We had the good fortune of connecting with DeVante Deschwanden and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi DeVante, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
That you need to go to college to be successful. I gave up a full ride scholarship for mechancial engineering to go into the military, worked in the space industry, learned rocket science, was offered positions with NASA, the NRO, and multiple space agencies. I found a passion for photo/video and have been traveling the world, getting well known clients and good pay, and making a living and a name for myself. I did all of that without college.
I want people to know that there are always other options, and other avenues to “SUCCESS”

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
First and Foremost I consider myself a storyteller. I use cinematography to get those stories across. I’ve been afforded the luxury to travel the world with it, I’ve impacted people in ways I hadn’t imagined I would, and I’m just getting started. It was not an easy path, and from the moment I decided it was what I wanted to do, everyone made fun of me or told me it wasn’t possible. I actually had people say things like “see you when you’re homeless” it was rough, but it was motivating. Still is.

I started shooting in the military, I got injured training for Special Forces, tested into the Space Operations career field and that’s where I met a few of my best friends. Me and those couple friends were adrenaline junkies in our free time, cliff jumping, free diving, black diamond snowboarding, downhill longboarding, skydiving, rock climbing, motorcycles etc. One day my mom sent me a cheap click to shoot camera, and that was it. We started taking photos, photos became go pro videos, that led to a brand called Havsoul, and the rest is history. I got really serious about it after that, decided I wanted to impact people in a major way and inspire them to be better versions of themselves.

Once I really set my mind to it, and let myself be a “creator” my life changed drastically.
Fast forward a few years and now I live in LA, and I’m doing exactly what I want to do.
My eyes are set on the horizon, I want to make a global impact with my videos, I want to change the tide for all the people who don’t think that they can do, what they dream of.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would come unpack at my place, and load the car up with outdoor gear. Some tents, sleeping bags, my jetboil so we can save on eating out. We’d bring fins, some snorkels, the climbing gear, our longboards, I would strap my surfboards to the roof, maybe pick up a handle of tequila…and we’d be off. If it was a week, we would most likely try to be on the road around 3-4am so we could be up the coast past Yosemite by 10am. (This is how our trips usually started)
And we would camp the first couple days, hike, find some spots to climb and hang out, then make our way down the coast, surfing, diving when we saw cool spots, finding empty roads to longboard, Having a blast.
Sometimes if we wanted some extra fun and we were close to a city we might hit the town for a night and car camp.

For me, and my friends the most excitement has always come from the outdoors, being truly one with your surrounding, watching sunsets from the top of mountains we just climbed, or while we’re sitting on a surfboard in the ocean, swimming with dolphins and sea otters. It’s always depended on the season, sometimes the trips are snow trips, sometimes we go to the desert, sometimes we stack up and buy one way tickets to other countries so we can do it all there.

{if you need specific spots just let me know and ill send some} But we always like finding new spots and random dirt roads to explore.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mother is the first person that comes to mind, she has always been a pillar of support for me. Even in my lowest moments, even when we weren’t on good terms. She’s always had my back. We’re thick as thieves.

An organization I want to thank is the non-profit “Color the Water ”
It is the organization that taught me how to surf, and has been in constant support of all my endeavors since we crossed paths 9 months ago. I’ve gotten so much more than surfing from CTW, I’ve grown so much as an individual and I want to share that with the world.

Website: deschwanden.com

Instagram: iamdesch

Youtube: DeVante Deschwanden

Other: My brand IG is Havsoul, but because of the military I stopped updating it and am currently in the process of revamping and relaunching

Image Credits
I shot all of these except Skydiving, taken by my good friend DJ Higgins

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