Rachel is this tiny, very first and CREATIVE person. She’s constantly chipper and sets everyone in a great mood. We met just a few years about and I fell absolutely in love with her style. She has her own creative ways and isn’t afraid of anything. I truly admire everything about her!
So let’s jump right in! Tell me and the readers a little bit about yourself!
First off, my name is Rachel Trace. I’m 26 years old, and a self-pronounced cat lady (I’m currently the fur mother of 2 cats, Harley and Knightro). I work full-time as a lead at the ET Adventure, and teach marching band at Freedom High School during the fall season. I graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2013 with a degree in Theme Park Hospitality and a minor in Music, and am proud to call myself a Knight!
I have several people in my life that I consider to be my best of friends. 1.) Deanna Fiers: We’ve known each other since elementary school, and have been by each others’ sides for most of our lives. I’m proud to say that I’m her Maid of Honor in her upcoming wedding next December! 2.) Sara Kuska: We met during our time in the Marching Knights, and we lived together as roommates for a while before discovering that we both shared a passion for cosplaying. 3.) Allison Herbert (aka Alli): We met during our time at Spider-Man, and also lived together for a time before we both realized that our nerdiness levels were extremely compatible. 4.) Stephanie Sarvis: We also met during our time as Schedulers together at Universal, and we’ve grown close through our mutual love of Youtube and Parks and Recreation.
The love of my life is Mr. Cameron Yeager, who I met and considered a “frien-emy” during our time in the Marching Knights during our college years. We later became friends outside of school, and just celebrated our 6 month anniversary this past Monday.
When I’m not working, I love to craft and attend Orlando City games. I also enjoying watching my favorite Youtube creators when I get a minute to catch my breath.
My passions include teaching leadership to the children that I work with, and traveling (still trying to figure out a way to fuse these together)!
Where are you currently working or what projects are your working on?
Right now, I’ve starting to plan my future cosplays for the upcoming conventions I plan on attending with Sara and Cameron next year. So far, we are planning to work on a costume from one of my favorite anime cartoons, Yu-Gi-Oh!
I’ve also just picked up how to make floral Minnie ears that I saw people walking around Disney with over the past couple of months. (Attaching photos) So far, I’ve made a pair of rose gold ones for myself, and a Halloween-themed pair for Cameron. Next up: a Kylo-inspired pair, complete with an LED lightsaber!
Also, I just finished working on a special commissioned project for the Ruckus supporters’ group for Orlando City Soccer. They wanted to celebrate their current president with a specially designed drumhead that I designed and created along with Cameron’s help.
Where do you see yourself in the future? What would be your ideal job?
Ideally, I would love to see myself either working with children or creating something daily for the rest of my life. Getting a chance to work with Universal’s Entertainment Art and Design team for Halloween Horror Nights would be an absolute dream come true!
Who inspired you in your life to choose your career path?
Honestly, not anyone that I can think of. Everyone in my family is in the medical field, so I’m kind of the black sheep. I always loved theme parks as a kid, and found this while I was lost as to what to do while in college. So far it’s definitely been an interesting career choice, and I always have fun story to tell at parties!
Tell us a funny childhood memory!
When I was 13, my tubes finally were small enough to fall out of my ears while I was sleeping one night (I had them placed when I was 5). When I woke up, I found them on my pillow and thought that my little sister had tried placing toy cars in my ears while I was sleeping! Needless to say I got in trouble when I walked into the kitchen and started yelling at her…
Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
I have currently run 3 half marathons, all at either Disney World or Disneyland.
What woman do you look up to the most and why?
My mother, Lee Ann Finizio, and high school Girl Scout leader, Jennifer Suppa were honestly my biggest inspirations growing up. Both instilled in me a sense of independence to follow what I felt was right and allowed me to explore all of the quirky hobbies that I loved pursuing as a kid. Both have been through some tough situations over the past couple of years, and they’ve always shown me that despite our hardships, we need to keep pushing through.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given and why?
Don’t let the words of others affect you and how you feel about yourself. This is something I’ve struggled with for most of my life, even though I’ve always looked past it. It is truly one of the most satisfying things to be able to look at a situation and know that you’ve done the best you could and are willing to try again (even with haters talking about you in the background). Being able to face the day, despite knowing how others feel negatively about you sometimes, can be a real confidence booster.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give other women?
Be stubborn, but flexible. Everyone knows me as the “control freak” or “mom” of the friend group, but I’ve also learned that being these all of the time can push others away and cause more stress than they are worth. With that being said, I’m also blessed with a great group of friends and loved ones who know that this is a part of me and work with me on my worst days. Through their love and understanding (and bluntness), I’ve learned to give as much as I take and make things fair for everyone.
And your favorite quote
“Not all who wonder are lost”. ~J.R.R. Tolkien