Film Producer Living & Working in a Camper Van – #VanLife Traveler


[Music Playing]>>VOICE OVER: in the past few years, road
tripping in camper vans has become a really popular way to travel on a budget. Many people are also taking the trend one
step further by living in their vans full-time to save money and to enjoy the special freedom and flexibility
that a life on wheels can offer. While living and travelling in a van can be
a cheap lifestyle it’s certainly not free. We caught up with our friend Julien from Go-Van
to find out how he’s turned his camper van into a mobile
home and office so that he can earn money on
the road. [Music Playing]>>JULIEN: it was kind of a…combining the
really cool aspect of travelling the best way of travelling, you know and also to generate revenue at the same time.>>V.O.: Julien is an entrepreneur and video
producer from Montreal, Canada who lives and works in his van full-time. At 30, he sold his first business, an online
skateboarding magazine, and invested the money he made in a condo but he still preferred to travel in his 1989
GMC Vandura camper van looking for adventure and good surf.>>JULIEN: I really, really, really loved
that van. It was kind of loungy, you know, it was not
a full conversion van. So the interior was like…the lighting was
amazing The blue velvet seats and everything. So that was perfect for awhile.>>V.O.: the freedom he experienced on his
trips in the van, and the people he met on the road inspired him to start his second business:
the Go-Van website, where he shares road tripping stories from
fellow travellers, and videos about his travels.>>JULIEN: everyone I was meeting was so interesting
and I wanted to share everyone’s stories. Their road tripping stories and travelling
stories.>>V.O.: to finance the Go-Van project, Julien
needed a business model so he started creating video content for brands
and tourism bureaus while he travelled.>>JULIEN: the van is also my office. We film pretty much all summer. I don’t film myself. I produce and direct. So the way I work is to invite videographers
with me to basically live the van life for usually a week and we just travel for the week together and
it’s pretty much adventure style Basically one guy is sharing the bed here
and some other guy is in a tent. We keep the gear inside here. That’s why we need a van that allows us to
charge batteries and that is safe and that doesn’t break down.>>V.O.: when he’s working on the website,
applying for contracts and planning his upcoming video projects, his mobile office is very simple. He uses a cell phone to create a wifi hotspot
for his laptop, and he has a bag full of hard drives for
his video footage. To power his laptop and cell phone, he uses
the van’s house batteries that are charged by the van’s alternator, or by the solar
panels on the roof.>>JULIEN: this is super useful when you need
to recharge batteries and all the gear we have when we film on the road so that’s a big improvement from my old van
for sure. With the inverter and all the power it can
generate from the van, this makes the van a super cool office. A super functional office. Every crew that comes with me, I’m trying
to make them feel like they’re at home also in the van so it creates a really fun moment for a week. Even if it’s kind of hard sometimes.>>V.O.: one of his first video contracts
was for a Quebec-based camper van conversion company in 2015. This led to a long-term partnership with them
that allows him to use one of their super functional camper vans year-round.>>JULIEN: really, I have everything I need. I have a hydraulic rooftop which is pretty
cool so I just press a button and the roof comes up. So that’s awesome. There’s windows all over so that’s great when
you work by the river, or by the ocean. Two fridges which are really great so you
can put a lot of food and not have to stop every day by the grocery store.>>V.O.: now that he has all the comforts
of home on the road with him, like running water, a shower, and a kitchen, he’s been able to rent out his condo and
transition to living and working in the van full-time.>>JULIEN: it’s hard to keep up with friends
and family. But besides that, it gets easier and easier
so that’s why I don’t see a lot of challenges but obviously there’s a few things here and
there like showers but after a little while it just becomes details,
you know? I can work whenever I want and if the waves
are good I go surf and I come back and then I can work. It’s Saturday today and I’ve been working
pretty much all day but yesterday I’ve been swimming in the ocean
so I think that’s why people love the van life so much. Now that most of the assignments that we had
for the summer are pretty much done I was thinking that I had to go back home
and I just decided this morning that I don’t need to go back home, home is here! So I’ll just move and continue to work from
the road. So basically that’s the freedom that I love
about working from the road. It’s a flexible way of travelling. [Music Playing]

100 thoughts on “Film Producer Living & Working in a Camper Van – #VanLife Traveler”

  1. That is a dope van. Did you customize it yourself, or does the company now produce it the way it was. I would love to buy one, how much would that van cost? If you customized it, do you have pictures of your progress.

