Casting Calls

Do you consider yourself a modern day hobo, riding the rails with little more than a backpack and a dream? Do you have a hard time explaining to people that, while it may seem like you have next to nothing to your name, beneath your feet is access to the entire world? Has joining the train hopping community led you to find a whole new family?

Is your desire for independence or adventure leading you to jump from moving trains, although it could potentially cost you your life? Do you thrive on the freedom of riding the rails regardless of the danger? Is there an internal battle raging between your passion for life on the rails and your connection with loved ones who don’t have the wanderlust gene?

Are you searching for that one permanent place to call home, or do you see yourself being a rail-riding nomad for the rest of your life? Wherever you hope your travels take you, MTV’s Emmy-award winning True Life series wants to hear your story. If you appear to be between the ages of 16 and 30, email us at and tell us what it’s like exploring the country by train. Please include your name, location, phone number and a recent photo of yourself, but do not send any videos as we will not open or view them.