Stories From the Road: Christian Hundley - From US Air Force to Film Making

It all started about a year prior, I was serving in the US Air Force and trying to game plan for the future. I knew that I wanted to get out of the military and pursue my true passion of film making & photography.

My name is Christian Hundley & I have been living this van life since August 1st, 2018. It all started about a year prior, I was serving in the US Air Force and trying to game plan for the future. I knew that I wanted to get out of the military and pursue my true passion of film making & photography. But I knew in order to do what I wanted, I would have to move to Los Angeles to be a part of that fast moving community. A friend of mine jokingly told me that I’d be better living in a van than paying $2000 a month for an apartment. I took that joke pretty seriously and immediately began scouring the Internet. I found a whole van life community with tips and tricks on what to do. After a few months of research, I found my van on Craigslist and immediately fell in love. Hank (as he’s lovingly named) is a 2005 Chevy Express 1500. After purchasing Hank in November of 2017, I began building him out, getting a wrap, and finally putting the roof rack on. After it was all said and done, the summer of 2018 hit and it was time for me to leave the Air Force. I sold all of my belongings, packed the van, and headed out on a 2 month long road trip. The trip brought me from coast to coast, up the Pacific Northwest, into some of the west’s most extraordinary national parks and across the plains to the Northeast and back down through the south. By the end of that trip, I added 10+ states to my list. Then it was time for the BIG change. I drove out to Los Angeles to attend film school. I’ve been out here doing this van thing since October and I’ve loved every second of it. In order to make it sustainable, I’ve picked up freelancing. I shoot photo and video content across a wide variety of industries from music to corporate. And thanks to my portfolio, I’ve been able to make enough money to fund many more trips into the future. My favorite track on the road...Life Changes by Thomas Rhett. That was a song that helped get me through so many emotional changes that occurred with leaving the military and adjusting to van life. A quote that I always tell people: “Life is about experiences, you shouldn’t be working to pay bills.” Advice for beginners: the transition is tough mentally. Like extremely tough. You have to deal with the stigma’s surrounding van dwellers along with the fact that living out of a van is far from glamorous. But if you can push past that, after some time it will become the coolest and most liberating thing in the world. I am the happiest that I have ever been thanks to Hank. If you enjoyed Christian's story check out more of our stories!

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