Catching up with Ben
Find out what the Season 1 favorite has been up to.
Bravotv.com: What was life like immediately following the show?
After the show life was interesting to say the least. It was crazy how just walking down the street people knew your name and wanted to come up and meet you.
Bravotv.com: You and your wife moved to New York — can you share that experience?
We moved to Brooklyn in mid-July and it was great at first. After about the third month we got tired of big city life. Too many people, crowded subways, $9 beers. It wasn’t for us. April being there made it better though because she was my comfort in all the craziness.
Bravotv.com: We heard you moved back — what happened?
After seven months, we moved back because nothing was going on. When the economy took a fall, most of the new guys were struggling. April, even with a degree, couldn’t find a job because no one was hiring, people were being laid off. She could only teach music lessons part-time. So instead of waiting around and doing nothing, we moved back so that we can make money.
Bravotv.com: What have you been up to? Where are you working?
I am working as a Sheriff’s Deputy. I did the testing for Nashville Fire Dept and will hopefully get a call soon. April is teaching a music class called “Music for Aardvarks.” It’s a really cool music program for toddlers.
Bravotv.com: Did you still get called “Bronnie” on the street? How often do you get to speak to Ronnie?
No, not in Nashville. We try to keep in touch but life can get crazy.
Bravotv.com: Do you keep in touch with anyone else from the show?
When we lived in NY we hung out with Casey a lot. He’s a great guy and I’m glad I got to know him on the show. April loves Top Chef and we went to the tour that came through Nashville. After the show, we hung out with Antonia and Ryan from Season 4. We had a great time with them and I believe Ryan may be my long lost brother.
Bravotv.com: Anything else you want to share?
In recent news, April and I are expecting our first baby in October! We are very excited and can’t wait to find out what we’re having.