Michael Lightsey was born in Ohio. He grew up with an eclectic childhood and a passion for the arts. He has worked as an illustrator, painter, writer, photographer, musician, dancer, singer, actor, ticketseller, grip, stagehand, director, and producer. He studied art at Columbus College of Art & Design and theater at The Ohio State University. He is also a father, an Eagle Scout, and a member of Mensa. He currently lives in Los Angeles.