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November 18, 2021 22 min read
Benji’s plant journey started with helping his dad in the garden where he grew a lot of veggies and fruits. As he grew older, he started having a few houseplants of his own. He majored in environmental studies at the University of California Santa Cruz. Now he’s living in Los Angeles, California where he does content creation on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube full time.
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Hey plant fam, welcome to Wine Down The Week with Angie, I'm your host Angie - and owner Steel City Plant Company here in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This podcast is brought to you by Soltech Solutions. Today we chat with Benjamin Le - Benji's plant journey started by helping his dad in the garden where he grew a lot of veggies and fruits. As he grew older, he started having a few houseplants of his own. He majored in environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Now he's living in Los Angeles, California, where he does content creation on Tik Tok, Instagram and YouTube full time. Welcome, Benji - we're so excited to have you!
Hello! Hi Angie.
Okay, so we were chatting for a bit off screen before we got started, and this is your first time on a podcast?
Yes! And I've always wanted to be on one.
So honored to be your first. Thank you for being with us today. I'm a huge, huge fan of your content - all the amazing videos and photos that you create! And, just tell us a little bit about that first... and how you got into content creation. How long has that been going on?
So I started creating content mostly... well, I started my plant Instagram in August of last year. Just for fun, like... Oh, I saw people were doing it - so let me post my plants too! And then that was just like something that I did! Like shared some pictures, and my family and my friends followed me and like... they didn't give a.... they didn't care! They were just supporting me, like: "oh, like that's cute". And in November, my friend was telling me: "You should do like a tik tok or something!" I did not use tik tok whatsoever. And he was like: "people would enjoy what you're doing". And I was like:... "well, they would!"...like I think that they would enjoy what I'm doing, I just don't know how to film it or anything. And then I just made a tik tok! But like my first tik tok.... I made it and then nothing really happened for a day. And I got like three comments. And they were all from like these 10 year olds. And I was like: "why?" Like - why am I showing up on these 10-year-olds algorithms? And then the next day, it kind of blew up and got a bunch of views. I think it was like a million views or something? And then I got so overwhelmed! I was like: "I can't do this, too many people are seeing my face.." and like my friends are like: "Oh my god, I saw you on tiktok!.. and I was like - I can't do this anymore! So I was like really considering just... stopping. I was like: "I don't know if I can handle this. Should I just delete everything? This is too much for me"! And then I started getting more followers on Instagram and stuff! And then, you know, I kind of got over that major anxiety. Because I feel like once you're on the internet...you're on the internet.... forever. And that was just really scary for me to put myself out there where so many people can just - watch me? You know, like people from school and things like that...
And then I just kind of kept going with it. And then I found like my style, I feel like through that? And yeah! A year later, now I'm here on this podcast! So!
Amazing. well thank you again for being here. We can't wait to dive more into all of that! But before that, what are you drinking today?
I actually don't know. haha!
I love it.
It's... it's a sparkling? It's a sparkling wine. I just grabbed this like 20 minutes ago, I went into my fridge, and I was just looking through my housemates wines. And it's like a sparkling white wine.... I don't know what kind. But yeah, I was like: "Can I... can I take this? For a podcast?" and he was like: "what do you mean?" And I was like: "....Nothing, I'll explain it later", because I haven't told them about it yet.
Well, it looks very refreshing! I am drinking Delicious, Sweet Red from Blue Ridge Winery. So very excited to have them as our sponsor today! So big thank you to Randy over at Blue Ridge. This is absolutely delicious! I love love, love red wine. And I love sweet red wine. So cheers!
Cheers. That's it's like 2pm here, so...
Oh no way! That's amazing. I always forget about the time difference. So a little day drinking, you know, not a bad job!
just a little bit...
So we're gonna kick it off with an icebreaker called Petal and Bud. So 'Petal' is something that happened recently that was exciting! And 'Bud' is something coming up that's exciting. So I'll kick it off to give you an idea! So something recently... you may be able to tell from my surroundings...we decorated for Christmas at the plant shop this week! Very, very Fun. We're in the Christmas City here in Bethlehem. So it's a very big deal! We had Christmas music blaring before we hopped on this podcast.
I don't really get that in California haha!
Yeah, yeah. It's already very cold here. I had to make a plant run today, and normally I'd leave them in my car, or at least overnight until I had help bringing them in tomorrow, (Our shop is on the second floor, so it's like 27 steps to unload plants.... It's very fun). And I realized it's gonna drop into the 30s tonight...so I had to bring them inside. But you guys don't have that problem huh?
No, I'm pretty thankful for that. I know people are like: "How are you preparing for winter?" I'm like: "Uhh, What do you mean?"
Step One: move to the West Coast! Haha - let's see what's coming up that's exciting
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