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About Infamous Chloe Quinzel
My name is Chloe Napolitano aka Infamous Chloe Quinzel. I’m 18 years old I work as a server at a restaurant in Tampa Florida. I had just graduated from high school and will be attending a make-up school for college.
How did you first get into cosplay?
Always was a big fan of Halloween so when I found out about cons I just had to try them out.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
Both I am actually trying to become an SFX make-up artist and I would love to bring cosplay alongside with it.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them, or a hybrid?
Both I do my best to learn and create my own cosplayers but if I ever need help I will get commissions from others.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
It could be from a few weeks to a few months depending.
What is your favorite cosplay you have done so far?
Suicide Squad Harley.
What has been your most memorable experience as a cosplayer?
Just being able to attend the cons and meet the fantastic people at them.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love them and I would like to do more of them.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Roller derby Harley, masquerade Harley, squad club Harley.
What issues do you see as being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
A lot of people get heat on how they portray the characters they cosplay at times.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Villains of course.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photoshoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Photoshoots and attending the cons are on the top of the list for me.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Joanns is my favorite place to go for materials and getting commissions from other cosplayers is always reliable.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Being able to be comfortable in my own skin and not let the heat from others get to me.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
To just be yourself.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Don’t be afraid to be you.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
It has become a lot more excepting of a lot of things as well as gotten well known over the years.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Jinx from League of Legends.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
I try to buy a lot of the materials with time in between so I’m not dropping a lot of money at once but I’ll try to keep it around $500.
What does cosplay mean to you?
A way to express my true self.
How do you see the cosplay community 10 years from now?
I can see it becoming even bigger than it is now.
What is your favorite con to attend?
Tampa Bay Comicon will always be my favorite but Mega-Con Orlando is close to it.
Is there another cosplayer who inspires you or is your role model?
Do you consider yourself an inspiration to other cosplayers?
I try to be I would be very honored if I were.
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
For me it is as simple as asking for a photo It’s one of my favorite things about cons as long as you’re just respectful to the cosplayer.
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
How dedicated I am to each one of my cosplayers.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
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