Cosplayer Interview

Cosplayer Of The Week: Victoria Padilla AKA Cookie Dough Cosplay

I’ve been cosplaying since 2012 I started out in California, in the haunt industry and moved to Florida and have been here ever since.

Leo Nocedo : How did you discover cosplaying?
Victoria Padilla:  I started cosplaying in 2012 when a friend of mine invited me to a Santa Barbara Halloween.
Leo Nocedo :What was your first cosplay?
Victoria Padilla: My first cosplay was Liz from Soul eater.
Leo Nocedo : What are your next 3 cosplay plans?
Victoria Padilla: My goal with all of the cons and shows being down is to finish my backlog of all of the cosplays I’ve been wanting to make.
Leo Nocedo :Have you ever been in a cosplay contest?
Victoria Padilla: I’ve been in multiple cosplay contests and judged a few as well.
Leo Nocedo :Do you prefer sewing, armor making, or wig working?
Victoria Padilla:  I love making my own cosplays, I’ve been learning from 2 amazing cosplayers how to work with armor builds.But I would say Wig styling is one of my favorites to do. It’s so relaxing.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to do photoshoots at cons or at specific locations?
Victoria Padilla: I love to do shoots anywhere honestly. I am a model so I’m very adaptable.
Leo Nocedo : Is there a type of character you cosplay frequently?
Victoria Padilla: I’m most known for my Posion ivy and Snow White.

Leo Nocedo : What’s the most detailed cosplay you’ve ever done?
Victoria Padilla:  It’s hard to say what is my most detailed cosplay, I put so much time and detail into all of my work.
Leo Nocedo :What are your top 3 craftsmanship tips?
Victoria Padilla: Top 3 craftsmanship tips would be, be patient, dont be up until all hours of the night working and take a lot of breaks.
Leo Nocedo :What is your favorite cosplay you’ve done?
Victoria Padilla: My favorite is definitely yet to be seen.She has been in the works for quite some time.
Leo Nocedo :What is your worst cosplay “horror” story?
Victoria Padilla:  My worst horror story would have to be the one time I went to SDCC (San Diego comic con) I watched a little girl get separated from her family cause the cast of walking dead came out.
Leo Nocedo :What’s your funniest cosplay story?
Victoria Padilla: Funniest story would have to be holmat 2019 when I slid into one of my closest friends lap during a meet up.
Leo Nocedo : What’s the best in-character interaction you’ve ever had?
Victoria Padilla:  Best in-character interaction is definitely any time I’m doing charity work with my group Gaurdians of Justice.
Leo Nocedo :Have you ever cosplayed with a family member?
Victoria Padilla:  Depends on what you consider is family. I don’t have blood family here but I have an amazing cosplay family who have been with me for years
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite cosplay photo of yourself?
Victoria Padilla: My favorite photo is definitely of my kida cosplay when I was back in California. The wave crashed on me and i was covered in seaweed.
Leo Nocedo :What are your go-to stores for cosplay materials/full cosplays?
Victoria Padilla: Joanns is my go to fabric store.
Leo Nocedo :Do you prefer to buy pre-styled wigs or style your own?
Victoria Padilla:  I love to style my own wigs but I dont mind if someone I know has a prestyled one I will definitely send my money their way.
Leo Nocedo :Have you ever had someone mistake you for a different character?
Victoria Padilla: I have had a few cosplays people didn’t know or mistake me for.

Leo Nocedo : What’s the biggest con you’ve cosplayed at?
Victoria Padilla:My biggest con has to be SDCC
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer cosplaying characters with props, or characters that you don’t need to carry a prop around all day?
Victoria Padilla:  I dont mind having a prop. It just depends on the con.
Leo Nocedo :Have you ever lost a cosplay piece at a con?
Victoria Padilla: I have yet to lost something at a con.
Leo Nocedo :Have you ever bought a cosplay piece at a con?
Victoria Padilla: I haven’t bought a cosplay piece at a con.
Leo Nocedo :Do you prefer to cosplay solo or in a group?
Victoria Padilla:  As long as I’m with friends I dont mind. I don’t have a favorite cosplayer.

Leo Nocedo : Have you ever done a cosplay panel?
Victoria Padilla:  I’ve done a few cosplay panels.
Leo Nocedo :Do you prefer to buy or make cosplays?
Victoria Padilla:  I prefer to make my own cosplays.
Leo Nocedo : If you could tell your past self anything about cosplay, what would you say?
Victoria Padilla:  I would tell myself not to get frustrated and take my time while building.
Leo Nocedo :What is your ultimate dream cosplay?
Victoria Padilla:  My dream cosplay would be one I’m almost done building, Black Cat.
Leo Nocedo :What’s the most difficult cosplay you’ve ever done? (Craftsmanship, wearing of, ect)
Victoria Padilla: Snow white was the most difficult. She is very heavy on the shoulders, and I’ve had to fix and alter it so many time.
Leo Nocedo :What’s the most difficult character makeup you’ve done?
Victoria Padilla: I would say most difficult make up would be Lobo, and that’s when I do the full body paint for it.
Leo Nocedo :What, in your opinion, makes a cosplayer a “pro” cosplayer?
Victoria Padilla: Nothing makes a cosplayer “pro” you can build your own or buy from someone, cosplay has become a popularity contest and very toxic.
Leo Nocedo :What is your favorite part of cosplaying?
Victoria Padilla:  My favorite part of cosplaying is seeing the look on kids faces when they see their favorite character come to life and just having the time if my life with all of my friends.
Leo Nocedo :Make up your own question!
Victoria Padilla: The last thing I’ll leave you with is don’t make cosplay toxic for you or others around you! We are doing this for fun, to enjoy the hard work we all put into our builds or our hard earn money into buying a costume. I love you all and hope you all enjoy your cosplay ride ♡ Cookiedoughmodeling

 

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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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