asked me to assemble an Impostor Jason costume for Tom Morga for when he does his professional photo ops at the Horrorhound convention. As I pieced the costume together I became much more interested in part 5 and Roy Burns, more than I thought I would. After that convention was over I immediately started on a clean version of Roy, then it morphed into my current battle damaged/barn scene Roy.  I don’t see a lot of people cosplay Roy, especially a battle damaged version so in a way it kind of fit with my other underrated characters that I cosplay.

Do you attend conventions?  If so which ones do you attend?  Are there any you recommend for someone who has never attended?  What advice would you give to someone who has never attended a convention as a cosplayer?
Yes I do! They are some of the most fun I’ve ever had and I’ve met some really good friends there too. I have been to Horrorhound Weekend, Days of the Dead, Flashback Weekend and Midwest Monster Fest. I think any horror con would be fun if it’s your first con. Bring a friend to be your “handler” and be ready to be photographed. A handler can take pics of you, direct you and help navigate you through crowded areas and most of all they can help get you drinks because cosplayers get thirsty 😉

What advice would you give to a first time cosplayer?
Have fun with it! That’s what this hobby is all about, fun. Reach out to fellow cosplayers on social media for any advice and tips on cosplaying or building your cosplay. Most people are happy to help you. There are many talented artists too that can build a costume for you.

What has been your best experience as a cosplayer?
Probably at Days of the Dead when I got to cosplay with the real Ghost Jason @vincentedisanti and my friends @horrorstevie and @goregalor. We were all dressed as various Jason’s and it was a blast! That and I got to be in the Friday the 13th part 5 reunion photo op dressed as my Roy Burns cosplay.

You have a great selection of horror cosplays?  Out of your current lineup which one gets the most reaction from people?  Do you have plans for future iconic horror figures?
Thank you. I would have to say Roy Burns, simply because of the popularity of the Friday the 13th franchise. I’m currently working on a Ghost Jason cosplay and aim to have it finished this fall.

Who are some of your favorite cosplayers that you follow on social media or personally know?
So many cool cosplayers out there but some that I follow are @goregalor, @horrorstevie, @southjerseyjason, @killingmachinecosplay, @theduffourc, @midsouthmaniac.

Do you have any social media accounts for your cosplay that you would like to promote?
Anyone can follow me on IG: @ChuckRyanCosplay and on FB: Chyck Ryan Cosplay.
Thanks so much!

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