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Meet Your Modern Hobo: Franny

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Meet Your Modern Hobo (MYMH) is a weekly feature on all the amazing Modern Hobos we know and love, those travellers and nomads who are part of the MH family.

Franny is a talented and lovely woman, and we are stoked to have her as our first featured Modern Hobo - especially since she did the design for the debut MH shirt, Spirit of '93! Read on to find out her story and best tour/travel hacks.


NAME: Francesca Anderson

NICKNAME(S): Franny

OCCUPATION: Model / actor / designer / Booted Design creator (Etsy store opening in June).

BANDS: I used to sing a bit with Buck 65, but now I just sing in the shower! Been in music videos for Buck 65, Dear Rouge, Coal Chamber, and Spoon.

OTHER INTERESTS/SKILLS: Cooking, crocheting, learning how to code, illustrating.

YOUR STORY: Although I'm not a music tour nomad, I would definitely categorize myself as a Modern Hobo. I'm in the midst of a transition from Canadian to USA living (I'm an American on my passport, but a Canadian at heart!). For the past 9 months I've been living out of suitcases between Toronto & NYC for modelling and acting gigs. I may settle into a design job with actual working hours, or I may just keep on with the "gig" lifestyle. Part of being a Modern Hobo is just not knowing - which is part of the fun!

FAV. PART OF TOUR/TRAVEL: The excuse of not being able to cook on the road - that means I get to challenge myself to find the best, cheap food in every neighborhood I'm in.

TOUR/TRAVEL HACK: Wear frumpier than usual clothing, rub your eyes red, talk nasally, cough once for good measure. No one wants to deal with interrogating you in this state. This pertains also to long bus rides: grab a seat in the back, sprawl your shit out everywhere, and start coughing like crazy so no one wants to sit next to you. I guarantee you'll have a row all to yourself. 

BEST TOUR/TRAVEL STORY: I was once on a 12 hour bus from Toronto to NYC. The driver fancied himself a comedian and got on the intercom EVERY HALF HOUR for a sports / news / weather / "view from the driver's seat" segment. I wanted to kill myself at the time, but it's a good story now. And it means I can live through anything.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SAY?: I like turtles.


Hobo's Gotta Hobo

And we're off! After a fun month in Toronto & Montreal getting Modern Hobo off the ground, it's time to get back to work and back to the road.

I'm off to Disneyland for a family vacation, a trip I had to turn down three tours to take. While I generally try to stay as busy as possible and realize it's probably not the best financial decision to take time off, sometimes you have to do what's right for your heart and soul. One of the great things about the MH life is the freedom it affords, the flexibility to say no and enjoy the good times when you can. Tour is an exciting time, but you do miss a lot - birthdays, weddings, new babies, celebrations, friends, family and basically the whole summer. You can't always choose work, no matter how much fun the job is.

After that, I fly to rehearsals for a fun summer tour - have to fund the next MH design!