Cosplayer Interview

Cosplayer of the Week: Ellie Villafane

Leo Nocedo :How did you discover cosplaying?
Ellie Villafane: I discovered cosplaying from a friend who used to be one of my coworkers, and I immediately got into it since my very first con appearance.
Leo Nocedo : What’s my favorite con to attend to?
Ellie Villafane: Spooky Empire
Leo Nocedo : What was your first cosplay?
Ellie Villafane: Edward Scissorhands
Leo Nocedo :What are your next 3 cosplay plans?
Ellie Villafane: Fiona from Shrek, the original comic book version of Black Widow, and steampunk Black Cat.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever been in a cosplay contest?
Ellie Villafane: Yes, I’ve competed a few times and I’ve won third place from one of the contests.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer sewing, armor making, or wig working?
Ellie Villafane: Sewing. I also do building things up as well as a fair share of DIY.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to do photoshoots at cons or at specific locations?
Ellie Villafane: I’m open to wherever photoshoots take place
Leo Nocedo : Is there a type of character you cosplay frequently?
Ellie Villafane: Horror characters, steampunk, and variations
Leo Nocedo : Do you have any favorite cosplayers?
Ellie Villafane: Plenty of them that I’m friends with, but my favorite has got to be Mark Knight Rises
Leo Nocedo : What’s the most detailed cosplay you’ve ever done?Freddy Krueger Leo Nocedo : What are your top 3 craftsmanship tips?
Ellie Villafane: Always make sure to buy the right materials for making a certain cosplay, always make sure to measure things right, and when crafting always take your time so don’t rush it.
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite cosplay you’ve done?
Ellie Villafane: Freddy Krueger
Leo Nocedo : What is your worst cosplay “horror” story?
Ellie Villafane:I don’t think I’ve ever had a cosplay horror story, though.
Leo Nocedo : What’s your funniest cosplay story?
Ellie Villafane: When doing the funniest pictures
Leo Nocedo : What’s the best in-character interaction you’ve ever had?
Ellie Villafane:While I was cosplaying Jigsaw/Billy the puppet I ran into someone who was cosplaying one of the victims from the Saw movies and I ended up saying “I want to play a game”

Leo Nocedo : Have you ever cosplayed with a family member?
Ellie Villafane: My older brother was considering to cosplay along with me, but due to his life situation with his job and kids he couldn’t do it. So my answer is no.
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite cosplay photo of yourself?
Ellie Villafane: Captain America
Leo Nocedo : What are your go-to stores for cosplay materials/full cosplays?
Ellie Villafane: Plenty of places. Joann’s, Michael’s, Goodwill for DIYing things, Hobby lobby, etc.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to buy pre-styled wigs or style your own?
Ellie Villafane: Pre-styled, but if it falls apart I will style it
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever had someone mistake you for a different character?
Ellie Villafane:A few times yes! When I cosplay Jigsaw/Billy the puppet someone thought that I was Harley Quinn, when doing Lily Munster someone thought I was the bride of Frankenstein, and when doing She-Venom someone thought I was Gwenom.
Leo Nocedo : List all the cosplays you’ve done.
Ellie Villafane: I’ve done around 50 or more cosplays, so I’m going to name a few: Freddy Krueger, Elvira, Lily Munster, Captain America, Jean Grey, Leatherface, Huntress, Carrie, etc.
Leo Nocedo : What’s the biggest con you’ve cosplayed at?
Ellie Villafane: By far Dragoncon
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer cosplaying characters with props, or characters that you don’t need to carry a prop around all day?
Ellie Villafane:I’m always cool with either one. Whether if I need a prop or not
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever lost a cosplay piece at a con?
Ellie Villafane: Nope
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever bought a cosplay piece at a con?
Ellie Villafane: Yeah. A few pieces to match or complete my cosplay if I forgot to bring it in.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to cosplay solo or in a group?
Ellie Villafane:I’ve done plenty of groups, but most of the time I’m always cosplaying solo
Leo Nocedo : If you had a chance to meet your all-time favorite cosplayer, what would you say to them?
Ellie Villafane: I’m always coming by to say “Hey! How are you?” and so forth. I normally talk to them as if they’re my friends
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever done a cosplay panel?
Ellie Villafane: Yeah, I’ve done a panel with the Bombshells cosplay
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to buy or make cosplays?
Ellie Villafane: Both because sometimes I couldn’t get the time to finish things up before the con
Leo Nocedo : If you could tell your past self anything about cosplay, what would you say?
Ellie Villafane: Have fun with whatever character you like
Leo Nocedo : What is your ultimate dream cosplay?
Ellie Villafane: Steampunk Huntress
Leo Nocedo : What’s the most difficult cosplay you’ve ever done? (Craftsmanship, wearing of, ect)
Ellie Villafane: Steampunk Venom it’s because of the corset and sometimes the body paint.
Leo Nocedo : What’s the most difficult character makeup you’ve done?
Ellie Villafane:Steampunk Venom as well as Zombie Daryl Dixon.
Leo Nocedo : What, in your opinion, makes a cosplayer a “pro” cosplayer?
Ellie Villafane: The more creative the more professional it can get
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite part of cosplaying?
Ellie Villafane: Showing my creative side and it helps me to open up more for who I am
Leo Nocedo : Make up your own question!
Ellie Villafane: What’s my favorite con to attend to?
Ellie Villafane: Spooky Empire

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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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