JoDa was born on Vermont's Bean Hollow Commune. This off-the-grid community served as his inspiration for Departed Harvest.
A University of Vermont alum, JoDa graduated with degrees in Psychology, English, and Communications, then was a cameraman and producer for WCAX-TV News in Burlington, Vermont (while homeless, sleeping on the beach and bathing in the lake).
After riding solo cross-country on his Harley, JoDa published Freedom Road, a travel memoir about the broken American Dream. Over the next six years, JoDa wrote 13 one-hour episodes of the dark comedy, Departed Harvest, winning the 2011 American International and the 2011 Rhode Island Film Festival Screenplay Competitions.
JoDa's acting experience includes being “Vermont's Number One Short Film Star” and appearing in the TV series, Windy Acres, in addition appearing on an MTV reality show. He also starred in The Eagles, a feature he wrote, produced and directed.
In 2012, JoDa published five new books, including Sex and Death, Hog, Porn Babe: The Unauthorized Biography of My Ex: Josi Valentine, I Dated A Porn Star and I Dated A Porn Star: Part 2. In addition, he edited and published two books for clients: The Girl With the Four Letter Name and Pastoral Proverbs.
JoDa is a graduate of Ken Rotcop's Screenwriter's workshop held in Los Angeles. He is also a member of The Deadline Junkies, weekly development lab for professional comedy screenwriters.
Today JoDa resides in Los Angeles working in the solar panel industry, volunteering for charities and developing Departed Harvest, in addition to a one-hour adult comedy cum medical-police procedural, Hard Power; Weird News With JoDa; ZINGERS!, an alcohol-themed travel show with a Playboy Playmate; JoDaism, a short comedic animated autobiographical film; The Man's Guide; and a one-hour non-scripted TV show titled, Naila: Hollywood Stylist. JoDa is also developing and financing the features Hippie Bus, Mermaid Island, Cat and Mouse, Heaven's Door, and How to Survive the End of the World (also a graphic novel).