Halloween Edition: Talking Cosplay with Wreck-it Ronnie
Screams everyone! Welcome back as my Halloween-themed interviews continue to possess and terrorize the souls who are forever cursed to walk this earth. Here now we have a lovely cosplayer whose beauty and creativity come together to bring this treasure trove oasis from the City of Lights, Wreck-it Ronnie Cosplay. A lover of sun and endless blackjack tables, she is never short on cosplay wear and imaginative conversation through her social media Youtube channel.
Children of the night, please give a howling bloody-warm welcome to my next exclusive interview with the enchanting but never a fantasy, the brilliance of Las Vegas, cosplayer Wreck-it Ronnie Cosplay.
Raven: Welcome Wreck-It Ronnie. It is a pleasure to finally meet. Thank you so much for doing this interview.
Ronnie: Thank you for having me on this Special-Edition Halloween interview. I feel so. “Hauntingly Excited,” to do this!
Raven: Well, it’s a Treat we can all share. Oh, and by the way, BOO! Just Kidding (jk).
As you may know before I begin to ask you my list of questions, I offer some words of advice, a ballad of encouragement when you find yourself at crossroads during your career, and in today’s world we all need inspirational words to make it through this. So here goes, “The trick is not to let people know how really weird you are until it’s too late for them to back out!”
And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for, tell our readers all about yourself.
Ronnie: Hello! My name is Ronnie :) I am a cosplayer of 13 years and a nerd since birth. I have lots of experience in sewing, prop and armor building, wig creating and styling, modeling and photography, photo manipulation and composite creating, makeup and special effects, and acting (who would have guessed I was a theater kid).
I am Black-American, from Ohio but currently in the beautiful town of Las Vegas. My eyes and hair are both currently brown. I do not have any tattoos yet but I plan on getting some big, bright guro kawaii pieces as soon as I have the extra cash and find an artist I want to do it.
Raven: What can Trick O’Treaters expect to receive while knocking on the door of Ronnie?
Ronnie: Mostly tricks. If a trick or treat happened this year I love getting horrifying decorations and pretending to be a prop that runs after kids once they get candy. I used to do it all the time and it’s hilarious (Obviously only if the kid isn’t too little so they can laugh it off).
Raven: I can speak for all, hoping to see those artistic tattoos, but what about any piercing?
Ronnie: I used to have my ears gauged to 00 (but I’ve let them close up quite a bit although they’re still pretty stretched compared to a 14/16g); My ear double piercing and nose piercing have also since closed, but I do have my septum, belly button, and nipples pierced still!~
Raven: Inquiring minds want to know. Does Wreck-it Ronnie have any secret talents?
Ronnie: I wouldn’t say there are many talents I keep a secret: I’m an Aries sun Leo rising so if I have anything cool AT ALL I will not shut up about it ever lol. Uhmm. I can tie a cherry stem in my mouth if that counts? Lol. I can also hold my breath for (what I think is) an impressively long time.
Raven: See. Now there’s a talent we can all appreciate during this COVID 2020 season, Breathe Holding!
How tall are you and are you a pet lover?
Ronnie: I am 5’6”, right-handed, and have a 9-year-old boxer named Rufus who I would die for. I also work at a pet hospital so it kinda comes with the territory. In my life, I have had 4 dogs, 6 cats, 5 birds, a hairless rat, 2 hamsters, a field mouse that I found, and tried to keep for a week before my mom found it, and 2 frogs.
Raven: Dear Lord! You owned your very own circus. Did you name it, Ringling Ronnie Circus!?
I hope I will never see your reaction to this, but what’s Your Biggest Pet Peeve?
Ronnie: My biggest pet peeve is people who chew with their mouth open lol I hate it so much.
Raven: If the Chucky Doll was real, who would you send it as a gag gift?
Ronnie: Trump definitely–do your work little buddy.
Raven: Does your astrological sign reflect your personality?
Ronnie: I am an Aries sun, Taurus Moon, and Leo rising (so I’m vain and stubborn LOL)
Raven: How many states have you lived in and what’s your favorite state so far?
Ronnie: I have lived in 3 states and so far Nevada is doing it for me. I hate the cold and I belong in the desert.
Raven: Do you speak or write any other languages that you know of?
Ronnie: I am monolingual unfortunately but I took Spanish in school for like 4 years.
Raven: Is there a “Deep, Dark Secret,” you are willing to confess with us now?
Ronnie: A deep dark secret hmm. I don’t like cheesecake, please don’t hate me for it LOL.
Raven: If Ronnie owned a Time Traveling Machine, what US. History would she change?
Ronnie: All I’m saying is America would still belong to the natives.
Raven: To have this on record, can we dispel any myths or legends about the women from the Midwest?
Ronnie: There’s not much to dispel, we’re all chain-smoking psychopaths (jk).
