Leo Nocedo : How did you discover cosplaying?
Lauren Edinger : My dad introduced me to cons at a young age! I’ve been making my costumes since I was a kid.
Leo Nocedo :What was your first cosplay?
Lauren Edinger : Adult cosplay Princess Leia. Kid cosplay…I think a cat of some sort? Haha
Leo Nocedo : What are your next 3 cosplay plans?
Lauren Edinger : Taarna, Aurora…ummm no idea.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever been in a cosplay contest?
Lauren Edinger : Once at a comic shop and once at a con (but it was a bad experience)
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer sewing, armor making, or wig working?
Lauren Edinger : Sewing and armor (though I’m new at armor)
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to do photoshoots at cons or at specific locations?
Lauren Edinger : Locations!
Leo Nocedo : Is there a type of character you cosplay frequently?
Lauren Edinger : Disney princesses and variations!
Leo Nocedo :Do you have any favorite cosplayers?
Lauren Edinger : Too many to name. I’m a big fan of my @thegothamundergroundcosplay group and the cosplayers in it though!
Leo Nocedo :What’s the most detailed cosplay you’ve ever done?
Lauren Edinger : Maleficent or my Sorsha
Leo Nocedo :What are your top 3 craftsmanship tips?
Lauren Edinger : Do not guesstimate measurements, don’t be afraid to experiment, there are so many YouTube tutorials!!!!
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite cosplay you’ve done?
Lauren Edinger : Maleficent
Leo Nocedo : What is your worst cosplay “horror” story?
Lauren Edinger : Ummmm… my costume ripped on stage…
Leo Nocedo : What’s your funniest cosplay story?
Lauren Edinger : Probably the same as the worst lmfao just not at the time!!
Leo Nocedo : What’s the best in-character interaction you’ve ever had?
Lauren Edinger : Children’s hospitals. There was a little girl who was just sure I was the real rapunzel, it was amazing.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever cosplayed with a family member?
Lauren Edinger : I cosplay with my daughter all the time!!
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite cosplay photo of yourself?
Lauren Edinger : I have no idea!
Leo Nocedo : What are your go-to stores for cosplay materials/full cosplays?
Lauren Edinger : Goodwill!
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to buy pre-styled wigs or style your own?
Lauren Edinger : I prefer prestyled because I hate styling wigs, but I do both.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever had someone mistake you for a different character?
Lauren Edinger : Yes!!! My steampunk Ariel is always caked Mera and my Atlanna is always called Elsa!
Leo Nocedo : List all the cosplays you’ve done.
Lauren Edinger : Ha. I have over 100 I’ve done and 55 current so…
Leo Nocedo : What’s the biggest con you’ve cosplayed at?
Lauren Edinger : DragonCon
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer cosplaying characters with props, or characters that you don’t need to carry a prop around all day?
Lauren Edinger : I’m fine with either as long as it’s not heavy! I also like bag props for obvious reasons
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever lost a cosplay piece at a con?
Lauren Edinger : Oh yes.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever bought a cosplay piece at a con?
Lauren Edinger : No
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to cosplay solo or in a group?
Lauren Edinger : Solo
Leo Nocedo : If you had a chance to meet your all-time favorite cosplayer, what would you say to them?
Lauren Edinger : I meet them everyday, and I usually give them hugs. I’m surrounded by wonderful cosplayers all the time. I’m super lucky. My charity groups like CWC and Gotham are amazing.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever done a cosplay panel?
Lauren Edinger : Yes.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to buy or make cosplays?
Lauren Edinger : Both!
Leo Nocedo : If you could tell your past self anything about cosplay, what would you say?
Lauren Edinger : Do whatever character makes you happy.
Leo Nocedo : What is your ultimate dream cosplay?
Lauren Edinger : Oh man…Mord Sith and Taarna.
Leo Nocedo : What’s the most difficult cosplay you’ve ever done? (Craftsmanship, wearing of, ect).
Lauren Edinger : maleficent and sorsha.
Leo Nocedo : What’s the most difficult character makeup you’ve done?
Lauren Edinger : Hmmm maleficent, Ivy, Ariel.
Leo Nocedo : What, in your opinion, makes a cosplayer a “pro” cosplayer?
Lauren Edinger : When they get paid to do I.
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite part of cosplaying?
Lauren Edinger : Taking pictures of a new cosplay and debuting it!
Leo Nocedo : Least favorite cosplay to wear?
Lauren Edinger : Would have to say Ivy.
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