Becoming Jessica Nigri

RT Docs: Becoming Jessica Nigri

Jessica Nigri is an internationally renowned cosplayer, racking up millions of social media followers and the number one Patreon page in cosplay. Becoming Jessica Nigri explores her life, from a magical childhood growing up with quirky parents in New Zealand, to entering middle school in the U.S. where she was mercilessly teased for her “nerdy” interests. Through cosplay, Jessica learned that becoming someone else gives her the courage to be herself.

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  • rockstaralex FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Alex

    50 minutes ago

    I've played WoW for about 10 years now and it was amazing seeing a character brought to life like that and seeing all the work and creativity that happens behind the scenes. I just loved this whole doc


  • ImCombatReadyYo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold GreenEggsAndRamen

    2 hours ago

    Holy shit, this is just what I needed.

    I just finished my second cosplay, at my second convention and I'm in the awkward teen phase Jessica was going through where everyone judges you because you like this kind of stuff. I'm also from a christian/catholic upbringing where my church and family look down on me for this. It's been hard to live up to expectations from others and hearing their negative comments about something that I love. But if this video has only taught me one thing, it's this: Fuck those comments. 


    I should always make an effort to be on good terms with and respect everyone, but in the end this is how I want to express myself and how I find joy. It's improved my mood, friendships, motivation, organisation, and in general, it's made me a better person. 

    In short, Cosplay is fucking great, deal with it.


    Thank you RT and Jessica for this amazing documentary, it has boosted me and motivated me so much.

    Keep being awesome. 

  • tazahawkus FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 hours ago

    Wow Jessica that was amazing! It's so reassuring to know that there is someone out there that is as dorky and quirky and nerdy and incredible as you out there. I for one feel like I've gotten to understand you, where you've come from and where you're at now so much more, it's such an inspiration. I cannot wait to see what you do on the future and I cannot wait to see how Elune turns out :) <3

  • AquaGamer1212 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    17 hours ago

    This was amazing! Love Jessica even more now, to many more cosplays. And to one day...Elune  blue_heart

  • alayes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 day ago

    I loved every second of this. Thank you for sharing, inspiring, and motivating. I lose my mind over coloring my drawings, so I don't know how the hell you do all of this in a few weeks xD

  • Cruxtruder FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 days ago

    Tfw this is hella motivation for finishing costumes for the con tomorrow and planning for future ones

  • jakey455 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 days ago

    I wonder if any of the kids who made fun of Jessica know how far she has come now. She is by far more popular than they ever were. Not that it matters to her. If it mattered to those kids then, they might still think it matters now. Just good ol' karma rearing it's head.

  • MrPhail FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    I hope that this will in time be made public. Good job and thanks for all the hard work!

  • xeitgeixt FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    This doc? Flawless victory. Same thing for Jessica in life. 

  • speedoweedo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    wow ok this site and the app doesn’t work properly, I had to go to safari on my iphone because the app wouldn’t let me sign up for the 30 day trial. And now that I got that signed up the video keeps stuttering and takes forever to load. This site is so hard to search through and find what I want. I had to google the name of the doc to even get here. Please fix your shit. And I better not get charged at the end of this FREE Trial. Let me repeat that FREE TRIAL. 

  • deliala919 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold fuck

    1 week ago

    I WOULD DIE FOR YOU JESSICA

  • SummerTaco FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I loved this. It was a bit slow in the beginning, I started losing intrest when you held the shot of the unicorn raft for far too long lol but thats a very minor gripe. I love Jessica and cant wait to see more RT docs in the future! That moment in the end was really perfect btw!  barbara

  • BigBillyBobBergNerg

    1 week ago

    I've never used a more broken video player in my life. I can't scrub without the entire video failing. Fix this.

  • tiffodo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I loved seeing Jessica in this light; the only complaint is that I wish that there was more "content" vs. interview and/or that it was longer in order to include all of it. I thought that the majority of the doc was kind of an interview, which I realize is kind of the point, but I also would have liked to see more in detail her actual building process; having her walk us through step by step what she is doing (kind of like the new Master & Apprentice series), as well as everything that happens on the Patreon side of things - how much time goes into her content (i.e. replying to comments, how much time she spends managing her pages, editing photos, her process in the "business" side of things) and merchandise, and what roles exactly her family plays. The brief scene where we saw the boxes in the garage and their shelf setup piqued my curiosity about how they organize and ship out everything, but there was never a wrap-up to it all. All-in-all a great series that I'm looking forward to seeing more of. 

  • KatWaite FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I've always really enjoyed seeing Jessica in RT content and on podcasts, and seeing her friendship with Babs and everyone, but this doc has given me just a whole new respect for her that I never had before, getting to see more of who she is outside of her being silly with RT people (which I love as well) is awesome. We love you Jessica, and you will always, always be welcomed here with open arms <3

  • ProtoMan253 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I didn't plan on crying today... welp

  • cdmorgan77 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    As someone who is getting more into cosplay and conventions, Jessica has been an inspiration due to her creativity and attention to detail.  I hope that more and more people realize that it's not a 'sexy look' to get followers but it is her way of expressing herself and what she embodies. Well done RT and Jessica! Keep up the good work!

  • Oldster FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Has she done a Cinder Fall cosplay yet?

    • odelost FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      She did a cinder bikini one i think.