  2. Truly inspiring stuff, as a starter filmmaker myself I find it great to see how people are making the road/sea/world their habitats to create a life for themselves! Hopefully one day I'll join the collective of travel-while-you work-types. Great videos πŸ™‚

  3. (If I remember another video correctly) Didn't he use to have another camper with a girlfriend and a puppy? What happened to the puppy? :/

  4. Nice Van, $80K+ USD new by that company. For the space, storage, and a bathroom I would want a class C motorhome. Although with a van you are more capable of stealth camping.

  5. I loved your old van too! I think that while this new van is nice with everything you could possibly need, I prefer the comfy cozy feel rather than the modern van. Does that make me a van snob? Hah! Enjoy life man! Good for you! I'll be out there someday soon. I long for this lifestyle. Just have to convince my husband to retire early! Great video! Thanks for your efforts, I really enjoyed it!!!

  6. I just noticed many Vandwellers are filming and Producing content about each other. Weird.

    Keep them videos coming cuz I love watching them all.

  7. I love travel, and one day I will take a van and go…just go!!! Visit this great world!! πŸ™‚
    For interested people check my travel videos until now!! πŸ™‚

  8. Thanks for another great video.
    This fellow has gotten his work life, and his lifestyle, coordinated very well. The van is amazing, and if he really gets to use it for free, that is a major bonus.
    Good Vibrations

  9. I love van life too! I only use it on weekends but it is my home away from home. I love that you get to use yours all of the time. Congratulations on finding the life you want!

  10. The Safari Condo vans/trailers are magnifiques. Looks like Julien has a nice routine and setup. Good for him.

  11. You Guys are amazing! You actually inspired me to FINALLY start my Youtube channel about Growth, Minimalism and Self-Development. Keep it up!

  12. All of his poler stuff is so sick. My friend has a nap sack and I have one of their backpacks and they are amazing n

  13. Great video and very inspiring. Question? What is the exact year and model for this van ur using? Also…how long is this van from bumper to bumper. How high is the van from ground to roof?

  14. Over the last couple of weeks I have watched many of these different videos about living in camper vans and small recreational vehicles. It's not terribly appealing to me as a fulltime thing, but it would be cool for long road trips. Most of the time I pack up my van with some clothes and a little bit of photography gear and go for a few days at a time. If it's not too much trouble I would like to ask some of you about some logistical challenges regarding this lifestyle. 1) If you don't have a fixed address then which jurisdiction do you pay your taxes? I'm assuming that in the U.S. personal taxes and deductions and eligibility for some social programs differ from state to state as they do in Canada from province to province.2) Where do you register to vote? Or do you forgo voting in federal, state and municipal elections?3) How do you maintain your driver's license and vehicle registration? This would also vary state to state or province to province.4) How do you explain your residency and employment status to financial institutions like banks? Does this nomadic life make it more difficult to get personal loans, lines of credit and credit cards? 5) In terms of healthcare do you ever run into any issues receiving treatment? It would be very difficult to have a regular relationship with a general practitioner. In addition in Canada our healthcare is provided by the provincial government. If we require treatments out of province or out of country we can incur out of pocket expenses. Does the American private healthcare system allow you to seek treatment at clinics or hospitals in each state without additional out of pocket expenses?

  15. you can take a shower nationwide, just sign up for Planet Fitness $9 and you can shower and gym everywhere,plus you can bring friends also lol

  16. My advice to anyone, for what it's worth: Stay single, stay away from Doctors and learn something new each day, and live in a van with a good shower and toilet !

  17. Love this!!!! Featured our bus on Dylan Magaster’s channel, would love to meet up with you guys someday too 😊

  18. I'm a screenplay writer. Tell your van-subject that I have a screenplay for sale. If he finds a buyer I will compensate up tp 10 percent of the yield!

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