What would you do to make your dreams reality? Are you willing to do the complete opposite of everybody else to build your dream lifestyle?
For the last year Vince has been living in his van in the sprawling city of Los Angeles. In his blog, Vince Van Go, he shares his true-life experiences while van dwelling in the city. When we first heard of Vince we were curious. So we asked him, “why did you start living out of a van? How has his life changed since doing it? And now that it’s been a year, what’s the rest of the plan look like? Have the benefits of living in a van been worth the challenges? And do you recommend this lifestyle to others who also want to pursue their dreams?” All of these questions, and more, are answered in the interview with Vince Van Go-Go below.
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Vince Van Go! Aspiring Actor Embraces Van Dwelling Lifestyle
Please enjoy our exclusive interview with Vince Van Go below:
Why did you decide to start living out of a van?
There are many different reasons that I moved into my van, but, at the end of the day, the decision was based on the fact that I was not happy with where my life was at.
I didn’t have a car at the time and I found myself in a very lackadaisical situation. Sitting around my apartment in my underwear, waiting for something to happen.
Watching my roommate work and pursue her dream of directing. I was in a funk. It was brought on entirely by myself, alone, and I wanted to change it.
The only thing I could think of to reverse my situation was to reduce the amount of expenses that I had. I didn’t want to work 40+ hours a week in order to save up enough to buy a car. That would kill my time to pursue my acting, so reducing expenditures was the best way I could go.
I moved out of the apartment and onto a friend’s couch for 2 months and saved up. I found a 1979 Chevy G-20 and decided that was the best one for me. It was old enough that it would be fairly easy to keep up. Simple repairs and replacements.
How has your life changed since downsizing into the van?
The simplest way I can put it is this: I have never been as happy in my life. I have tons of time to audition and to write, hence the blog. I also have been able to really search myself and soul. It’s made me stronger in so many capacities. And my love life has never been better!
You have been doing this for a year now. How long do you plan on living like this?
My plan is to live in the van until I’m a working actor and can afford a place on my own. It’s a deal with myself. I don’t want to live in a van forever, so it keeps me on track to make a career out of acting.
What are some of the benefits and challenges of this lifestyle?
I think I touched on the benefits, but to go further: living in the van has opened my eyes to so many things within myself and within the world. I am astoundingly more self-reliant than I have ever been and more confident, as well.
Just reading some of my blog entries, one will see the trials and tribulations I have endured. Yet, I never cease to see the silver lining.
I appreciate life way more than ever before. In Los Angeles, I see people on a daily basis living out of their cars and on the streets. I am face to face with some of these people.
Some are like me, just trying to get their life together. Another way to put it, they made a choice. Some, however, did not have a choice to make. And that can be heartbreaking.
But, I can tell you another thing about my experience…I have become tougher. Tougher in life and that is not such a bad thing.
I still feel empathy for others, more than ever. But I have learned that life can be simultaneously beautiful and ugly.
In a way, I have learned to embrace the ugly whereas before I ran away from it.
I think I mentioned some of the other benefits: lots of time to pursue what I truly want to do with my life, self-reliance, appreciation for the world around me, appreciation for people.
Oh, and I have never been in better shape. Living in the my van keeps me outside and I find myself exercising in the park on a regular basis.
Great tan and a nice body! Well, I’m getting there;)
As far as challenges go, I’d say the weather might be the biggest. Summer in Los Angeles can be mighty cruel and my van does not have AC. Nor does it have a heater, so the winter isn’t all that great either. But I make do. I stay parked in shade when I can find it and, during the winter, I wear double long-johns and wrap up at night. It sounds worse than it is. Most people ask about where I shower and use the restroom. I have a gym membership at a 24-Hour Fitness and that takes care of those needs.
Would you recommend it to others?
The only thing I can say to others that might be thinking about taking this path is: Do your research and don’t think yourself out of it. It may seem crazy to others, but if you have the means to do it, do it. Believe in yourself that you can do it and you will. Most importantly, be open to change and to whatever the world offers. That’s what will make your experience truly life-changing. Oh, and find a good place to park!
Learn more: http://vanvincego.blogspot.com/
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