James Valacich was born in Bloomington, Indiana and was raised in Moscow, Idaho before moving to Tucson, Arizona. He grew up making home movies and small sketches with his friends, which began his love for storytelling. He started at UA as a business student with interests in acting and music before finally deciding to pursue a BFA in Film and Television. He also worked as a videographer for the UA Football team, filming practices and games for the coaches and the players. James plans to work as a writer and audio engineer for video games.