Catching up with Ronnie
Make Me A Supermodel Season 1 favorite Ronnie Kroell answers our questions.
Bravotv.com: What did you do right after the show ended? What was the reaction like in your hometown?
After the show ended I went home to Chicago to reunite with my family and friends. When I got home I was blown away by the amount of phone calls, e-mails, and words of support I received from family, friends, and fans from across the nation. I was honored, humbled, and truly amazed by the entire experience. After being back in "reality" for a few weeks I took some time to really evaluate the opportunities that were available to me in Chicago and NYC. It was clear to me that I had to make the move to NYC. In August of 2008 I made the move to pursue my dream of being a supermodel. Since then, I’ve been busy modeling and building up my book, and more recently I’ve been exploring music and acting opportunities.
Bravotv.com: Were you surprised with how closely the Make Me A Supermodel fans connected with you and Ben?
I was happy to see that fans truly connected with the relationship that Ben and I had with each other. Our friendship blossomed and grew enormously throughout the show and our lives are forever changed because of the experience. Ben and I shared a lot with one another and most of all we learned from one another. I am happy that our fans got to come along with us on our journey, even if it was a small glimpse.
Bravotv.com: We obviously have to ask: Now that Ben and his wife live in NYC, do you guys still hang out?
Actually, it is my understanding that Ben and April have moved back to Tennessee in order to allow April the environment that she needs to pursue her music career. She has an incredible voice and I know that she is going to be a star. Ben cares a great deal for April and I know that he would do anything to make her happy — that is just the kind of guy he is. That is why I love him, in a Bronnie way of course.
Bravotv.com: Do you still get called “Bronnie?”
Actually, yes I do still get called Bronnie. It is kind of fun to be part of pop-culture in this way, to be at the foundation of the "Bromance" craze.
Bravotv.com: Have you been watching the new season? Who do you think is standing out? (for better or for worse.)
I have caught a few episodes, but do not have a clear favorite yet. I did attend the launch party of Season 2 to support my friends Nicole Trunfio and Tyson Beckford, both true inspirations in the industry. I do still miss seeing Niki Taylor; she is the epitome of the word supermodel — beauty, style, grace, and heart.
Bravotv.com: If you had any advice for this season’s contestants, what would it be?
The best advice I can offer this season's contestants is not to let reality stardom cloud their judgement of the "real" reality — the show is just the beginning, not the end. It is important to stay just as focused, driven, and motivated after the show as they are on the show if they truly want to make it in the industry.
Bravotv.com: Where can your fans see you next?
I am working on finishing my Chemical Addictions album, reading some movie scripts, modeling, traveling on the speakers circuit, and most importantly they will see me back in school finishing my political science degree. At the heart of my work rests the genuine desire to open lines of communication, inspire others to reach their true potential, and to continue to build bridges between the gay and straight communities.
Bravotv.com: We heard you have gone into music. Please tell!
After the show, Hollywood music producer Justin Jagoda contacted me about starting a singing career. (I guess he really liked “Serenade!”) So, in October I flew to Los Angeles and spent some quality time in the studio co-writing and recording my music. I have two singles out, "Miserable Attraction," and "Taste of Her Sin". Both songs are part of a greater work in progress, an album called Chemical Addictions.