Born and raised in Idaho. Family has lived here in Idaho several generations.
I scored in the top 1% of all students in the USA on the Math SAT. (I slacked off on the verbal section and only scored in the top 6%.) As a student, I attended Yale University as an undergraduate and majored in Film Studies. I also participated in a special course Yale has called Directed Studies, which studies the classic ideas of western civilization. After that I attended the MFA program at USC’s Cinema & Television School as a graduate student.
I am one of the only people in my family who did not serve in the military. My mother is from a Navy family — both my uncle and grandfather on her side were sailors and she grew up on the Navy base in Hawaii before moving to Idaho. My father served in the Army and most of my relatives on his side of my family also served in either the Army or Marines.
I homeschool my kids. I have been with my wife for 21 years. We have 4 kids, ages 2, 8, 9, and 11. I have been running my own clothing line for almost 20 years now. I have been an entrepreneur since I was a kid. I love coming up with business ideas. I also love creating things as an artist. Being a homeschool parent is both a blessing and a full-time job for me, and it is the most important thing to know about me, or at least the thing I am the most proud of.