Raven: I knew it!
Raven: What makes you happy?
Ronnie: A good meme is always a serotonin source for me, but I have a bit of a problem with retail therapy as well so buying things makes me happy.
Raven: How does Ronnie keep her energy levels up while you’re being creative?
Ronnie: I have a hard time keeping my energy up so I drink a lot of energy drinks but the focus is born from ADHD and hyper fixation. But that’s a double-edged sword because if I get fixated on something else I’ll drop a project almost entirely.
Raven: Oh my, I feel for you. You should see the many unfinished Netflix shows I’ve saved.
What’s your favorite Comic, Anime, Manga, graphic novel book you read or watch?
Ronnie: My top anime in no particular order: Kill la Kill, Naruto, Hunter X Hunter, Devilman Crybaby, and Promare (which is a movie but still counts).
I also really enjoy Square Enix games and a lot of the Mario franchise (I prefer platform games to fps) Horizon Zero Dawn and Uncharted are a couple of other titles I adored.~
Raven: What Halloween costume still scares you today?
Ronnie: I don’t think there is one specific, maybe the pig mask from SAW. I’m a huge horror fan so I don’t scare super easy.
Raven: Living out there in the desert, a camera is as necessary as sunscreen when facing those Alien encounters. What camera equipment do you use for personal/photoshoot sessions?
Ronnie: My camera used to mostly be my Canon T3i but smartphone cameras are so intuitive these days that I prefer to just shoot with that instead when I’m just shooting for myself.
Raven: If your life could be the life of an animation character, who would it be?
Ronnie: Like if I could live in any world or be any character? If I could be any character I would be Miruko from My Hero Academia so I could be a kick-ass brown bunny girl. But if I had to pick a universe to live in I’d say maybe the Sanrio Universe because nothing bad ever happens there lol.
Raven: Wait a minute. There are Brown Kick-Ass Bunny girls?
Cosplayers own a host of wigs to portray a character. What’s number of Wigs do you own?
Ronnie: Currently I own 30ish wigs?? And maybe around 20 or so cosplays. I cycle through both a lot. I’ve probably owned over 100 each easily though.
Raven: I’m almost positive that having a Walk-in Closet is a mandatory requirement for a cosplayer?
Ronnie: I do not have a walk-in closet. I wish I did.
Raven: If Wreck-it Ronnie was on a Killing Spree, what music would be playing to keep it fun and loose?
Ronnie: Oh, definitely a Tiny Tim soundtrack. Or maybe City Girls just to keep it fresh. [chop off some heads, ‘Period!’]
Raven: As a young beautiful woman, what Nerdy or Geeky thing you love to do?
Ronnie: I love to read manga, watch anime, I play DnD, and go to ren faires. I play and stream video games, I cosplay and go to conventions and do panels on stuff, the works!
Raven: Were you a shy or outgoing young girl growing up?
Raven: You know so much about personality traits, I feel you are talking to my soul!
What got you into cosplaying?
Ronnie: I got into cosplaying from enjoying Naruto and spending hours going through google image results for it. I’d see cosplayers doing it back in the early 2000s and I wanted to try it too and eventually I made friends that wanted to do it with me!
Raven: Did you love to dress up?
Ronnie: I’ve always been into dress up but I didn’t care about fashion at all until college.
Raven: What’s cosplay outfit is your favorite?
Ronnie: My favorite cosplays to wear are the really big intricate builds that impress folks, but there’s a similar yet different kind of love for cozy cosplays that you can party and trek the con in.
Raven: During a Zombie infestation, you managed to access a car dealership, what sort of car would you use to escape from them?
Ronnie: Maybe a Prius? Something with hella mileage and pickup because running out of gas is like the number one zombie trope and I would hate to fall into it.
Raven: I’ve noticed that all of your photos are fantasy characters. Is that your favorite? Have you ever done or will do, Gothic, Dark, or something else?
Ronnie: I kind of makeup OCs and do a lot of fashion looks. Most all characters are fantasy unless they were a real person, I haven’t ever cosplayed a real person although I probably could? I guess there hasn’t been a real person I wanted to dress as I suppose.
I have done gothic and dark looks in the past but I very obviously prefer pink and pastel color palettes now. If you can believe it, I had a whole emo/scene phase in which I wore almost exclusively black and hated pink, LOL.
Raven: I like pink very much, Lois (from Superman, the movie).
Raven: Which is sexy to go to a Halloween party, a female Werewolf, or a female Vampire?
Ronnie: Yes. Both. I can’t choose. I wasn’t even Team Jacob or Team Edward in middle school. I was Team they should kiss each other instead.
Raven: Do the characters you select are a reflection of your personality or Is it the personality of the characters you want to become?
