As a kid, Shults jumped around Texas, clocking time with his divorced parents. To Houston to Austin to Houston to Austin and now... Orlando, Florida, 2,515 miles from Hollywood, California, where most people in his position reside. It's hard for him to say with a straight face. "It's sort of like a... tropical Texas?" he rationalizes.
Unlike most show-business hopefuls, Shults never journeyed to Los Angeles to strike creative gold, nor was making movies in his cards -- he attended Texas State University to earn business degree, before dropping out. "My biggest fear was that I was going to stay in business school, get a degree, get a job, and regret the rest of my life. I always told my parents, 'I think it's got to be one or the other.'"
But he had trouble concentrating. He was diagnosed with ADD and took Adderall. The business school pre-reqs still ate him alive. "I would tell my mom I have these movies in my head. It's what I loved and I needed to be doing that. She always believed in me, but she wanted me to be realistic and get a job and stuff first."