Cosplayer Interview

Cosplayer of the Week: Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez

Leo Nocedo : How did you discover cosplaying?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : I always knew cosplay was around since I was 16 years old I start doing cosplay at 26 years old last year on Halloween
Leo Nocedo : What was your first cosplay?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : My first cosplay was Kitana from mortal kombat I made it I learned a lot from hot gluing to sowing
Leo Nocedo : What are your next 3 cosplay plans?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez :My next Cosplays Are Reptile from Mk Ermac From Mk & A Redo of Princess Kitana from mk
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever been in a cosplay contest?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : Yes I have my first one was Central Florida Comic Con I won Judge’s Favorite Choice.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer sewing, armor making, or wig working?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : I prefer Sewing 😌
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to do photoshoots at cons or at specific locations?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : Photo shoots at cons are the best because of the hype and good vibes.
Leo Nocedo : Is there a type of character you cosplay frequently?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : Lord Raiden From mk is my signature cosplay .
Leo Nocedo : Do you have any favorite cosplayers?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : Deku, Bakugou, & Todoroki from My Hero Academia
Leo Nocedo : What’s the most detailed cosplay you’ve ever done?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : Lord Raiden from mortal kombat because of the lightvi had to add on.
Leo Nocedo :What are your top 3 craftsmanship tips?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : 1.Dollar Tree Is Your friend for wire lights to to you cosplays. 2.sew is always best instead of glue fabrics. 3.Always have an emergency sewing kit & prop kit on hand to take at every con it helps a lot.
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite cosplay you’ve done?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : LORD RAIDEN FROM MORTAL KOMBAT
Leo Nocedo :What is your worst cosplay “horror” story?
Being stalked by some random guy..
Leo Nocedo : What’s your funniest cosplay story?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : Meeting this amazing cosplayer I literally thought she was a guy like that’s how amazing her cosplay is!! I had a picture of who was going to the next round for the cosplay contest , I tell you when she walked up to me and ask me to see the picture so she could see if she passed could look for her number she had the, when she spoke she has Sweetest voice !!! , I asked for a picture with her and her Instagram and in the moment I thought I pressed search to it could automatically save in the search bar. But when I go to find her I didn’t save it!!! I felt so clumsy, But that same day she tagged me on a post on Instagram and she found me !! And I messaged her to tell her how greatful I was she found me because I was so bummed I forgot to save it my clumsy self . And it comes to show how something funny turns out into an amazing friendship her Instagram is mission_squash_cosplay she is an amazing cosplyer
Leo Nocedo : What’s the best in-character interaction you’ve ever had?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : The Best interaction I had was meeting a pro cosplayer he cosplayed Kano from mk 2021 and I was scorpion
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever cosplayed with a family member?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : My son 💙 16: What is your favorite cosplay photo of yourself?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : Me lifting my staff over my head and standing on one foot
Leo Nocedo : What are your go-to stores for cosplay materials/full cosplays?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, dollar tree, Walmart, joann’s , and thrift stores.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to buy pre-styled wigs or style your own? Style my own.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever had someone mistake you for a different character?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : Yes
Leo Nocedo : List all the cosplays you’ve done.
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : Lord Raiden, kitana, scorpion from mk, Tanjiro, nezuko, Obanai Iguro, and smoke From mk.
Leo Nocedo :What’s the biggest con you’ve cosplayed at?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : MegaCon
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer cosplaying characters with props, or characters that you don’t need to carry a prop around all day?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : With props it bring out the inner cosplayer in you.
Leo Nocedo :Have you ever lost a cosplay piece at a con?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : No thank goodness.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever bought a cosplay piece at a con?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : Yes my tanjiro kitana.
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to cosplay solo or in a group?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : Both.
Leo Nocedo :If you had a chance to meet your all-time favorite cosplayer, what would you say to them?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : Oh man this is tough, what is you number one advice you would give me to always keep in mind?
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever done a cosplay panel?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : No I want to tho.!
Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to buy or make cosplays?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : Both , because when I buy cosplays I still do Modifications On them and add and sow them .
Leo Nocedo : If you could tell your past self anything about cosplay, what would you say?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : You should of started sooner.!
Leo Nocedo : What is your ultimate dream cosplay?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : My dream cosplay… I have yet to know ! But I would choose some from Lore Olympus, persephone!
Leo Nocedo :What’s the most difficult cosplay you’ve ever done? (Craftsmanship, wearing of, ect)
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : man I would have to say making the sash for lord raiden and the other vest for my scorpion and smoke From mk.
Leo Nocedo :What’s the most difficult character makeup you’ve done?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez :So far I keep it very simple and mostly on the eyes.
Leo Nocedo : What, in your opinion, makes a cosplayer a “pro” cosplayer? What makes a pro-cosplayer is their humbleness, the way they spot you out from a distance and walk towards you to admire your cosplay.
Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite part of cosplaying?
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : Meeting new friends greeting them and making videos.
Leo Nocedo : Make up your own question!
Layla Ali Zamora Rodriguez : Who Are 5 Top Cosplayers That You Met That Inspired You.

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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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