We had the good fortune of connecting with Ronnie Kroell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ronnie, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Without risk, there is no reward! It can be scary to take risks because no one wants to fail, but the truth is … the road to success is paved with trial and error (failure). Those errors don’t define us as people, rather errors provide us with more information/insight on how to succeed on the next attempt. We must all be scientists in life … being curious, asking questions, and being willing to fall down and get back up. If we don’t, we risk always sitting on the side-lines and not realizing our purpose or manifesting our dreams.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
At my core I’m an artist and a humanitarian because I’m always looking for ways to creatively share stories, unique perspectives, and hidden truths. Whether I’m modeling, acting, painting, singing, dancing, or writing my intention is always to challenge the status quo, to elevate our individual/collective consciousness, and break down the illusion of separation.
Society has a way of indoctrinating us so many levels (for better or worse) and purposefully dividing us by gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, socioeconomic status, nationality, but until we start questioning why we will always be under a spell. We are all connected despite all the labels we’ve placed on ourselves and others and slowly but surely we are waking up to that fact.
My journey as an artist hasn’t been an easy one, but is sure has been exciting:
From my days on BRAVO’s “MAKE ME A SUPERMODEL”, shooting the cover of PLAYGIRL, acting in films like SCROOGE & MARLEY, launching FRIEND MOVEMENT, abstract painting and hosting a gallery, struggling to write my book, to just simply speaking my truth online when it’s not always popular — ART IS LIFE, AND LIFE IS ART!
Often times the journey has been lonely, painful, and downright depressing, but it has also been extremely rewarding. I’ve found my true self through art because it has helped me peel back all the facades and people pleasing mechanisms / survival tactics / false doctrines that I had been operating on AND an opportunity to reprogram. I’ve had my successes and my failures, but no regrets because they have molded me into who I am today.
I’m most proud of my ability to survive, to think for myself, and to thrive against all odds — even in the face of trauma, severe bullying, depression, and suicidal thoughts. I’ve found ways to transmute the darker parts/experiences of my life into loving and healing energy for myself and others and truly feel that I’ve only scratched the surface of my calling/higher purpose in this particular incarnation.
I can’t wait to see what I (we) manifest next with our heightened awareness, consciousness, and emotionally intelligent selfs. Humanity is leveling up and I’m grateful to be alive to participate and facilitate the process as an artist. It’s quite magical!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to drum circle at Venice Beach for people watching and soul charging, for a hike at Escondido Falls in Malibu to reconnect with Mother Nature, to Laguna Beach to enjoy some art and good eats, to Universal Studios to enjoy the rides and awaken our inner child, to Lake Shrine to meditate, to Temecula for some wine tasting, to The Getty Center for a picnic and to walk around the gardens, to Santa Monica Pier to ride the Ferris wheel, and to the Griffith Observatory to take in the city and watch a sunset.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate this shout out to my Mom, Charlene. As kids we rarely if ever give credit to our parents where credit is due, but we’re not really supposed to because we haven’t yet experienced enough life to appreciate them or the sacrifices they make for us. My Mom is my biggest fan, my rock, my support system, and most of all she’s my best friend. I’m grateful everyday to have her in my life and feel blessed that she accepts me for all that I am.