    • Andybar98 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      On her Instagram page there’s a couple pics of a post-volume 3 cinder, and it is actually awesome 

  • Renderoth88 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    We love you Jessica! You don’t just have your community, you have us as well! RT will always be with you!

  • Aless17 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    This was awesome... such an inspiration Jess

  • Faith_Nisbet FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    She honestly is an inspiration for me. Not only with her looks but her brains and happiness that is how I want to be. She is talented and amazing

  • PureMatty FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Jessica is amazing

  • charles49906 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I absolutely loved this! This Documentary brought a whole new light to me about her life, Cosplay, and how I view different works. It's amazing~

  • alphadivine FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Absolutely amazing!

  • moonwell FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    So glad I finally got to watch this! It was so good and I have a lot more respect for Jessica now.

  • mrezman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    No love for kassem? Can't forget the ol' kassem g

  • Gerif FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    As a kiwi this makes me happy - so cool to see the New Zealand roots. Never thought I'd see a documentary in which World of Wearable Arts (the more commonly recognised use of the acronym WoW in New Zealand) is featured alongside World of Warcraft.

  • Wtfgravy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    very inspirational! Renewed my support of Jessica and getting to see her personal view on cosplay and personification with sexy cosplay. Additionally the quality of this documentary as great! Totally worth joining these services

  • JustinJowers FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    @5:35 omg I had that Poliwhirl tape measure when I was a kid. Instant nostalgia kick when I saw that. 

  • bearfiesta FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold bearfiesta

    2 weeks ago

    I had no interest in this subject because I generally don't care much about cosplay (Jessica is a very funny person and I love to see her as a guest on different properties however)... that being said, these RT Docs are done so well that I'm glad I am watching it here -- Jessica, my respect for you has only grown with this!

  • Ereneru FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I dont know why, but this made be cry! she is just too amazing and has the best boyfriend! ;o; 
    keep doing what you love Jess! ♥

    • IvanaHyde FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      I had the exact same feeling! It's so inspirational!

  • mattcjx FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I've never been interested in cosplay (*I do not hate or disagree with it, I just never had an interest in cosplaying or seeing people cosplay at events) 


    However, even for a person like me, this documentary was really inspirational (especially the parts on how she lived her life in school etc), and her motivation to do things is really refreshing to see


    So thank you Jessica, thank you to the crew who made this documentary and thank you to RT. You all did amazing and I'm thankful for being able to watch it

  • QueenBee127 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold TerryFoldToucher

    2 weeks ago

    Just wow.....This doc is so amazing and inspirational...

  • yaricherry FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    This is such a inspiring doc! I feel so happy for Jessica. Her passion and personality is really amazing! Excited what cosplay she will do next.

  • womenbshoppin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Getting teased for your interests happens to everyone.

  • rwby420666 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Love this video so much she is so beautiful and inspires me to reach my dreams as a cosplayer to

  • vicisbored FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I love nigri so this was awesome and I was hyped when I saw the announcement. I hope she does Elune this year for BlizzCon because that is going to be beautiful

  • darkblade1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    so much mad respect for Jessica 

  • Da_Nerd FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Best doc so far. I liked that it was entirely focused on the subject, Jessica Nigri and cosplay, as opposed to bringing in RT personalities.  The other docs felt like RT Life extended cuts.  Hope to see more quality docs like this one in the future!

  • EJRox FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Elijah J. Yang

    2 weeks ago

    My brother is a cosplayer himself, and I enjoy him doing this, but watching this has now allowed me to respect him even more because this is what he loves. I appreciate this kind of storytelling, and hopefully he can show it off if we can go to RTX 2018!

  • JChurch13 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Loved her dad and the whole family aspect. Really cool of Jessica to get them involved. 

  • FightFalcon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    i love when people do what they love, more people need to do that. If someone doesnt like what you do i say fuck them and leave them behind, keep rockin 

  • Rukeprease FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    As a cosplayer, this is all our story. This is our origin and I'm literally moved to tears. 

    4 years ago I cosplayed as a male Vi from League of Legends and Jessica literally ran across the street to grab a photo of me and I will never forget that to this day. 4 years later, I'm a prop fabricator working in a shop, I have upped my cosplay game. I still think the world of her even if she doesn't remember. I really am glad this was something I got to watch.

  • d1000100

    2 weeks ago

    Great documentary!!!! Jessica is such a great role model and an incredible talented person!! She really proves that you can live your life how you want it and that with enough determination and hard work everything possible. She rules in everything. 

    And highschools in the US really sound terrible. I'm so glad I don't live there

  • renomark2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    is it just me or does her voice sound surprisingly like Barbara's in the doc but not in the RT Podcast or anything else?

  • Reitanclan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I can see Jessica Nigri as a pirate on a cruise yacht. A Nepali sherpa on an escalator. A zombie in a historic building. A sexy rooster in a hen costume party. A buff troll at a petting zoo.

  • wonderbread58 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I. LOVED. THIS. DOC!

  • PhantomAC FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Not Otaku, Just Nerd

    2 weeks ago

    WOW! Burroughs to planets!


    Matt & Burnie better hold on,...


    Content like this = rocket launch.


    Great work Mat & Hanna, (and all hands.)


    Looking forward to the next Doc.


    CHEERS!  beers

  • MogdenAzorak FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    really well done.  Thanks RT.

  • pokemonrules FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    that was cool!