Cosplayer Interview

Cosplayer of the Week: Kat Astrophe

Leo Nocedo : How did you discover cosplaying?
Kat Astrophe : A few of my friends would post pictures of themselves at events. I always loved dressing up in costumes for Halloween. When I found out it was okay to do it year round I jumped on the cosplay train.
Leo Nocedo : What was your first cosplay?
Kat Astrophe : My first actual cosplay for a con was Steampunk Harley Quinn.
Leo Nocedo : What are your next 3 cosplay plans?
Kat Astrophe : Poison Ivy, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Steampunk Ariel
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever been in a cosplay contest?
Kat Astrophe : Once. As a trio. I was Morticia Addams. I was with a Gomez and Wednesday.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer sewing, armor making, or wig working?
Kat Astrophe : Wig working is easiest. I can’t sew, I just glue or pin everything together. I have never made armor.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to do photoshoots at cons or at specific locations?
Kat Astrophe : I like photoshoots any place, but I have only did them at cons.
Leo Nocedo : Is there a type of character you cosplay frequently?
Kat Astrophe : Merida, Harley Quinn, and Rogue from X-Men are my favorite go-to’s.
Leo Nocedo : Do you have any favorite cosplayers?
Kat Astrophe : I love Oh my Sophii! She’s so sweet and cute and I love her cosplays!
Leo Nocedo : What’s the most detailed cosplay you’ve ever done?
Kat Astrophe : My Steampunk Alice in Wonderland. The top of my top hat even had a small tea party going on.
Leo Nocedo : What are your top 3 craftsmanship tips?
Kat Astrophe : You can never use enough glue. Don’t wait until the last minute to put things together. Always do a cosplay test wear before deciding it is done.
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite cosplay you’ve done?
Kat Astrophe : Tinkerbell. The kids love her.
Leo Nocedo : What is your worst cosplay “horror” story?
Kat Astrophe : Bending over in a corset and the boning popping out and stabbing me the rest of the day.
Leo Nocedo : What’s your funniest cosplay story?
Kat Astrophe : I don’t really have one. Other than laughing when I am dressed up as Merida and everyone thinks I am Fiona from Shrek.
Leo Nocedo : What’s the best in-character interaction you’ve ever had?
Kat Astrophe : As Harley Quinn and you come face to face with a Joker or Batman and the Mayhem ensues!
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever cosplayed with a family member?
Kat Astrophe : Yes. My daughter has been the Peter Pan to my Tinkerbell and Katana from Suicide Squad when I am Harley Quinn.
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite cosplay photo of yourself?
It was done by 8bit_fuzion_graphics and I was wearing Mei-Ling from Overwatch.
Leo Nocedo : What are your go-to stores for cosplay materials/full cosplays?
Kat Astrophe : I put my cosplays together from random things in my closet, thrift stores, halloweencostumes.com, walmart.com, etc
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to buy pre-styled wigs or style your own?
Kat Astrophe : I style my own normally.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever had someone mistake you for a different character?
Kat Astrophe : Merida is always mistaken for Fiona.
Leo Nocedo : List all the cosplays you’ve done
Kat Astrophe : Steampunk Harley, Original Harley, Steampunk Alice in Wonderland, Morticia Addams, Princess Merida (Brave)/Casual Merida (Ralph Breaks the Internet), Village Ariel, Snow White, Tinkerbell, Rogue (XMEN)/Steampunk Rogue, Velma, Steampunk Wonder Woman, Jubilee (XMEN), Fiona Warrior Princess, Scarlet Witch (Avengers), Raven (Teen Titans), Beetle Juice (Genderbend), Mei-Ling (Overwatch), Darth Zannah (Star Wars), Cruella DeVil, Black Cat (Spiderman), Bulma (DBZ)
Leo Nocedo : What’s the biggest con you’ve cosplayed at?
Kat Astrophe : Megacon Orlando
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer cosplaying characters with props, or characters that you don’t need to carry a prop around all day?
Kat Astrophe : I like having a prop as then I have something to do with my hands.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever lost a cosplay piece at a con?
Kat Astrophe : Just once. It made me super sad. It is a piece of Mei-Ling’s freeze ray.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever bought a cosplay piece at a con?
Kat Astrophe : Noooo they are always way more pricey at a con!
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to cosplay solo or in a group?
Kat Astrophe : I love group cosplays! They are lots of fun and usually more interactive.
Leo Nocedo : If you had a chance to meet your all-time favorite cosplayer, what would you say to them?
Kat Astrophe : I would just beg them to teach me all the ways!
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever done a cosplay panel?
Kat Astrophe : No.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to buy or make cosplays?
Both.
Leo Nocedo : If you could tell your past self anything about cosplay, what would you say?
Kat Astrophe : Wear it and ignore the haters!
Leo Nocedo : What is your ultimate dream cosplay?
Kat Astrophe : Red Barbarian female character in Diablo. I need to learn how to make armor first though.
Leo Nocedo : What’s the most difficult cosplay you’ve ever done? (Craftsmanship, wearing of, ect)
Kat Astrophe : I try to keep them simple since I am not good at builds. Doing Mei-Ling’s freezer pack to hook up to my ray gun was probably the most difficult to make.
Leo Nocedo : What’s the most difficult character makeup you’ve done?
Kat Astrophe : Fiona Warrior Princess. So much green! I had to do layers as the makeup would try to come off if smudged.
Leo Nocedo : What, in your opinion, makes a cosplayer a “pro” cosplayer?
Kat Astrophe : Knows the in and outs of building armor, sewing, wig manipulation, prop making, and goes all out for their character builds.
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite part of cosplaying?
Kat Astrophe : Seeing my cos family and friends and discussing our latest builds and having fun at con.
Leo Nocedo : What’s your social media info?
Kat Astrophe : IG: Kat_Astrophe_Queen

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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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