Meet the Team

 

Amanda "Mari" Gregory
Founder and President

Amanda (aka Mari) is our company’s president. She was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, and moved to Los Angeles, CA, in 2006. She went to FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in 2006, where she would make cosplays for homework assignments, and earned degrees in fashion design and theatre costume design. Since her first cosplay and anime convention in 2007, she’s been addicted to cosplaying and challenging herself. While helping her friends create their own cosplays, she wanted to find a way to help others as well. After FIDM, she went on to work in the film industry for a few years as a costume designer before she realized that what she actually wanted to do was help other people make cosplays. So she went back to school at ELAC (East Los Angeles College), where she earned a degree in humanities, and then transferred to Chapman University, where she earned a degree in business administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurship. From there, she started First Stop Cosplay with the hope to help educate, inspire, and empower those who want to create their own cosplays.

Loves: Her husband, music, writing, video games, cosplay, video editing, and sleep
Previous cosplayed as: "Sinon (Caith Sith version)" from Sword Art Online II, "Yang Xiao Long" from RWBY, "Black Rock Shooter", and more
Dream cosplay: "Freya" from FFIX
Pronouns: she/her

Kelly Willey
Marketing Director

LovesPlaying FFXIV, cats, birds, and sleeping
Previously cosplayed as: "Linkle" from Hyrule Warriors, "Furret" from Pokemon, "Yowane Haku" from Vocaloid, "Panty" from Panty and Stocking with Garter Belt, and more
Dream cosplay: "Yamato" from One Piece
Pronouns: she/her

Katy Titus
Marketing Consultant

Loves: Animal Crossing: New Horizons and binging history documentaries
Previously cosplayed as: "Rapunzel" from Tangled
Dream cosplay: "Hanji Zoe" from Attack on Titan
Pronouns: she/her

Ryan Palmerton
General Manager

Loves: Quesabirria tacos, karaoke, thrift shopping, and dancing in VR
Previously cosplayed as: "Twilight Princess Link" with a full chainmail skirt
Pronouns: he/him

Elaine Ha
Project Manager

LovesAll things Miyazaki, all things adorable, Disney, and Terra's theme from FFIII
Previously cosplayed as: "Tifa" from FFVII
Dream cosplay: "Cinderella" from the live-action film
Pronouns: she/her

Olivia Ochoa
Administrative Assistant

LovesAnimal Crossing, anything Marvel, possums, cats, and coffee
Dream cosplay: "Celeste" from Animal Crossing
Pronouns: she/her

Ashley Kirk
Patternmaker

LovesPlaying video games, watching anime, and hanging out with her three cockatiels
Previously cosplayed as: "Zelda" from Twilight Princess, "Lucina" from Fire Emblem, and more
Dream cosplay: "Aerith" from FFVII
Pronouns: she/her

Kristin Koga
Production Coordinator

LovesGeek content, costume design, fashion, and cooking
Previously cosplayed as: All the children from Bob's Burgers
Dream cosplay: Bob's Burgers
Pronouns: she/her

Arron Bowman
Sewing Associate

LovesCosplay competitions, being active, and lobster fishing but just the idea of it
Previously cosplayed as: "Bill Cipher" from Gravity Falls, "Toothless" from How to Train Your Dragon, "Link" from Legend of Zelda, and more
Dream cosplay: "Sakizo Diamonds"
Pronouns: he/him

Ariel Suarez
Sewing Associate

LovesBrussels sprouts, Guilty Gear, Kirby, and Fate Stay Night
Previously cosplayed as: "Mima Rin" from Perfect Blue, "Akane Tendo"  from Ranma 1/2, and "Bowser" from Mario
Dream cosplay: "Eddie" and "Zato 1" from Guilty Gear
Pronouns: they/them

Kit Pierce
Sales Representative

LovesHorror games and shoujo manga
Previously cosplayed as: "Beatrice" from Umineko, "Asmodeus" from Obey Me, "Karkat" from Homestuck, and more 
Dream cosplay: "Vash the Stampede" from Trigun
Pronouns: they/them

Raven Walker
Sales Representative

LovesPlanted aquariums, baking, gaming, comic books and anime, and all things goth
Previously cosplayed as: "Testament" from Guilty Gear, "Background Characters" from Bleach, and more
Dream cosplay: OC of "Carmella" from Vampire Hunter D: Blood Lust
Pronouns: she/her

Nacho Sok
Video Engineer

LovesFilm production, movies, anime, video games, and ramen
Dream cosplay: Anything armored, like "Alphonse" from Full Metal Alchemist
Pronouns: he/him

Carl Pangilinan
Video Engineer

LovesAttending conventions, cosplay, creating digital media, video games, and watching shows and movies.
Previously cosplayed as: Characters from Demon Slayer and Bleach
Dream cosplay: Armors from Monster Hunter Zinogre or WoW Tier Set 20 Paladin
Pronouns: he/him

Alison Tam
Technical Writer

LovesJane Austen, shoujo manga, any kind of bread, and cozy games like Stardew Valley
Dream cosplay: "Lady Eboshi" from Princess Mononoke
Pronouns
: she/her

Paige Klemens
Technical Writer

LovesDystopian books/movies, movie theater, design, and making cosplays for her daughter
Previously made cosplays for: "Katniss Everdeen" from The Hunger Games, "Amy Pond" from Doctor Who, "Adora Princess Prom" from She-Ra, and more
Dream cosplay to make: "The Corpse Bride"
Pronouns: she/her