This weekend, during RTX, I had the opportunity to sit and chat with Youtuber, Cosplayer, Gamer and Model, Meg Turney. Meg Turney is currently a host on Rooster Teeth’s Youtube channel, The Know, which is based here in Austin. The Know is a news channel which covers gaming, movies, TV, tech and science. Turney was previously a host at Defranco Inc’s SourceFed & SourceFedNERD, both of which are filmed in California.
What made you decide to leave SourceFed and go to The Know?
So I didn’t move directly from SourceFed and swing straight on to The Know. I knew almost a year ago. Phil [Defranco] and I started talking about branching off to do my own channel. I had done a lot of other hosting projects, some of which have yet to see the light of day. I was doing a lot of stuff no one knows about. I was doing Pilots and stuff like that. I was really out of the office a lot and you can only fill out so many time off requests until you think like, “Ok this is not my priority anymore.” So we talked about it and he was very supportive, kind and encouraging with my personal channel and what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go with it. I actually had been trying to work with Rooster Teeth since March of last year and so it just seemed like a logical fit for me. I knew my time at SourceFed was coming to a close. I was just looking for what the next adventure would be and Rooster Teeth seems like a really good fit.
Do you still talk with any of the group from SourceFed? Would there still be a possible collaboration between you and the SourceFed Crew? Maybe Rooster Teeth x Sourcefed collab?
We have talked about collaborations. We talked about them a lot more before the move. I’m sure eventually we will do something. For now we don’t have anything planned. I was suppose to be at Vidcom but unfortunately, I couldn’t make it. As soon as we get in the same room together, I’m sure something will happen.
Are there any other conventions you plan on attending in the next year?
Yes, I will be at San Diego Comic Con. I will be at Fan Expo Toronto, I will be at Anirevo in Vancouver. I will probably be at PAX and possibly PAX Australia. There’s a lot that’s going on. Hopefully Tokyo Game Show. I’m hoping if I keep bringing it up in the office, someone will eventually send me there.
What Cosplay haven’t you done yet that you would like to get to?
There are two that are huge dream projects of mine. They are both from World of Warcraft. One is a Spirit Healer that I have been trying to do since 2010 and Lady Sylvanas, which I added this year to my cosplay lineup. They are both really big and intricate in different ways. The Spirit Healer has giant wings and actually the problem is I have seen a lot of girls do the Spirit Healer but none of them has made the wings big enough. One of the things I like to do when I do cosplay is take a proportion and see how tall I am and see how tall the character is and then fit the costume based on that. So If I was making the Spirit Healer my height then her wings would be over nine feet wide. So it’s going to be BIG. I’m really excited, I would love to do it for Blizzcon, I just don’t know if it will happen on time.
What has been your favorite cosplay so far?
Well whatever I worked on last is my baby. One of the outfits that I felt hasn’t gotten a lot of recognition but I felt that it deserved was Judy from Cowboy Bebop. I was really proud of that costume because I did it so quickly and it defies gravity. I would have to say my favorite is Chun-Li though, because I made it with my grandmother.
Now that you moved back to Austin, do you have any restaurants or bars that are your go-to place?
Absolutely. I haven’t been there since I moved back so i hope it’s still there. See here is the thing, I lived in LA and I moved back and Austin really GREW up and went through puberty. It’s funny because Gavin, my boyfriend, will ask like, “Hey where do you want to go”, and I’m like, “Shit, I don’t know. So much is changed.” Or I will drive by something and be like, “What the hell is that?,” that area used to be trees or nothing but dirt. It’s crazy. There is this tiny little place called Rosie’s Tamale House out in Lake Travis. I went to Lake Travis High School and would go there a lot. That place was the business! I think they had a few restaurants that may have closed but I do know that the O.G. one is still there.”
So what was the photo shoot you mentioned on your Twitter a few weeks back?
It’s The Chive. I will just spoil it for you. I am doing it on Wednesday so I hope your fingers aren’t fast enough. The problem is, I moved back to Texas and I gained five pounds instantly. It’s all the Tex-Mex. I’m excited though. The guys at The Chive are really fun and they don’t take themselves to seriously.
If you could only play one game for the rest of your life, what would it be?
It would be The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past. It has been my favorite game all my life and I am just learning how many ways you can break it and do different stuff. I think I would always be entertained.
That’s a good one, that one and I’d have to say Super Mario World would have to be mine.
Super Mario World is a good one, there are all kind of hidden bits you can do.
On the subject of Zelda Games, I’d have to say, Ocarina of Time is easily my favorite from the Zelda series.
See there is Ocarina of Time people and then there is Link to the Past people and we are in two different camps and we don’t cross no man’s land. It’s a good game, it’s just not as good as Link to the Past.
Since we both went to Texas State, I couldn’t leave a question like this out. What was your favorite class at Texas State?
There is this professor named Margaret Menninger. She was incredible. I took a bunch of different history classes with her, because I was a history major. There was this one class i never got to take that I wish I could just sit in once about ‘Nazi Studies’. I never got to take it, even as a senior when you get priority. It was always full. I could never get it, that’s how popular that class is. So I have secret plans of going back to Texas State now that I am here and sitting into that class, not being a student, just creeping in, just so I can take it. That and, History of the Space Race my senior year, that was so good. Now all the Mass Comm department hates me, because I was also a Mass Comm major and didn’t say a single Mass Comm class. Whoops! Love you England.
I know you are a huge fan of anime, so what’s your favorite anime of all time?
My favorite anime is Sailor Moon. Actually the first episode of the new series premieres today. Cowboy Bebop is a close second. Oh, and Monica Magica is my new favorite. It’s so good. If you know any Mahou Shoujo anime, it basically takes Mahou Shoujo and stomps it and beats it to a bloody pulp and love it. You cry and you love it!
I’d have to say mine for a few years now has been Darker than Black and my recent favorite has to be Attack on Titan.
Ok, can we talk about Attack on Titan for a minute? Did you feel like you fucking know who that girl Titan was immediately?! Oh great, it looks just like her? I wonder who could it be. It just bothers me. Don’t make it so easy, I get who it is. I see her face. Come on, I wanted it to be more of a surprise.
Haha! I knew you were going to mention that part. That annoyed me too.
Sword Art Online is another good one! Do you know what that is?
I have it in my Netflix queue actually. I haven’t watched it yet though.
It’s really good. It’s one season but it’s in two halves. First half, A+. Haven’t watched the 2nd half yet. It has a really cool concept because I played World of Warcraft and it’s basically these people who login to play this game and cannot log out.
Anime nerd time, Done.
This isn’t really a question but I remember a few months ago, you had started the #AskMeg segment on your Youtube channel. I thought it was an amazing idea because it was a great opportunity for you and your fans to reach out to one another. One video I wanted to mention was the video where you talked about breaking into the Youtube world. I thought it was a great idea to give that type of advice for anyone who wants to make videos.
Well the best part of that video is that I said “Please don’t go watch that Texas State broadcast I did.”
…and you know everyone searched it right?
Everyone did. Every comment in that video is a link to the fuckin’ video! But at least it illustrates my point that I am really fuckin’ awkward in that video. It’s a little embarrassing… Actually I shouldn’t be embarrassed about it.
So what’s your schedule like for the rest of the convention? Are there any panels that you are partaking in or looking forward to?
I’m on a panel tomorrow for The Know that I am really excited for. It’s on Sunday at 3pm.
Great. I’ll be there. Thank you for taking the time to chat a bit. I hope you enjoy the rest of your time here at the convention. Go Bobcats!
Thank you so much! Eat ‘em up Cats!