Cosplayer Interview

Cosplayer of the Week: Tracy Hill

 Leo Nocedo : How did you discover cosplaying?
Tracy Hill :  I’ve been attending cons since 1985, since I was young. I started with a Klingon Fan group in 1997 and started working with that large group as a full battle armored warrior. I’ve diversified much with more characters in the last ten years. At the time, cons were so different, the actors would actually interact with us as their characters and we would take them out for dinner or drink with them at the bar!
Leo Nocedo : What was your first cosplay?
Tracy Hill : Klingon Warrior
Leo Nocedo : What are your next 3 cosplay plans?
Tracy Hill : I have been working on a Sith the last couple years. I’ve got a full backstory, I just need to complete her gear. I’m also considering something from Wandavision, and a GI Joe character some friends have been suggesting.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever been in a cosplay contest?
Tracy Hill : Yes and I’ve been a judge, as well.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to do photoshoots at cons or at specific locations?
Tracy Hill : Both, actually. I give enormous props to Greg Rice who’s been wonderful in shoots.
Leo Nocedo : Is there a type of character you cosplay frequently?
Tracy Hill : Agent Hill from Marvel, but I do many more.
Leo Nocedo : Do you have any favorite cosplayers?
Tracy Hill : Too many to name, honestly, but most are already regulars here.
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite cosplay you’ve done?
Tracy Hill : Each one has its own unique challenges and pleasures, it’s hard to choose just one.
Leo Nocedo : What is your worst cosplay “horror” story?
Tracy Hill : Wardrobe malfunction is always a challenge. I give huge thanks to Cosplay Medics who have always been there for the much needed bobby pin or even a bandaid for a blister. It’s the little things that make a huge difference!
Leo Nocedo : What’s the best in-character interaction you’ve ever had?
Tracy Hill : Again, so many… When I’m Agent Hill, I’m often mistaken for security and just last weekend at Bartow, there was an altercation where the police looked at us and said… “We really wish we had you as backup”. Later that evening, one officer fist bumped me after I made her laugh.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever cosplayed with a family member?
Tracy Hill : Yes, my son did a great Harry Potter with me and I loved having him there.
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite cosplay photo of yourself?
Tracy Hill : Probably every submission I gave. These are my best.
Leo Nocedo : What are your go-to stores for cosplay materials/full cosplays?
Tracy Hill : I enjoy and find the best finds thrifting! Things you would never expect. Also, Silly Farm in Davie is a great place for prosaide and body paint
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to buy pre-styled wigs or style your own?
Tracy Hill : I don’t often use wigs, but I do use them as is.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever had someone mistake you for a different character?
Tracy Hill : Not really, but if it happens, I just play it down. I don’t want to make anyone feel bad.
Leo Nocedo : List all the cosplays you’ve done.
Tracy Hill : Klingon Warrior, various Renaissance characters, pirate, Agent Hill, Professor Trelawney, Lyana Stark, Snow White, the Chicken Lady from Kids in the Hall… And more What’s the biggest con you’ve cosplayed at? Megacon, TBCC, Florida Supercon
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer cosplaying characters with props, or characters that you don’t need to carry a prop around all day?
Tracy Hill : Both. I like to travel light, but when I do use props, they are essential to the character.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to cosplay solo or in a group?
Tracy Hill : Both, but group cosplay is waaay more fun, because you play off each other and patrons seem to respond to group with more vigor.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever done a cosplay panel?
Tracy Hill : Yes, many. Last year, I put on a Klingon panel for one hour at a virtual convention. It was wonderful!
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to buy or make cosplays?
Tracy Hill : Buy. I am not a seamstress or crafter, but admire those who are!
Leo Nocedo : If you could tell your past self anything about cosplay, what would you say?
Tracy Hill :Please do not feel you need to buy the most expensive items, you can find what you need on a budget. This is good advice for all…
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite part of cosplaying?
Tracy Hill : I love bringing these characters to life and enjoy bringing happiness to everyone I interact with, kids and adults alike. There really is nothing better than this. Plus, being a part of this much larger, close family. We truly are a family of kindred spirits here, no doubt. This is a wonderful hobby and so much fun to escape from day to day stuff.hopefully, we can return to normal… But safety first!

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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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