ILSN: Tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Vanessa de Galicia but I go by fruitcake online. I started cosplaying around 2005 but stopped for a couple years after I got back surgery for scoliosis. I started cosplaying again in 2009.Since then I’ve been cosplaying a wide range of characters and I continue to challenge myself with new projects. I usually cosplay video game characters because I love video games and its easy for me to enjoy the stories and characters when I play. ILSN: What is the craziest story you could tell us?
I don’t really have a crazy story but I do have some awesome experiences from cosplay. Last year at anime expo when I cosplayed Frost Queen Janna from League of Legends, my friends and I were stopped by a group of Riot employees and players. It was a super fan-girling moment especially when they said the loved our costumes. Its really a dream come true for cosplayers to be admired for their work by the people who made the game/anime. ILSN: Do you have any projects coming up?
I do! 😀 I’m actually working on several cosplays for my husband and myself. They are going to be secret projects for now but lets just say I am going to cosplay some of my dream cosplays so I am very excited to start on these soon. They wont be done till next year however. XD ILSN: Tell us about your website? ?
Xxfruitcakexx: I have many websites where you can find my work. I usually update my facebook page the most and I have all my pictures there as well as links to all my social media. I have a website (link provided on fb page) but I don’t update at the moment and I am working on improving it as well. I have an instagram, twitter, tumblr, storeevnvy, and cure. (all provided on the fb page.)
ILSN: How did you get into doing cosplay costumes?
I attended my first con in 2005. It was a small con in Las Vegas so it was nothing like how big cons are today. Even though, I saw many people in costume and many were my favorite characters. They were having so much fun and were getting lots of people to smile and laugh so I decided I wanted to do that as well. I always tell people my being a con goer and being a cosplayer are two different experiences at cons and I fully enjoy being a cosplayer. ILSN: What inspires you when you choose characters?
Xxfruitcakexx: I am a huge gamer! I found it very easy for me to connect with video games characters because you have to play them. I find characters that I absolutely love. They can range from similar looks and personality as me or be totally opposite. I enjoy characters who are nothing like how I am because then I get to transform myself and be someone else for a while. Whether the character has a simple costume or an elaborate one, I enjoy bringing the potential out for each of my costumes.
ILSN: Marvel vs DC vs Anime?
DC! 😀 I’m a huge batman fan! My favorite character is Cat Woman hands down! Her personality and outlook on life is one we wish we all had. lol No cares and just doing stuff for ourselves, but occasionally she helps batman out. ILSN: What was your childhood like growing up?
Xxfruitcakexx: Awesome! haha I am the eldest of three sisters. My sisters and I are easily compared too the power puff girls. I’m definitely like blossom, my middle sister, absolutely like bubbles, and my youngest sister is a buttercup. haha My sisters and I have always been close. We were very outgoing and hyper. We got into so much trouble when we were young I wonder why my mom never threw us out. lol Just kidding. My parenst used to be against cosplay but I took them to Anime Expo one year and they loved it. I have a strong supportive family and I know without them I wouldn’t have accomplished as much as I have.
ILSN: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Xxfruitcakexx: Almost thirty and still dressing up. haha maybe. I see myself with my own family and I hope my children enjoy cosplay, anime, and videogames as much as I do. If not, i will support them in all they do and want to become.
ILSN: What is the most interesting experience you have ever had at a CON?
Xxfruitcakexx: Every time I’m at a con there is always an interesting experience haha Especially when I am wearing one of my bigger less mobile cosplays it’s always an interesting experience. If I have a huge prop or wings, its interesting site watching me shimmy through crowds trying not to hit, but end up hitting, innocent bystanders. lol The experiences that I will never forget are when people come up to me and tell me that i have brought their favorite character o life. That always puts a smile on my face because I’ve put a smile on theirs.
ILSN: What do you do to inspire yourself?
There are many things that inspire me. The drive from myself to want to cosplay my favorite characters as well as the motivation from my friends and family. Also people who comment, good or bad, really motivate me to want to keep going. There are many things/people out there, not just in cosplay but everyday life, that want to prevent you or put you down. It’s finding the people who support you and love you that really drive you to do your best, of course in the end, your cosplaying for yourself and not for anyone else. ILSN: What do you like to do for fun?
VIDEOGAMES! I grew up with videogames and will probably die with either a laptop on my lap or a controller in my hand haha I also enjoy singing and karaoke with friends. I was in choir since elementary and singing has always been a passion of mine.I also like to be outdoors and do stuff like hiking, fishing, and sports. ILSN: What kind of music do you like?
Xxfruitcakexx: All Kinds! Growing up I listened to country, rock, rap, pop, everything!! Iv learned to appreciate music not by the genre but by the beat, lyrics, and singing. I do dislike nicky minaj though… her rapping sounds like me at 8 yo when I tried to act cool to my cousins and pretended I could rap. lol
ILSN: What kind of nerd are you?
Xxfruitcakexx: I guess i’m an all around nerd. lol I watch some anime, I play video games, I collect comics, I like movies and t.v. shows. I love what I love.
ILSN: Is there anything you are promoting right now?
I do have a storeenvy that is closed at the moment since I moved and will be moving again soon. I hope to open it again next year when I settle down. ILSN: What is the nerdiest thing you have done?
I literally almost forgot my name when I met some of my Cosplay Idols at cons. I become forgetful and cant remember how to hold a conversation when I meet people I admire. Oddly enough, a lot of the people I admire, and still admire, I’ve become really good friends with. Does that count as nerdy or just fan girling lol ILSN: Do people ever recognize you when you go out?
Xxfruitcakexx: I’ve had it happen to me a few times when I lived in Las Vegas. Vegas anime community is not as big so many people know each other. I used to work at a mall on the strip and all my encounters happen there haha.
ILSN: What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?
Xxfruitcakexx: A figurine. A little girl gave it to me for being one of her favorite characters and I still have it. I really cherish it.
ILSN: What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?
Hottest as in temperature or sexy? lol Temperature hot would have to be M.E.F.E. from black rock shooter. I have so much stuff on me and it wasn’t the most comfortable haha. The sexiest cosplay would have to be my Ame Comi cat woman costume. Its very revealing a leather haha ILSN: Favorite food?
Xxfruitcakexx: Spicy food! Seafood is also my all time favorite! I could eat seafood all day though I know it wouldn’t be healthy.
ILSN: Favorite Movies?
Xxfruitcakexx: Beauty and the Beast, Ghost, Star Wars, and I like watching horror movies!
ILSN: Favorite Video Games?
Xxfruitcakexx: OMG SO MANY!! Super Smash bro games, The Tales series, League of Legends, Final Fantasy Games, Resident Evil games… etc.
ILSN: Also give me a bio, any videos, links you want me to promote such as up coming events.
Xxfruitcakexx: I will be attending San Japan Con in San Antonio! That is my next convention where you can catch me at 😀
ILSN: Any final thoughts or words?
Xxfruitcakexx: I encourage people to get into cosplay. Its a great experience and you learn so much about yourself and those around you. If not cosplay, loving to do something so much and having the passion is a great way to express yourself and no matter what anyone says, you love what you love and you do it for you.