Ray was born and raised in Bloomfield, New Jersey, and has known since he was 11 years old that he was destined to be doing something in media. He didn't really think acting might have been the way to go, however, until his Senior year of high school. It was then when he stole the show in the annual high school musical as "Chief Sitting Bull" in Annie Get Your Gun. After that, Ray was cast as "Officer Krupke" in a production of West Side Story at the NJPAC, but had to drop out before taking the stage due to conflicts with his college curriculum.
His love of acting and performing had been cemented, though. His urges to act just temporarily had to be put on hold. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Montclair State University in New Jersey, Ray crossed the Hudson into New York City and began working in radio, getting back in front of a microphone and utilizing his vocal talents first at 95.5 WPLJ-FM as "Ranger Ray", and then at 1050 AM ESPN Radio (now 98.7 FM) as "The Simulata'". Unfortunately, when Ray's weekly segment and corresponding web column was cut due to changes in management, he knew it was time to move on.
It was actually the popularity of that corresponding column that made Ray think to take a break from the microphone for a short time to focus on writing. After bouncing around a bit at some freelance gigs, Ray would move across the country to Los Angeles when offered a position at Electronic Gaming Monthly, the oldest continuously running video game magazine, and after seven years there, would start writing for Machinima Studios. But being surrounded by so many great voice actors in the gaming industry—and now situated in the Voice Over Mecca that is LA—the fire to get acting again was stoked like never before. This time, there's nothing that's going to stop Ray from doing what he knows he's truly meant to do: performing in front of a microphone.
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