Has a younger sister. They both live with their parents.
CouRageJD grew up playing sports in elementary school, but stopped when he was given an Xbox in middle school. He spent much of his free time during middle school and high school playing Halo and Call of Duty (CoD) with his friends. He first became interested in eSports in 2007 when his friends introduced him to the professional Halo 2 scene. He watched many of the matches for Halo 2 & 3, as well as for CoD and even began to follow the careers of a few of his favorite players. On of these players was Chris Puckett, whom he gradually befriended at various meetups and events.
In May 2014, CouRageJD received an internship at MLG, thanks largely to Puckett's influence. He spent a couple of months assisting with background support at events. Before one of the shows, Puckett got sick and CouRageJD offered to step in. MLG liked his performance and gradually offered him more and more job hosting shows. After a couple of months of doing shows, he was offered the opportunity to cast a live Call of Duty event and he accepted. He he was a junior at Towson University at the time.
His career took off from there until he was promoted to a fulltime announcer in early 2015. From 2015-2017, he hosted both Halo and WoW events. He started his YouTube channel a couple of months after becoming a caster in response to the gaming community encouraging him to do so. He continued to focus primarily on casting, with streaming as a side job, until early February 2018 when he quit hosting to pursue a fulltime career as a professional streamer. He has since quickly gathered a large following to his stream. This is no doubt largely due to his fame as an eSports host, although he is undoubtedly skilled in gaming as well. He is also popular for his in-game friendship and team-ups with twelve-year-old Connor.
CouRageJD completed his degree in Electronic Media and Film from Towsin University in Maryland before he focused on his career fulltime. In November 2019, he signed a deal with YouTube to stream exclusively with them, and has since stopped streaming on Twitch.
In April 2020, a couple of weeks of his grandmother passed away from coronavirus, he held a stream on his birthday in order to raise money to fight the virus. Within four hours of starting the stream, his community has raised his goal of $250,000 USD. By the end of the 24 hour stream, over $503,254 USD has been raised for the CDC Foundation.
According to his Nightbot, CouRageJD has ~18,540 subscribers. This should earn him at least $64,890 USD per month, excluding additional revenue from casting, tiered subscriptions, tournament winnings, donations, Twitch cheer bit contributions, sponsorships, team salary and advertisements. According to EsportEarnings, he has earned ~$64,000 USD from tournaments and according to his Twitch bio he has earned Ove $29,100 USD from his top ten Twitch cheer bit donators alone.
He usually streams daily from around 18:00 UTC – between 01:00 or 05:00 UTC
[In order to become a caster,] you have to be open to criticism. When you start off, you're not going to be the best. I wasn't the best, I'm still not the best and I'll never be the best, but you need to be able to hear from others what you need to work on... You will also have to be able to go back and critique yourself.