A couple traveling America. A mobile office. A VW van named Boscha. A web series.
Hi! Our names are Corey Smith and Emily King. On January 28th, 2013, we left our hometown, family and friends to experience America – living and working out of our 1987 VW Vanagon. This lifestyle experiment, called Where’s My Office Now?, is an inquiry into the merging of an adventurous nomadic lifestyle, with what has traditionally been a 9-5 career.
For the past 8 months, we’ve shared this journey with our followers through photos and written posts on our website, Instagram and Facebook. With automation and outsourcing at record highs, it’s evident that we must apply creativity to our skill sets if we are to thrive and live our dreams. Therefore, we believe it's imperative to show our journey as a viable simplistic lifestyle. The most effective way to share this journey and its underlying messages, is to create a reality web series that honestly depicts this nomadic lifestyle, working on the road, people we meet, places we experience, and the lessons we learn. But we need your help.
What We Need & What You GetWe need to raise $7,600 to cover the cost of filming and editing six video episodes over 44 days. This money will go towards hiring a filmmaker to live with us on the road and all related expenses including:
- Filmmaker’s weekly rate
- Airfare and other travel expenses for filmmaker
- Food expenses for filmmaker
- Audio equipment for high quality sound
- Intro animation to create a consistent and fun feel at the beginning of each episode
- IndieGoGo’s fees & taxes
Other Ways You Can Help
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THANK YOU for whatever type of support you are able to give.
The DetailsWhy is this web series so important? The Where’s My Office Now? web series, and this lifestyle, subtly address two very large challenges in today’s world.
- Economic – The job market has dramatically changed and there is evidence that creativity is imperative. Daniel Pink, former chief speechwriter for former Vice President Al Gore, in his book Why Right Brainers Will Rule The Future>, presents very clear evidence that the job market has changed due to outsourcing and automation. More and more eager and smart recent-college graduates cannot find work. He believes that the changing job market needs to be met with a more creative approach. The Where’s My Office Now? web series will demonstrate one way to “create” your work through self-taught web development skills, and leveraging technology to create a mobile office.
- Environmental – Our collective consumption habits are greatly impacting the natural world. According to the book Garbology, the average American creates 120 tons of trash in their lifetime. Most of which stays intact for thousands of years and ends up in the ocean. 4.7 million tons of garbage reaches the oceans each year through storm drains, rivers, intentional dumping of garbage into waterways, and trash left along the coast. In the North Pacific there’s a spinning Trash Vortex the size of Texas! Living in a van is inherently simple. There’s only so much room to store “stuff” in 75 square feet of living space!
How will the series be structured? We will be filming 6 video episodes within a 6-week period. Each episode will be approximately 8-10 minutes in length. This project is unique because each episode will be shot, edited and released within the same week. This will encourage interaction from our audience, as we will be asking for tips on where to go and what to do. In effect, user feedback will have the potential to steer us and shape the series.
What will each episode be about? An honest portrayal of this lifestyle is paramount. The filmmaker will capture a wide range of footage - from the mundane moments, to the challenging and awe-inspiring ones. The series will encompass everything van life… from cooking, cleaning, sleeping, working, breakdowns, inspiring people, amazing places, less than amazing places, and more. It will accurately document our highs and lows.
Will the episodes be scripted? For the past 8 months, we’ve lived outside of our comfort zones. Immersion in the unknown has significantly shaped our journey thus far, filling our memories with unexpected people, places, and experiences. The Where’s My Office Now? web series will also embrace the unknown. It will NOT be scripted, nor will each day be planned. There will be a very basic week-to-week outline, such as: Week 1: Location – Grand Canyon: Location - Grand Canyon; Adventure – Two day hike to visit the native Havuspai people. The web series will be open to spontaneity and the unexpected, like this journey has been from the very beginning.
When will we begin filming? We will film in the late fall 2013, releasing each episode as we go.
Where will we film? Given that we are moving into cooler months, most likely the web series will take place in the Southwestern United States, in a new location each week.
Get To Know Us
About Emily King
Emily King is an actress and website developer with a degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. After college, Emily worked for a Sotheby’s International Realty agency and for The New York Times. Currently, she runs ElementalWebDev. As an actress, she has appeared in commercials, independent films, feature films and theater productions. Emily is an avid surfer, snowboarder, hiker and yogi.
About Corey Smith
Corey received his BS in Biology from the University of New Hampshire. He is a people person and a teacher at heart, and has worked as a manager in sales, customer service and in the recreation industry as a the manager and lead guide for Portsmouth Kayak Adventures. Corey balances his computer time biking, surfing, snowboarding and is an avid photographer.
About John Hartman In an effort to offer an alternative to the mainstream, Colorado / Massachusetts visual artist and filmmaker John Hartman of reelgroovyfilms.com, likes to hold an alternative light through darkness, arriving at the positive solution at the journey's end. Hartman, a master of location with an eye for color and alternative angles, works in digital and film formats, both long and short form, experimental, documentary, and narrative. Short super 8mm films are his favorite medium, and although friends with all constituents of the entertainment industry, he prefers to work with the counter culture; the more alternative, the better.