Ronnie: I do tend to pick characters to cosplay for one of 3 reasons: 1. We-vibe on a personality level, like I see myself in them. 2. I just really like the design, sometimes I won’t even watch/play/read the source material, I’ll just like character design and want to make it, or 3. I have a friend(s) cosplaying from a series and I want to join in and get/make the costume to join since I love group cosplays.
Raven: What sort of makeup style do you use when cosplay?
Ronnie: I do lots of different kinds of makeup from glamour to horror but I’d say I do mostly glamour because it’s a lot of fun and less messy usually.
Raven: Should cosplayers select characters that best compliments their body type (Skinny Large, or In-between) or just go with the flow?
Ronnie: Cosplayers should cosplay whoever they want as long as they are doing it respectfully and not painting/editing themselves to look like other races (e.g. race facing).
Raven: What sort of cosplay outfit would Ronnie wear during an Alien Invasion in Las Vegas?
Ronnie: I did an “area 51” group last year at Dragoncon with some friends, so probably that, a holographic bodysuit and my pink demoniacs!
Raven: Since the Pandemic, what do you miss the most about cosplaying?
Ronnie: I still cosplay even in the pandemic, but I do miss going to conventions with friends and getting tipsy in hotel lobbies in costume!
Raven: I’ve noticed you’re into Memes? What exactly is that?
Ronnie: Memes are shared humor across the internet. Usually inside jokes to an extent but often just jokes in their own right. I always appreciate a good joke.
Raven: Is taking photos of my toes a Meme?
When Ronnie has time to chill, what does she enjoys doing? Do you have any special projects or outfits in the works right now fans expect to see soon?
Ronnie: I started an OnlyFans and started trying to wane down my work hours to accommodate building that, I have fallen back in love with just zhuzhing up more in general.
Raven: If you have a chance to become a mutated Hero or villain, who would you become?
Ronnie: Does Miruko still count for this one? Because yes. If not, Squirrel Girl has a pretty sweet power.
Raven: How has your lifestyle changed since moving to Las Vegas?
Ronnie: I have had to adjust to a 3 hour time zone difference between myself and most of my family/friends and adjust from having 4 seasons to like, 1 and a half (also the extreme heat is no joke but NGL I love it.)
Raven: What are the positives/negatives?
Ronnie: Positives: It’s warm, there’s lots to do and lots of opportunities, it’s beautiful. Cons: I miss a lot of my friends back home, that’s mostly it.
Raven: How comfortable are you when you video blogging yourself to the public?
Ronnie: I have always been public to some degree I had AIM and Yahoo! Chat since I was maybe 6 and started making YouTube videos as soon as the platform launched so I’m super comfortable with crowds. I’m way more nervous in one on one interactions. I was a theater kid! We have no fear!
Raven: If Ronnie was asked to stay the night at a haunted house till morning, what sort of incentive would she demand after the ordeal?
Ronnie: Ronnie would not. Ronnie is too black for that, LOL.
Raven: When not doing a photoshoot, what photos do you take with your camera?
Ronnie: 90% of my camera roll is me I’m not even gonna front. I do save a large number of memes and take pictures of cute pets at work as well though!
Raven: So since coming out to Las Vegas, you became your own Paparazzi? Well, goodnight everyone!
When Ronnie has time to chill, what does she enjoy doing?
Ronnie: I enjoy watching tv, playing video games, and napping~
Raven: Do you have any special projects or outfits in the works right now fans expect to see shortly?
Ronnie: I am currently working on a collaboration with Blerdcon and Afropunk for Planet Afropunk on the weekend of October 23rd, I am working on a collab with Lagoon Out Photography as well as an Onyx the Fortuitous/Bowser the Director (of whom I’ve made a couple of video collabs with already on his YouTube if you want to check them out!)
Raven: If a Witch Book of spells were made available for you, what spell would you use?
Ronnie: I have had one available to me before and I refused to mess with it because I didn’t wanna play around and hex myself and that decision stands.
Raven: Any advice you want to give to those inspiring bloggers or cosplayers out there?
Ronnie: To newbies, I say make sure to get a planner and write down what you want to get accomplished related to blogging/cosplaying each day/week and you’ll be there in no time if you stick to it.
Youtube is now the holy grail of tutorials for anything you’d want to make, and promote, promote, promote!
Raven: Yes! That’s what she said, Promote yo Stuff!
And the most important question to this entire interview, Can I get a hug?
Ronnie: Take this big ol’ snuggle~ xoxo
Raven: That’s it! Thank you so much Wreck-it Ronnie for sharing just a piece of a very beautiful world you live in. It’s in Tha Books!
Ronnie: Thank you Raven for having me do this interview. Happy Halloween Everyone!
Raven: If I could ask one more question and ask where can anyone find more of Wreck-it Ronnie on the internet?
Ronnie: Sure thing! You can find more of my treats at these following websites: My Linktr.ee