Interview

April Hunter – Storyteller, Cosplayer, Author, Model, Artist & Pro Wrestler

April Hunter  is an American retired professional wrestler, professional wrestling valet   ,a marital artist , actress, writer, fitness model and glamour model. She has appeared in publications including MuscleMag International and Playboy and has her own comic book series titled Code Red.  Also author and podcaster. https://www.amazon.com/Monty-Tale-No-Tail-Kay/dp/1940761441

World Championship Wrestling (1999–2000)

In 1999, after Hunter appeared in Playboy magazine, she was hired by World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Along with four other models (Tylene Buck, Kim Kanner (Shikira), Midajah and Pamela Paulshock), she accompanied members of the New World Order (nWo) to ringside for their matches.

Independent circuit (2001–2002)

Hunter trained to become a professional wrestler with Killer Kowalski in Boston.She was the only woman in the class and soon began working on the independent circuit and overseas.

NWA Total Nonstop Action (2002, 2003)

On August 28, 2002, Hunter appeared for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). She was introduced (and defeated) by then-Miss TNA Bruce as part of his Miss TNA Challenge.She returned for several other appearances in TNA, including matches against DesireEric Watts and R. J. Brewer.

Independent circuit (2002–2009)

Hunter formed a tag team with fellow Kowalski graduate Nikki Roxx in World Xtreme Wrestling; the pair were known as The Killer Babes.[4] She then worked as the manager for Slyck Wagner Brown. Together they held both Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling‘s 3PW Tag Team Championship and Jersey All Pro Wrestling‘s JAPW Tag Team Championship. Hunter was the first woman in pro wrestling history to hold the (male) tag team title.[
Leo Nocedo : How did you discover cosplaying?
April Hunter : With Underroos. I think I’ve been doing it my entire life. I called it “dressing in costume” before it was called cosplay.
Leo Nocedo :
What was your first cosplay?
April Hunter : Lara Croft. My last was Keyleth.
Leo Nocedo : 
What are your next 3 cosplay plans?
April Hunter : Depends on what the fans send or encourage.
Leo Nocedo :
Have you ever been in a cosplay contest?
April Hunter : No, but I’m a cosplay judge.
Leo Leo Nocedo :
: Do you prefer to do photoshoots at cons or at specific locations?
April Hunter :   I like both.
Leo Nocedo :  Is there a type of character you cosplay frequently?
April Hunter : Jessica Rabbit or any type of Viking/warrior, like Red Sonja.
 Leo Nocedo : What’s the most detailed cosplay you’ve ever done?
April Hunter : Poison Ivy. It was miserable, but looked badass.                                                                                                                                               
Leo Nocedo : What are your top 3 craftsmanship tips?
April Hunter : I don’t know if they’re craftsmanship tips, but always carry a spare pair of shoes, some glue, black duct tape and a couple safety pins with you!
 Leo Nocedo :  What is your favorite cosplay you’ve done?
April Hunter : Lady Punisher                                                                                                                                                                                               
 Leo Nocedo :  What is your worst cosplay “horror” story?
April Hunter : Uh…the time I was in a sexy catsuit that had a hidden zipper .
 Leo Nocedo : What’s your funniest cosplay story?
April Hunter : The time a toddler reached over and grabbed my boob as “Red Sonja” was posing with him at Wizard World. That became a “Bravery…just reach out and grab it” meme that went viral.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
 Leo Nocedo : What’s the best in-character interaction you’ve ever had?
April Hunter : Stormtroopers photobombing my photo ops. You wouldn’t think they’d have such decent aim but they managed.
 Leo Nocedo :  What is your favorite cosplay photo of yourself?
April Hunter :I have worked with so many amazing photographers, it’s hard to say. I am partial to Thundra, but I love my Viking photos, too.   
 Leo Nocedo :  What are your go-to stores for cosplay materials/full cosplays?
April Hunter : Etsy.
 Leo Nocedo : Do you prefer to buy pre-styled wigs or style your own?
April Hunter :I generally don’t wear wigs…I mostly stick to redheaded characters. Thankfully, there’s a plethora of fantastic gingers to choose from. But I live in FL and it’s hot. Cosplay in general is very warm with the boots, gloves, unbreathable materials. A wig would be miserable.
 Leo Nocedo :  Have you ever had someone mistake you for a different character?
April Hunter :Yes. Sometimes people think Thundra is Flash.
 Leo Nocedo :  List all the cosplays you’ve done.
April Hunter :OMG. LOL. Just…every redheaded character for the most part except Scarlet Witch, Starfire, Madusa and a few others.
 Leo Nocedo :  Do you prefer cosplaying characters with props, or characters that you don’t need to carry a prop around all day?

April Hunter :Anything with a weapon works for me.
 Leo Nocedo : Have you ever lost a cosplay piece at a con?
April Hunter :Thankfully, no. But I’ve ripped and broken them.
 Leo Nocedo : Have you ever bought a cosplay piece at a con?
April Hunter :No, but I have at Ren Faires.
 Leo Nocedo :  Do you prefer to cosplay solo or in a group?
April Hunter :Either. Duos are fun.
Leo Nocedo : Have you ever done a cosplay panel?
April Hunter : Yes, at MegaCon.
Leo Nocedo :Do you prefer to buy or make cosplays?
April Hunter : Buy the main part…and then make or put together the rest.
 Leo Nocedo :  If you could tell your past self anything about cosplay, what would you say?
April Hunter :“They’re going to call dressing up something weird in the future…it’s from Japan. ‘Cosplay’. Yeah. Really. Maybe come up with a better name and get it out there ahead of time, ok?”
 Leo Nocedo :  What is your ultimate dream cosplay?
April Hunter : I’ve been wanting to do Starfire for a long time.
 Leo Nocedo : What’s the most difficult cosplay you’ve ever done? (Craftsmanship, wearing of, ect)
April Hunter :  A Day of the Dead Mermaid.

 Leo Nocedo :  What’s the most difficult character makeup you’ve done?
April Hunter : She Hulk. I got the wrong green base and it was layer after layer that just wasn’t covering or blending right.

Leo Nocedo : What, in your opinion, makes a cosplayer a “pro” cosplayer?
April Hunter :The same thing that makes an athlete a pro: Getting paid to do it.
 Leo Nocedo : What is your favorite part of cosplaying?
April Hunter : It’s just fun. 
Leo Nocedo : Have you cosplayed with your pet?
April Hunter :Yes. Yes, I have. It turned out fabulous.                                                                                                                              

 

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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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