Cosplayer Interview

Cosplayer Of The Week: Simon Sherr

Leo Nocedo : How did you discover cosplaying?

Simon Sherr : Met John Moshi (of Moshi Moshi Productions) at Stigma one night and started going to his parties.

Leo Nocedo : What was your first cosplay?

Simon Sherr : Scorpion

Leo Nocedo : What are your next 3 cosplay plans?

Simon Sherr :    Mandelorian for me and my wife
Ventress for my wife, Sith Heretic for me
Far better Pirates for gasparilla

Leo Nocedo : Have you ever been in a cosplay contest?

Simon Sherr : Yes, my wife took 3rd for her female Revan and I took 5th for mine, at the Star Wars Celebration official after-party

Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer sewing, armor making, or wig working?

Simon Sherr : Armor

Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to do photoshoots at cons or at specific locations?

Simon Sherr : Cons

Leo Nocedo : Is there a type of character you cosplay frequently?

Simon Sherr :  Armor

Leo Nocedo : Do you have any favorite cosplayers?

Simon Sherr : Jessica Nigri

Leo Nocedo : What’s the most detailed cosplay you’ve ever done?

Simon Sherr : Leather Wonder Woman for charity

Leo Nocedo : What are your top 3 craftsmanship tips?

Simon Sherr : Dive in, don’t be afraid to try new things or mix mediums like leather, EVA, and Warbla for one piece.

Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite cosplay you’ve done?

Simon Sherr : Male/Female Revan

Leo Nocedo : What is your worst cosplay “horror” story?

Simon Sherr : Full armor that took a month, and was too hot and too uncomfortable to wear. (I molded worbla over Eva and stretched fake leather over it… Zero bodyheat escaped… Looked cool, but was a Horrible idea)

Leo Nocedo : What’s your funniest cosplay story?

Simon Sherr : Not being able to walk 2 feet without being stopped for photos in our Revan costumes.

Leo Nocedo : What’s the best in-character interaction you’ve ever had?

Simon Sherr : Mortal Kombat Vs. Power Rangers at Megacon

Leo Nocedo : Have you ever cosplayed with a family member?

Simon Sherr : My wife, all the time.

Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite cosplay photo of yourself?

Simon Sherr : My wife in female Revan laying in front of Jabba

Leo Nocedo : What are your go-to stores for cosplay materials/full cosplays?

Simon Sherr :  EmbelishFX and Amazon

Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to buy pre-styled wigs or style your own?

Simon Sherr : We buy them.

Leo Nocedo : Have you ever had someone mistake you for a different character?

Simon Sherr : No

Leo Nocedo : List all the cosplays you’ve done.

Simon Sherr : Scorpion, Tattood Sith Lords, Mystique/Sabertooth, male/female Revan, Steampunk Couple, Wonder-Woman (MUCH Foundation Charity), Vampire Couple, Gamora/Starlord, Pirates

Leo Nocedo : What’s the biggest con you’ve cosplayed at?

Simon Sherr :   Megacon

Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer cosplaying characters with props, or characters that you don’t need to carry a prop around all day?

Simon Sherr :   Lightsabers

Leo Nocedo :Have you ever lost a cosplay piece at a con?

Simon Sherr : No

Leo Nocedo : Have you ever bought a cosplay piece at a con?

Simon Sherr : No, we planned to pick up lightsabers but it was the year Disney took over Star Wars and they banned all the decent lightsaber makers (ultrasabers and saber forge) from having booths.

Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to cosplay solo or in a group?

Simon Sherr : Group

Leo Nocedo :If you had a chance to meet your all-time favorite cosplayer, what would you say to them?

Simon Sherr : Can you teach me how you did that?

Leo Nocedo : Have you ever done a cosplay panel?

Simon Sherr : No

Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to buy or make cosplays?

Simon Sherr : Make

Leo Nocedo : If you could tell your past self anything about cosplay, what would you say?

Simon Sherr : Don’t layer EVA, Warbla, and feaux leather… Ever…

Leo Nocedo : What is your ultimate dream cosplay?

Simon Sherr : Full Mandelorians for me and my wife and our group of friends, with a custom clan sigil and colors.

Leo Nocedo : What’s the most difficult cosplay you’ve ever done? (Craftsmanship, wearing of, ect)

Simon Sherr : Wonder-Woman, took me MONTHS of leatherwork and cost close to $2000. But… Was the most comfortable and rugged/stable costume ever (3 years later, it has never needed a single repair or adjustment). We volunteered to make it and donate it to MUCH Foundation (They send super heroes to children’s hospitals). That costume started with a full body cast of the woman playing her, and took so long to make… I also made our Revan costumes at the same time, so it was basically a full time job for months.

Leo Nocedo : What’s the most difficult character makeup you’ve done?

Simon Sherr : My daughter as Nebula.

Leo Nocedo : What, in your opinion, makes a cosplayer a “pro” cosplayer?

Simon Sherr : Film quality craftsmanship

Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite part of cosplaying?

Simon Sherr : Seeing kids light up when they see us.

Leo Nocedo : Make up your own question!

Simon Sherr : Why do you cosplay?

We like the ability to be ridiculous and fun behind make up or a mask. The anonymity of it lets people open up and act the way they wish they could in normal life. It’s liberating in so many ways… Plus we get to be surrounded by dorks like us.

 

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Leo Nocedo is a cosplay photographer who has been using a camera for the last forty years in many forms , in the military and professional studios in Miami and New York city . He got his start in cosplay photography attending conventions with his brother Juan Nocedo . He keeps on doing what he does to honor his late brother .

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